A Story About Gesticulation Expression

  • Celso de Melo
  • Ana Paiva
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4133)


Gesticulation is essential for the storytelling experience thus, virtual storytellers should be endowed with gesticulation expression. This work proposes a gesticulation expression model based on psycholinguistics. The model supports: (a) real-time gesticulation animation described as sequences of constraints on static (Portuguese Sign Language hand shapes, orientations and positions) and dynamic (motion profiles) features; (b) multimodal synchronization between gesticulation and speech; (c) automatic reproduction of annotated gesticulation according to GestuRA, a gesture transcription algorithm. To evaluate the model two studies, involving 147 subjects, were conducted. In both cases, the idea consisted of comparing the narration of the Portuguese traditional story “The White Rabbit” by a human storyteller with a version by a virtual storyteller. Results indicate that synthetic gestures fared well when compared to real gestures however, subjects preferred the human storyteller.


Virtual Human Motion Profile Conversational Agent Body Expression Iconic Gesture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Celso de Melo
    • 1
  • Ana Paiva
    • 1
  1. 1.ISTTechnical University of Lisbon and INESC-IDPorto SalvoPortugal

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