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Robust Children Behavior Tracking for Childcare Assisting Robot by Using Multiple Kinect Sensors

  • Bin ZhangEmail author
  • Tomoaki Nakamura
  • Rena Ushiogi
  • Takayuki Nagai
  • Kasumi Abe
  • Takashi Omori
  • Natsuki Oka
  • Masahide Kaneko
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9979)

Abstract

Recently, the requirement for the high qualified childcare schools keeps increasing, but the number of qualified nursery teachers is far from enough. Developing a childcare assisting robot is highly necessary to help the works of nursery teachers. To work like a human nursery teacher, the first challenge for the robot is to understand the behaviors of the children automatically so that the robot can give adaptive reactions to the children. In this paper, we developed a robust children behavior tracking system by using multiple Kinect sensors. Each of the child is detected and recognized by integrating his/her personal features of face, color and motion. The tracking process is realized by using the Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) particle filter. The experiments are conducted in a childcare school to show the usefulness of our system.

Keywords

Childcare assisting robot Children behavior tracking Children recognition MCMC particle filter 

Notes

Acknowledgment

This work was supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas 26118003. Special thanks to all the members in the nursery school.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bin Zhang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tomoaki Nakamura
    • 1
  • Rena Ushiogi
    • 2
  • Takayuki Nagai
    • 1
  • Kasumi Abe
    • 1
  • Takashi Omori
    • 3
  • Natsuki Oka
    • 4
  • Masahide Kaneko
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Electro-CommunicationsChofuJapan
  2. 2.Otsuma Women’s UniversityChiyodaJapan
  3. 3.Tamagawa UniversityMachidaJapan
  4. 4.Kyoto Institute of TechnologyKyotoJapan

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