Towards Natural Gesture Synthesis: Evaluating Gesture Units in a Data-Driven Approach to Gesture Synthesis

  • Michael Kipp
  • Michael Neff
  • Kerstin H. Kipp
  • Irene Albrecht
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4722)

Abstract

Virtual humans still lack naturalness in their nonverbal behaviour. We present a data-driven solution that moves towards a more natural synthesis of hand and arm gestures by recreating gestural behaviour in the style of a human performer. Our algorithm exploits the concept of gesture units to make the produced gestures a continuous flow of movement. We empirically validated the use of gesture units in the generation and show that it causes the virtual human to be perceived as more natural.

Keywords

Embodied Conversational Agents Nonverbal Behavior Generation Gesture Synthesis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Kipp
    • 1
  • Michael Neff
    • 2
  • Kerstin H. Kipp
    • 3
  • Irene Albrecht
    • 4
  1. 1.DFKIGermany
  2. 2.UC DavisUSA
  3. 3.Saarland University, Experimental Neuropsychology UnitGermany
  4. 4.TomTec Imaging Systems GmbHGermany

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