Modeling of human visual attention in multiparty open-world dialogues

Kalin Stefanov, Giampiero Salvi, Dimosthenis Kontogiorgos, Hedvig Kjellström, Jonas Beskow

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This study proposes, develops, and evaluates methods for modeling the eye-gaze direction and head orientation of a person in multiparty open-world dialogues, as a function of low-level communicative signals generated by his/hers interlocutors. These signals include speech activity, eye-gaze direction, and head orientation, all of which can be estimated in real time during the interaction. By utilizing these signals and novel data representations suitable for the task and context, the developed methods can generate plausible candidate gaze targets in real time. The methods are based on Feedforward Neural Networks and Long Short-Term Memory Networks. The proposed methods are developed using several hours of unrestricted interaction data and their performance is compared with a heuristic baseline method. The study offers an extensive evaluation of the proposed methods that investigates the contribution of different predictors to the accurate generation of candidate gaze targets. The results show that the methods can accurately generate candidate gaze targets when the person being modeled is in a listening state. However, when the person being modeled is in a speaking state, the proposed methods yield significantly lower performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Number of pages21
JournalACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

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