Title: Integrated robotics architecture with Kansei computing and its application

Authors: Y. Itabashi; Y. Kiyoki

Addresses: Keio Research Institute at SFC, Keio University, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa, Japan ' Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa, Japan

Abstract: Robots communicating with humans have been widely utilised in our society. This type of communication can be limited when only one robot is involved. Meanwhile, expressing the same unified mood and emotion is difficult when several robots are working. Furthermore, realising expressions representing different cultures in the context of a global society is also challenging. To address these issues, we propose an integrated robot architecture (IRA) providing a communication environment, in which various robots and devices can be combined. In this architecture, meta-level messages are communicated between various kinds of devices using a unified communication protocol. The framework of Kansei computing is integrated for realising non-verbal expression. This method makes it possible to express emotions with colours synchronised with each utterance, according to the characteristics of the device and required culture. This paper also presents a system prototype and verifies its feasibility.

Keywords: robotics; emotional expression; communication robot; human-robot communication; Kansei; emotion; traditional colours.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIDM.2021.10038641

International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining, 2021 Vol.19 No.2, pp.242 - 266

Received: 14 Mar 2019
Accepted: 29 Jul 2019

Published online: 17 Aug 2021 *

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