Embodied conversational agents (ECAs) benefit from non-verbal behavior for natural and efficient interaction with users. Gesticulation - hand and arm movements accompanying speech - is an essential part of non-verbal behavior. Gesture generation models have been developed for several decades: starting with rule-based and ending with mainly data-driven methods. To date, recent end to- end gesture generation methods have not been evaluated in a real-time interaction with users. We present a proof-of-concept framework, which is intended to facilitate evaluation of modern gesture generation models in interaction. We demonstrate an extensible open-source framework that contains three components: 1) a 3D interactive agent; 2) a chatbot backend; 3) a gesticulating system. Each component can be replaced, making the proposed framework applicable for investigating the effect of different gesturing models in real-time interactions with different communication modalities, chatbot backends, or different agent appearances. The code and video are available at the project page https://nagyrajmund.github.io/project/gesturebot.
|Title of host publication||AAMAS '21: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 3 May 2021|
|Event||20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2021 - Virtual, Online|
Duration: 3 May 2021 → 7 May 2021
|Name||Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS|
|Conference||20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2021|
|Period||3/05/21 → 7/05/21|
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- Conversational embodied agents
- Non-verbal behavior synthesis