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The Thinking Head Project
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From Talking Heads to Thinking Heads: A Research Platform for Human Communication Science
- In Human-Computer Interaction, so called “Talking Heads” are used to improve the quality of the face-to-face communication between human users and computer-based services. As users interpret also visual aspects of speech movements, gaze, and even gestures, good talking heads can provide effortless interaction due to approximating natural human-human communication.
- However, state-of-the-art talking heads do neither display many para- and extra-linguistic information, nor make use of knowledge regarding the user (e.g. their subtle facial expressions), immediate context (e.g. what time it is), or world knowledge.
this project, an interdisciplinary team of researchers and performance
artists are working to establish a new generation Talking Head, that
uses all these information and learns from its interactions with
humans, and thus can be called a “Thinking Head ”.
Cooperation & Funding
- Sebastian Möller is Partner Investigator in the “Thinking Head” project.
- The project is funded by Australian Research Council/National Health & Medical Research Council. It is centred at MARCS Auditory Laboratories  at the University of Western Sydney, and Macquarie University, Flinders University, University of Canberra, Carnegie Mellon University, the Technical University of Denmark, and Technische Universität Berlin. The project draws on the expertise, resources and methodological approaches of researchers in HCSNet, the Australian Research Council Network in Human Communication Science.
|Time Frame: ||2007 -
|T-labs Team Members:||S.
Möller  as Partner Investigator|
the projects main page |
by:||Australian Research Council  / National
Health & Medical Research Council |
|Publications:||See project publications