The lab combines facial expressions with body motion as a way to improve prediction of humans’ emotional states. According to the researchers, in the case of gaits, walking style is not something that can be easily manipulated. Identifying people based on their gait using AI systems has already been widely publicized and shown to have a certain degree of accuracy. As such, gait detection and identification of walking trajectories combined with facial expressions in a given pedestrian setting can predict their future walking behavior and emotional state.
The article goes on to talk about “socially intelligent” AI agents who will in the future better interact with people, but we all know these are just pieces of a larger puzzle to teach robots how to read body language and act more natural. Surveillance tech will also be able to benefit from this, as it can help identify threats or suspicious behavior.
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