Deep construction of an affective latent space via multimodal enactment

Giuseppe Boccignone, Donatello Conte, Vittorio Cuculo, Alessandro DAmelio, Giuliano Grossi, Raffaella Lanzarotti
2018 IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems  
We draw on a simulationist approach to the analysis of facially displayed emotions -e.g., in the course of a face-to-face interaction between an expresser and an observer. At the heart of such perspective lies the enactment of the perceived emotion in the observer. We propose a novel probabilistic framework based on a deep latent representation of a continuous affect space, which can be exploited for both the estimation and the enactment of affective states in a multimodal space (visible facial
more » ... expressions and physiological signals). The rationale behind the approach lies in the large body of evidence from affective neuroscience showing that when we observe emotional facial expressions, we react with congruent facial mimicry. Further, in more complex situations, affect understanding is likely to rely on a comprehensive representation grounding the reconstruction of the state of the body associated with the displayed emotion. We show that our approach can address such problems in a unified and principled perspective, thus avoiding ad hoc heuristics while minimising learning efforts.
doi:10.1109/tcds.2017.2788820 fatcat:z4hfa3tfojd7heh4jzxus6a3zq