A case study of an automatic volume control interface for a telepresence system

Masaaki Takahashi, Masa Ogata, Michita Imai, Keisuke Nakamura, Kazuhiro Nakadai

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Abstract

The study of the telepresence robot as a tool for telecommunication from a remote location is attracting a considerable amount of attention. However, the problem arises that a telepresence robot system does not allow the volume of the user's utterance to be adjusted precisely, because it does not consider varying conditions in the sound environment, such as noise. In addition, when talking with several people in remote location, the user would like to be able to change the speaker volume freely according to the situation. In a previous study, a telepresence robot was proposed that has a function that automatically regulates the volume of the user's utterance. However, the manner in which the user exploits this function in a practical situation needs to be investigated. We propose a telepresence conversation robot system called 'TeleCoBot.' TeleCoBot includes an operator's user interface, through which the volume of the user's utterance can be automatically regulated according to the distance between the robot and the conversation partner and the noise level in the robot's environment. We conducted a case study, in which the participants played a game using TeleCoBot's interface. The results of the study reveal the manner in which the participants used TeleCoBot and the additional factors that the system requires.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages517-522
Number of pages6
Volume2015-November
ISBN (Print)9781467367042
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 20
Event24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2015 - Kobe, Japan
Duration: 2015 Aug 312015 Sep 4

Other

Other24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2015
CountryJapan
CityKobe
Period15/8/3115/9/4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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    Takahashi, M., Ogata, M., Imai, M., Nakamura, K., & Nakadai, K. (2015). A case study of an automatic volume control interface for a telepresence system. In Proceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Vol. 2015-November, pp. 517-522). [7333605] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333605