Why that face? Gaze-based analysis of human observers' reaction to emotional stimuli
Typ Diplom, Master, Bachelor, Studienarbeit, IDP
Betreuer Dr.-Ing. Michael Dorr
Tel.: +49 (0)89 289-28563
Sachgebiet Human and Computer Vision
Beschreibung Affective computing is a recent research domain which aims to bridge the gap between human emotions and machines. Although significant progress has been made in this research area, there are still unknown factors in the way humans perceive and react to emotions, especially during the course of face-to-face interactions. The main goal of this thesis will thus consist in analysing how people react to emotional stimuli displayed by humans during dyadic interactions. The stimuli will be extracted from an already existing database collected in a video-conference like situation, and an eye-tracker will be used to record the gaze of participants viewing and reacting to these stimuli. The data will be used to perform a detailed analysis of the effect of emotions on oculomotor behaviour, and to investigate which parts of the face are most looked at for specific emotions, by mapping the gaze of the participant with a 3D model of the face shown in the stimuli (already computed). Automatic prediction of the emotion from participant's gaze will also be investigated, using state-of-the-art machine learning techniques.
Voraussetzung Required: Good programming skills in C++ (at least for compiling and minor editions), knowledge of machine learning, creativity and high motivation

Recommended, but not required: Skills in other programming languages (e.g., shell, bash, matlab, java)
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