This work investigates classification of emotions from full-body movements by using a novel Convolutional Neural Network-based architecture. The model is composed of two shallow networks processing in parallel where the 8-bit RGB images obtained from time intervals of 3D-positional data are the inputs. One network performs a coarse-grained modelling in the time domain while the other one applies a fine-grained modelling. We show that combining different temporal scales into one architecture improves the classification results of a dataset composed of short excerpts of the performances of professional dancers who interpreted four affective states: anger, happiness, sadness, and insecurity. Additionally, we investigate the effect of data chunk duration, overlapping, the size of the input images and the contribution of several data augmentation strategies for our proposed method. Better recognition results were obtained when the duration of a data chunk was longer, and this was further improved by applying balanced data augmentation. Moreover, we test our method on other existing motion capture datasets and compare the results with prior art. In all of the experiments, our results surpassed the state-of-the-art approaches, showing that this method generalizes across diverse settings and contexts.

Modeling Multiple Temporal Scales of Full-body Movements for Emotion Classification

Karumuri S.;Volpe G.;Camurri A.;Niewiadomski R.
2021

Abstract

This work investigates classification of emotions from full-body movements by using a novel Convolutional Neural Network-based architecture. The model is composed of two shallow networks processing in parallel where the 8-bit RGB images obtained from time intervals of 3D-positional data are the inputs. One network performs a coarse-grained modelling in the time domain while the other one applies a fine-grained modelling. We show that combining different temporal scales into one architecture improves the classification results of a dataset composed of short excerpts of the performances of professional dancers who interpreted four affective states: anger, happiness, sadness, and insecurity. Additionally, we investigate the effect of data chunk duration, overlapping, the size of the input images and the contribution of several data augmentation strategies for our proposed method. Better recognition results were obtained when the duration of a data chunk was longer, and this was further improved by applying balanced data augmentation. Moreover, we test our method on other existing motion capture datasets and compare the results with prior art. In all of the experiments, our results surpassed the state-of-the-art approaches, showing that this method generalizes across diverse settings and contexts.
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