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The SEMAINE project (Sustained Emotionally coloured Machine-human Interaction using Non-verbal Expression) is a European research effort that started in early 2008.
In a nutshell, it is a stage on the evolutionary ladder towards an artificial intelligence capable of understanding non-vocal communication from a human, and be able to engage in conversation without the need for vocal signals from the human's side.
The goal of the project is something called a Sensitive Artificial Listener, or SAL. SAL, it is hoped, will be a kind of therapeutic listener as well as a human interface model. The hope is SAL will perceive a human user's facial expression, gaze, and voice and then engage with the user. When engaging with a human, the SAL will be able to adapt its own performance and pursue different actions, depending on the non-verbal behaviour of the user.
Project still underway. No results yet published.
The HUMAINE Project
(Human-Machine Interaction Network on Emotion)
für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI)
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Imperial College, London
The University of Paris 8, Paris
University of Twente, Holland
The Technical University of Munich, Germany
The European Commission has awarded SEMAINE a grant of €2.75 million
I'm listening -- conversations with computers