Improving continuous gesture recognition with spoken prosody


Despite recent advances in gesture recognition, reliance on the visual signal alone to classify unrestricted continuous gesticulation is inherently error-prone. Since there have been some attempts of using speech cues to improve gesture recognition. Some attempts have been made in using speech cues to improve gesture recognition, e.g., keyword-gesture co-analysis. Use of such scheme is burdened by the complexity of natural language understanding. This paper offers a novel "signal-level" perspective by exploring prosodic phenomena of spontaneous gesture and speech co-production. We present a computational framework for improving continuous gesture recognition based on two phenomena that capture voluntary (co-articulation) and involuntary (physiological) contributions of prosodic synchronization. Physiological constraints, manifested as signal interruptions in multimodal production, are exploited in - an audio-visual feature integration framework using Hidden Markov Models (HMMs). Co-articulation is analyzed using a Bayesian network of naïve classifiers to explore alignment of intonationally prominent speech segments and hand kinematics. The efficacy of the proposed approach was demonstrated on a multimodal corpus created from the Weather Channel broadcast. Both schemas were found to contribute uniquely by reducing different error types, which subsequently improves the performance of continuous gesture recognition.

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Proceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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