This paper presents work investigating the importance of prosidy in speech to communicate emotion. A robot is described which uses bellows to blow air through a slide whistle. By altering a variety of variables, such as the pattern of breathing and position of the slidewhistle, a variety of recognisable emotions can be generated. Its ability to elicit empathy in observers is noted, despite the lack of information communication.
- Dr. Aleksandar Zivanovic, Middlesex University, UK