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Disney Research Makes Robotic Gaze Interaction Eerily Lifelike

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A Disney animatronic robot.

This robot uses a subsumption architecture to exhibit more realistic eye gaze.

Credit: Disney Research

A team of researchers from Disney Research, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Walt Disney Imagineering is imbuing animatronic robots with lifelike eye gaze.

The system they are using decides where to gaze by first identifying a person to target using an RGB-D camera; if multiple people are visible, the system calculates a curiosity score for each, based on the amount of motion, and chooses the highest-scoring target.

The robot then will display high-level gaze behavior (reading, glancing, engaging, or acknowledging) determined by score.

An underlying subsumption architecture dictates lower-level motion behaviors like breathing, small head movements, eye blinking, and saccades.

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