Modelling Personality in Voices of Talking Products Through Prosodic Parameters

Michael Schmitz; Antonio Krüger; Sarah Schmidt
In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces. International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI-07), 10th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, January 28-31, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, Pages 313-316, ISBN 1-59593-481-2, ACM, 2007.


In this paper we report preliminary findings from two user studies that on the one hand investigate how prosodic parameters of synthetic speech can influence the perceived impression of the speakers personality and on the other hand explores if and how people attribute personality to objects such as typical products of daily shopping. The results show that a) prosodic parameters have a strong influence on the perceived personality and can be partially used to achieve a desired impression and b) that subjects clearly attribute personalities to products. Both findings encourage us to continue our work on a dialogue shell for talking products.



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