Detecting F-formations & Roles in Crowded Social Scenes with Wearables: Combining Proxemics & Dynamics using LSTMs

17 Nov 2019  ·  Alessio Rosatelli, Ekin Gedik, Hayley Hung ·

In this paper, we investigate the use of proxemics and dynamics for automatically identifying conversing groups, or so-called F-formations. More formally we aim to automatically identify whether wearable sensor data coming from 2 people is indicative of F-formation membership... We also explore the problem of jointly detecting membership and more descriptive information about the pair relating to the role they take in the conversation (i.e. speaker or listener). We jointly model the concepts of proxemics and dynamics using binary proximity and acceleration obtained through a single wearable sensor per person. We test our approaches on the publicly available MatchNMingle dataset which was collected during real-life mingling events. We find out that fusion of these two modalities performs significantly better than them independently, providing an AUC of 0.975 when data from 30-second windows are used. Furthermore, our investigation into roles detection shows that each role pair requires a different time resolution for accurate detection. read more

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