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MobileSSI - A Multi-modal Framework for Social Signal Interpretation on Mobile Devices


Over the last years, new generations of mobile devices have found their way into our pockets. They provide more and more computational power and memory capacity to perform complex calculations that formerly could only be accomplished with bulky desktop machines...
in: London Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE) 2016

Verlag: IEEE

DOI: 10.1109/IE.2016.32


Over the last years, new generations of mobile devices have found their way into our pockets. They provide more and more computational power and memory capacity to perform complex calculations that formerly could only be accomplished with bulky desktop machines. Moreover, mobile devices are equipped with a range of sensors to capture people's motion, environmental sound etc. These capabilities combined with the willingness of people to permanently carry them around open up completely new ways of observing human behaviour no longer in laboratories, but "in the wild". However, the detection and analysis of social cues is still a challenging task and requires adequate tools to synchronise, process and analyse relevant signals. This may be the reason why many studies and applications focus on offline analysis and typically collect data over long periods of time and analyse them afterwards. To allow for immediate feedback, real-time assessment is necessary. In this paper, we present MobileSSI, a port of the Social Signal Interpretation (SSI) framework to Android and embedded Linux platforms. The framework supports the joint development of processing pipelines for the analysis of social signals on a desktop computer and mobile devices. Throughout the paper we report on challenges we had to face when porting SSI to a mobile context. Furthermore, we summarise first experiences with a real-life setting in a pub where we focused on the analysis of multimodal social group dynamics investigating laughter as a sign of enjoyment.