Cassell Corpus

Justine Cassell
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University


Participants: 6
Type of Study: naturalistic
Location: xxx
Media type: video
DOI: doi:10.21415/T55311

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Project Description

This corpus has three videos used to elicit postures and gestures during conversations. The following coding system was used.

1. Parts of postures
(a) Upper body: upper torso, arms, (hands), head
(b) Lower body: hip, legs, feet

2. Types of behaviors
Motion: Continuous movement of a body part without changing its position.
Position Shift: A change of position of a body part caused by moving the part. Therefore, Position Shift includes a Motion as well as the result of the motion.

3. Categories of posture shifts
(a) Upper Body
(1) Motion
 (um1) upper torso: swing, twist
 (um2) arm: wave, shake, swing, other movement
 (um3) head: shake, nod
 (um4) other:
 (gst) gesture
(2) Position Shift
 (up1) upper torso: lean (right, left, forward, back)
 (up2) arm: movement to waist, hip, pockets, front, back, sidearm cross, self-hug
 (up3) head: lean (right, left, front, back)
 (up4) other:
 (lab) look at a board
(b) Lower Body
(1) Motion
 (lm1) hip: wriggle
 (lm2) leg: stomp
 (lm3) foot: up-down, rock on heels
(2) Position Shift
 (lp1) hip: shift weight (right. left, front, back)
 (lp2) leg: step (right, left, front, back, around)
 (lp3) foot: heel pivot (right, left. front, back), toe pivot
(3) Unit of a posture shift