Autonomous Robot Dancing Synchronized to Musical Rhythmic Stimuli

  • Santiago C
  • Oliveira J
  • Reis L
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This paper presents a system that is able to control in real time a humanoid robot to perform dance movements to the rhythm of a music. The movements' coordination is performed with the aid of a music analyzer that estimates the beat of the music and calculates a prediction of the next inter-beat-interval (IBI). During the robot dancing performance, a dance movement is chosen from a pre-defined dance library and is executed on-the-fly by the robot. The movements' velocity, as well as the attended metrical-level, are adjusted in real time so that the movement can be executed within the time interval of two beats, and at the same time taking into consideration the robot motor-rates limitations. Results evince a good synchrony of the movement towards the analyzed rhythm, but points to the need of a careful design of the dance movements so they can be naturally executed on time. View full abstract»

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  • -robotics
  • musical rhythm analysis
  • robot dancing

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  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-80052489321
  • SGR: 80052489321
  • ISBN: 9789899624740
  • PUI: 362492254


  • Catarina B Santiago

  • João Lobato Oliveira

  • Luis Paulo Reis

  • Armando Sousa

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