Requirements for a Gesture Specification Language

Alexis Heloir, Michael Kipp

In: Gesture in Embodied Communication and Human-Computer Interaction Proceedings of the 8th International Gesture Workshop. International Gesture Workshop (GW-2009) February 25-27 Bielefeld Germany Pages 207-218 Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) 5934 Springer 2010.


We present a comparative study of two gesture specification languages. Our aim is to derive requirements for a new, optimal specification language that can be used to extend the emerging BML standard. We compare MURML, which has been designed to specify coverbal gestures, and a language we call LV, originally designed to describe French Sign Language utterances. As a first step toward a new gesture specification language we created EMBRScript, a low-level animation language capable of describing multi-channel animations, that can be used as a foundation for future BML extensions.

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