JRM Vol.28 No.6 pp. 862-869
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2016.p0862


Scalable Component-Based Manzai Robots as Automated Funny Content Generators

Tomohiro Umetani*, Satoshi Aoki*, Kazuhiro Akiyama*, Ryo Mashimo**, Tatsuya Kitamura*, and Akiyo Nadamoto*

*Department of Intelligence and Informatics, Konan University
8-9-1 Okamoto, Higashinada, Kobe, Hyogo 658-8501, Japan

**Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
8916-5 Takayama, Ikoma, Nara 658-0072, Japan

January 20, 2016
September 20, 2016
December 20, 2016
Manzai robots, Manzai script, web news, dialogue generating system, RT middleware

Scalable Component-Based Manzai Robots as Automated Funny Content Generators

Tabletop component-based Manzai robots

This manuscript describes a scalable tabletop Manzai robot system that has been developed using distributed software components. Manzai is a style of traditional Japanese stand-up comedy that is typically performed by two comedians – a stooge and a straight man. Manzai script refers to the dialogues exchanged between the two comedians. Manzai robots automatically generate their Manzai scripts from web news articles based on keywords provided by audiences and search results on the Internet. Then, the robots perform according to these Manzai scripts. This study focuses on the flexibility and scalability of a robot system based on distributed Robot Technology (RT) components. The results of the implementation experiments demonstrate the flexibility of the Manzai performing robots and the scalability of the functions of the robot system.

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