Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP) 2011

Volterra, Italy
September 1-2, 2011

Talking Heads for Elderly and Alzheimer Patients (THEA): Project Report and Demonstration

Sascha Fagel (1,2)

(1) Berlin University of Technology, Germany
(2) zoobe message entertainment GmbH, Berlin, Germany

In the present project a talking head is developed especially for the use with mobile devices. Its design targets applications in the area of Ambient Assisted Living services. It shall be easily adapted to various face and head typologies and appearances to represent specific persons known to the user, highly performing on current mobile hardware, and flexible in the interface design to communicate with a range of middleware and service platforms. A Client-Server-Architecture with lightweight client software ensures easy adaptability of the main server logic to various end devices like Android smartphones, iPhones, set-top boxes or standard computers.

Index Terms. talking head, Ambient Assisted Living, elderly, cognitive impairment, virtual assistant

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Fagel, Sascha (2011): "Talking heads for elderly and Alzheimer patients (THEA): project report and demonstration", In AVSP-2011, 67.