Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP) 2011
In this paper we introduce our life-size talking head robotic system, Mask-bot, developed to support human-robot communication research. The physical system consists of a semitransparent face mask, a portable LED projector with a fish-eye conversion lens, a pan-tilt unit and a mounting base. Mask-bot uses the mask as a screen for a talking head animation engine that is broadcast from the projector mounted behind the mask. Via this process the head becomes a life-size talking head in real space as opposed to 2D flat screen space or stereo pseudo-3D screen space, affording the means for testing new face models for AV speech synthesis and perception in life-size output without building an actual robotic head.
Index Terms. talking head, face animation, AV speech synthesis, 3D face model, humanoid robot, robotic head
Bibliographic reference. Kuratate, Takaaki / Pierce, Brennard / Cheng, Gordon (2011): "mask-bot - a life-size talking head animated robot for AV speech and human-robot communication research", In AVSP-2011, 111-116.