Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP) 2013

Annecy, France
August 29 - September 1, 2013

Avatar User Interfaces in an OSGi-based System for Health Care Services

Sascha Fagel (1), Andreas Hilbert (1), Christopher Mayer (2), Martin Morandell (2), Matthias Gira (2), Martin Petzold (3)

(1) Zoobe message entertainment GmbH, Research & Development, Berlin, Germany
(2) AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Health & Environment, Vienna, Austria
(3) ProSyst Software GmbH, Cologne, Germany

We present a system to display text information by an animated talking avatar suitable for health care services. Speech animation parameters are calculated by a co-articulation model from the phone chain extracted from the text-to-speech processing step. An animation script that layers body movements and speech animation is generated and then rendered and converted into an h.264 video by a computer game engine. The animation system is attached to AALuis, an OSGi-based system for care services for older adults within a European research project.

Index Terms: character animation; ambient assisted living; audiovisual speech synthesis; health care service; avatar

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Bibliographic reference.  Fagel, Sascha / Hilbert, Andreas / Mayer, Christopher / Morandell, Martin / Gira, Matthias / Petzold, Martin (2013): "Avatar user interfaces in an OSGi-based system for health care services", In AVSP-2013, 173-174.