ISCA Archive AVSP 2001
ISCA Archive AVSP 2001

Multimodal translation

Shigeo Morishima, Shin Ogata, Satoshi Nakamura

A stand-in is a common technique for movies and TV programs in foreign languages. The current stand-in that only substitutes the voice channel results awkward matching to the mouth motion. Videophone with automatic voice translation are expected to be widely used in the near future, which may face the same problem without lip-synchronized speaking face image translation. We introduce a multi-modal English-to-Japanese and Japanese-to-English translation system that also translates the speaker's speech motion while synchronizing it to the translated speech. To retain the speaker's facial expression, we substitute only the speech organ's image with the synthesized one, which is made by a three-dimensional wire-frame model that is adaptable to any speaker. Our approach enables image synthesis and translation with an extremely small database. Also, we propose a method to track motion of the face from the video image. In this system, movement and rotation of the head is detected by template matching using a 3D personal face wire-frame model. By this technique, an automatic multimodal translation can be achieved.

Cite as: Morishima, S., Ogata, S., Nakamura, S. (2001) Multimodal translation. Proc. Auditory-Visual Speech Processing, 98-103

  author={Shigeo Morishima and Shin Ogata and Satoshi Nakamura},
  title={{Multimodal translation}},
  booktitle={Proc. Auditory-Visual Speech Processing},