ISCA Archive AVSP 2003
ISCA Archive AVSP 2003

Toolkit for animation of Finnish talking head

Michael Frydrych, Jari Kätsyri, Martin Dobsík, Mikko Sams

We have designed and implemented a toolkit for real-time animation of virtual 3D talking head, “Artificial Person”. Synchronized auditory and visual speech are automatically produced from input text, which can be enriched by user definable commands to perform specific gestures, as for example head nodding or facial expressions. The toolkit is extensible through external configuration files, so new actions can be quickly added. We have configured the Artificial Person to display facial expressions and phoneme articulations. Modular design of the toolkit allows to easily replace parts of the system or to detach and run them on different computers. Artificial Person can be used to produce controllable stimuli in psychophysical and neurophysiological research on audio-visual perception of speech and emotions.

Cite as: Frydrych, M., Kätsyri, J., Dobsík, M., Sams, M. (2003) Toolkit for animation of Finnish talking head. Proc. Auditory-Visual Speech Processing, 199-204

  author={Michael Frydrych and Jari Kätsyri and Martin Dobsík and Mikko Sams},
  title={{Toolkit for animation of Finnish talking head}},
  booktitle={Proc. Auditory-Visual Speech Processing},