9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

A Development of Czech Talking Head

Zdeněk Krňoul, Miloš Železný

University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic

This paper presents a research on the Czech talking head system. It gives an overview of methods used for visual speech animation, parameterization of a human face and a tongue, necessary data sources and a synthesis method. A 3D animation model is used for a pseudo-muscular animation schema to create such animation of visual speech which is usable for a lipreading. An extension of animation schema is presented to reach more precise deformations mainly in a lip area. Furthermore, a problem of forming articulatory trajectories is formulated to solve labial coarticulation effects. It is used for the synthesis method based on a selection of articulatory targets and interpolation technique.

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Bibliographic reference.  Krňoul, Zdeněk / Železný, Miloš (2008): "A development of Czech talking head", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 2326-2329.