10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Feedforward Control of a 3D Physiological Articulatory Model for Vowel Production

Qiang Fang (1), Akikazu Nishikido (2), Jianwu Dang (2), Aijun Li (1)

(1) Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
(2) JAIST, Japan

A 3D Physiological articulatory model has been developed to account for the biomechanical properties of speech organs in speech production. To control the model for investigating the mechanism of speech production, a feedforward control strategy is necessary to generate proper muscle activations according to desired articulatory targets. In this paper, we elaborated a feedforward control module for the 3D physiological articulatory model. In the feedforward control process, an input articulatory target, specified by articulatory parameters, is transformed to intrinsic representation of articulation; then, a muscle activation pattern by a proposed mapping function. The results show that the proposed feedforward control strategy is able to control the proposed 3D physiological articulatory model with high accuracy both acoustically and articulatorily.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fang, Qiang / Nishikido, Akikazu / Dang, Jianwu / Li, Aijun (2009): "Feedforward control of a 3d physiological articulatory model for vowel production", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 52-55.