4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

An Investigation into the Generation of Mouth Shapes for a Talking Head

A. P. Breen, E. Bowers, W. Welsh


BT is currently developing a low computation, real time, talking head as an adjunct to the Laureate text-to-speech system[1]. Research into the development of a talking head may be divided into two components; image generation, and face and head movement control. This paper concentrates on the last of the two. A significant aspect of this work is research into methods of generating convincing mouth shapes when the head is talking. The paper describes a real time method of visual speech generation, which takes into consideration major coarticulation effects. It provides a detailed description of the generation process and compares this with a method of visual speech generation proposed by Cohen and Massaro[2].

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Bibliographic reference.  Breen, A. P. / Bowers, E. / Welsh, W. (1996): "An investigation into the generation of mouth shapes for a talking head", In ICSLP-1996, 2159-2162.