EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


An approach to an Italian Talking Head

C. Pelachaud (1), E. Magno-Caldognetto (2), C. Zmarich (2), Piero Cosi (2)

(1) Universita di "La Sapienza", Italy
(2) C.N.R. of Padova , Italy

Our goal is to create a natural talking face with, in particular, lip-readable movements. Based on real data extracted from an Italian speaker with the ELITE system, we have approximated the data using radial basis functions. In this paper we present our 3D facial model based on MPEG-4 standard and our computational model of lip movements for Italian. Our experiment is based on some phonetic-phonological considerations on the parameters defining labial orifice, and on identification tests of visual articulatory movements.

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Bibliographic reference.  Pelachaud, C. / Magno-Caldognetto, E. / Zmarich, C. / Cosi, Piero (2001): "An approach to an Italian talking head", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1035-1038.