Towards a True Acoustic-Visual Speech Synthesis

Asterios Toutios 1 Utpala Musti 1 Slim Ouni 1, * Vincent Colotte 1 Brigitte Wrobel-Dautcourt 2 Marie-Odile Berger 2
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1 PAROLE - Analysis, perception and recognition of speech
INRIA Lorraine, LORIA - Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications
2 MAGRIT - Visual Augmentation of Complex Environments
INRIA Lorraine, LORIA - Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications
Abstract : This paper presents an initial bimodal acoustic-visual synthesis system able to generate concurrently the speech signal and a 3D animation of the speaker's face. This is done by concatenating bimodal diphone units that consist of both acoustic and visual information. The latter is acquired using a stereovision technique. The proposed method addresses the problems of asyn- chrony and incoherence inherent in classic approaches to audiovisual synthesis. Unit selection is based on classic target and join costs from acoustic-only synthesis, which are augmented with a visual join cost. Preliminary results indicate the benefits of this approach, since both the synthesized speech signal and the face animation are of good quality.
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Asterios Toutios, Utpala Musti, Slim Ouni, Vincent Colotte, Brigitte Wrobel-Dautcourt, et al.. Towards a True Acoustic-Visual Speech Synthesis. 9th International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing - AVSP2010, Sep 2010, Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan. pp.POS1-8. ⟨inria-00526782⟩

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