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Progress in animation of an EMA-controlled tongue model for acoustic-visual speech synthesis

Ingmar Steiner; Slim Ouni
In: Bernd J. Kröger; Peter Birkholz (Hrsg.). Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung 2011. Pages 245-252, Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation, Vol. 61, ISBN 978-3-942710-37-4, TUDpress, Dresden, Germany, 9/2011.


We present a technique for the animation of a 3D kinematic tongue model, one component of the talking head of an acoustic-visual (AV) speech synthesizer. The skeletal animation approach is adapted to make use of a deformable rig controlled by tongue motion capture data obtained with electromagnetic articulography (EMA), while the tongue surface is extracted from volumetric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data. Initial results are shown and future work outlined.

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