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ROBERTO PIRRONE

A Java 3D Talking Head for a Chatbot

  • Autori: Gambino, O.; Gaglio, S.; Pilato, G.; Pirrone, R.; Augello, A.; Caronia, A.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2008
  • Tipologia: Proceedings (TIPOLOGIA NON ATTIVA)
  • Parole Chiave: Chatbot; facial animation; talking head

Abstract

Facial animation is referred to all those systems per- forming the speech synchronization with an animated face model. This kind of systems are called ”Talking Head” or ”Talking Face”. In this paper a Talking Head oriented to the creation of a Chatbot is presented. It requires an in- put query and an answer is generated in form of text. The answer is transduced into a facial animation using a 3D face model whose lips movements are synchronized with the sound produced by a speech synthesis module. Our ”Talk- ing Head” explores the naturalness of the facial animation and provides a real-time interactive interface to the user. The WEB infrastructure has been realized using the Client- Server model delegating the Chatbot, the Natural Language Processing and the Digital Signal Processing services to the server, while the client is involved in animation, syn- chronization; in this way, the server can handle multiple requests from clients.

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