Event Details

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 3:00 PM
Department of Linguistics
Seminar: Minding Your Tongue with an Avatar

Message from Department of Linguistics HKU Linguistics Seminar Series Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 3:00-4:30 pm Room 4.04, 4/F Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU Professor Bruce Denby Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI) and Tianjin University Minding Your Tongue with an Avatar Abstract: Ultrasound imaging has long been used as a non-invasive means of studying tongue movement in real time, producing data which are useful for speech production research; orthophony and language learning; preservation of rare singing cultural heritage; and silent speech interface applications. All these applications would benefit from the ability to associate a parameterized tongue model to physical tongue movement in real time - a tongue avatar - however, the poor quality and difficulty of interpretation of ultrasound images has hampered progress along these lines. The talk will introduce a project underway at Tianjin University and Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France, to associate a generic constraint-driven FEM of the tongue to real time ultrasound images of the tongue. After introducing the applications, some underlying principles, current progress, remaining difficulties, and future plans will be presented. All are welcome.

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