Development of a new human-like talking robot for human vocal mimicry

Kotaro Fukui, Kazufumi Nishikawa, Toshiharu Kuwae, Hideaki Takanobu, Takemi Mochida, Masaaki Honda, Atsuo Takanishi

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Abstract

This paper describes development of a new human-like talking robot WT-4 (Waseda Talker No. 4). WT-4 was developed to overcome the problems related to the lack of variation in the formant frequency of the sounds generated by the previous talking robot WT-3. These problems arose particularly on the first formant (Fl) where frequencies of less than 500 [Hz] could not be reached. And the differences among WT-3's vowels were not clear; which may have been caused by the sound source of the vocal cords and the lips. Therefore, the connection between the vocal cords and the vocal tract was improved, as well as the lips mechanism. As the result of these improvements, WT-4's sounds were quite similar to a human's, and WT-4 was able to reproduce suitable sounds using auditory feedback.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Pages1437-1442
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Event2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2005 Apr 182005 Apr 22

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Volume2005
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Conference

Conference2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period05/4/1805/4/22

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Fukui, K., Nishikawa, K., Kuwae, T., Takanobu, H., Mochida, T., Honda, M., & Takanishi, A. (2005). Development of a new human-like talking robot for human vocal mimicry. In Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (pp. 1437-1442). [1570317] (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; Vol. 2005). https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBOT.2005.1570317