Vocal cord model to control various voices for anthropomorphic talking robot

Kotaro Fukui, Yuma Ishikawa, Eiji Shintaku, Keisuke Ohno, Nana Sakakibara, Atsuo Takanishi, Masaaki Honda

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Abstract

We have developed a biomechanical vocal cord model for an anthropomorphic talking robot-the Waseda Talker Series. The model mimics the biomechanical structure of human vocal cords and is made of a soft rubber called Septon. It is able to reproduce vocal cord vibrations of the normal (modal) voice in a form similar to the human. We also developed a neural network based model for controlling the vocal cord parameters with acoustic parameters of the speech signal. The control model consists of a forward and inverse model, and a simple feedback model. We also describe voice quality control for the vocal cord model which is important for generating fluent and emotional speech.

Original languageEnglish
Pages341-344
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 1
Event8th International Seminar on Speech Production, ISSP 2008 - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 2008 Dec 82008 Dec 12

Conference

Conference8th International Seminar on Speech Production, ISSP 2008
CountryFrance
CityStrasbourg
Period08/12/808/12/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing

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