IEEE Kansai Section第8回技術講演会

IEEE Kansai Section第8回技術講演会



``Developing and Evaluating Conversational Agents''


Prof. Dominic W. Massaro
(Perceptual Science Laboratory, University of California, Santa Cruz)

日時(Time & Date)



ATR 地下大会議室(Conference Room)
〒619-0288 京都府相楽郡精華町光台 2-2-2


The human face presents visual information during speech production that is critically important for effective communication. Speech perception is usually successful because perceivers optimally integrate several sources of information, particularly information from the face as well as the voice. Our research agenda aims to create computer-animated agents that produce accurate auditory and visible speech, as well as realistic facial expressions, emotions, and gestures. The invention of such agents has awesome potential to benefit virtually all individuals, but especially those with hearing, speech, and communication problems. Our talking head, Baldi, speaks in real time on a PC platform and involves phoneme synthesis controlled by coarticulation constraints. Recent modifications include additional and modified control parameters, texture mapping, three generations of a tongue, hard palate, controls for paralinguistic information and affect in the face, text-to-visible speech synthesis, alignment with natural speech, and auditory speech to visible speech synthesis. The talk will describe this technology, the evaluation of its effectiveness, how it is used in psychological experimentation, and its applications in language training and education.


Dominic W. Massaro is Professor of Psychology and director of the Perceptual Science Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received a BA in Psychology (1965) from UCLA and an MA (1966) and aPh.D. (1968) in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After a two-year postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, he was a professor at the University of Wisconsin until 1979 before moving to Santa Cruz. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a University of Wisconsin Romnes Fellow, a James McKeen Cattell Fellow, and an NIMH Fellow. He is a past president of the Society for Computers in Psychology, and is currently the book review editor of the American Journal of Psychology and co-editor of the journal Interpreting. His research uses a formal experimental and theoretical approach to the study of speech perception, reading, psycholinguistics, memory, cognition, learning, and decision making. One focus of his current research is on the development and theoretical and applied use of a completely synthetic and animated head for speech synthesis, language tutoring, and edutainment.

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無料 (Free)

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619-288 京都府相楽郡精華町光台2-2
Yumiko Honjo (ATR MIS Labs.)
Tel: (0774) 95 1404
Fax: (0774) 95 1408
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IEEE Kansai Section Technical Program Committee Secretary
間瀬 健二(ATR知能映像通信研究所)


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