THE TALKING HEAD
The Finnish Talking Head is a virtual, computer animated 3D model of
the human head that speaks Finnish and can display facial expressions. The facial model is
combined with a commercial Finnish auditory text-to-speech synthesiser.
Software tools have been developed to control various features of the head. There are
about 100 controllers including 67 dynamic parameters and twelve of the dynamic parameters
are used to change the jaw rotation and lip formation. The tools can be used for modifying
facial expressions and their intensities. In addition, it is possible to change the whole
facial appearance. The user can fine tune visual speech, create speech sequences, and
expressions during the speech.
The aim is to use the head for research on neurocognitive mechanisms of human speech
and socio-emotional communication. The head has been integrated to a lip-reading tutoring