International Display Workshops General Incorporated Association

[3Dp4/AISp4-2L] Real-Time Facial Animation of a Reality Avatar Based on Japanese Vowels in a Speech Audio Stream

*Ryoto Kato1, Yusuke Kikuchi1, Vibol Yem1, Yasushi Ikei2 (1.Tokyo Metropolitan University (Japan), 2.The University of Tokyo (Japan))

Realistic avatar, Speech facial expression, Real-time

Automated, expressive facial animation is crucial for AI avatars in the VR space. We propose a real-time method for facial animation based on Japanese vowels. The user study revealed that our facial expression was more natural than the popular method (Oculus Lipsync) in mouth motion synchronous to speech audio stream.