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A robotic voice simulator and the interactive training for hearing-impaired people.

Sawada H, Kitani M, Hayashi Y - J. Biomed. Biotechnol. (2008)

Bottom Line: The robot consists of motor-controlled vocal organs such as vocal cords, a vocal tract and a nasal cavity to generate a natural voice imitating a human vocalization.The paper briefly introduces the mechanical construction of the robot and how it autonomously acquires the vocalization skill in the auditory feedback learning by listening to human speech.Then the training system is described, together with the evaluation of the speech training by auditory impaired people.

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Affiliation: Department of Intelligent Mechanical Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kagawa University, Japan. sawada@eng.kagawa-u.ac.jp

ABSTRACT
A talking and singing robot which adaptively learns the vocalization skill by means of an auditory feedback learning algorithm is being developed. The robot consists of motor-controlled vocal organs such as vocal cords, a vocal tract and a nasal cavity to generate a natural voice imitating a human vocalization. In this study, the robot is applied to the training system of speech articulation for the hearing-impaired, because the robot is able to reproduce their vocalization and to teach them how it is to be improved to generate clear speech. The paper briefly introduces the mechanical construction of the robot and how it autonomously acquires the vocalization skill in the auditory feedback learning by listening to human speech. Then the training system is described, together with the evaluation of the speech training by auditory impaired people.

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Flowchart of training of speech articulation.
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fig6: Flowchart of training of speech articulation.

Mentions: In thespeech training, the robot interactively shows the articulatory motion of vocalorgans as a target to a trainee so thats/herepeats his/her vocalization and the observation of the robot motion. The trainee is also ableto refer to the SOM to find the distance to the target voice. The flow of thetraining is summarized in Figure 6. The training of speech articulation by an auditory-impairedsubject is shown in Figure 7.


A robotic voice simulator and the interactive training for hearing-impaired people.

Sawada H, Kitani M, Hayashi Y - J. Biomed. Biotechnol. (2008)

Flowchart of training of speech articulation.
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fig6: Flowchart of training of speech articulation.
Mentions: In thespeech training, the robot interactively shows the articulatory motion of vocalorgans as a target to a trainee so thats/herepeats his/her vocalization and the observation of the robot motion. The trainee is also ableto refer to the SOM to find the distance to the target voice. The flow of thetraining is summarized in Figure 6. The training of speech articulation by an auditory-impairedsubject is shown in Figure 7.

Bottom Line: The robot consists of motor-controlled vocal organs such as vocal cords, a vocal tract and a nasal cavity to generate a natural voice imitating a human vocalization.The paper briefly introduces the mechanical construction of the robot and how it autonomously acquires the vocalization skill in the auditory feedback learning by listening to human speech.Then the training system is described, together with the evaluation of the speech training by auditory impaired people.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Intelligent Mechanical Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kagawa University, Japan. sawada@eng.kagawa-u.ac.jp

ABSTRACT
A talking and singing robot which adaptively learns the vocalization skill by means of an auditory feedback learning algorithm is being developed. The robot consists of motor-controlled vocal organs such as vocal cords, a vocal tract and a nasal cavity to generate a natural voice imitating a human vocalization. In this study, the robot is applied to the training system of speech articulation for the hearing-impaired, because the robot is able to reproduce their vocalization and to teach them how it is to be improved to generate clear speech. The paper briefly introduces the mechanical construction of the robot and how it autonomously acquires the vocalization skill in the auditory feedback learning by listening to human speech. Then the training system is described, together with the evaluation of the speech training by auditory impaired people.

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Related in: MedlinePlus