Stylistic gait synthesis based on hidden Markov models

Joëlle Tilmanne, Alexis Moinet, Thierry Dutoit
2012 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing  
In this work we present an expressive gait synthesis system based on hidden Markov models (HMMs), following and modifying a procedure originally developed for speaking style adaptation, in speech synthesis. A large database of neutral motion capture walk sequences was used to train an HMM of average walk. The model was then used for automatic adaptation to a particular style of walk using only a small amount of training data from the target style. The open source toolkit that we adapted for
more » ... we adapted for motion modeling also enabled us to take into account the dynamics of the data and to model accurately the duration of each HMM state. We also address the assessment issue and propose a procedure for qualitative user evaluation of the synthesized sequences. Our tests show that the style of these sequences can easily be recognized and look natural to the evaluators.
doi:10.1186/1687-6180-2012-72 fatcat:hsebvy6zmbfjjn74ppc7tbzoyi