An interactive speech training system with virtual reality articulation for Mandarin-speaking hearing impaired children

Xiaoqian Liu, Nan Yan, Lan Wang, Xueling Wu, Manwa L. Ng
2013 2013 IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (ICIA)  
The present project involved the development of a novel interactive speech training system based on virtual reality articulation and examination of the efficacy of the system for hearing impaired (HI) children. Twenty meaningful Mandarin words were presented to the HI children via a 3-D talking head during articulation training. Electromagnetic Articulography (EMA) and graphic transform technology were used to depict movements of various articulators. In addition, speech corpuses were organized
more » ... uses were organized in listening and speaking training modules of the system to help improve language skills of the HI children. Accuracy of virtual reality articulatory movement was evaluated through a series of experiments. Finally, a pilot test was performed to train two HI children using the system. Preliminary results showed improvement in speech production by the HI children, and the system was recognized as acceptable and interesting for children. It can be concluded that the training system is effective and valid in articulation training for HI children.
doi:10.1109/icinfa.2013.6720294 dblp:conf/icinfa/LiuYWWN13 fatcat:4a4zvafrwfhqbeeqhovaw3kmfu