Some observations on computer lip-reading: moving from the dream to the reality

Helen L. Bear, Gari Owen, Richard Harvey, Barry Theobald

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A critical assumption of all current visual speech recognition systems is that there are visual speech units called visemes which can be mapped to units of acoustic speech, the phonemes. Despite there being a number of published maps it is infrequent to see the effectiveness of these tested, particularly on visual-only lip-reading (many works use audio-visual speech). Here we examine 120 mappings and consider if any are stable across talkers. We show a method for devising maps based on phoneme confusions from an automated lip-reading system, and we present new mappings that show improvements for individual talkers.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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