Integrating 3D Facial Model with Person-Centered Care Support System for People with Dementia

  • Shota NakataniEmail author
  • Sachio Saiki
  • Masahide Nakamura
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 722)


Our research group has been studying a speech communication system with a virtual agent (VA), to support person-centered care (PCC) of people with dementia (PWD). The current system uses an unfamiliar avatar for the VA, which causes a limitation in the care effects. In this paper, we develop a novel system that dynamically creates a VA based on a given facial image. The proposed system constructs a three-dimensional model based on facial landmarks within the image. It then stretches and transforms some portions of the 3D model to generate facial expressions. From just a given picture, the proposed system easily generates a communication agent familiar with individual PWD. Hence, it can implement (virtual, but effective) conversations with familiar partners.


Person-centered care Person with dementia Virtual agent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shota Nakatani
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sachio Saiki
    • 1
  • Masahide Nakamura
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate SchoolKobe UniversityKobeJapan

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