Modelling of the human tongue

Biomechanical modelling of the human tongue

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This project aims at building a 3D biomechanical model of the human tongue, including all the muscles which are embedded into tongue tissues. A non-linear hyperelastic Finite Element model has been built and inserted into geometrical models of the upper airways. This dynamical model is now used to study the complex speech production process. In the future, we plan to use it to assist the surgeries of tongue cancers, trying to give a prediction of the functional consequences of such surgical gestures.

Publications :

- Perrier P., Payan Y., Zandipour M. & Perkell J. (2003). Influences of tongue biomechanics on speech movements during the production of velar stop consonants: a modeling study, Journal of Acoustical Society of America, vol. 114 (3), pp. 1582-1599. (PDF)

- Gerard J.M., Wilhelms-Tricarico R., Perrier P. & Payan Y. (2003). A 3D dynamical biomechanical tongue model to study speech motor control. Recent Research Developments in Biomechanics, Vol.1, pp. 49-64. (PDF)

- Gerard J.M., Ohayon J., Luboz V., Perrier P. & Payan Y. (2004). Indentation for estimating the human tongue soft tissues constitutive law: application to a 3D biomechanical model to study speech motor control and pathologies of the upper airways. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 3078, pp. 77-83. (PDF)

Collaborations : Institut de la Communication Parlée, INPG (P. Perrier & M. Chabanas).

Status : Qualitative and quantitative comparisons with in vivo measurements.

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Contact :

Laboratoire TIMC-IMAG, Domaine de la Merci, 38706 La Tronche Cedex

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