Real Time Speech Therapy

Patients with various medical conditions who are unable to control their vocal loudness, vocal softness or rate of speech need continuous assistance during speech therapy. Such individuals may be in treatment with a speech-language pathologist for medical conditions such as vocal cord lesions, vocal cord paralysis, stuttering, Parkinson's, or neurologic disorders. Continuous assistance of speech therapist for such treatment is both time and cost prohibitive. This project aims at designing and developing a low cost speech therapy system that can continuously monitor, analyze and guide patients with such disabilities. Two specific objectives of this project are; (1) development of low cost real-time speech analysis and feedback generation algorithms; and (2) a field study to analyze effectiveness of automated speech therapy. A structured system evaluation will be performed to analyze benefits and effectiveness of proposed system to the target patient population.