The focus in the Human Communication Technology theme is on the development and improvement of assistive and healthcare technologies that uses speech and audio processing.

This involves older people and those with disabilities such as stroke, cerebral palsy, motor neurone disease, major spinal injuries, serious brain trauma, and dementia-related disordered speech.  Sheffield has a long track record in pioneering human communication technology, and we are world leader in speech recognition for people with speech impairments and disability. Projects have been funded over the last 10 years by the Dept of Health, EU, NIHR, Google and EPSRC with total funding to Sheffield of over £12M.

 

Projects in Human Communication Technology:

 

Key Publications in Human Communication Technology:

Title Authors Year
Adaptive speech recognition and dialogue management for users with speech disorders I Casanueva, Heidi Christensen, Thomas Hain, Phil Green 2014
homeService: Voice-enabled assistive technology in the home using cloud-based automatic speech recognition Heidi Christensen, I Casanueva, Stuart Cunningham, Phil Green, Thomas Hain 2013
A comparative study of adaptive, automatic recognition of disordered speech. Heidi Christensen, Stuart Cunningham, Charles Fox, Phil Green, Thomas Hain 2012
 A Voice-Input Voice-Output Communication Aid for People With Severe Speech Impairment  Mark HawleyStuart Cunningham, Phil Green, Pam Enderby, Rebecca Palmer, Siddharth Sehgal, P. O’Neill 2012

3 Latest Publications in Human Communication Technology:

Title Authors Year
Model adaptation and adaptive training for the recognition of dysarthric speech Siddharth Sehgal, Stuart Cunningham 2015
Intelligibility Assessment and Speech Recognizer Word Accuracy Rate Prediction for Dysarthric Speakers in a Factor Analysis Subspace David Martínez, Eduardo Lleida, Phil Green, Heidi Christensen, Alfonso Ortega, Antonio Miguel 2015
Remote Speech Technology for Speech Professionals-the CloudCAST Initiative Phil Green, Ricard Marxer, Stuart Cunningham, Heidi Christensen, Frank Rudzicz, Maria Yancheva, André Coy, Massimiliano Malavasi, Lorenzo Desideri 2015

Members working in Human Communication Technology:

Name Dept (faculty) Research strengths
Dr Heidi Christensen
Research Lead
Computer Science (Engineering) Speech recognition of disordered speech
Machine listening
Natural language interfaces to technology
Speech and audio processing for diagnosis and therapy
supported by
Prof Mark Hawley
ScHARR (MDH) Applications of speech technology in assistive technology and speech therapy
Name Dept (faculty) Research strengths
Prof Arlene Astell ScHARR (MDH) Creative applications of technology to support ageing and healthy living
Interventions to support cognitive function and mental health
Support for people with dementia
Dr Peter Cudd ScHARR (MDH)
Dr Rebecca Palmer ScHARR (MDH)  Speech therapy
Dysarthria and aphasia assessment and treatment
Rehabilitation of stroke patients
Prof Phil Green Computer Science (Engineering) Clinical applications of speech technology
Augmentative and alternative communication
Speech recognition & synthesis
Prof Roger Moore Computer Science (Engineering) Computational modelling of spoken language processing
Application of speech technology
Dr Jon Barker Computer Science (Engineering) Speech recognition by humans and machines
audio-visual speech processing
machine listening and the application of machine learning to audio processing
Speech intelligibility
processing for hearing aids
Prof Fabio Ciravegna Computer Science (Engineering) Sensors and intelligent networks
Prof Guy Brown Computer Science (Engineering) Machine listening
Reverberation-robust automatic speech recognition
Hearing impairment and music technology
Dr Stuart Cunningham Human Communication Sciences (MDH) Speech technology
Augmentative and alternative communication
Dialogue in human – machine interfaces
Prof Bill Wells Human Communication Sciences (MDH) Phonetics of talk-in-interaction
Typical and atypical speech development in children
Dr Sandra Whiteside Human Communication Sciences (MDH) Models of speech encoding
Acquired apraxia of speech
Role of genetics and effects of hormones on speech
Prof Patricia Cowell Human Communication Sciences (MDH) Effects of hormones on speech production and perception
Dr Ben Rutter Human Communication Sciences (MDH) General and clinical phonetics
Dysarthria
Intelligibility issues in children and adults

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