September saw the big re-launch of the CATCH Networking Lunch series following the summer break.

Held in a new venue within the Geography Department, close to our colleagues from Psychology and Human Communication Sciences, we enjoyed a talk from CATCH Academic Dr Heidi Christensen, Lecturer in Computer Science. Attendees networked over lunch with a sunny view of Western Park.

Taking us through her presentation: “Clinical applications of speech technology”, the audience learnt about the major challenges faced by Heidi and her fellow researchers in the field such as lack of data and the need for personalisation in speech recognition software. Dr Christensen also informed us about current project CloudCAST, which in partnership with AIAS Bologna (Italy), The University of the West Indies (Jamaica), and The University of Toronto (Canada), aims to place Clinical Application of Speech Technology in the hands of speech professionals. Another project discussed was homeService, a cloud-based, personalised system putting state-of-the-art speech recognition into the homes of users with physical impairments and disordered speech.

Closing to a number of questions from the network, it’s safe to say that Heidi’s showcase got everyone thinking.

Save the date: Friday 14th October, 12.15 – 14.00, The Diamond (workroom 3)

Join us at our October Networking lunch where we will be joined by:

  • New Professor Luc de Witte, Health Services Research 
  • Colleague from Research and Innovation Services, Rachel Dwyer


Following this we’ll be welcoming you to our new and improved Home Lab in the Innovation Centre. So come along to network over coffee and cake and see how you can make use of the facility in your research.

To add your name to the attendee list, email Laura Murray: