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LANSPAN colloquia: Matt Coler (RUG/Campus Fryslân)

Wanneer:di 06-03-2018 16:15 - 17:30
Waar:Harmony building room 1315.0049

Recognizing speech pathology from prosodic cues

Matt Coler (RUG/Campus Fryslân)


Prosodic cues can indicate the presence of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s Disease (PD). While tremor is a better-known indicator of PD, prosodic abnormalities, known as dysprosody, impact about 70% of PD patients and are among the first symptoms to manifest.

Accordingly, dysprosody holds a potentially crucial role for early detection and treatment. While expert clinicians can distinguish PD dysprosody from healthy speech, we do not know how. What in the signal is a cue to r

To address this, we plan to conduct interviews and experiments with clinicians and develop a protocol to formalize implicit expert knowledge to discover how experts recognize PD dysprosody. Crucially, we begin with a semantic rather than a signal-based account of prosodic cues to identify what in the speech signal are cues to expert recognition.