Check out our newly published article: “Loudness Perception of Pure Tones in Parkinson’s Disease“ by Defne Abur, Ashling A. Lupiani, Ann E. Hickox, Barbara G. Shinn-Cunningham, and Cara E. Stepp.
On May 4th, the Stepp Lab researcher Jake Noordzij presented his work in collaboration with Haiyun Xu and Boston University's Hearing Research Center at the annual Senior Design Project Conference. Their project, --entitled "Testing the Cortical Algorithm in Simulated Cocktail Party Environment"-- focused on evaluating the effectiveness of a neural network model to mitigate the impact of the cocktail party problem. Neat work!
Congrats to Dr. Victoria McKenna, who passed her dissertation defense entitled "The Relationship between Physiological, Acoustical, and Perceptual Measures of Vocal Effort." She will be furthering her academic career as a post-doctoral researcher at Purdue University under the mentorship of Dr. Jessica Huber.
Victoria McKenna was one of 15 students chosen to present her research at the 3rd Annual Boston University Data Science Day, held on Friday January 26th. She presented a two-minute lightning-talk and poster presentation on the relationship betweenphysiological mechanisms and the self-perception of vocal effort.
On October 27th, Dr. Cara Stepp and Jenny Vojtech presented a talk on "Predicting optimal surface electromyographic control of human-machine interface devices in individuals with motor impairments" as part of the quarterly Delsys Seminar Series.
For more information about the talk, visit the Delsys Seminar Series page for the event.
On October 13th, Stepp lab undergraduates Nicole Enos, Jake Noordzij, and Nadia Oleinik presented their summer research conducted through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at BU's undergraduate research symposium.
Jake Noordzij presenting a poster entitled "Effects of pitch and speech rate on the intelligibility, communication efficiency, and perceived naturalness of synthetic speech in augmentative and alternative communication."
Nicole Enos '19 received an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Outstanding Student Researcher Award for her work in the Stepp Lab. Congratulations Nicole!!
Dr. Lien's final dissertation study has been accepted for publication in the Annals of Otology, Laryngology, and Rhinology:
Lien Y.S., Heller Murray E.S., Calabrese C., Michener C.M., Van Stan J., Mehta D.D., Hillman R.E., Noordzij J.P., Stepp C.E. “Validation of an algorithm for semi-automated estimation of relative fundamental frequency”, Annals of Otology, Laryngology, and Rhinology, In Press.
Our first version of publicly available automated algorithms to estimate relative fundamental frequency (RFF) are now available! You can read more about RFF, download the scripts, and get directions on their use here.
Stepp lab members Gabriel Cler, Elizabeth Heller Murray, and Dr. Cara Stepp had an awesome trip to 7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control (http://www.slp-nijmegen.nl/