Jennifer M. Vojtech, M.S.

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Boston University

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

 

Email: jmvo@bu.edu
Web: linkedin.com/in/jmvojtech

Research Interests

Speech Science; Alternative and Augmentative Communication; Electromyography; Human-Machine Interfaces; Signal Processing; Rehabilitation Engineering; Voice Disorders

Education

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering | Boston University, 2015present
M.S., Biomedical Engineering | Boston University, 20152019
B.S., Bioengineering | University of Maryland, 20112015

Research Awards and Honors

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017–present
National Institutes of Health Training Program in Quantitative Biology and Physiology, 2015–2016
Citation in Life Sciences, College Park Scholars Program at University of Maryland, 2013

Refereed Journal Publications

Vojtech, J.M., Segina, R.S., Buckley, D.P., Kolin, K.R., Tardif, M.C., Noordzij, J.P., & Stepp, C.E. “Refining algorithmic estimation of relative fundamental frequency: accounting for
sample characteristics and fundamental frequency estimation method,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Under Review.
Vojtech, J.M., Hablani, S., Cler, G.J., & Stepp, C.E. “Integrated head-tilt and electromyographic cursor control,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Under Review.
Vojtech, J.M., Noordzij Jr., J.P., Cler, G.J., & Stepp, C.E. “Effects of fundamental frequency and speech rate on the intelligibility, communication efficiency, and perceived naturalness of synthetic speech,” American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28(2S), 875-886, 2019.
Cler, G.J., Kolin, K.R., Noordzij Jr., J.P., Vojtech, J.M., & Stepp, C.E. “Optimized and predictive phonemic interfaces for augmentative and alternative communication,” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(7), 2065-2081, 2019.
Diaz-Cadiz, M., McKenna, V.S., Vojtech, J.M., & Stepp, C.E. “Adductory vocal fold kinematic trajectories during conventional speed versus high-speed videoendoscopy,” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(6), 1685-1706, 2019.
Vojtech, J.M., Cler, G.J., & Stepp, C.E. “Prediction of optimal facial electromyographic sensor configurations for human-machine interface control,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 26(8), 1566–76, 2018.
Vojtech, J.M., Cano-Mejia, J., Dumont, M.F., Sze, R.W., Fernandes, R. “Biofunctionalized Prussian Blue Nanoparticles for Multimodal Molecular Imaging Applications,” Journal of Visualized Experiments (98), e52621, 2015.

Invited Talks

Vojtech, J.M. “Surface electromyographic technology for new possibilities in speech and swallowing research,” Symposium of the De Luca Foundation on Motor Control in Speech, Voice, & Swallowing, Beijing, China, July 2, 2019.
Vojtech, J.M. “Facial electromyographic control of communication interfaces for individuals with motor speech disorders,” Symposium of the De Luca Foundation on Motor Control in Speech, Voice, & Swallowing, Beijing, China, July 2, 2019.
Vojtech, J.M. “Effects of modulating fundamental frequency and speech rate on the perception of synthetic speech,” Boston Speech Motor Control Working Group, Boston, MA, USA, June 5, 2018.
Vojtech, J.M. & Stepp, C.E., “Predicting optimal surface electromyographic control of human-machine interface devices in individuals with motor impairments,” Delsys Seminar Series, Delsys Inc., Natick, MA, USA, October 27, 2017.

Invited Book Chapters

Stepp C.E. & Vojtech J.M., (2019). Speech Naturalness. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders. Martin J. Ball (editor), Jack S. Damico (editor).

Conference Abstracts & Proposals

Vojtech, J.M., Kolin, K.R., Segina, R.K., & Stepp, C.E. “Optimization of relative fundamental frequency algorithms: accounting for sample characteristics and fundamental frequency estimation method” The 13th International Conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 2-4, 2019. [podium presentation]
Diaz-Cadiz, M.E., McKenna, V.S., Vojtech, J.M., & Stepp, C.E. “Adductory vocal fold kinematic trajectories during conventional speed vs. High-speed videoendoscopy,” International Conference on Voice Physiology and Biomechanics, East Lansing, MI, USA, August 1-3, 2018. [poster presentation]
Vojtech, J.M., Noordzij Jr., J.P., Cler, G.J., & Stepp, C.E. “Effects of prosody on the intelligibility, communication efficiency, and perceived naturalness of synthetic speech in augmentative and alternative communication,” Conference on Motor Speech, Savannah, GA, USA, February 22-25, 2018. [poster presentation]
Vojtech, J.M., Cler, G.J., Fager, S., & Stepp, C.E. “Predicting optimal surface electromyographic control of communication devices in individuals with motor speech disorders,” Conference on Motor Speech, Savannah, GA, USA, February 22-25, 2018. [poster presentation]
Cler G.J., Vojtech, J.M., Kolin, K.R., Noordzij Jr., J.P., & Stepp, C.E.  “Empirical Evaluation of Communication Interfaces Optimized for Individuals with Motor Speech Disorders,” Conference on Motor Speech, Savannah, GA, USA, February 22-25, 2018. [poster presentation]
Vojtech, J.M., Cler, G.J., & Stepp, C.E., “A feature extraction method for predicting electromyographic sensor configurations to optimize human-machine interface control,” Annual Symposium in Quantitative Biology and Physiology and Translational Research in Biomaterials, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, December 15, 2017. [poster presentation]
Vojtech, J.M., Cler, G.J., & Stepp, C.E., “A feature extraction method for predicting electromyographic sensor configurations to optimize human-machine interface control,” Boston University Department of Biomedical Engineering Retreat, Newport, RI, USA, October 5-6, 2017. [poster presentation]
Vojtech, J.M., Cler, G.J., Noordzij, Jr., J.P., & Stepp, C.E., “Evaluation of facial electromyographic sensor configuration for optimizing human-machine interface control,” Boston Speech Motor Control Mini-Symposium, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, March 31, 2017. [poster presentation]
Sweeney, E.E., Vojtech, J.M., Sze, R.W., Li, C., Zhu, Y., Fernandes, R. “Engineered Nanoparticles for Theranostics of Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors,” Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 2015 Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, USA, October 7-10, 2015. [podium presentation]
Vojtech, J.M., Sweeney, E.E., Sze, R.W., Fernandes, R. “Synthesis of an Activatable and Site-Specific Tumor Paint using Prussian Blue Nanoparticles,” University of Maryland Undergraduate Research Day, College Park, MD, USA, April 29, 2015. [poster presentation]
Reissig, C.J. & Vojtech, J.M. “A comparison of drug-related deaths in Florida, 2007-2012,” 76th Annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 14-19, 2014. [poster presentation]