Listen to this recently recorded podcast with Dr. Frank Guenther by Scientific American.
“Did you know you could use brain computer interfaces to restore speech?” Professor Guenther’s recent talk at the Hariri Institute at BU.
Please enjoy this YouTube video of Prof. Guenther's recent talk for the Hariri Institute at Boston University entitled "Did you know you could use brain computer interfaces to restore speech?" The talk was presented virtually on March 24, 2022.
A recent article in Wired magazine discusses the history and progress of research aimed at creating a speech prosthesis, which is a brain-computer interface that can "read" what a paralyzed patient's brain is trying to say and translate it into an acoustic signal. The particular focus is on speech prostheses that can allow the user to improve with practice; our work with Dr. Philip Kennedy in 2008-2009 was the first device of this type, though it was only capable of producing vowel sounds, not entire words.
A new article in Psychology Today examines how the midbrain "relay stations" modulate motor loops linked to fluid performance. The author discusses collaborative stuttering research between the Guenther lab and Dr. Soo-Eun Chang's lab at the University of Michigan (inspired in part by Per Alm's theoretical work on basal ganglia involvement in stuttering), relating this work to fluid motions of athletes such as tennis players.
Congratulations to Guenther lab member Hilary Miller who was recently awarded a ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship!
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s ASHFoundation awarded this scholarship to recognize strong doctoral candidates who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to a teacher-investigator career in the field of communication sciences and disorders.
Guenther lab member Hilary Miller was just selected as a Graduate Student Fellow through the BU Hariri Institute for Computing! The Hariri Graduate Student Fellows program recognizes outstanding PhD students who are pursuing computing and data-driven research at Boston University.
New article just published! We looked at how reliable fMRI activation maps were from adults who participated in two simple speech studies in our lab. By focusing on a swath of cortex commonly used during speech, overlap and correlation measures were moderate to high. We then asked if they were also highly discriminable - could a computer correctly identify a participant just from their speech activation maps? Turns out you get almost perfect accuracy across 75 participants with only 1 training sample.
Notice of Dissertation Defense
Dante J. Smith
Candidate for the degree of Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience
Title: THE ROLES OF AUDITORY AND SOMATOSENSORY FEEDBACK IN VOCAL MOTOR CONTROL
Monday, December 2, 2019
5 Cummington Mall, RM 113
(Advisor: Professor Frank Guenther)
Check out the latest issue of Inside Sargent to read up on the research of two Guenther lab members, Dr. Liz Heller Murray and graduate student Saul Frankford.
Saul Frankford's research on speech and speech disorders, specifically stuttering, is also discussed in this issue.
Dr. Frank Guenther, Principal Investigator, and Dr. Elaine Kearney, Postdoctoral Research Associate, recently attended the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language held in the beautiful city of Helsinki, Finland from Aug 20 - 22. Dr. Guenther gave an invited keynote talk titled “Neural Modeling and Imaging of Speech Production in Neurotypical and Disordered Populations”. Dr. Kearney presented a poster titled “SimpleDIVA: A 3-Parameter Model for Examining Adaptation in Speech and Voice Production”.