The Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research group that combines work on speech communication and human-computer interaction. Located in the Forsyth Building, our lab is a part of the Bouve College of Health Sciences and the College of Computer and Information Sciences. Our students and researchers come from diverse disciplines including speech and hearing sciences, psychology, electrical engineering, graphic design and computer science.
Our projects span both basic science and applied research. A central focus of our work is the study of prosody — the melody of spoken communication. We study how prosody is produced and understood in typically developing children, healthy adults and individuals with neurological speech disorders. Our team applies these basic research findings toward the design of novel human-computer interfaces for assistive technology, language learning, and intervention tools.
The lab has established collaborative ties with the Bionics Laboratory at Georgia Tech, Haskins Laboratories at Yale University, CNS Speech Lab at Boston University, the Speech Communication Group at MIT, the Cognitive Machines Group at the MIT Media Lab, the Speech Research Lab at the University of Delaware, and both the Speech Motor Control Lab and the Cognitive Systems Laboratory at Northeastern University.
Our research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), and the Charles H. Hood Foundation.