Rehab Rounds: Frank Rudzicz

Frank Rudzicz, Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, presents “First we shape our tools: An introduction to SPOClab” on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 12-1 pm. This event takes place at the room 140 of the Rehabilitation Sciences Building, 500 University Avenue.

Dr. Rudzicz focuses on improving speech software for people with communication disabilities. Dr. Rudzicz designed and collected one of the first and most extensive databases of dysathric speech articulation which is now distributed internationally. Recent work includes developing unique algorithms that transform hard-to-understand speech signals to be better understood by typical listeners, almost doubling the number of words that can be correctly understood. This invention was nominated by the University of Toronto for an NSERC Innovation Challenge award and a company, Thotra Incorporated, has been founded to commercialize it. Dr. Rudzicz is the recipient of an NSERC Discovery Award, an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship, a Nuance Foundation Research grant, an Ontario Brain Institute Entrepreneur award, and a GRAND-NCE Young Network Investigator award.

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recording of this presentation is available.