A Virtual Vocal Tract for Speech Output Using Non-Invasive Brain-Computer Interface

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Individuals with severe neuromotor impairments, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, often lose the ability to communicate as a result of their disease. Brain-computer interfaces have emerged as a promising technology for restoring communication to this population, but typically rely on spelling or typing paradigms. The proposed research investigates an alternative approach to brain-computer interface that targets vocal productions through a brain-controlled virtual vocal tract using individuals’ innate knowledge of their past speech production abilities despite present speech motor impairment.

Project details

  • Primary Investigator: Jonathan Brumberg

  • Project start Date: 07/01/2018

  • Project finish Date: 06/30/2023



  • National Institutes of Health

  • Award Number: 1R01DC016343-02