Speech scientist Rupal Patel is the founder and CEO of VocaliD, a clinic that has developed a new sort of AI-based treatment that could help give people their lives back.
At VocaliD’s Voice Preservation Clinic, people can record up to three hours of their voice-reading speeches, poems or short stories—in a high quality environment. The clinic then uses the data to create a lifelike voice engine that is even capable of creating sounds, words and phrases that had never previously been pronounced.
The clinic is aimed particularly at people with throat cancer or motor neurone disease to help them retain a sense of identity and “sound like themselves.”
Patel—a research affiliate at MIT and affiliated faculty at Harvard—has an ambition to widen access for people who need voice services. The company adds that it is developing filters to change how phrases are expressed and to age a voice, so that it grows with the customer—making a child’s voice become an older child’s voice.
She is a professor at Northeastern University, with joint appointments in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Khoury College of Computer Sciences.Tags: AI, cancer, communication, disabilities, research, Speech, USA