Rupal PatelAssociate Professor
- Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
Office: 102 FR
BSc, University of Calgary
MHSc, PhD, University of Toronto
Post-Doctoral Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
CCC- ASHA, SLP(C) – CASLPA
Specializations: Motor speech disorders, acoustics of prosody, assistive communication, and human computer interface design
Professor Patel has a joint appointment in Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the College of Computer and Information Sciences given her interdisciplinary research in speech communication and human computer interfaces. She founded and directs the Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory (CadLab) which conducts research along two main themes: analysis of spoken communication, and the design, development and assessment of human-machine interfaces that augment and enhance communication. Current research projects include prosodic (melodic) analysis of impaired speech for developing voice-driven assistive communication aids, studying the effects of pitch and loudness perturbations on speech production, developing interactive software for teaching children how to read aloud with inflection, and designing and implementing novel brain-computer interfaces. Students from speech and hearing sciences, electrical engineering and computer science work collaboratively in the CadLab, a state-of-the-art facility for conducting psychoacoustic studies, software design and prototyping, and usability testing.
The Laboratory is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (DOE), Charles H. Hood Foundation, & Internal awards from Northeastern University.
Professor Patel teaches graduate level courses in speech science, neurogenic motor speech disorders, human computer interaction and assistive technology.
Patel, R., Niziolek, C., Reilly, K. & Guenther, F. Prosodic Adaptations to Pitch Perturbation in Running Speech. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, in press.
Patel, R., & McNab, C. (2011). Displaying Prosodic Text to Enhance Expressive Oral Reading. Speech Communication, 53, 431-441.
Patel, R., & Alexander, K. (2010). Effect of Speaking Rate on Comprehension of Prosodic Intent in Dysarthria. Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, 18(4), 109-114.
DiCicco, T., & Patel, R. (2010). Machine Classification of Prosodic Control in Dysarthria. Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, 18(4), 35-39.
Russell, S., Laures-Gore, J., Patel, R. (2010). Treating Expressive Aprosodia: A Case Study. Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, 18(4), 115-119.
Grigos, M. & Patel, R. (2010). Acquisition of articulatory control for sentential focus in children. Journal of Phonetics, 38(4), 706-715.
Patel, R., & Brayton, J. (2009). Identifying Prosodic Contrasts in Utterances Produced by 4, 7, and 11 Year Old Children, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 52(3), 790-802.
Patel, R., & Campellone, P. (2009). Production and Identification of Contrastive Stress in Dysarthria. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 52, 206-222.
DiCicco, T. & Patel, R. (2008). Automatic Landmark Analysis of Dysarthric Speech. Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, 16(4), 213-221.
Patel, R. & Roden, A. (2008). Intelligibility and Attitudes toward a Speech Synthesizer Vocoded Using Dysarthric Vocalizations. Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, 16(4), 243-251.
Whitehill, T., Patel, R., Lai, J. (2008). The use of prosody by children with severe dysarthria: A Cantonese extension study. Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, 16(4), 293-301.
Patel, R., & Schell, K. (2008). The Influence of Linguistic Content on the Lombard Effect. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 51, 209-220.
Grigos, M. & Patel, R. (2007). Articulator movement associated with the development of prosodic control in children. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 50, 119-130.
Patel, R. & Schroeder, B. (2007). Influence of familiarity on identifying prosodic vocalizations produced by children with severe dysarthria. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 21(10), 833-848.
For more information on Professor Patel’s research please visit http://www.cadlab.neu.edu/