ATLAS project: Using AI to detect language disorders
ATLAS will provide speech and language therapists with an automated screening tool to detect developmental language disorders. ATLAS is currently in development, and beta trials will be run later this year.
ATLAS is a groundbreaking new development project which aims to provide speech and language therapists with an automated screening tool to detect developmental language disorders, saving NHS speech therapists 90 minutes per patient.
By utilising advances in machine learning and a unique dataset, we will produce a technology with the ability to directly interpret speech from children with developmental language disorders. The fact that child speech input will be directly recognised, transcribed and parsed for analysis will dramatically simplify screening and assessment sessions.
More information will come as ATLAS continues the research and development stage, and as results from the first tests com in.
Current NHS resources allow for much less time than is needed to evaluate the language abilities of a child, meaning that therapists are making decisions on incomplete and inaccurate information. Using speech recognition, acoustics analysis and advanced machine learning, ATLAS will automate this process and allow further time for SLTs to evaluate their patients, and allows better planning for each child.
The framework will offer both fixed analysis using industry standard measures (such as mean length of utterance, type token ratio) as well as more in depth analysis of the language structure and content. In parallel the machine learning framework will run to either consolidate or supersede the outcome of the standard measures.
Meet the team
Introduction to ATLAS
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