Pathological Speech Training

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Who’s it for?

TAPAS (Training Network on Automatic Processing of Pathological Speech) is a European initiative focused on training the next generation of speech researchers. It is an interdisciplinary consortium consisting of clinical practitioners, academic researchers and industrial partners.

What does it do?

TAPAS is a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Initial Training Network European Training Network (MSCA-ITN-ETN) project that aims to transform the well being of people who are disenfranchised due to speech difficulties.

About The Client

A European initiative

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 766287.

Project Objective

Improving lives across Europe

The TAPAS initiative aims to improve the well being of people who are disenfranchised due to speech difficulties. There are an increasing number of people across Europe with debilitating speech pathologies, due to strokes, Parkinson's or other diseases. These people face communication problems that can lead to social exclusion. They are now being further marginalised by a new wave of speech technology that is increasingly woven into everyday life but which is not robust to atypical speech.


Improving detection of speech conditions

We are committed to developing speech processing techniques for early detection of conditions that impact on speech production. The outcomes will be inexpensive and non-invasive diagnostic tools that provide early warning of the onset of progressive conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.


Improving speech therapy techniques

We are researching newly-emerging speech processing techniques to produce automated speech therapy tools. These tools will make therapy more accessible and more individually targeted. Better therapy can increase the chances of recovering intelligible speech after traumatic events such a stroke or oral surgery.

Assisted Living

Helping people live more independently

We are constantly re-designing and improving our current speech technology so that it works even better for people with speech impairments. We are also developing other speech-driven tools for other co-occurring conditions to help people to live more independently.