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