Research problems in speech processing for speech and hearing disorders

Professor Ajish K. Abraham
All India Institute of Speech & Hearing

Chaired by
Dr WANG Ye, Associate Professor, School of Computing

  23 Nov 2018 Friday, 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 Executive Classroom, COM2-04-02


Any abnormality in the speech production system, pertaining to the vocal folds/articulators, or learning environment and habits leads to speech disorders. New methods to analyze the severity and automatically recognize the disordered speech are required. This further aids in developing tools for rehabilitation of persons with speech disorders. I will provide an overview of emerging research problems in this area based on the data available at the All India Institute of Speech & Hearing (AIISH) pertaining to a wide spectrum of speech disorders. The talk will also highlight the gap between the clinical requirements and current research scenario in the field of speech disorders. The impact of this gap on persons with speech disorders would be stressed upon on the basis of the five decades of clinical experience put in by AIISH. The talk aims to ignite the research minds, both budding and experienced ones, to initiate collaborative research which would finally result in enhancing the quality of life of persons with speech disorders.


Ajish K. Abraham is Professor of Electronics & Acoustics at the All India Institute of Speech & Hearing. His current research interests are in developing automated diagnostic systems for severity assessment of the disordered speech and for assessment and rehabilitation of persons with articulation disorders. His main research contributions are in Acoustics, Assistive technology, Hearing aid technology, Processing of disordered speech and Speech Acoustics. He is serving as a Member of Acoustical Sectional Committee of Bureau of Indian Standards and Member of Engineering Sciences Sectional Committee of Indian Science Congress Association. He was conferred with Distinguished Services Award by the Acoustical Society of India in 2016. He has also served as the Editor of the Journal of Acoustic Society of India.