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Project Title

Project Title

Automated measurement of dialogue structure in autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Roark, Brian

Description

Description

This project seeks to bring the power of machine-based sensing and computation to improve the study of speech patterns in individuals with autism. By combining technologies stemming from natural language processing methods and prosodic analysis methods, they expect to find aspects of speech that could be used as clinical markers. This research will analyze recordings being collected from two narrative recall tests that have the potential to uncover a wider range of speech differences between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and others. The hope is that this will clinically define children with ASD relative to typically-developing children and differentiate ASD from other groups who also have communication impairments, e.g. children with developmental language delay (DLD) as well as differentiate speech characteristics or markers that might better discriminate subtypes within the ASD umbrella (e.g., high-functioning autism (HFA) vs. Asperger's). They expect that speech and language technologies will not only make critical diagnostic speech features easier to document but also may actually uncover distinguishing speech features in autism and autistic subtypes that have previously gone undetected.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2008-2010

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1SA. Develop, with existing tools, at least one efficient diagnostic instrument (e.g., briefer, less time intensive) that is valid in diverse populations for use in large-scale studies by 2011. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,300,000 over 2 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Automated measurement of dialogue structure in autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Oregon Health & Science University

State/Country

State/Country

Oregon

Project Number

Project Number

2407

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Automated measurement of dialogue structure in autism | 44250 | 2009 | 2407
Automated measurement of dialogue structure in autism | 50000 | 2008 | 2407

 
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