Current Awardee

Voice Vitals: Novel Infrastructure for Disease Screening and Treatment Tracking

Mary Pietrowicz
Mary Pietrowicz

College: Grainger College of Engineering
Award year: 2021-2022
NCSA collaborators: Chen Wang, Volodymyr Kindratenko, Colleen Bushell

Many disease states are overlooked, underdiagnosed, and untreated in our existing healthcare system. This is true of Anxiety Disorders (AD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), even though these disorders are the number one cause of disability under the age of 40. The treatment barriers and lack of timely diagnoses are common to a spectrum of diseases, particularly in psychiatry, neurology, and cardiology. New methods of disease screening that address the barriers to treatment are needed. This project proposes to address the problem by developing automated disease screening techniques based on human speech and language. Specifically, the team proposes to develop machine models that can infer clinical states (using AD/MDD as the demonstration case) based on speech and language data, and then demonstrate automated annotation of speech/language/health data by integrating analytic models with the Clowder system.