Many people with ALS eventually have some difficulty speaking, which can make it hard to communicate with their family members, speak on the phone, dictate to their computers, or control virtual assistant devices like Alexa and Google Home.
A highly-motivated team of Google engineers are working to improve how computers understand people with impaired speech (specifically dysarthria). Their effort is called Project Euphonia, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to improve computers’ abilities to understand diverse speech patterns, such as impaired speech. Using machine-learning technology, the team is building systems that have the potential to enable computers to improve their ability to process increasingly-slurred speech.
If you are a person with ALS who has difficulty speaking and/or dysarthria, you can help accelerate this important research! Please note: While participants will be contributing to advance state-of-the-art research, this is not assured of reaching the performance levels required of a usable product.
You can sign up here for the voice data collection program, and Google will contact you with instructions on how you can record simple phrases to help provide “training” data. We’re happy to help guide you through the process, and of course you can record as few or as many phrases as you like, whenever you like!
Thank you for your consideration. Your involvement will help push this important research forward and improve the lives of people with ALS and their families. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Claxton, Director of Care Services at firstname.lastname@example.org