Bionic Voice Design

Project Type: Student Project, Master/Diploma Thesis
Project Status: Open

Short description

The electro-larynx (EL) is a hand-held, battery-driven device. It is one possibility to regain speech for people who had to undergo an operation, where the larynx and the containing vocal folds were removed (typically due to larynx cancer). The device is held against the throat and its vibrations are transmitted through the neck. Then the patient can create speech by modulating the energy in the vocal tract. 

We are in the process of designing a new speaking aid that improves significantly on the current state-of-the-art. One issue is how to give users who are usually skeptical towards technology the possibility to find their optimal voice sound. One idea would be to design something that makes fun."

Your Tasks

  • Review of serious game approaches
  • Implement approach to find ones voice
  • Real user tests
  • Documentation

Your Profile/Prerequisites

  • Motivation and interest in the topic
  • Communication skills (+ no fear of Austrian Dialects)
  • Experience with Matlab and/or Python
  • Teams of 2 - 4 people are highly welcome

Contact:

 Martin Hagmüller (hagmueller@tugraz.at or 0316/873 4377)