System for automated speech and language analysis (SALSA)

Kyle Marek-Spartz, Benjamin Knoll, Robert Bill, Thomas Christie, Serguei Pakhomov

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SALSA automates cognitive test administration and scoring. These tests are used to characterize cognitive impairment resulting from neurodegenerative disease, traumatic brain injury, and drug toxicity; however, they are currently performed manually, limiting their utility for large clinical populations and longitudinal assessments. We present a fully automated, comprehensive system for collecting spoken test responses with mobile and telephony platforms, using an open-source automatic speech recognition engine (KALDI) to calculate a range of speech characteristics that may be useful in assessment of cognitive function.

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  • Cognitive testing
  • Speech recognition


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