The VIVOCA2 (Voice Input Voice Output Communication Aid) project will produce a device which will assist spoken communication for people with severe speech impairment (dysarthria). The device will be developed by a group of research partners: the University of Sheffield School of Health and Related Research (ScHaRR) Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology group and the Speech and Hearing group in the Department of Computer Science; Barnsley Hospital Assistive Technology team; Toby Churchill Ltd.; Elpedium and Medipex Ltd. It will recognise speech and `translate' it into clear synthesised output speech which can be understood by the listener. The device will be developed with a high level of involvement from potential users.
The objective is to develop a communication aid for people with dysarthric speech that retains, as far as possible, the speed, naturalness and responsiveness of speech communication.