Speech Disorders and Technology Lab: People

  • Director: Jun Wang, PhD
  • Locations: CMB1 & HDB5
  • 512-471-6831
  • jun.wang@austin.utexas.edu
Wang Lab People

Wang Lab People

Principal Investigator

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Jun Wang, PhD

Dr. Jun Wang is the principal investigator of the UT Austin Speech Disorders & Technology Lab. Dr. Wang earned his PhD in Computer Science with a cross training in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Nebraska — Lincoln in December 2011. After a half-a-year postdoc training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska - Lincoln, he joined UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders as a Research Scientist in 2012 and then became an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014 until he joined UT Austin in summer 2019.

Dr. Wang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Moody College of Communication and in the Department of Neurology, Dell Medical School.

Visiting Scholars

Anusha

Anusha Thomas, PhD

Anusha Thomas is a visiting scholar at the lab. She earned her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013, and has been involved in research projects with UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Her research background is in kinematic measures and speech movements in motor speech disorders. She is currently working with acoustic measures in motor speech disorder due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Wendy

Wendy Liang, MS, CCC-SLP

Wendy is a visiting scientist in the lab. She holds a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from New York University, and completed a combined clinical research fellowship at University of Florida. She is currently a speech language pathologist practicing in the acute care and outpatient medical settings at several hospitals in Austin, TX. Wendy is also the founder and president of 501(C)3 nonprofit, Burgundy & White, an organization supporting the head and neck cancer community. Wendy currently involves in a number of projects including articulatory patterns of laryngectomees and dysarthric speech analysis.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alan Wisler

Alan Wisler, PhD

Dr. Alan Wisler is a postdoctoral research associate in the lab. Alan earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2016, and held post-doctoral research positions at ASU, the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, prior to joining the Speech Disorders and Technology Lab at UT Dallas. He then moved with the lab to UT Austin in 2019. His research primarily focuses on examining the relationship between speech production and brain health across a range of disorders, with the end goal of developing tools for the detection and monitoring of neurological disorders.

Graduate Students

Beiming Cao

Beiming Cao

Beiming Cao, PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a graduate research assistant in the lab. He obtained his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University (SMU). His research focuses on speech signal processing with a special interest in silent speech recognition, dysarthric speech recognition, and articulation-to-speech synthesis.

Kristin Teplansky

Kristin Teplansky

Kristin Teplansky, PhD student in Communication Sciences and Disorders, is a graduate research assistant in the lab. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from UT Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders in 2014 and has worked as a speech therapist in the North Dallas area. Kristin’s current research focus is on motor speech disorders due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) using kinematic and acoustic measures. Kristin is also part of the silent speech project with a focus on tongue and lip motion patterns of silent and normal speech.

Debadatta Dash

Debadatta Dash

Debadatta Dash, PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a graduate research assistant in the lab. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering (EEE) from Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), India in 2014 and has two and half years of industrial experience from Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Ltd. in electrical design and project management. He was a research scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi, where he worked on resting state fMRI analysis. His current research focuses on neural decoding of speech or disorders from neuromagnetic (MEG) signals.

Undergradaute Students

Avi Patel

Avi Patel

Avi Patel is an undergraduate student studying Finance on the Pre-Dental Track at the University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in research regarding the computational analysis of neuroscience. Starting Fall 2019, Avi began assisting in Dr. Wang's Lab and is currently involved in data processing in the ALS project and the silent speech project. Outside of research, Avi is affiliated with Texas Pre-Dental Society, Student Health Advisory Committee, and Texas Infinites. During his free time, he enjoys hiking and flying kites!

Riya Ghosal

Riya Ghosal

Riya Ghosal is an undergraduate pursuing a Neuroscience degree on the pre-medical track at the University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in research regarding the effects of neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS on speech and communication, as well as learning more about the concept of speech kinematics and how it can be applied to biomedical technology. Riya began assisting in Dr. Wang’s Lab in Fall 2019 and is currently involved in data processing for the ALS project and the silent speech project. Aside from research, she volunteers for hospitals and shadows medical professionals. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and watching movies!

Megan Welsh

Megan Welsh

Megan Welsh is an undergraduate Speech-Language Pathology Major studying at The University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in research involving electromagnetic articulography technology for speech synthesis. She is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), The Engineering Chamber Orchestra in which she plays the viola, and The Baptist Student Ministry. She likes to spend her free time skateboarding and riding her bike.

Ryan Larson

Ryan Larson

Ryan Larson is an undergraduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Moody College of Communications at The University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in research on technologies involved in assisted speech communication and brain processing. Ryan began assisting Dr. Wang’s Lab in Spring 2020 and is doing data processing for the ALS and silent speech projects. In his free time he enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and swimming.

Mackenzie

Elizabeth Mackenzie Finch

Mackenzie Finch is an undergraduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders with focus on Speech Pathology. Starting in the lab in the Fall of 2019 as a research assistant, she is currently working to analyze data for the Silent Speech Project. She is interested in learning more about the research that is being done to further the technology used in speech disorders. In her spare time, she participates in the Longhorn Late night TSTV program and is acting Historian for the Longhorn Singers show choir at UT.

Regina

Regina Treviño

Regina Treviño is an undergraduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders going the Speech and Language Pathology route. She joined the lab in Spring 2020 and is currently working on analyzing data for the Silent Speech Project. She is interested in learning more behind the research of the technology being developed for speech disorders. Regina is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and the Lang Stuttering Institute Student Leadership Organization (LSI SLO). In her spare time, she enjoys talking to her family and friends.

Collaborators

Sara G. Austin, MD, FAAN

Department of Neurology, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin

Thomas F. Campbell, PhD, CCC-SLP

Callier Center for Communication Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas

Paul Ferrari, PhD

MEG Lab, Dell Children’s Medical Center
Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Lisa Goffman, PhD, CCC-SLP

Callier Center for Communication Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas

Jordan R. Green, PhD, CCC-SLP

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, MGH Institute of Health of Professions
Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology, Harvard University

Daragh Heitzman, MD, FAAN

MDA/ALS Center, Texas Neurology

Omer T. Inan, PhD

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Alexander Kain, PhD

Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Center for Spoken Language Understanding, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Ted Mau, MD, PhD

Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Robin Samlan, PhD, CCC-SLP

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona

Yana Yunusova, PhD, CCC-SLP

Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto, Canada

 

Alumni


Anurag Patil, Master student in Computational Science and Mathematics at the Oden Institute of Computational Engineering and Sciences, UT Austin 

Brian Y. Tsang,  undergraduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

Satwik Dutta, Master studnet in Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Dallas, now a PhD student

Siva Saket Sripada, Master student in Biomedical Engineering, UT Dallas

Mufang Sang, PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Dallas

Danny Chen, summer intern 2019, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, TX, now an undergrdaute student at Texas A&M University.

Tim Chen, summer intern 2019, Lebanon Trail High School, Frisco, TX

Shruthi B. Dubagunta, undergradaute student in Biomedical Engineering, UT Dallas

Richard (Jun) Wang, Master's student in Computer Science at UT Dallas, now an Applied Scientist at Amazon, Boston, MA

KwangHoon An, Master’s student in Computer Science at UT Dallas, now a System Integration Engineer at the Machine Learning Team, Qualcomm Inc. San Diego, CA

Dr. Myungjong Kim, Postdoctoral Research Associate, now a Staff Machine Learning Researcher at Samsung Research America, Mountain View, CA.

Kevin D. Tran, undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering, UT Dallas, then a graduate student at Johns Hopkins Univeristy.

Meagan E. Furth, undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering, UT Dallas

Jihye Moon, undergraduate summer intern in 2017, now a Master's student in Biomedical Engineering, Jungwon University, South Korea

Heather Xiao, undergraduate student in biology and the UT-PACT program, UT Dallas

Prasanna Kothalkar, PhD student in Computer Engineering, UT Dallas

Katie Purdum, Master’s student in Biomedical Engineering, UT Dallas

Saara Raja, Master’s student in Cognitive Neuroscience, UT Dallas, now a Risk Management Analytic Consultant at Wells Fargo Bank, NC.

Dr. Seongjun Hahm, Postdoctoral Research Associate, now a Principal Research Scientist at Marchex, Seattle, WA

Braden Herndon, Master’s student in Computer Science, now a software developer at Match Dot Com, Dallas, TX

Kumail Haider, undergraduate assistant, Biochemistry, UT Dallas

Soujanya Koduri, undergraduate assistant, Psychology, UT Dallas

Denisse Amaranta Soler Morales, undergraduate summer intern in 2015, Biomedical Engineering, Monterrey Institute of Technology, Guadalajara, Mexico

Victoria Juarez, Master’s student in Communication Sciences and Disorders, UT Dallas