Dr. Melanie Baljko
Professor Melanie Baljko is an interdisciplinary educator and research scientist who is developing novel technologies in Assistive Technology and Speech Rehabilitation. Melanie is an Affiliate Scientist at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Lassonde School of Engineering, and a member of the Science and Technology Studies Graduate Program at York University. A graduate of the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, Melanie has been a member of the York University community since 2002, where she continues to encourage her students to integrate their study of computer science with socially relevant issues.
Speech impairments often arise due to difficulties in controlling and coordinating the most important speech organ, the tongue. We plan to devise novel modes of visualization for use in a clinical setting for interventions focused on tongue movements. Our goal is to develop visualization techniques that provide salient feedback both to clients and to clinicians, for use in the client-clinician therapeutic dyad. This visualization-based approach is expected to be particularly beneficial for patients with multiple severe motor and sensory disabilities and who are less responsive to traditional therapy. A software-supported framework would provide an enhanced treatment tool and the opportunity for client engagement in therapeutically-beneficial exercises and be more time effective for the clinician.
CIVDDD Video Series
Research focuses on creating data visualizations for patients who are undergoing speech...
Research Sub-project
Real-Time Visualizations of the Vocal Tract for Clinical Interventions
(The VTV Project)
Petros Faloutsos
Faculty Researcher, York University
Yana Yunusova
Faculty Researcher, University of Toronto
Francis LeBouthillier
Chair, Sculpture and Installation, OCADU
Nell Tenhaaf
Full Professor, Department of Visual Arts, York University
Alireza Moghaddam
Doctoral Candidate, Computer Science, York University
Brandon Haworth
Doctoral Candidate, Computer Science, York University
Elaine Kearney
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Speech Language Pathology, University of Toronto
Madhura Kulkarni
Lab Manager, Speech Production University of Toronto
Mehrnaz Zhian
M.Sc Student, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, York University
Rojin Majd Zarringhalam
M.Sc Student, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, York University
Vincci Tau
Research Assistant, Speech Production Lab, University of Toronto
Yue Zou
M.Sc Student, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, York University
UHN - Toronto Rehabilitation Institute