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Jun Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering, Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Callier Center for Communication Disorders, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas

Office: ECS North 3.924
           
800 W Campbell Rd.
            Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: (972)883-6821
Email: wangjun AT utdallas.edu (replace ' AT ' with '@')
Jun Wang in
                      EMA AG501.



I earned my PhD in computer science with a specialty in speech production from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in December 2011, co-advised by Dr. Jordan R. Green (communication disorders) and Dr. Ashok Samal (computer science). I was then a postdoctoral research associate in the Neurogenetic Communication Disorders Consortium, a joint program between the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln from January to August 2012 before I joined UTD Callier Center as an independent researcher. I began the current position since June 2014.

* Prospective postdoc, graduate, and undergraduate students in the Speech Disorders & Technology Lab.


Research

Silent speech recognition / interface, articulation-to-speech synthesis
Speech motor control and motor speech disorders (e.g., due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis )
Brain activity signal analysis for communication disorders


Tongue motion tracking devices

Wave Speech Research System, Northern Digital Inc., Canada
Electromagnetic Articulograph (EMA), AG501, Carstens Medizinelektronik GmbH, Germany


Grants

Co-Investigator (sub-contractor),  NIH/NIDCD R01 DC013547, Speech movement classification for assessing and treating ALS, $2.97M,  12/01/2013 - 11/30/2018 (
PI: Green).

Co-Investigator, NIH/NIDCD SBIR R43 DC013467, Development of a software package for speech therapy, $209,650, 03/04/2014 - 04/28/2015 (PI: Sloan). 



Selected Publications


Wang, J., Katz, W., & Campbell, T. F. (2014). Contribution of tongue lateral to consonant production, Proc. of Interspeech, Singapore (In press).

Katz, W., Campbell, T. F., Wang, J., Farrar, E., Eubanks, C., Balasubramanian, A., Prabhakaran, B. & Rennaker, R. (2014). Opti-Speech: A real-time, 3D visual feedback system for speech training, Proc. of Interspeech, Singapore (In press).

Wang, J., Samal, A., & Green, J. R. (2014). Across-speaker articulatory normalization for speaker-independent silent speech recognition, Proc. of Interspeech, Singapore (In press).

Wang, J., Samal, A., & Green, J. R. (2014). Preliminary test of a real-time, interactive silent speech interface based on electromagnetic articulograph, ACL/ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies, Baltimore, MD, 38-45. [Demo]

Wang, J.
, Green, J. R., Samal, A., & Yunusova, Y. (2013). Articulatory distinctiveness of vowels and consonants: A data-driven approach, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 1539-1551.

Yunusova, Y., Rosenthal, J. S., Green, J. R., Rong, P., Wang, J.,& Zinman, L. (2013). Detection of bulbar ALS using a comprehensive speech assessment battery, Proc. of International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications, Florence, Italy.

Green, J. R., Yunusova, Y., Kuruvilla, M. S., Wang, J., Pattee, G. L., Synhorst, L., Zinman, L., & Berry, J. D. (2013). Bulbar and speech motor assessment in ALS: Challenges and future directions, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 14, 494-500.

Wang, J., Balasubramanian, A., Mojica de La Vega, L.,  Green, J. R., Samal, A., & Prabhakaran, B. (2013). Word recognition from continuous articulatory movement time-series data using symbolic representations, ACL/ISCA Interspeech Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies, Grenoble, France, 119-127.

Green, J. R., Wang, J., Wilson, D. L. (2013). SMASH: A tool for articulatory data processing and analysis, Proc. of Interspeech, Lyon, France, 1331-35.

Wang, J., Green, J. R., & Samal, A. (2013). Individual articulator's contribution to phoneme production, Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Vancouver, Canada, 7785-89.

Wang, J., Samal, A., Green, J. R., & Rudzicz, F. (2012). Whole-word recognition from articulatory movements for silent speech interfaces, Proc. of Interspeech, Portland, OR, 1327-30.

Wang, J.
, Samal, A., Green, J. R., & Rudzicz, F. (2012). Sentence recognition from articulatory movements for silent speech interfaces, Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Kyoto, Japan, 4985-88.

Yunusova, Y., Green, J. R., Greenwood, L., Wang, J., Pattee, G. L., & Zinman, L. (2012). Tongue movements and their acoustic consequences in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica (International Journal of Phoniatrics, Speech Therapy and Communication Pathology), 64(2):94-102.

Wang, J., Green, J. R., Samal, A., & Marx, D. B. (2011). Quantifying articulatory distinctiveness of vowels, Proc. of Interspeech, Florence, Italy, 277-280.

Yunusova, Y., Green, J. R., Wang, J., Pattee, G., & Zinman, L. (2011). A protocol for comprehensive assessment of bulbar (speech) dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), 48.

Wang, J., Green, J. R., Samal, A., & Carrell, T. D. (2010). Vowel recognition from continuous articulatory movements for speaker-dependent applications, Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conf. on Signal Processing and Communication Systems, Gold Coast, Australia, 1-7.

Wang, J., Samal, A., Green, J. R., & Carrell, T. D. (2009). Vowel recognition from articulatory position time-series data, Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conf. on Signal Processing and Communication Systems, Omaha, NE, 1-6.


Technical Report

Balasubramanian, A., Wang, J., & Prabhakaran, B. (2014). Multidimensional Motif Discovery in Physiological and Biomedical Time Series Data (UTDCS-03-14). Dallas, TX: Dept. of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas.
 


Upcoming or Recent Conference Presentations


Wang, J., Katz, W. F., & Campbell, T. F. (2014). Classifying consonants from articulatory data with a lateral EMA sensor, ASHA Convention, Orlando, FL, Nov. 20-22.

Wang J.
, Deane, J., & Mau, T. (2014). Real-time silent speech interface for enhancing impaired oral communication, The 41st Neural Interfaces Conference, Dallas, TX, June 23-25.

Katz, W., Wang J., & Mehta, S. (2014). Using lateral sensors in flesh-point tracking of /l/ and /ɹ/ in American English, The 167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Providence, Rhode Island, May 5-9.

Mehta, S., Wang J., & Katz, W. (2014). Tense/lax discrimination in articulatory vowel space: Evidence from electromagnetic articulography, The 167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Providence, Rhode Island, May 5-9.

Wang J.
, Green, J. R., & Samal, A. (2014).
A real-time, interactive silent speech interface based on Electromagnetic Articulograph,

Conference on Motor Speech, Sarasota, FL.

Wolter, J., Farquharson K., Vanderveen, N., Wang, J., & Hogan, T. (2014). Orthographic probability and neighborhood density across development using the Child Orthographic Probability calculator, Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Santa Fe, NM, July 16-19.

Wang, J., Green, J. R., Samal, A., & Yunusova, Y. (2013). Individual articulators' contribution to vowel production by persons with ALS, ASHA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Wang, J., Green, J. R., Samal, A., Yunusova, Y., Kuruvilla, M. S., Pattee, G. L., & Boney, T. (2012). Articulatory and acoustic vowel space changes in early ALS, ASHA Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Green, J. R., Yunusova, Y., Pattee, G., Zinman, L., Kuruvilla, M., Wang, J., & Falikowski, M. (2012). Bulbar motor deterioration in ALS, the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, New Orleans, LA.

Wang, J.
, Green, J. R., Samal, A., Yunusova, Y., & Kuruvilla, M. S. (2012). Stage-based progression of articulatory performances in early ALS, Conference on Motor Speech, Santa Rosa, CA.


Honors and Awards

Selected Participation, Lessons for Success Workshop, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2013
International Travel Award, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2011
Research Mentoring Pair Travel Award, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2009
Dohrmann Fellowship, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering,
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2006-07


Professional Memberships and Services

Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Member, International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Member, Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)


Ad hoc reviewer:

Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR); Speech Communication;  ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS)


Media


Our ALS research was highlighted on the huge screen inside the Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE before the Nebraska Huskers' historic game hosting Ohio State Buckeyes, Oct 08, 2011.