Webinar: The potential of smartphone voice recordings to monitor depression severity

RADAR-CNS invites you to attend the third of webinar focused on their published academic papers or results.

On Wednesday 23 February 2022, 12.00pm-12.45pm (BST), the third RADAR-CNS online seminar will discuss the voice as a tacit communicator of our health and present initial findings on speech analysis from the RADAR major depressive disorder study.

Speech is a unique and rich health signal: no other signal contains the same combination of cognitive, neuromuscular and physiological information. However, its highly personal and complex nature also means that there are several significant challenges to overcome to build a reliable, useful and ethical tool that is suitable for widespread use in health research and clinical practice.

RADAR-CNS incorporates one of the largest longitudinal speech studies of its kind – a golden opportunity to investigate aspects throughout the entire data pipeline, from recording through to analysis, where gaps in our understanding remain.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

This seminar is open to the general public, members of the RADAR-CNS consortium and its research participants.

The link to Microsoft Teams will be circulated to attendees ahead of the seminar.

About the speakers

Dr Nicholas (Nick) Cummins is a Lecturer in AI for speech analysis for health at the Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics at King’s College London. He is also the Chief Science Officer for Thymia, a start-up developing technologies to make mental health assessments faster, more accurate and objective. Nick is fascinated by the application of machine learning techniques to improve our understanding of different health conditions. He is particularly interested in applying these techniques to mental health disorders. He is actively involved in the RADAR-CNS project in which he assists in the management of Work Package 8: Data Analysis & Biosignatures.

Dr Jude Dineley is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics at King’s College London and at the Chair of Embedded Intelligence for Health Care and Wellbeing at the University of Augsburg in Germany. She contributes to the RADAR-CNS project as part of the Data Analysis & Biosignatures work package, with a particular focus on speech recordings collected remotely using smartphones from individuals with major depressive disorder and multiple sclerosis. She holds a PhD in ultrasound imaging from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc in medical physics from the University of Aberdeen and has worked in the health service, including as a senior physicist in radiation oncology.

Read about the research Jude presented at InterSpeech conference and watch a short video

Dr Jake Andrews is a Research Fellow at NIHR Mindtech Medtech Co-operative at the University of Nottingham. He currently works on the Horizon 2020- and IMI-funded RADAR-CNS project. Jake’s work on the RADAR-CNS project involves understanding the value and potential of portable and wearable technologies in clinical pathways for multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and depression. Jake completed his PhD in 2018, which explored the use of machine learning in predicting depression in older adults, capturing user and clinician views of using technology for these purposes. Jake’s interests are in the use of technologies to support neurological health through predictive and preventative approaches.

Read about Jake’s work and watch his webinar

This article has been originally published on: https://www.radar-cns.org/newsroom/webinar-talking-our-smartphones-potential-smartphone-voice-recordings-monitor-depression