Bionic Voice Revolution

 

Following an exciting development by our Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience team in the field of bionics, MARCS Institute researchers have made a landmark discovery that will revolutionise the gold standard of care for laryngectomy patients. Bionic Voice is an electronic prosthesis for patients who lose their larynx due to cancer. It functions as an artificial larynx for these patients to restore their missing voice. Bionics is the science of replacing an amputated limb of the body with an electronic prosthesis.

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17 August 2017

We all know what it’s like to forget something. A loved one’s birthday. A childhood memory. Even people capable of extraordinary memory feats – say, memorising the order of a deck of cards in less than 20 seconds – will still forget where they left their keys. People, it seems, are never in complete control of their memories.

Forgetting is a tricky business, both for humans and for artificial intelligence (AI), and researchers are exploring the idea of robot memory in many different ways.

Featured Publications

Speech tones
Studies on the acquisition of lexical tone by adult learners have revealed that language background, musical experience, cognitive abilities and neuroanatomy all play a role in determining effective tone learning success. However, it is not clear whether similar individual differences play an analogous role in tone learning in childhood. Read more...
Justus von Leibig
We present a massively-parallel scalable multi-purpose neuromorphic engine. All existing neuromorphic hardware systems suffer from Liebig's law (that the performance of the system is limited by the component in shortest supply) as they have fixed numbers of dedicated neurons and synapses for specific types of plasticity.To overcome this problem, our engine adopts a unique novel architecture. Read more...