Photo of Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken who is director of REKNEW Projects. WELCOME FROM OUR DIRECTOR

The REKNEW research group addresses the complex communication needs of adults with acquired disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases. We work on many different REKNEW projects, targeting different adult groups and communication supports. Our approach is based on a philosophy of Participatory Action Research: we believe that individuals with complex communication needs should be part of our research endeavors, from the initial questions posed in a study to the dissemination of research results.

We invite you to explore our website and examine our different clinical research projects. We would be happy to discuss our work with you, whether you are interested in participating in a study, supporting us, learning about our recent publications or knowledge translation activities, or just finding out more about communication supports for adults.
~Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken

LEARN MORE ABOUT REKNEW PROJECTS

To learn more about our funders, who we work with, our technologies and our upcoming events, please click the blue links to below.


Who Funds Our Work

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research logoAdministration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities logo

 National Institutes of Health logo

Who We Work With

REKNEW Projects are conducted in collaboration with various community partners as well as the following organizations:

REKNEW projects have reached out to several populations, including adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Locked-In Syndrome (LIS) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). We have also looked at the outcomes of training caregivers in Alzheimer’s Care Units to use communication systems with their residents.

 

Our Technologies

Brain-computer interface logoBrain-computer Interface Systems

Our research seeks to develop an efficient and effective brain computer interface (BCI) system that will serve as a communication access method for individuals with locked-in syndrome. We strive to improve the accuracy and speed of the technology, as well as user satisfaction, for a system that can be used for functional written and spoken expression.

View more information about our BCI systems and how you can get involved in our studies

 

blahSmart Predict App for AAC Conversation

Our research seeks to develop a unique and practical Smart Prediction AAC system that exploits the physical skills, language skills, and shared world knowledge of a nondisabled co-constructor to support the AAC user. By examining message generation from a co-construction perspective, we are reimagining the concept of AAC conversation and the turn-taking paradigms that are standard in this rehabilitation field, and may offer the field of AAC an innovative and unique way to improve communication effectiveness in complex communication dyads.

View more information on our Smart Predict system and how you can get involved in our studies

Upcoming Events

 
Hyatt Regency Crystal City – Arlington, Virginia, July 11-15, 2018
 
Hyatt Regency Crystal City – Arlington, Virginia, July 13, 2018

LATEST NEWS

REKNEW Team Members Present at 2018 RERC State of the Science Conference

The RERC on AAC held its State of the Science Conference on June 13, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Arlington, VA. More than 80 professionals, people who rely on AAC, families, government representatives, manufacturers, technology company representatives, researchers and clinicians gathered for a day of learning together. Melanie Fried-Oken presented our work for the OHSU team. Seven people with complex communication needs or their family members presented short videos about their experiences, opinions, and recommendations for the AAC field. Greg Bieker, our BCI research team member was one of the video presenters. His contribution can be viewed below. View the conference agenda.

REKNEW Team Members Teach Students At OHSU Saturday Academy

REKNEW team members Brandon Eddy and Betts Peters gave a presentation to Saturday Academy students attending a Medical Camp for grades 6-8. The session included brief overviews of speech-language pathology, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and brain-computer interface (BCI). Students had the opportunity to try using AAC devices with head and eye tracking, and to observe a BCI typing session. We hope to have inspired some future clinicians or engineers to explore the field of assistive technology!

Image of Betts Peters with a room full of students presenting with a screen behind her

Above: REKNEW team members, Brandon Eddy and Betts Peters taught students through a Saturday Academy class about augmentative and alternative communication and brain-computer interface.