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Betts Peters and Melanie Fried-Oken Present at Research Think Tank

Betts Peters, M.A.. CCC-SLP and ReKnew project director Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken participated in the  Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank, held May 19-21, 2019 at Penn State University.  Dr. Fried-Oken presented Supporting the Meaningful Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Research.  Betts Peters, Ph.D. candidate, presented Beyond Eye Gaze:  Alternative Access for Adults with Severe Speech and Physical Impairments.  The Think Tank brought together over 35 doctoral students and faculty to discuss strategies for developing research careers in AAC.

Research Week 2019 Interview

For Research Week 2019, clinician-scientists were interviewed daily.  Read ReKnew Projects director Melanie Fried-Oken’s contribution here.

REKNEW members present at OHSU Research Week

Two people presenting a research poster
Dan Klee and Deirdre McLaughlin present during OHSU Research Week

The REKNEW Team presented two posters at OHSU Research Week, which began May 13, 2019.  Performance Across Consecutive Calibrations with the RSVP Keyboard™ Brain-Computer Interface in People with Severe Speech and Physical Impairments was led by Brandon Eddy, M.A. CCC-SLP and Neurofeedback in Alzheimer’s disease was presented by Deirdre McLaughlin, M.S. CCC-SLP.

Aimee Mooney presents at the Aphasia Access Leadership Summit

Aimee Mooney, M.S. CCC-SLP, presenting at the Annual Aphasia Access Leadership Summit in Baltimore, MD in March 2019.

In collaboration with Northwestern University, Portland State University and OHSU, Aimee Mooney, M.S. CCC-SLP attended The 3rd Annual Aphasia Access Leadership Summit in Baltimore, MD in March 2019 to share the Reknew lab’s work on interventions for people with Primary Progressive Aphasia. Presentations included:

  • Mooney, A., Morhardt, D., Fried-Oken, M., Saxon, M., Roberts, A.C., Khayum, R., Rogalski, E. (March 2019). Group intervention in Primary Progressive Aphasia:    developing effective models to drive successful communication participation, engagement and support.
  • Khayum, R., Mooney, A., Fried-Oken, M., Roberts, A.C., Rogers, L, Esparza, M, Rogalski, E. (March 2019).  Application of the life participation approach for individuals living with primary progressive aphasia.
  • Khayum, R., Mooney, A., Fried-Oken, M., Roberts, A.C., Rogers, L, Esparza, M, Rogalski, E. (March 2019).  Primary progressive aphasia and technology: Creative “app”lications to promote increased life participation.

REKNEW members present their work at an Assistive Technology conference

A screenshot of REKNEW's online tool "Thinking about Thinking for AAC."

REKNEW team members Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken, Aimee Mooney and Michelle Kinsella presented the on line interactive tool, Thinking about Thinking for AAC (TaT4AAC), at Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference on January 30, 2019. This national conference is attended by the assistive technology industry, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) specialists, special educators and other rehabilitation professionals. The TaT4AAC is a resource designed to provide summaries from literature in the fields of AAC and cognition. Clinicians and AAC technology developers access information regarding the attention, memory, and executive function demands that different AAC technology features impose upon people with complex communication needs. This online tool will be widely available free on charge in October 2019 as a resource to increase the awareness of cognition and AAC technologies.

AAC State of the Science articles are now available

Front cover of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Journal.

At this time, the AAC journal is publishing a special issue from the RERC on AAC State of the Science Conference, held in Washington DC in July, 2018. For a limited time, there are advance on line publications available. We include the articles here.

Aimee Mooney presents webinar for the United States Society for AAC (USSAAC)

Aimee Mooney, M.S., CCC-SLP

Communication supports, referred to as AAC, are integral to medical speech-language pathology. This Webinar entitled "Application of Systematic Instruction principles for training use of AAC in adults", discusses effective instructional methods for training use of AAC. Participants will learn to identify personal, program and program characteristics that support successful learning, acceptance and integration of AAC. The elements of Systematic Instruction and stages of learning (in the context of communication rehabilitation) are defined and applied clinically. Finally, an instructional package for immediate application to clinical practice is shared. Access the webinar

REKNEW team members teach students at OHSU Saturday Academy

Betts Peters 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!

REKNEW team presents at 2018 International BCI Society Meeting

The seventh International BCI Society Meeting took place on May 21-25, 2018 in Pacific Grove, California. The purpose of the conference is to review the state of the science, address key issues critical to further progress, and promote the education and participation of young researchers. The conference was well attended by over 400 guests including research scientists, clinicians, software developers, engineers, industry representatives, students, and more.

BCI Team at Asilomar 2018
Team members attending included: (front row, L to R) Bruce Wojciechowski, Shiran Dudy, Tab Memmott, Paula Gonzalez, Yeganeh Marghi, Betts Peters, Brandon Eddy and (back row, L to R) Melanie Fried-Oken, Murat Akcakaya, Deniz Erdogmus, Barry Oken, Steven Bedrick, Michelle Kinsella

The REKNEW Lab was well represented at the conference, providing several poster presentations and a three-hour workshop presentation.

Click the links below to access PDF images of the REKNEW team's poster presentations. Abstracts will be available soon on the BCI Society website. Our team's presentations included:

Icons are not equal: Considerations for use of icons in BCI system

A Revised Sensory/cognitive/communication Screen for Use with Communication BCI Study Participants

BciPy: A Python Framework for Brain-Computer Interface Research

Trends inBCIMeetingAbstracts on Research Participant Categories and Descriptions between 1999 and 2013

Michelle Kinsella presenting "Eye Tracking, Vision, and BCI"

A workshop entitled "Eye Tracking, Vision, and BCI" was collaboratively presented by members of our team (including Michelle Kinsella, pictured left) as well as Dr. Bruce Wojciechowski, Dr. Deniz Erdogmus, and Dr. Boyla Mainsah. 

Steven Bedrick and Shiran Dudy presented a workshop entitled "Natural Language Processing &BCI". Natural Language Processing (NLP) is the computational analysis of spoken or written language, and is an important part of many Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems. The workshop covered a wide range of topics, including tutorials on language modeling and vocabulary personalization, discussion of icon-based typing systems, and considerations around user privacy. It was workshop was attended by more than twenty people from five countries, with participants from industry, academia, and government.

Melanie Fried-Oken awarded ASHA fellowship and outstanding researcher of the year award

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken ASHA Fellow 2018

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken recently became a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This honor is given to members of this national organization who are recognized for their leadership and scientific contributions to the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Melanie was awarded this honor at the 2017 ASHA Convention, which was held in Los Angeles, CA. This same year, Melanie received the Outstanding Researcher of the Year award from the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She acknowledges the commitment, integrity and input of the REKNEW team for adding evidence to the field of AAC. She states that she could not have received these awards without their collaboration.