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Rupal Patel


Interdisciplinary with Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Rupal Patel


Office Location

70 Forsyth Street
204 Forsyth Building
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Rupal Patel, 106A FR
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Speech acoustics and analytics
  • Design and development of assistive communication technology
  • Speech motor control in neuromotor disorders
  • Typical speech development


  • Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • PhD in speech language pathology, University of Toronto
  • MHSc in speech language pathology, University of Toronto
  • BSc in neuropsychology, University of Calgary


Rupal Patel is a member of the faculty of both Khoury College of Computer Sciences and Bouve College of Health Sciences. Patel is founding member of the doctoral program in personal health informatics and the founder and director of the Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory (CadLab). The CadLab is an interdisciplinary group that conducts fundamental research on speech production and applies empirical findings toward the design and development of novel human-machine communication interfaces. Research projects range from analysis of prosody (a.k.a. speech melody) production across the lifespan in neurotypical speakers and those with impairment to implementing novel multimodal assistive communication interfaces. Students from speech and hearing sciences, electrical engineering and computer science work collaboratively in the CadLab, a state-of-the-art facility for conducting psychoacoustic studies, software design, prototyping and usability testing. VocaliD, a voice AI company is a CadLab spin-out.

Research funding is provided by federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation; several National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, NIDCD); National Institute of Child and Human Development, NICHD and the National Institute of Biomedical Imagining and Bioengineering, NIBIB); and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; as well as foundations (Charles H. Hood Foundation and Continuous Path Foundation).