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Dr. Patel is a speech scientist and technologist with over 15 years of clinical and research experience in assistive technology. A tenured professor at Northeastern University in the College of Computer and Information Science and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, she founded and directed the Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory (CadLab), an interdisciplinary research group. She is currently on leave to launch VocaliD
(link), a company dedicated to creating personalized voices for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices thorugh human voice donation.