ISCA Archive Interspeech 2015
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2015

Cognitive impairment prediction in the elderly based on vocal biomarkers

Bea Yu, Thomas F. Quatieri, James R. Williamson, James C. Mundt

Remote, automated cognitive impairment (CI) diagnosis has the potential to facilitate care for the elderly. Speech is easily collected over the phone and already some common cognitive tests are administered remotely, resulting in regular audio data collections. Speech-based CI diagnosis leveraging existing audio is therefore an attractive approach for remote elderly cognitive health monitoring. In this paper, we demonstrate the predictive power of several speech features derived from remotely collected audio used for common clinical cognitive testing. Specifically, using phoneme-based measures, pseudo-syllable rate, pitch variance, and articulatory coordination derived from formant cross-correlation measures, we investigate the capability of speech features, estimated from paragraph-recall and animal fluency test speech, to predict clinical CI assessment. Using a database consisting of audio from elderly subjects collected over a 4 year period, we develop support vector machine classification models of the CI clinical assessments. The best performing models result in an average equal error rate (EER) of 13.5%.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2015-741

Cite as: Yu, B., Quatieri, T.F., Williamson, J.R., Mundt, J.C. (2015) Cognitive impairment prediction in the elderly based on vocal biomarkers. Proc. Interspeech 2015, 3734-3738, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2015-741

  author={Bea Yu and Thomas F. Quatieri and James R. Williamson and James C. Mundt},
  title={{Cognitive impairment prediction in the elderly based on vocal biomarkers}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2015},