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Rupal Patel, MHSc, PhD, is founder and CEO of VocaliD, a speech technology company that creates custom digital voices for text-to-speech applications, leveraging its crowdsourced Human Voicebank. VocaliD’s award-winning technology has been featured on TED and NPR and in leading news and technology outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, NBC, BBC, Wired, Bloomberg, and BuzzFeed. Rupal is on leave from her faculty position at Northeastern University where she is a tenured professor in the College of Computer and Information Science and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research focuses on speech motor control in healthy talkers and those with neuromotor speech impairment; she applies this empirical evidence to the design of technologies that enable, enrich, and enhance communication. To address these interdisciplinary topics, she founded and directs the Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory, the Center of Speech Science and Technology, and the doctoral program in Personal Health Informatics. She has 70+ peer-reviewed journal articles, has presented at several hundred national and international conferences, and has garnered over $9M in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and private foundations. Rupal also holds appointments in the Harvard/MIT Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology program, the Department of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts, and Haskins Laboratory at Yale University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary, her master’s and PhD from the University of Toronto, and she completed her post-doctoral training at MIT. Rupal is a Fellow of the second class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.