Jonathan S. Brumberg

Research Centers - Speech-Language-Hearing
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Speech-Language-Hearing
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 3001
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Haworth Hall
Room 4115


Jonathan Brumberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing with a courtesy appointment in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and affiliations with the Neuroscience Graduate Program and Bioengineering Graduate Program. He earned his PhD at Boston University in the area of computational neuroscience of speech motor control in 2009 and continued at Boston University as a research assistant professor before coming to the University of Kansas in 2012. His research interests are in the neurological mechanisms underlying speech and communication and their use in brain-machine interfaces (BMI).


Ph.D., Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University

B.A., Philosophy, University of Delaware

B.S., Computer and Information Sciences, University of Delaware


Dr. Brumberg teaches undergraduate and graduate courses involving the neural bases of speech production / motor control (SPLH 462) and speech perception (AUD 816). He also mentors undergraduate students in the university research experience program in speech-language-hearing, and electrical engineering and computer science.

Teaching Interests

  • Speech science
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroimaging
  • Speech perception


Dr. Brumberg is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying speech production, through electrophysiological and behavioral studies. He currently directs an NIH funded research program to develop brain-machine interfaces for control of augmentative and alternative communication devices using electroencephalography (EEG). He is also interested in studying the role of interactive computer programs and interfaces in speech research and rehabilitation, specifically those employing artificial speech synthesis for studying speech production in speakers with and without impairment.

Research Interests

  • Speech neuroscience
  • Speech motor control
  • Brain machine interfaces
  • Neural engineering
  • Signal processing


Dr. Brumberg is an associate editor of Brain-Computer Interfaces and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the BCI Society.

Selected Publications

Brumberg, J. S., Pitt, K. M., & Burnison, J. D. (2018). A non-invasive brain-computer interface for real-time speech synthesis: The Importance of Multimodal Feedback. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 26(4), 874-881. DOI:10.1109/TNSRE.2018.2808425

Pitt, K. M., & Brumberg, J. S. (in press). A Screening Protocol Incorporating Brain-Computer Interface Feature Matching Considerations for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Assistive Technology.

Brumberg, J. S., Pitt, K. M., Mantie-Kozlowski, A. & Burnison, J. D. (2018). Brain-computer interfaces for augmentative and alternative communication: a tutorial. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 1-12. DOI:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0244

Brumberg, J. S., Nguyen, A. Pitt, K. M., & Lorenz, S. D. (2018). Examining sensory ability, feature matching, and assessment-based adaptation for a brain-computer interface using the steady-state visually evoked potential . Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1-9. DOI:10.1080/17483107.2018.1428369

Pitt, K. M., & Brumberg, J. S. (2018). Guidelines for Feature Matching Assessment of Brain-Computer Interfaces for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27(3), 950-964. DOI:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-17-0135

Brumberg, J. S., Thorson, J. C., & Patel, R. (2018). The Prosodic Marionette: a method to visualize speech prosody and assess perceptual and expressive prosodic abilities. Speech Communication, 104, 95-105. DOI:10.1016/j.specom.2018.09.009

Schultz, T. Wand, M. Hueber, T. Krusienski, D. J., & Brumberg, J. S. (2017). Biosignal-based Spoken Communication: A Survey. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, 25(12), 2257-2271. DOI:10.1109/TASLP.2017.2752365

Brumberg, J. S., Burnison, J. D., & Guenther, F. H. (2016). Brain-machine interfaces for speech restoration. In P. van Leishout, B. Maassen, & H. Terband (Eds.), Speech motor control in normal and disordered speech: future developments in theory and methodology.

Brumberg, J. S., Krusienski, D. J., Chakrabarti, S. Gunduz, A. Brunner, P. Ritaccio, A. & Schalk, G. (2016). Spatio-temporal Evolution of Cortical Processes Related to Continuous Overt and Covert Speech in a Reading Task. PLoS ONE, 11. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0166872

Brumberg, J. S., Burnison, J. D., & Pitt, K. M. (2016). Using motor imagery to control brain-computer interfaces for communication. In Foundations of Augmented Cognition: Neuroergonomics and Operational Neuroscience (pp. 14-24). Spring International Publishing Switzerland. DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-39955-3 2

Lotte, F. Brumberg, J. S., Brunner, P. Gunduz, A. Ritaccio, A. L., Guan, C. & Schalk, G. (2015). Electrocorticographic Representations of Segmental Features in Continuous Speech. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9(97). DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00097

Chakrabarti, S. Sandberg, H. M., Brumberg, J. S., & Krusienski, D. J. (2015). Progress in speech decoding from the electrocorticogram. Biomedical Engineering Letters, 5(1), 10-21. DOI:10.1007/s13534-015-0175-1

Brumberg, J. S., Castro, N. & Rao, A. (2015). Temporal dynamics of the speech readiness potential, and its use in a neural decoder of speech motor intention. In Interspeech 2015.

Stephen, E. LePage, K. Q., Eden, U. T., Brumberg, J. S., Guenther, F. H., & Kramer, M. A. (2014). Assessing dynamics, spatial scale, and uncertainty in task-related brain network analyses. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 8(31). DOI:10.3389/fncom.2014.00031

Terband, H. Maassen, B. Guenther, F. H., & Brumberg, J. S. (2014). Neurocomputational modeling of speech motor control in developmental speech disorders: testing hypotheses about underlying neurological mechanisms. Journal of Communication Disorders, 47, 17-33. DOI:10.1016/j.jcomdis.2014.01.001

Brumberg, J. S., Wright, E. J., Andreasen, D. S., Guenther, F. H., & Kennedy, P. R. (2011). Classification of intended phoneme production from chronic intracortical microelectrode recordings in speech-motor cortex. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 5(65).

Brumberg, J. S., Nieto-Castanon, A. Kennedy, P. & Guenther, F. (2010). Brain-computer interfaces for speech communication. Speech communication, 52(4), 367ΓÇô379.

Brumberg, J. S., & Guenther, F. H. (2010). Development of speech prostheses: current status and recent advances. Expert review of medical devices, 7(5), 667ΓÇô79.

Denby, B. Schultz, T. Honda, K. Hueber, T. Gilbert, J. & Brumberg, J. S. (2010). Silent speech interfaces. Speech Communication , 52(4), 270ΓÇô287.

Guenther, F. H., Brumberg, J. S., Wright, E. J., Nieto-Castanon, A. Tourville, J. A., Panko, M. Law, R. Siebert, S. A., Bartels, J. L., Andreasen, D. S., Ehirim, P. Mao, H. & Kennedy, P. R. (2009). A Wireless Brain-Machine Interface for Real-Time Speech Synthesis. PLoS ONE, 4(12), e8218.

Selected Presentations

Brumberg, J. S. (05/23/2018). Decoding articulatory information from electrocorticography during speech production. 7th International Brain-Computer Interface Meeting, Workshop on Progress in Decoding Speech Processes Using Intracranial Signals. Pacific Grove, CA

Brumberg, J. S., Pitt, K. M. & Burnison, J. D. (11/30/2016). Evaluating control of commercial AAC devices via brain-computer interface by individuals with neuromotor deficits. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention 2016. Philadelphia, PA

Pitt, K. M., Brumberg, J. S., Searl, J. & Kuruvilla-Dugdale, M. . (11/30/2016). Inter-institutional, cutting edge ALS research across the disease course, from motor speech to AAC BCI. American Speech-Language-Hearing Convention 2016. Philadelphia, PA

Brumberg, J. S. (08/16/2016). Using imagined and preparatory motor activity to control assistive devices for speech communication. 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Workshop on Communication, Restoration of Function, and Consciousness Assessment with BCI. Orlando, FL

Brumberg, J. S., Burnison, J. D. & Pitt, K. M. (07/20/2016). Using motor imagery to control brain-computer interfaces for communication. 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 10th International Conference on Augmented Cognition. Toronto, ON, Canada

Brumberg, J. S., Krusienski, D. J., Lotte, F. & Schalk, G. . (06/30/2016). Examining speech production using intracranial electrophysiological recordings. 6th International Brain-Computer Interface Meeting, Workshop on Decoding Speech Processes using Intracranial Signals. Pacific Grove, CA

Brumberg, J. S., Lotte, F. Krusienski, D. J. & Schalk, G. . (03/31/2016). The spatiotemporal dynamics of speech as segmental and suprasegmental timescales. 2016 Motor Speech Conference. Newport Beach, CA

Peters, B. Brumberg, J. S., Mooney, A. Fried-Oken, M. & Zeitlin, D. . (11/12/2015). State of the science update: brain-computer interfaces for augmentative & alternative communication. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention 2015. Denver, CO

Brumberg, J. S. (07/31/2014). Interdisciplinary collaborations at work in brain-machine interface research. Merrill Research Retreat. Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, NE

Stepp, C. E. & Brumberg, J. S. (11/16/2013). What you need to know: surface electromyography & electroencephalography in speech & hearing. Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2013. Chicago, IL

Stepp, C. E., Patel, R. & Brumberg, J. S. (11/30/2012). Games for assessment and rehabilitation of speech and language impairments. Annual Convention for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2012. Atlanta, GA

Selected Grants

Brumberg, Jonathan, (Principal), A virtual vocal tract for speech output using non-invasive brain-computer interface, National Institutes of Health, $1,836,964, Submitted 11/06/2017 (07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023). Federal. Status: Funded.

Brumberg, Jonathan S., (Principal), Evaluating control of commercial AAC devices via brain-computer interface by individuals with neuromotor deficits, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, $25,000, Submitted 04/24/2015 (01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Brumberg, Jonathan S, (Co-Investigator), Prosody in congenital and acquired dysarthria, R21DC013095-01A1, National Institutes of Health / National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, $59,947, Submitted 03/05/2013 (12/01/2013 - 11/30/2016). Federal. Status: Funded.

Brumberg, Jonathan S, (Principal), Translating brain-computer interface to commercial augmentative and alternative communication devices for clinical practice, University of Kansas, $8,000, Submitted 08/20/2014 (09/12/2014 - 09/30/2016). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Brumberg, J. S., (Principal), Investigating output modality for a brain-computer interface for communication, NIH R03 DC011304, National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), $300,000, (09/21/2011 - 08/31/2016). Federal. Status: Funded.

Brumberg, Jonathan S, (Co-Investigator), CELEST: A Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science and Technology, SMA-0835976, National Science Foundation, $26,041, (03/01/2013 - 02/28/2015). Federal. Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

EURASIP Best Paper Award
European Association for Signal Processing

News and events

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 18, 2019


Dr. Julie Washington is coming as the invited speaker on February 11, 2019: The Annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture 

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Acting Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Three students received Undergraduate Research Awards for SPLH projects in the Spring 2018 semester!  Congratulations to Grace Carlson (mentored by Navin Viswanathan), Beth Fentress (mentored by Holly Storkel) and Bri Marsh (mentored by Jon Brumberg).

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

Holly Storkel and Navin Viswanathan receive Friends of the Life Span Institute Investigator Awards in 2017

McKenzie Butcher is one of 13 students to receive Undergraduate Research Awards in fall 2017

Kate DeJarnette, a student in KU’s speech-language pathology program, walks us through why she chose to study augmentative and alternative communication.

Explore a degree in audiology or speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas

"The Impact of Parenting on Fragile X Syndrome" in "Research Features", UK online science magazine, featuring research by Steven F. Warren and Nancy C.Brady

KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Award to Nancy Brady on April 10, 2017

KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times