Jonathan S. Brumberg

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Speech-Language-Hearing
Assistant Professor
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


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., 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

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, & 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, 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.

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

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

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), 367–379.

Brumberg, J. S., & Guenther, F. H. (2010). Development of speech prostheses: current status and recent advances. Expert review of medical devices, 7(5), 667–79.

Denby, B., Schultz, T., Honda, K., Hueber, T., Gilbert, J., & Brumberg, J. S. (2010). Silent speech interfaces. Speech Communication , 52(4), 270–287.

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., Pitt, K. & Burnison, J. (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., Brumberg, J., 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. (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., Burnison, J. & Pitt, K. (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., Krusienski, D., 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., Lotte, F., Krusienski, D. & 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., 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. (07/31/2014). Interdisciplinary collaborations at work in brain-machine interface research. Merrill Research Retreat. Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, NE

Stepp, C. & Brumberg, J. (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., Patel, R. & Brumberg, J. (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 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 . University (KU or KUMC). 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, 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, (Principal), 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

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