Programme Details

The final book of abstracts for Ultrafest VII is now available to download at the following link:


(Note: This PDF file contains clickable links for ease of navigation between abstracts.)

Our keynote speakers for Ultrafest VII are Brad Story and Patrick Wong.

Brad Story:

Brad Story is a Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona. His research is concerned with the acoustics, mechanics, and physiology of human sound production. In particular, Dr. Story develops computational, physically based models that simulate the observed behavior of specific components of the speech production system. He and colleagues are currently conducting a long-term project using a computational model to study the development of speech production in children. Dr. Story is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. He is also a member of the Galileo Circle in the University of Arizona¹s College of Science.

Patrick Wong:

After undergraduate and postgraduate training in linguistics and cognitive psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, Patrick C M Wong completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the University of Chicago Medical School in 2003. He then joined Northwestern University until 2013 when he moved to The Chinese University of Hong Kong where he is now the inaugural occupant of the Stanley Ho Professorship in Cognitive Neuroscience, Professor of Linguistics, and founding director of the Brain and Mind Institute. As a clinician-scientist, Wong’s research covers a range of basic and translational issues concerning the neural basis and disorders of language and music. His work on language learning attempts to explain the sources of individual differences by focusing on the neural and neurogenetic markers of learning. His work on the association between language and music provides evidence for the neurophysiological mechanisms behind such an association at the auditory brainstem. For over a decade, his research team has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health in the US. His research has appeared in a broad array of interdisciplinary scholarly venues covering both neuroscience and language works including journals such as Nature Neuroscience and Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Wong’s research has also received public attention from media outlets such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday 8th December

9:45-10:00 WELCOME
10:00-10:30 Alan Wrench Applying a 3D biomechanical model to 2D ultrasound data Session 1
Chair: Sang-Im Kim
10:30-11:00 Julián Villegas
Ian Wilson
Yuki Iguro
Donna Erickson
Effect of a fixed ultrasound probe on jaw movement during speech
11:00-11:30 COFFEE & TEA
11:30-12:00 Aude Noiray
Jan Ries
Mark Tiede
SOLLAR system: Sonographic & Optical Linguo-Labial Articulation Recording system Session 2
Chair: Celine Yueh-chin Chang
12:00-12:30 Reza Falahati
Vahid Abolghasemi
Extraction of Persion coronal stops from ultrasound images using linear discriminant analysis
12:30-1:30 LUNCH



Chair: Peggy Mok
2:30-3:00 Discussion
3:00-3:30 COFFEE & TEA
3:30-4:00 Jonathan Yip
Diana Archangeli
Carol K.S. To
Development of lingual articulations among Cantonese-speaking children Session 3
Chair: Rungpat Roengpitya
4:00-4:30 Stefan Frisch
Alissa Belmont
Karen Reddick
Nathan Maxfield
Speech stability, coarticulation, and speech errors in a large number of talkers
4:30-5:00 Eleanor Lawson
James M. Scobbie
Jane Stuart-Smith
Using ultrasound tongue imaging to study the transfer of covert articulatory information in coda /r/

Wednesday 9th December

8:30-9:00 BREAKFAST
9:00-9:30 Jonathan Yip Coarticulatory effects on lingual articulations in the production of Cantonese syllable-final oral stops Session 4
Chair: Cathryn Donohue
9:30-10:00 Suzy Ahn The role of the tongue root in phonation of American English stops
10:00-10:30 Robert Mailhammer
Mark Harvey
Tonya Agostini
Jason Shaw
Bolstering phonological fieldwork with ultrasound: Lenition and approximants in Iwaidja
10:30-11:00 COFFEE & TEA
11:00-11:30 Amanda Miller Timing of front and back releases in coronal click consonants Session 5
Chair: Alan Yu
11:30-12:00 Pertti Palo
Sonja Schaeffler
James M. Scobbie
Acoustic and articulatory speech reaction times with ultrasound: What moves first?
12:00-12:30 GENERAL DISCUSSION II Chair: Doug Whalen
12:30-1:30 LUNCH



Chair: Carol K.S. To
2:30-3:00 Discussion
3:00-3:15 BREAK


5:15-6:00 BREAK
at the University Lodge

Thursday 10th December

8:30-9:00 BREAKFAST
9:00-9:30 Patrycja Strycharczuk
Koen Sebregts
/r/-allophony and gemination: An ultrasound study of gestural blending in Dutch Session 6
Chair: Feng-fan Hsieh
9:30-10:00 Alessandro Vietti
Lorenzo Spreafico
Vincenzo Galatà
Allophonic variation: An articulatory perspective
10:00-10:30 Noriko Yamane
Phil Howson
Ultrasound investigation of palatalized taps in Japanese
10:30-11:00 COFFEE & TEA
11:00-11:30 Kevin Roon
Katherine Dawson
Mark Tiede
Douglas Whalen
Russian palatalization, tongue-shape complexity measures, and shape-based segment classification Session 7
Chair: Albert Lee
11:30-12:00 Douglas H. Whalen
Kevin Roon
Katherine Dawson
Mark Tiede
Exploring the relationship between tongue shape complexity and coarticulatory resistance
12:00-12:30 Daniel Recasens
Clara Rodríguez
An investigation of lingual coarticulation resistance using ultrasound data
1:00-1:30 BREAK
Victoria Harbour Restaurant (海港酒家–西寶城)

Harbour Cruise - Bauhinia (洋紫荊維港遊)

Poster Session: Wednesday 9th December, 3:15-5:15

1 Mai Ohkubo, James M. Scobbie Tongue shape dynamics in swallowing
2 Marija Tabain, Richard Beare Recordings of Australian English and Central Arrernte using the EchoBlaster and AAA
3 Paméla Trudeau-Fisette, Christine Turgeon, Marie Bellavance-Courtemanche, Lucie Ménard The effects of blindness on the development of lip and tongue movements in children
4 Cheng Chen, Irene Ricci, Chiara Bertini, Reza Falahati, Chiara Celata An EPG and UTI investigation of syllable onsets and codas in Italian
5 Sam Johnston A Kinect 2.0 system to track and correct head-to-probe misalignment
6 Ian Wilson, Yuki Iguro, Julián Villegas Articulatory settings of Japanese-English bilinguals
7 Joanne Cleland, James M. Scobbie, Zoe Roxburgh, Cornelia Heyde The UltraPhonix Project: Ultrasound visual biofeedback for heterogeneous persistent speech sound disorders
8 Joanne Cleland, James M. Scobbie, Jenny Isles, Kathleen Alexander Gradient acquisition of velars via ultrasound visual biofeedback therapy for persistent velar fronting
9 Alessandro Vietti, Alessia Pini, Simone Vantini, Lorenzo Spreafico, Vincenzo Galatà A non-parametric approach to functional ultrasound data: A preliminary evaluation
10 Lia Saki Bučar Shigemori, Marianne Pouplier, Štefan Beňuš Effects of phrasal accent on tongue movement in Slovak
11 Mark Tiede, Douglas H. Whalen GetContours: An interactive tongue surface extraction tool
12 Hannah King, Emmanuel Ferragne The feasibility of ultrasound imaging in the acquisition of English dark /l/ in French learners
13 Cornelia Heyde, James M. Scobbie, Ian Finlayson Searching for closure: Seeing a dip
14 Anna Matosova, Lorenzo Spreafico, Alessandro Vietti, Vincenzo Galatà A thermoplastic head-prove stabilization device
15 Noriko Yamane, Jennifer Abel, Blake Allen, Strang Burton, Misuzu Kazama, Masaki Noguchi, Asami Tsuda, Bryan Gick Ultrasound-integrated pronunciation teaching and learning
16 Elina Rubertus, Dzhuma Abakarova, Mark Tiede, Aude Noiray Development of coarticulation in German children: Acoustic and articulatory locus equations
17 Dzhuma Abakarova, Khalil Iskarous, Elina Rubertus, Jan Ries, Mark Tiede, Aude Noiray Development of coarticulation in German children: Mutual Information as a measure of coarticulation
18 Etske Ooijevaar The articulation and acoustics of postvocalic liquids in the Volendam dialect
19 Gus Hahn-Powell, Benjamin Martin, Diana Archangeli A method for automatically detecting problematic tongue traces
20 Maria Paola Bissiri, James M. Scobbie Word-final /r/ and word-initial glottalization in English-accented German: A work in progress
21 Shuwen Chen, Xinran Ren, Richard Gananathan, Yanjiao Zhu, Sang-Im Kim, Peggy Mok The production of English liquids by native Mandarin speakers
22 John Culnan Examining tongue tip gestures with ultrasound: a literature review