Oakland University researchers in Rochester, Michigan are using the Google Cloud Natural Language API to prototype analysis for speech changes signaling the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Erik Fredericks is an Assistant Professor in Oakland University’s Computer Science and Engineering Department. After attending a Google Faculty Institute, he realized the potential of cloud computing to power a vast range of applications that are revolutionizing information technology. The Google Cloud Natural Language API is part of the pilot to help reveal the structure and meaning of text with a pre-trained model, and an Android voice recording app developed by Dr. Fredericks' lab, to collect and analyze speech data from subjects in their homes. Dr. Fredericks is also a strong advocate for teaching cloud computing to students in his classroom.

More information can be found on the Google for Education blog.