Dr Matthew Aylett

Director of Voice Synthesis  

"Speech is not just a means of communication, it’s part of our soul. Illness may take this away from you; it’s The Foundation’s aim to give it back.”

In both a commercial and academic role, Matthew has been working in speech synthesis for over two decades. He has published widely on the theme of putting character and emotion into speech synthesis and he has significant media engagement experience in the areas of voice cloning and expressive speech synthesis – appearing on national and international news from the BBC to Good Morning America.  He has worked on high profile projects such as recreating JFK’s voice to give his last speech, and replacing the US film critic Roger Ebert’s voice using broadcast media resources. He has long been an advocate for improving and widening the speech synthesis available to the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) community.