An AI-based Method to Assess and Monitor the Cognitive Functions of Persons with Dementia

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Updated on 16 May 2023
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This pilot study will be investigating the feasibility of developing an AI solution to assess and monitor the progression of mild Alzheimer's dementia through automated speech and dialogue analysis. Using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test, participants would be evaluated bi-monthly from August 2022 to April 2023 through in person sessions and will receive financial compensation for their time. The results of the study could provide important insights into the feasibility of developing future AI technologies to improve care quality.


The study will take place over the course of August 2022 through October 2023 where participants would meet with a member of the research team bi-monthly to administer the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test, an early assessment tool for mild cognitive impairments (MCIs) and Alzheimer’s disease. During each study session, participants would complete the MoCA test. During each study session, the speech of each participant will be recorded. There would be bi-monthly sessions with each participant at two primary study site locations with a third alternative location if the prior two are not available: (1) at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in a user study lab, (2) in a quiet room in the participant’s home within 30 miles of UMBC or Montgomery County, and (3) in a private room in a public space (ex: a reserved quiet room in a local library). These session dates would be discussed with the potential participant to accommodate their lifestyle and their current living situation. Potential participants are recruited from the Baltimore and Washington DC metropolitan area sites ranging from senior homes to memory clinics, social media, and more. Each participant will receive financial compensation via gift cards throughout the study. Participants would receive $30 dollars for their time and effort plus $10 for parking if they drive to UMBC. Participants would receive an additional $10 if another driver is needed to go to UMBC (compensation will be received for each session)

Condition Alzheimer's Disease,*Healthy Volunteers
Clinical Study IdentifierTX306093
Last Modified on16 May 2023


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Inclusion Criteria

Anyone 55 years of age or older and are fluent speakers of English who either (1) have cognitive impairment or (2) do not have unusual memory/thinking impairment
Able to consent to study participation
Must be in the Baltimore, Washington DC metropolitan area

Exclusion Criteria

Anyone under the age of 55 years of age
Individuals who are unable to give consent to participate
Individuals who are not fluent in English
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