John Bryson Eulenberg, PhD

Dr. Eulenberg is a linguist and computer scientist in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and the African Studies Center. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS, Humanities and Science, 1964); Harvard University (MA, Linguistics, 1967); and University of California, San Diego (PhD, Linguistics, 1972). At Stanford University (1969-72), he taught theoretical linguistics and both Hausa and Kiswahili, the most widely spoken languages of West Africa and East Africa, respectively.

In 1972, Dr. Eulenberg joined MSU in the Linguistics Department and the African Studies Center. Soon after his arrival, Dr. Eulenberg helped establish the Artificial Language Laboratory (ALL) in the Computer Science Department. The ALL has focused on a multidisciplinary program of research and service in the application of technology to the needs of persons experience severe communicative and/or sensory disabilities. The ALL also collaborated with the Telecommunication Department (now TISM) in ground-breaking research in two-way cable communication.

In 1983 Dr. Eulenberg and the ALL moved to the Departments of Telecommunication (now TISM) and Audiology and Speech Sciences (now CSD). In these departments he has taught courses in telecom technology, phonetics, and augmentative communication. Dr. Eulenberg co-founded the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). He is co-inventor with Stephen Blosser of the SCATIR switch, an intelligent sensing device for persons with severe physical limitations. The switch was awarded a patent in 2007 and now is licensed by MSU for sale throughout the world. Dr. Eulenberg’s current research areas include augmentative communication and Afro-Asiatic linguistics. Recent work has focused on personalized text-to-speech systems, applications of computer gaming technology in rehabilitation, and theoretical approaches to computer-mediated gesture language.