I am Professor of Phonetics and Phonology in the Dept. of Language Science and Technology (formerly Computational Linguistics and Phonetics) at Saarland University.
I am also an Associate Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence Multimodal Computing and Interaction.
I do not specialize in teaching pronunciation - I would have to be my own student, because I speak with a trace of Rheinland accent (Kirche=Kirsche) and find it difficult to pronounce a proper apical trill [r].
A central theme of my research is to integrate phonetic knowledge in speech technology. I have worked extensively on text-to-speech synthesis, a wonderful framework to implement and test computational models of linguistic and phonetic processes. Recent work has focused on experimental methods and computational simulations to study aspects of speech production, perception and acquisition.
- DFG, SFB 1102, C1: Information density and the predictability of phonetic structure
- DFG: Phonetic convergence in human-computer interaction
(with Ingmar Steiner, UdS/DFKI/MMCI)
- DFG: Usage-based approaches, computational modeling and simulation studies in phonetics and phonology (SimPhon.Net, coordinator: Daniel Duran, University of Stuttgart)
- Current and completed projects
- Editor-in-Chief of Speech Communication
- Editorial board member for Journal of Speech Sciences
- ISCA Advisory Council member
- ISCA Technical Committee member
- Area Chair, Interspeech 2017
- Past professional activities