Computational Linguistics & Phonetics Computational Linguistics & Phonetics Fachrichtung 4.7 Universität des Saarlandes
Vera Demberg

Vera Demberg

Professor, Chair of Computer Science and Computational Linguistics
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Saarland University


email: address: Saarland University Campus C7.4 66123 Saarbrücken Germany office: Campus C7 4, room 3.05 phone: +49 (0)681 302 70024

Sprechstunde: Mi 13:00-14:00

Research Interests

  - Cognitive Models of Human Language Understanding
  - Multimodality: Language Processing in a Dual-Task Setting
  - Parsing and Grammar Formalisms
  - Experimental Psycholinguistics

Group Members

Asad Sayeed (Postdoctoral researcher, since 01/09/2011)

Alessandra Zarcone (Postdoctoral researcher, since 01/08/2014, SFB A3)

Ekaterina Kravtchenko (PhD student, since 01/10/2014, SFB A3)

David Howcroft (PhD student, since 01/10/2014, SFB A4)

Jorrig Vogels (Postdoctoral researcher, since 15/10/2014, SFB A4)

William Blacoe (Postdoctoral researcher, since 1/6/2015)

Merel Scholman (PhD student, since 1/7/2015, SFB B2)

Wei Shi (PhD student, since 1/7/2016, SFB B2)


Ambika Kirkland (MSc thesis)

Lu Zijian (MSc, HiWi - student research assistant)

Johannes Pietsch (BSc, HiWi - student research assistant)

Leonie Lapp (HiWi - student research assistant)

Melanie Schmitt (HiWi - student research assistant)

Florian Pusse (BSc, HiWi - student research assistant)

Tatiana Anikina (HiWi - student research assistant)

Pavel Shkadzko (HiWi - student research assistant)

Simon Ahrendt (HiWi - student research assistant)

Ben Peters (HiWi - student research assistant)

Matthias Lindemann (HiWi - student research assistant)

Jana Jungbluth (HiWi - student research assistant)


Ines Rehbein, now Research group leader at Leibniz ScienceCampus

Clayton Greenberg (MSc thesis 2015: "Fitting shoes to polysemous feet: multi-prototype vector-space thematic fit modelling")

Andrea Fischer (MSc thesis 2016: "Towards Flexible Small-Domain Surface Generation")

Fatemeh Torabi Asr (PhD 2015: "An Information theoretic approach to production and comprehension of discourse markers", now postdoc at Indiana University, Bloomington)

Te Rutherford (Visiting PhD student)

Ottokar Tilk (visiting PhD student, now back at Tallinn University of Technology)

Judith Köhne

Miriam Kaeshammer (MSc thesis 2012: "A German Treebank and Lexicon for Tree-Adjoining Grammar", now PhD student at Univ. Düsseldorf)

Nikolaos Engonopoulos (MSc thesis 2012: "Linguistic Complexity and Cognitive Load in a Dual-Task Context", now PhD student at Potsdam Univ.)

Silas Weinbach (BSc thesis 2013: "Vorhersage mit Kollokationen")

Liesa Heuschkel (BSc thesis 2013: "Ein distributionelles Modell zur Identifikation von Diskursrelationen in Texten")

Christine Bocionek (BSc thesis 2014: "Der Einfluss von semantischer Modifikation und Kontextinformation auf die Verarbeitung ambiger Idiome")

Stefan Fischer (BSc thesis 2014: "Der Einfluss von semantischem Surprisal auf das Sprechtempo")

Evangelia-Maria Kiagia (MSc thesis 2014: "The Role of Adverbial Modification in the Prediction of Upcoming Verbs: An ERP Study in German."; co-supervised with Francesca Delogu)


  2016 - now     Professor (W2) for Computer Science and Computational Linguistics, Saarland University
  2010 - 2016    Head of Independent Research Group at the Cluster of Excellence, Saarland University
  2006 - 2010   Doctorate at the School of Informatics, Edinburgh University
  2008   Internship with Google, Mountain View (3 months)
  2004 - 2005   MSc in Artificial Intelligence, Edinburgh University
  2001 - 2006   Diplom in Linguistics, Stuttgart University

Prizes and Awards

  2014    Selected for Falling Walls Lab 2014, Berlin;
awarded A.T. Kearney Scholarship for the Falling Walls Conference
  2011    Cognitive Science Society Glushko Dissertation Prize,
awarded 10 000 USD
  2011    runner-up for 2011 CPHC / BCS Distinguished Dissertations Competition
  2011    runner-up for FoLLI E. W. Beth Dissertation Prize 2011
  2008   Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Finalist,
awarded 1 000 EUR
  2007 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Finalist,
awarded 1 000 EUR
  2007 Young Scientist Award for the best platform presentation by a junior scientist at the 13th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP 2007)
2005 Edinburgh University Jim Howe Prize for best student in MSc AI
2002 - 2006 Full time scholarship from Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst