I am a Research Associate at the Spoken Dialogue Systems group of Cambridge University. I have received my Diploma (MSc) in Computer Science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) in 2010 and my doctorate in engineering (PhD) at the Dialogue Systems Group at Ulm University (Germany) in 2015. The topic of my dissertation was „User-centred Adaptive Spoken Dialogue Modelling“.

My current research focuses on open domain statistical spoken dialogue systems within the EPSRC project “Open Domain Statistical Spoken Dialogue Systems”. I am especially interested in modelling the reward signal for reinforcement learning settings to take account for effects which may arise due to the added complexity of multiple domains. Here, I believe that the solution is to model the problem in a more user-centred way.

Additionally, I am co-supervising three doctoral students of the Dialogue Systems group at Ulm University and I am a consultant for the research project “KRISTINA” which is funded by the H2020 programme of the European Union.

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