Research Interest

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My research lies within the broad field of Conversational AI and spoken dialogue systems. Together with the Speech Technology research group at Mercedes-Benz AG that I lead, we focus on methods and technology to realise natural voice-first interaction between humans and machines applying machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Employing machine learning methods, my research addresses the following questions: which properties and abilities must a system have to act in a natural manner, which factors make the behaviour of the system to be perceived as natural, and how to realise this natural interaction from a technical point of view. In other words, the goal is to understand all factors that constitute “natural system behaviour” in the context of spoken interaction.