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I am Dialogue Research Lead at Mercedes Benz Research & Development leading the Speech Technology research group with a focus on methods and technology that bring natural spoken human-machine interaction forward thus contributing to the next generations of the Mercedes Benz User Experience. I co-supervise seven doctoral students and I am a lecturer in the “Dialogue Systems” course of the Dialogue Systems Group at Ulm University. Previously, I was a Research Associate at the Spoken Dialogue Systems Group at the University of Cambridge working with Prof. Steve Young and Prof. Milica Gasic within the EPSRC project “Open Domain Statistical Spoken Dialogue Systems”. 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”.