Empirical Speech and Language Processing

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The program offers intensive support, a variety of courses as well as annual workshops and international symposia, which are organized by the graduate students themselves. The financial support for conference attendances and regular guest lectures of internationally acclaimed scientists provide the basis for successful scientific networking.

Thematic Focus

The main focuses are on:

  • the theory of spoken language
  • the theory of human and automatic speech processing
  • theories and methods for extracting information from very large and unstructured databases
  • development and evaluation of speech technology
  • statistical procedures for modelling human and technical speech processing

The outstanding characteristic feature of the PhD program is the focus on empirical methods. Based on quantitatively measured parameters of spoken and written language new theories and procedures are empirically tested and developed.


The PhD program offers the following courses.

Colloquium for PhD students

PhD students report on their projects at least once a year and receive feedback from the participating lecturers and other PhD students.

Presentation of research

The participating lecturers and guest speakers give insights into their fields of research.


The PhD students are supported in planning their own workshops with invited experts. These workshops are meant to convey practical skills closely related to the PhD project (programming, techniques of presentation, experimentation, and investigation).


Once a year the PhD students will have to organize a symposium where they can become acquainted with high-ranking experts and present their PhD projects in poster sessions or by papers.


Courses in summer semester 2011.