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Research Groups

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    Active Sensing

    Head: Jacob Engelmann

    With the long-term goal of understanding neural mechanisms in adaptive sensory processing, research in the Active Sensing Group focuses on the active electric sensory system of weakly electric fish.

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    Affective Neuropsychology

    Head: Johanna Kißler

    We study emotional processing in humans and the underlying neural mechanisms, especially the communicative aspects of emotions.

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    Ambient Intelligence

    Head: Thomas Hermann

    We develop intelligent environments, smart interaction objects and attentive systems with focus on multimodal interaction and sonification for assistive applications that help humans in everyday life.

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    Applied Social Psychology and Gender Research

    Head: Friederike Eyssel

    We research social psychological aspects of human-machine-interaction and explore determinants and consequences of gendered perceptions and prejudice.

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    Biological Cybernetics

    Head: Volker Dürr

    We work on the sensory control of locomotion and active sensing. In our research, we combine methods from neurobiology, behavioural physiology, neuroinfomatics and biorobotics.


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    Clinical Linguistics

    Head: Martina Hielscher-Fastabend

    We focus on diagnostic methods and therapy for language and speech disorders of neurological origin (aphasia, dysarthria), language acquisition problems as well as voice and communication handicaps in demanding contexts.

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    Cognitive Neuroscience

    Head: Christoph Kayser

    We investigate the physiological and computational mechanism underlying sensory decision making in the human brain. We particularly focus on multisensory integration and hearing.

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    Cognitive Systems Engineering

    Head: Sebastian Wrede

    We conduct research on methods, architecture and toolchains for efficient software engineering and integration of interactive intelligent systems with applications in robotics and automation.

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    Cognitronics and Sensor Systems

    Head: Ulrich Rückert

    Our main research objective is the systematic design of resource-efficient microelectronic components for cognitive technical systems.

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    Collaborative Robotics

    Head: Klaus Neumann

    The group deals with the intuitive use of collaborative robot systems in manipulation and assembly based on imitation learning. In particular, the focus is on reconfigurable and modular robots, intelligent product transportation and their neural control and regulation in safe interaction with human production workers.

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    Computational Linguistics

    Head: Sina Zarrieß

    Generally, we work on natural language processing and on learning models for language generation & understanding from data. We would like to develop machines that use language as flexibly and smoothly as humans do. This is why we are particularly interested in computational modeling of language use, visual language grounding, reference, pragmatics and dialogue.

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    Digital Linguistics

    Head: Hendrik Buschmeier

    We are investigating computational modelling of the representations, processes, and behaviours underlying the human capability for interacting in dialogue. In particular, I am interested in the issue of how a joint understanding can be achieved among autonomous conversational agents (human or artificial).

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    Educational Psychology

    Head: Kirsten Berthold

    The group primarily conducts research in the field of instructional psychology. The focus is on developing computer-based training and learning environments, which are examined for effectiveness and efficiency in laboratory and field experiments.

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    Head: Sabrina Backs

    The research focuses on start-ups, new business models, knowledge transfer and the influence of inequalities, which are examined in the context of Industry 4.0.

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    Experimental Pragmatics

    Head: Oliver Bott

    The experimental semantics and pragmatics group in Bielefeld focuses on the semantic and pragmatic interpretation of complex meaning by applying methods from psycholinguistics. We investigate the incremental construction of meaning from the sentence to the discourse level.

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    Human-Centric Explainable AI

    Head: David Johnson

    We aim to enable human-machine collaboration by enhancing both human and machine capabilities by putting human knowledge, needs, and understanding first in the design of AI-based systems and interactions. This includes topics such as explainable AI (XAI) and AI-assisted decision-making in digital health.

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    Interactive Robotics in Medicine and Care

    Head: Anna Lisa Vollmer

    Our interdisciplinary research focuses on robot learning in interaction with unexperienced users,
    adaptivity, transparency, and co-construction, as well as social robotics employed in healthcare and medicine.

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    Knowledge Representation and Machine Learning

    Head: Benjamin Paaßen

    We develop methods to support machine learning with human prior knowledge and, conversely, extract human knowledge from machine learning models.

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    Machine Learning

    Head: Barbara Hammer

    The research of the Machine Learning group (HammerLab) centers around key enabling technologies for machine learning, its theoretical foundations and applications in diverse areas such as biomedical data analysis, industry 4.0 and resilience of critical infrastructure.

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    Medical Assistance Systems

    Head: Britta Wrede

    Based on a deep understanding of social interaction and human cognition, we develop effective intelligent assistance systems ranging from robots to smart home devices and apps provide support for people in physical and cognitive tasks.

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    Multimodal Behavior Processing

    Head: Hanna Drimalla

    Our research group is dedicated to the automatic analysis of social interaction signals (e.g., facial expression, gaze behavior, voice etc.) using machine learning as well as speech and image processing. Three aspects are the focus of our research: the detection of positive and negative affect, the measurement of stress, and the analysis of social interaction patterns.

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    Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics

    Head: Thomas Schack

    The "Neurocognition and Action" group investigates movements of biological organisms, humans, and technical systems in natural and artificial environments. Our main research interest is human movement and its adaptivity. For that purpose, the biological basics, the neurocognitive organization, and the kinematic parameters of human motor architecture are analyzed using modern research methods.

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    Neurocognitive Psychology

    Head: Werner Schneider

    We investigate attentional processes in visual perception, memory and action control by means of psychophysics, cognitive and neuro-psychology methods as well as bycomputational modeling.

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    Head: Helge Ritter

    We strive for a deeper understanding of the required interplay of adaptive control, embodiment and knowledge to enable cognitive interaction for robots or intelligent interfaces.

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    Phonetics and Phonology

    Head: Petra Wagner

    We investigate and model the shapes and functions of communicative speech signals both in the verbal and non verbal domain, across various situations, languages, emotions or speakers.

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    Head: Joana Cholin

    Our research focuses on fluent and non-fluent aspects of spoken language in mono- and bilingual speech-healthy and neurologically impaired speakers.

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    Semantic Computing

    Head: Philipp Cimiano

    We develop computational approaches for the emergence and extraction of semantics in intelligent systems. This includes the extraction of knowledge and meaning from large data as well as easying access to knowledge in an intuitive fashion.

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    Social Cognitive Systems

    Head: Stefan Kopp

    We explore how technical systems can turn into socially intelligent interaction partners. To this end, we study the behavioral, sensori­motor and cognitive mechanisms of human communication and develop methods to attain similar abilities in machines.

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    Technical and Social Change

    Head: Anja Abendroth

    At the center of this group's research are questions about the future of work, the interplay between work and family life and social inequalities in times of digital transformation.

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    Visual AI for Extended Reality

    Head: Helge Rhodin

    (coming in March 2024)

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    Work and Organizational Psychology

    Head: Günter Maier

    We investigate the future of work with its consequences for humans. Our focus includes acceptance of technology, participation in innovation, or corporate social responsibility.

Animal Behaviour

 Oliver Krüger

Applied Computational Linguistics

 David Schlangen

Applied Informatics

 Gerhard Sagerer

Artificial Intelligence

 Ipke Wachsmuth

Biopsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

 Tobias Heed

Central Lab Facilities

 Sven Wachsmuth

Cognitive Neuroscience

 Marc Ernst

Cognitive Robotics and Learning

 Jochen Steil

Computational Linguistics and Mathematical Linguistics

 Markus Kracht

Computer Graphics and Geometry Processing

 Mario Botsch

Emergentist Semantics

 Katharina Rohlfing

Experimental Neurolinguistics

 Horst M. Müller

General Linguistics

 Stavros Skopeteas

Interactive Safety

 Peter Ladkin

Language and Cognition

 Pia Knoeferle

Neuromorphic Behaving Systems

  Elisabetta Chicca
Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering  Yaochu Jin
Neurobiology  Martin Egelhaaf
Neuromorphic Behaving Systems  Elisabetta Chicca

Physiologische Psychologie

 Hans J. Markowitsch


 Jan de Ruiter

Stochastic Analysis  Michael Röckner
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