Members of the InPro Team

PhD Students

  • Timo Baumann joined the project in 2007 as a research assistant and PhD student. His main interest is in the lower-level aspects of incremental processing like incremental ASR, prosody analysis, TTS and dialogue system architecture. He was (and still is) the main developer of the InproTK (incremental processing toolkit), which bundles these modules and our general architecture for building incremental systems.

    Timo is now working as a research fellow at the University of Hamburg, while finishing up his dissertation.

  • Okko Buß joined in 2008, also as research assistant and to study towards a PhD. His main interest is in incremental dialogue management, focussing on the behaviours that can (and must) be modelled once concurrent interaction is allowed. He developed the dialogue management modules in InproTK and was lead developer on the Pentomino Demonstrator.

    Okko now works in industry on in-car dialogue systems, while finishing up his dissertation.


  • Michaela Atterer worked in the project from 2007 to 2008. She worked mostly on incremental semantic interpretation.

  • Gabriel Skantze came from KTH, Stockholm in 2008 for a one-year postdoc. Already having been an expert in dialogue systems, he worked in that year on "incrementalizing" his existing dialogue system; this resulted in the Numbers Dialogue System, the first dialogue system to really exhibit the promise that this processing strategy holds for fluid, natural interactions. He is now back at KTH.

Principal Investigator / Nachwuchsgruppenleiter

  • David Schlangen came up with the idea for the project, wrote a lengthy proposal, submitted it to DFG, got a grant in the Emmy Noether Programme, started the group, herded the cats .... and this website is all he got from it. Well, that, and the wonderful experience of working with these bright people, and researching this exciting new topic.

    He is now Professor for Applied Computational Linguistics at Bielefeld University, which is a great place for this kind of stuff as there are many people here working on related topics.

    Work on this and related topics continues within the Dialogue Systems Group at Bielefeld.


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