Research in the group

Research topics

  1. Language comprehension in non-linguistic visual contexts

  2. Models and processing accounts of situated language comprehension: The Coordinated Interplay Account

  3. Parallelism in language comprehension

  4. Sentence-picture verification

  5. Space and language comprehension

  6. Partner cues in language comprehension (facial emotion, gaze, actions)

  7. Evaluating virtual agents

  8. Event ordering cues in language comprehension

Organization,  & Teaching


  1. Saga 2013

  2. ESLP 2011, ESLP & CSDL 2010, ESLP 2009, & ESP 2007 - for details on the Embodied and Situated Language Processing Workshops see here


Please click on the above link to get to the course list for the current term.

BA & MA topics - please contact Dr. P. Knoeferle

Example topics:

  1. Effects of actions, speaker gaze, mimics, and gestures on language comprehension

  2. Spatial language processing

  3. Language comprehension with virtual agents as speakers

  4. Perceptual structures and abstract language processing

PI: Pia Knoeferle, PhD, Assistant Professor


  1. Michele Burigo, PhD (CITEC)

  2. Maria Nella Carminati, PhD (SFB 673)

Graduate students

  1. Dato Abashidze

  2. Raymond Becker, MSc

  3. Ernesto Guerra, MSc

  4. Katja Münster

  5. Lu Zhang, MSc

Student helpers

  1. Clara Matheus

  2. Anna-Lena Zurmühlen

  3. Jasmin Bernotat

Alumni and former students

  1. Helene Kreysa PhD (Postdoc)

  2. Lily Kornbluth (Fulbright)

  3. Jens Apel

  4. Emilia Ellsiepen

Publications and News

Recent Publications

  1. Journal articles and special issue

  2. Selected peer-reviewed 6-page conference papers

  3. Selected peer-reviewed conference abstracts

  4. Book chapters

In the News

  1. Article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (a national newspaper in Germany). If you know German, here’s a pdf copy of the article. Read about the talks at ESLP 2011.

  2. Times of India, 20.12.2010

  3. TV broadcast in the BR-alpha series "Was wir noch nicht wissen" (‘What we don’t know yet’). June 19, 2011, 20h. Watch it here.

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Dr. P. Knoeferle

Cognitive Interaction Technology

Center of Excellence,

Building H, Room 133

Morgenbreede 39

Bielefeld University

33615 Bielefeld


Tel: 0049521-106-12250

Group members


  1. Eye tracking

  2. Event-related brain potentials (with UC San Diego, Kutas Lab)

Language & Cognition Group