TAI 2020 Organising Committee

Oliver Niebuhr

Associate Professor of Communication and Innovation
Centre for Industrial Electronics, Mads Clausen Institute, SDU

Oliver Niebuhr  earned his doctorate in Phonetics and Digital Speech Processing from Kiel University and worked afterwards as a post-doc researcher at linguistic and psychological institutes in Aix-en-Provence and York. In 2009, he was appointed Junior Professor of Spoken Language Analysis and returned to Kiel University, where he also headed the Kiel research center on “Speech & Emotion.” Since 2015, he is Associate Professor of Communication and Innovation at SDU and leads the Acoustics-in-Production group at the Centre of Industrial Electronics. His research focuses on the psycho-acoustic aspects of sound signals, including nonverbal persuasion and negotiation skills, noise perception, digital communication, HRI, and industrial sound design.

Jana Neitsch
PhD Student
Centre for Industrial Electronics, Mads Clausen Institute, SDU

Jana Neitsch earned her master's degree in General Linguistics with emphasis on phonetics and phonology from the University of Constance, based on a MA thesis about the production and mental storage of German binomials. She also earned her doctorate in Phonetics and Phonology from the University of Constance. Her thesis addressed the prosody of rhetorical questions in German in consideration of context and attitude. In 2018, she spent six months at University of Southern Denmark to advance her research with respect to the interplay between context and the prosodic realization and perception of rhetorical questions. Currently, she works as a post-doc researcher at SDU's new Centre of Industrial Electronics (CIE), where she conducts highly transdisciplinary research at the interface of engineering and speech sciences. Her main focus of research is on the production and perception of hate speech in Danish and German, a project funded by VELUX (XPEROHS project). 

Kerstin Fischer
Professor (MSO) for Language and Technology Interaction               
Department of Design and Communication, SDU

Kerstin Fischer Fischer is professor (MSO) for Language and Technology Interaction at the University of Southern Denmark and leads the Human-Robot Interaction Lab in Sonderborg. She received her PhD in English Linguistics from Bielefeld University in 1998, after which she did postdoctoral work at the University of Hamburg on emotion in human-computer dialog. She was assistant professor in Bremen 2000-2006 and associate professor for English Linguistics at the University of Southern Denmark 2007-2015. Her research focuses on the interface between prosody and pragmatics, on the development of smooth, seamless interaction between humans and technologies and on human-robot interaction. 

Jan Michalsky
Post-doctoral Researcher
Chair of Technology Management, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

Jan Michalsky received his PhD in German linguistics from the University of Oldenburg in 2017. Since 2018 he is a post-doctoral researcher at the chair of technology management at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he is involved in leadership research and training. His general research interests cover the entire range of pragmatic meanings in social interaction as well as their phonetic manifestations and phonological modeling. Currently, his focus is on the phonetic correlates of charisma and persuasion in negotiation and bargaining scenarios as well as on the phonetic correlates of attractiveness and likability in mating settings. Jan Michalsly is the co-founder and CEO of the consulting company "Saphire Solutions" and inventor of the the Dynamic Prosodic Adaption method.

Stephanie Berger
PhD Student
Institute for Scandinavian Studies, Frisian Studies and General Linguistics, Kiel University

Stephanie Berger is a PhD student of General Linguistics at Kiel University, Germany. Her research focuses on acoustic-prosodic features of charismatic speech of English-speaking YouTube Creators and how these and other features shape the perception of charismatic speech. In 2017, she finished her master’s degree in General Linguistics, investigating acoustic-prosodic features of charismatic speech as well, using methods which she is now applying, adapting and developing for her PhD thesis. In 2018, she was a temporary lecturer of the seminar “Introduction to phonetics” at Kiel University.

Meg Zellers
Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Linguistics, Institute for Scandinavian Studies, Frisian Studies and General Linguistics, Kiel University

She completed her PhD on the prosody of discourse structure in 2011 at the University of Cambridge. After postdoctoral positions in York, Stockholm, and Stuttgart, in 2017 she was appointed to the position of Junior Professor in Phonetics and Phonology at Kiel University, Germany. Her reearch focuses on the prosody of spontaneous speech, in particular prosodic cues to turn-taking in conversation, as well as interfaces between phonetics and body movement (gesture) in conversational interaction. 



Jonas Sikoratis