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Prof. Dr. Petra Wagner

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In der Vorlesungszeit: montags, 15:30 bis 16:00 Uhr

In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit: nach Terminabsprache


Curriculum Vitae

  • 1998: M.A. (Magistra Artium) in linguistics, English studies and psychology, Bielefeld University, Germany (with distinction)

Thesis title: Phonologie und automatische Sprachsynthese (Phonology and automatic speech synthesis)
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dafydd Gibbon, Prof. Dr. Julie Berndsen (now UCD, Dublin, Ireland)

  • 1998-2001: Researcher in BMBF funded project Verbmobil – building a prosody module for speech synthesis, development of a unit selection speech synthesis
  • 2001-2008: Lecturer for phonetics and phonology at the institute of Communication Research and Phonetics, University of Bonn
  • 2002: Dr. phil. in phonetics and communication sciences, English linguistics and psychology, University of Bonn, Germany

Thesis title: Vorhersage und Wahrnehmung deutscher Betonungsmuster (Prediction and Perception of German Stress Patterns)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hess

  • 12/2008: Appointment as associate professor (W2) of phonetics and phonology at Bielefeld University, Germany
  • 2018: Humboldt-award for outstanding German researchers in the humanities by Swedish Riksbanken Jubileumsfonds; visiting professor at KTH Stockholm, Sweden
  • 12/2019: Appointment as full professor (W3) for phonetics at Bielefeld University

Current research topics

I am head of the Bielefeld Phonetics Workgroup, and our research has a focus on the following topics:

  • (multimodal) prosody and speech-gesture co-ordination and production-perception coupling
  • speech synthesis (and its evaluation) in conversational and ecologically valid settings
  • speaking styles and speech phenomena in interaction
  • methods development for speech research (interactive experimental designs, gamification, crowdsourcing, automatic annotation...)

My Google Scholar Profile provides a good overview of our ongoing research, my structured publication list provides access to many full papers.