Applied Informatics Group

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Britta Wrede

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Name: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wrede Britta
Phone: +49-521-106-2953
Office: CITEC 1.221
Email: bwrede [AT]

Since 2010 Britta Wrede is head of the Applied Informatics Group at Bielefeld University and since 2008 head of the research group “Hybrid Society” of the CoR-Lab. After receiving her M.A. and PhD title from the Faculty of Linguistics in 1999 and from the Technical Faculty in 2002 respectively, both in the area of automatic speech recognition, she spent one year as DAAD fellow at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, USA, working on the analysis of prosodic cues for emotional speech or “Hot Spots”. Since rejoining the Applied Informatics Group she has been working on human-robot dialog modeling, emotion recognition and modeling in HRI, developmentally inspired speech recognition approaches, visual attention modeling, the analysis of tutoring behavior towards children and robots and the modeling of the perception of multi-modal tutoring behavior for learning.

She is Principal Investigator in several EU projects (ITALK, RobotDoc, Humavips) and national projects funded by DFG (CRC 673 Alignment in Communication; TATAS – The Automatic Temporal Alignment of Speech), DLR (Sozirob – The Robot as Fitness Coach) and BMBF (DESIRE – Deutsche Service Robotik Initiative).

Her research is driven by the question how to equip robots with a better understanding of their environment and is strongly inspired by human development. It follows the hypothesis that learning needs to be embedded in social interaction.