Applied Informatics Group

M.A. Christian Schnier

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Name: M.A. Schnier Christian
Phone: +49 521 106-12230
Email: cschnier [AT]

Short CV

Christian Schnier received his Master's degree from Bielefeld University in August 2010. In his thesis he investigated the kinetic dimensions of “turn taking” and explored a way to link qualitative and quantitative research. 

Christian is part of the “Applied Informatics” group and the “Interactional Linguistics and HRI“ group. He works in the interdisciplinary project “Alignment in Augmented Reality based cooperation” (C5) within the CRC 673 “Alignment in Communication”, funded by the “Deutsche Forschungs- gemeinschaft” (DFG). 

Currently Christian is finishing his dissertation. In his thesis he investigates the participants’ orienting procedures apart from gaze-coordination by using C5's Augmented Reality-based Interception and Manipulation System (ARbInI) for co-presently interacting participants. The system allows to remove, manipulate or add communicatively relevant multimodal information in real-time. Taking the system as a tool for linguistic research (Pitsch et al. 2013), the project builts on the psycholinguistic tradition of experimenting with communicational parameters (e.g. limiting visual access to the co-participants’ head, hands or material resources / displaying different information / creating unstable interactional environments, etc.). In this vein, Christian develops the impact of “mutual monitoring” (which is limited unsing AR glasses) on the participants’ procedures for establishing co-orientation and for coordinating their actions. In a further domain of interest his thesis deals with the question of how specifically-introduced disturbances effect the users’ procedures for establishing co-orientation and in what way the interlocutors attempt to repair or compensate the effects induced. Christian is supervised by Karola Pitsch and Ulrich Dausendschön-Gay. 

Research Interests

  • Multimodal Interaction / Conversation Analysis
  • Human-Human Interaction
  • Mediated Communication  
  • Augmented Reality
  • Methodological links between qualitative and quantitative research


  • SS 2012 Seminar (together with Karola Pitsch and Luise Süssenbach) “Interaktion und Technologie"
  • SS 2011 Projektseminar (together with Karola Pitsch and Luise Süssenbach) “Kommunikative Strategien in der Museums-Interaktion. Ein humanoider Roboter als Museumsführer?“
  • CITEC Summer School 2011 (together with Karola Pitsch, Thomas Hermann and Alexander Neumann) “Mechanisms of Attention: From Experimental Studies to Technical Systems”
  • SS 2010 Seminar (together with Karola Pitsch and Julia Peltason) “Turn-Taking Multimodal: Emperie & Modellierung”

Recent Best Paper/Poster Awards

Goal Babbling of Acoustic-Articulatory Models with Adaptive Exploration Noise
Philippsen A, Reinhart F, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) 


Are you talking to me? Improving the robustness of dialogue systems in a multi party HRI scenario by incorporating gaze direction and lip movement of attendees
Richter V, Carlmeyer B, Lier F, Meyer zu Borgsen S, Kummert F, Wachsmuth S, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human-agent Interaction (HAI) 


"Look at Me!": Self-Interruptions as Attention Booster?
Carlmeyer B, Schlangen D, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human Agent Interaction (HAI)


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