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]

Britta Wrede is head of the Applied Informatics Group at Bielefeld University since 2010 and was head of the research group “Hybrid Society” of the CoR-Lab before that. 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 acquisition approaches, visual attention modeling, the analysis of tutoring behavior towards children and robots, the modeling of perception of multi-modal tutoring behavior for learning and the question how to leverage pragmatic information for HRI or interactions with smart environments.

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


Britta Wrede is co-editor of the German Journal of Artificial Intelligence (Künstliche Intelligenz). She is Principal Investigator in several EU projects (CODEFROR, ITALK, RobotDoc, Humavips) and national projects funded by DFG (CRC 673 Alignment in Communication), DLR (Sozirob – The Robot as Fitness Coach), DAAD Thematic Network on Intelligent Systems and BMBF (KogniHome, DESIRE – Deutsche Service Robotik Initiative).

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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