Current Projects

Ignoring the Merry in Marry

I am the PI on the Vidi-project supported by NWO: Ignoring the merry in marry: The effect of individual differences in attention and proficiency on non-native spoken-word recognition in noise.

Click here for more information about this project and here for the abstract.

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Donders Institute

I am a research fellow at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


The Team

  • Dr Sofoklis Kakouros (post-doc, since January 2018)
  • Juliane Schmidt (PhD student, since September 2012), co-supervised by Esther Janse
  • Margot Mangnus (student assistant)
  • Marthe Scholten (student assistant)
  • Jiska Koemans (student assistant)
  • Sebastian Tiesmeyer (student assistant)

BA/MA projects

    • Patrick Ebel (MA Artificial Intelligence; since September 2017): Low-resource automatic speech recognition

Past Projects

      • Project leader “The Speaking Rosetta Stone – Discovering Grounded Linguistic Units for Languages without Orthography”, a 2017 Jelinek Summer Workshop on Speech and Language Technology (JSALT) at CMU, together with Emmanuel Dupoux (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France)
      • Senior researcher within the Marie Curie Training Network INSPIRE project  (Investigating speech recognition in realistic environments).
      • Postdoctoral Fellowship supported by the MaxNetAging Research School: Flexible ears: How adaptable is the speech recognition system of older listeners?
      • Senior researcher within the Marie Curie Training Network Sound to Sense.
      • Veni-project supported by NWO: Avoiding the ham in hamster: Modelling the use of non-segmental information in human spoken-word recognition.
      • The Consonant Challenge at Interspeech 2008, Brisbane, Australia.
      • Talent-project supported by NWO: Modelling the influence of subphonemic cues on lexical activation in human speech recognition using techniques from automatic speech recognition.
      • Psycholinguistic plausible automatic speech recognition, which resulted in my PhD-thesis.

Previous PhD students and Post-docs

    • Themelis Karaminis (2017): Post-doc within the Vidi-project.
    • Polina Drozdova (2013-2017): “The effects of nativeness and background noise on the perceptual learning of voices and ambiguous sounds”, PhD student within the Vidi-project.
    • Florian Hintz (2015-2016): Post-doc within the Vidi-project.
    • External supervisor of Dorina Strori, University of York (October 2012 – 2016); supervised by prof. dr. Sven Mattys.
    • Juul Coumans (2013 – 2015), PhD student within the Vidi-project.
    • Barbara Schuppler (PhD student; 2007 – 2010): “Automatic methods to identify fine-phonetic detail; Corpus-based probabilistic work” within the framework of the Sound to Sense project, co-supervised by Mirjam Ernestus.