Maria Staudte

Maria Staudte has been head of the Independent Research Group Embodied Spoken Interaction within the Cluster of Excellence since August 2012.

Her aim is to bridge the gap between a psycholinguistically motivated approach, on the one hand, and the aim to design human-like virtual characters, on the other hand, in investigating the interplay of language and non-verbal cues in spoken face-to-face interaction.

Short CV

  • 2010-2012 PostDoc, MMCI Cluster of Excellence
  • 2006-2010 PhD in Psycholinguistics on "Joint attention in spoken human-robot interaction", Saarland University
  • 2004-2006 M.Sc. in Computational Linguistics, DFKI/Saarland University
  • 2001-2004 B.Sc. in Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück

Research interests

Maria's research interests have centered around situated and multimodal communication, i.e., how individuals interact in a shared environment by means of various information channels such as language, gaze and gesture. Specifically, she seeks to find out which information gaze and referential gestures may convey and how this affects speech production and comprehension. One important question is, for instance, how such non-linguistic cues mediate (visual) attention and influence the on-line mapping between language and the visual environment.
To investigate these issues, Maria exploits interaction scenarios involving both people and artificial agents (robots as well as virtual agents). Such agents have the benefit of being fully controllable confederates for which erroneous or odd behaviour is acceptable such that a broader range of manipulations and phenomena can be conducted and investigated.


Maria Staudte

Maria Staudte

Saarland University
Cluster of Excellence
Multimodal Computing and Interaction

Campus C71, Room 1.16
66123, Saarbrücken

Fon: +49 681 302 6552



Computer Linguistics Department, Saarland University Saarland University Cluster of Excellence