Kathrin Haag

About Me

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, where I am working in the CSTR and ILCC institutes in the School of Informatics. I am supervised by Hiroshi Shimodaira and Simon King. I also work part time as a Computational Linguist for Chenope.

Before starting my PhD I worked as a Knowledge Engineer for Artificial Solutions, crafting Natural Language Understanding solutions for a variety of clients including Vodafone, IKEA and Deutsche Post. I also helped in the development of the personal assistant app Indigo.

My research focus lies on automatic animation using state-of-the-art machine learning methods. I’m particularly interested in learning the relationship between speech and head motion and synthesising new head motion from an incoming speech signal. This way, we can make head motion look much more natural because we can avoid hand-crafted rules. We can also make animation less expensive because we don’t need endless hours of motion capture. If you’re interested in how well things work at the moment, have a look at my Demo section.


  • PhD Present

    PhD in Speech-Driven Head Motion Synthesis

    The University of Edinburgh

  • MSc 2011

    MSc in Speech and Language Processing

    The University of Edinburgh

  • BA 2010

    BA in Anglophone Studies & French Culture and Language

    University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Work experience

  • present2016

    Computational Linguist

    Chenope, Edinburgh

  • 20162014

    Teaching Assistant for Speech Processing and Speech Synthesis

    The University of Edinburgh

  • 20132012

    Knowledge Engineer

    Artificial Solutions, Hamburg

  • 20092010

    Teaching Assistant for English Linguistics

    University of Duisburg-Essen

Courses and Certificates

  • August 2015
    University of Crete - Speech Processing Summer School
    I attended a week long summer school in Speech Processing, including lectures about recent advances in the state-of-the-art as well as hands-on practice tutorials.