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Cognitive Systems Lab

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tanja Schultz

Adenauerring 4
D-76131 Karlsruhe
Telefon: +49 721 608-46312
Telefax: +49 721 608-46116
Email: tanja schultzKyi9∂kit edu
Web: csl.anthropomatik.kit.edu


Welcome to the Cognitive Systems Lab!

At the Cognitive Systems Lab (CSL) we focus on human-centered technologies and applications based on biosignals, i.e. capturing, recognizing, and interpreting signals such as speech, muscle, and brain activity.

In the area of speech processing we perform research on algorithms and tools to rapidly adapt speech and language processing systems to new domains and languages.

Furthermore, we investigate the interpretation of biosignals for the purpose of intuitive and efficient human-machine interfaces. Currently we develop a variety of interfaces and applications based on electromyographic, electroencephalic, and biomechanic signals.




Researchers from CSL and Schalklab present continuous speech recognition from brain activity in their Brain-to-text paper:

CSL gewinnt Lehrpreis für bestes Praktikum

Das Praktikum "Biosignale 2: Emotion und Kognition" wird am Tag der Informatik als besten Praktikum ausgezeichnet.

Best Paper Award

The paper
Silent speech interfaces
Bruce Denby, Tanja Schultz, Kiyoshi Honda, Thomas Hueber, Jim Gilbert, Jon Brumberg

has received the 2015 EURASIP Best Paper Award for the Speech Communication Journal.
Details about the paper can be found: "Silent speech interfaces"

Prüfungen am Cognitive Systems Lab (Lehrstuhl für Kognitive Systeme, Prof. Dr. Tanja Schultz)

Um einen geregelten Prüfungsablauf für alle Studierende mit Prüfungswunsch zu gewährleisten, bitte ich Sie, Ihren Prüfungswunsch schriftlich zu äußern, bis zum 15. Mai 2015.


CSL Sekretariat: Neue Öffnungszeiten ab 01.04.2015

Ab 01.04.2015 gelten folgende Öffnungszeiten für das Sekretariat am CSL:

Montags    14:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Mittwochs  10:00 - 12:00 Uhr

Biosignals 2015: Best Student Paper Award

The Paper

Recognizing Hand and Finger Gestures with IMU based Motion and EMG based Muscle Activity Sensing

by Marcus Georgi, Christoph Amma and Tanja Schultz received the Best Student Paper Award on the 8. International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing (BIOSIGNALS 2015).

Details about the paper can be found here.

Special Session "Biosignal-based Spoken Communication" at Interspeech 2015

Interspeech 2015 features the theme  “Speech beyond Speech: Towards a Better Understanding of the Most Important Biosignal”. In accordance with this theme, CSL will organize a special session on the topic of Biosignal-based Spoken Communication.

Bericht in 3Sat nano vom 26. August 2014: Lautlos telefonieren


Neue Vorlesung "Brain Computer Interfaces" im Sommersemester 2014

Brain Computer Interfaces

Otto Haxel Award for Christoph Amma, Marcus Georgi and Prof. Tanja Schultz

Christoph Amma, Marcus Georgi and Prof. Tanja Schultz received the "Otto Haxel Award" from the "Freundeskreis des Forschungszentrums Karlsruhe e.V." during the annual academic ceremony of KIT. The award is endowed with 6000 Euro and honors a scientific achievement which propels industrial innovations.

Prof. Tanja Schultz elected ISCA president

On August 27, 2013, Prof. Tanja Schultz was elected as the president of ISCA. The non-profit organization ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) has around 2000 members, making it the largest association of speech scientists worldwide. The purpose of the association is to promote, in an international world-wide context, activities and exchanges in all fields related to speech communication science and technology.

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference 2013 - Geographic Finalist Europe

The paper "Subject-To-Subject Transfer for CSP based BCIs: Feature Space Transformation and Decision-Level Fusion" by Dominic Heger, Felix Putze, Christian Herff and Tanja Schultz was awarded as  "Geographic Finalist Europe" in the Student Paper Competition of the 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Osaka, Japan. 

Details about the paper are available here.

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Google Research Award for Christoph Amma and Prof. Tanja Schultz

Prof. Tanja Schultz and Dipl.-Inform. Christoph Amma recevied the Google Research Award for their research on the Airwriting system, which recognizes text from hand gestures. The "Google Faculty Research Award" is endowed with 81.000 USD for supporting research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related disciplines.

For more information please refer to the press release of KIT.

Biosignals Conference 2013: Best Student Paper Award

On this year's Biosignals Conference, which took place in Barcelona from February 11 to February 14, the Paper "Array-based Electromyographic Silent Speech Interface" by Michael Wand, Matthias Janke, Christopher Schulte, and Tanja Schultz was awarded "Best Student Paper".

Details about the paper are available here.

Airwriting in Technology Review

The CSL Airwriting system developed by Christoph Amma and Marcus Georgi was covered in the English and German online issue of the MIT Technology Review.

Prof. Tanja Schultz receives Research Award

Professor Tanja Schultz, head of Cognitive System Lab, received the "Research Award for Technical Communication" from the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation. The price is endowed with 20,000 Euros, the ceremony took place on October 12, 2012.

The prize recognizes Prof. Schultz' research on Silent Speech Interfaces. For more information consider the full press release of KIT.

ISWC 2012: Best Paper Award

The Paper

Airwriting: Hands-free mobile text input by spotting and continuous recognition of 3d-space handwriting with inertial sensors

by Christoph Amma, Marcus Georgi, and Tanja Schultz received the Best Paper Award on the 16. International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) 2012.

Details about the paper can be found here.


CSL Website Relaunch

The CSL website has been relaunched. The old homepage can still be found at http://csl.ira.uka.de.



Older news items may be found in the chronology section.