Prof. Dr. Shravan Vasishth

Dept. of Linguistics
University of Potsdam
14476 Potsdam, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)331-977-2950 | Fax: - 2087 | Email: vasishth squiggle uni minus potsdam dot de
github, statistics blog,
YouTube channel for teaching
Photos of Lilli and Molly (cats)
how to pronounce my name?


  1. , Fifth Summer School in Statistical Methods for Linguistics and Psychology, 6-10 September, 2021 (Details coming soon).


People for whom I was primary advisor during their PhD or postdoc stay (note: I use the German title convention even though many have professorships outside Germany and probably will not use the German-style titles):
Dr. Kate Stone, Prof. Dr. João Veríssimo Prof. Dr. Daniel Schad Prof. Dr. Sol Lago, Dr. Dario Paape, Prof. Dr. Bruno Nicenboim, Dr. Felix Engelmann, Prof. Dr. Samar Husain, Prof. Dr. Lena Jäger, Dr. Paul Metzner, Prof. Dr. Pavel Logačev, Dr. Titus von der Malsburg, Dr. Umesh Patil.
My first student (Diploma program) was Dr Katja Suckow.

Biography and CV

I was born and grew up in New Delhi, and did my schooling at St. Columba's School. Soon after finishing high school, I went into kidney failure; I received a kidney transplant from my father in 1985. The transplant failed in 2011, and I have been on hemodialysis since then. In June 2020 I switched to peritoneal dialysis.

Academic background:
  • BA (Honours) Japanese (1989 JNU, India)
  • MA Linguistics (1994 JNU, India)
  • MS Computer and Information Science (2002 Ohio State, USA)
  • PhD Linguistics (2002 Ohio State, USA)
  • MSc Statistics (2015 Sheffield, UK), Professional Member, Royal Statistical Society, since 2016 (GradStat ID: 128307).

Publications / research interests

My group develops computational models of human sentence comprehension, focusing on both impaired and unimpaired populations. We are also interested in statistical theory and practice.
Talk at World meeting of ISBA, Edinburgh, 6 Sept 2018: here.
Talk at Michigan (Linguistics), 6 Feb 2020: here.

Currently funded projects

Teaching: Regular courses

Winter semester 2018/19
  • Introduction to statistical data analysis. MSc Linguistics, IECL, EMCL, IDEALAB programs. This course covers the foundational ideas in frequentist statistics.
  • Bayesian Linear Modeling. MSc Cognitive Systems, MSc Linguistics, MSc Cognitive Science. This course is appropriate only for people familiar with linear mixed models (see my summer semester Advanced data analysis course).
Summer semester 2020

Recent statistical methodology papers