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. New book (expected: 31 Oct 2021):
  2. Fifth Summer School in Statistical Methods for Linguistics and Psychology, 6-10 September, 2021. Applications are closed; we had 633 applications this year.


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. Anna Laurinavichyute, 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, Prof. 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 (PD); in March 2021 I switched back to hemodialysis because PD was was not effective enough.

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).

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 2021/22 Summer semester 2022

Recent statistical methodology papers