Prof. Dr. Shravan Vasishth

Professor
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)
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news

  1. The Sixth Summer School in Statistical Methods for Linguistics and Psychology, 12-16 September, 2022. Applications are open.

Alumni

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. Two big interests I have outside of academia are Iaido, and Shaolin Kung Fu/Qi Gong+Tai Chi.

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, on 6 Sept 2018: here.
Talk at Stanford, on 20 April 2021: Dependency completion in sentence processing.
Talk at Tuebingen, on 22 Feb 2021: Individual differences in sentence processing.

Talk at Michigan (Linguistics), 6 Feb 2020: here.

Currently funded projects

Teaching: Regular courses

Winter semester 2021/22
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  • Introduction to statistical data analysis (Stats 1). Please enroll on PULS as well. This course is cross-listed in 10 different masters' programs, each with a different set of study regulations and grading requirements. So, please do not email me to ask me what your grading criteria are; instead, read your own study regulations and check the grading criteria here. The course is taught entirely online on zoom/moodle. Textbook: here.
  • Bayesian statistical inference (Bayes 1). This course is appropriate only for people familiar with linear mixed models (see my summer semester Advanced data analysis course), which obviously implies that you already know R or are willing to learn it quickly yourself. Please enroll on PULS as well. This course is cross-listed in 9 different masters' programs, each with a different set of study regulations and grading requirements. So, please do not email me to ask me what your grading criteria are; instead, read your own study regulations and check the grading criteria here. The course is taught entirely online on zoom/moodle. Textbook: here.
  • Foundations of Mathematics. This course is only for MSc Cognitive Systems. This course prepares students for the math needed for the MSc CogSys program. Taught entirely online on zoom/moodle. Sign up on moodle here.
Summer semester 2022

Recent statistical methodology papers

Software