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?

news / upcoming public talks

  1. Fifth Summer School in Statistical Methods for Linguistics and Psychology, 6-10 September, 2021. Applications open 16 Jan-15 April 2021.
  2. Upcoming talk: Stanford University, Interference patterns in subject-verb agreement and reflexives revisited: A large-sample study. Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 9PM German time, on Zoom.
  3. Two-hour tutorial on Bayesian statistics at Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) 2021. 15th or 16th April 2021, Utrecht, on Zoom.
  4. Upcoming talk: The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Case and Agreement Attraction in Armenian (I will also discuss: Paape et al 2020). Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 9AM German time, on Zoom.
  5. Upcoming talk: University of Tuebingen. Modeling individual differences with the Lewis and Vasishth cue-based retrieval model using Approximate Bayesian Computation. Monday, Feb 22, 2021, 11-12:30 German time, on Zoom.


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).

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 2020/21 Summer semester 2020

Recent statistical methodology papers