Britta Wrede Elected Deputy Coordinator of CITEC

New representative joins CITEC’s Scientific Board

Professor Dr. Britta Wrede was elected deputy coordinator of the central academic department CITEC at Bielefeld University. She heads the Applied Informatics research group at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). The Scientific Board is the executive committee of the academic department CITEC and the current representatives will serve until July 2017. The Board makes decisions, for instance, on research planning and allocation of funding.

Britta Wrede is CITEC’s new deputy coordinator. Photo: CITEC/Bielefeld University The Scientific Board has a total of nine members. Professor Dr. Helger Ritter serves as CITEC coordinator and Britta Wrede as deputy coordinator. University teachers at CITEC are represented by Volker Dürr, David Schlangen, and Werner Schneider. Volker Dürr and David Schlangen were recently elected to the Scientific Board, taking over the spots previously held by professors Pia Knoeferle and Marc Ernst. Academic staff members are represented by Thomas Hermann, Cornelia Frank, Jens Lindemann, and Christina Unger.

Since 2010, Professor Dr. Britta Wrede has led the Applied Informatics research group at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University. Since 2008, she has served as the head of the Hybrid Society at CoR-Lab, a research institute for cognition and robotics. She wrote her Magister thesis and doctoral dissertation on automatic language recognition. She also spent a year as a DAAD research fellow at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, California, USA, where she worked on analyzing the prosodic characteristics of emotional language, or so-called “Hot spots.”  

In the Applied Informatics research group, Wrede is now working on human-robotic dialogue modeling, emotion recognition, and modeling human-robot interaction (HRI). One of her of areas of focus is researching the tutoring behaviors of parents with their children, and utilizing similar structures in human-robot interaction, as well as investigating the uses of social robots for children.

Wrede is jointly responsible for several EU projects, including ITALK, RobotDoc, and Humavips. In addition to this, she was and is currently involved in several nationally funded researched projects, including Alignment in Communication, Sozirob, and DESIRE. Her research is driven by the question of how robots can be equipped with a better understanding of their world.


Anita Adamczyk, Bielefeld University
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
Telephone: +49 521 106-6563

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