T. Florian Jaeger
T. Florian Jaeger holds an M.A. in Linguistics and Computer Science from Humboldt University to Berlin (2001) and a Ph.D. in Linguistics with a designation in the Cognitive Sciences from Stanford University (2006). Other education includes stints at MIT, UC Berkeley, Edinburgh, and at post‐doc in psychology at UCSD. In 2007, he joined the University of Rochester, where he now is a Professor in the Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science, and Linguistics. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in the Neurosciences, and NSF CAREER recipient in Robust Intelligence.
His research focuses on the development of computational frameworks for language production and understanding. This includes research on the consequences of noise and variability (e.g., between talkers) for communication and the study of inference under uncertainty and learning in production and comprehension. This research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes for Health. He has served as reviewer for federal funding agencies in the US, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Holland, and the European Union.
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I am interested in the cognitive and neural processes underlying speech processing, in the context of native and non-native communication. I combine psycholinguistic experimentation and functional neuroimaging methods (fMRI; recently, learning to apply statistical modeling) in my research to investigate how experience-dependent plasticity occurs (perceptual adaptation, long-term L2 learning). My most current line of work investigates foreign accent adaptation and its generalization across talkers, as well as maintenance over time. Broadly, I hope to better understand how people learn and represent structured variability (e.g., talker information) in spoken languages and the neural mechanisms that support such learning and representations.