Prof. Kay Berkling, PhD

Vita

Kay Berkling obtained her PhD at the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology (today OHSU) in 1996 in the area of Automatic Language Identification of Telephone Speech in Computer Science. Since then she has published in Language and Automatic Dialect Identification. Her expertise lies in joining linguistic knowledge with statistical information and combining know-how across disciplines.

After working for Lincoln Laboratory, MIT she joined Ubilab, the innovation lab of UBS. The following five years she collaborated on a number of international projects in the financial industries and gained extensive experience on projects and managing the interface between IT and Business. In 2004 she was named Full Professor at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in the area of Software Engineering. She has a number of publications in project estimation and teaching methods.

In 2008 she immigrated to Germany where she added a degree in teaching to her repertoire in order to extend the research into German language and didactics. Her most recent publications are in automatic diagnostics of spelling errors for learners of German handwriting leveraging speech technology.

Current projects relate to applying these diverse technologies to computer-based learning for children in the context of gamification, thereby integrating research projects with teaching of Software Engineering Projects. Kay Berkling mostly teaches Software Engineering and Algorithms at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg. In her free time, she teaches student teachers how to integrate technology in the language learning classroom.

Forschungsprojekte

- Automatisierte Rechtschreibdiagnose
- "Phonics" in der deutschen Sprache? Fibeltexte in der Analyse
- Gaming und Gamification

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Areas of Interest and Teaching

  • Speech Recognition and Synthesis Applied to Child-Computer Interfaces
  • Gamification
  • Project Management Tools for Software Engineers
  • Algorithms
  • Language Learning with Modern Media in the Context of Research Projects

Current Research Projects

Topic: Cross-disciplinary Software Projects for Education and Computer-Supported Individualized Language Learning in the Context of Gamification

The following projects are at various stages of maturity from planning to publication and listed in that order:

  • DFG-funded automatic diagnosis of spelling errors using speech technology, a joint project with PH, Karlsruhe (University of Education) and KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. (We know that many children in upper grades still have difficulty with German spelling. If your child wants to learn with us, please send us email – berkling@dhbw-karlsruhe.de) – see publications
  • Integrating Research and Teaching: Implementation of Research Projects in the Software Engineering classroom – see project above
  • Working with Explode The Code Online and German children in 3rd and 4th grade who are learning English from home.  A joint project with DHBW, PH Karlsruhe (University of Education) and ETC School Specialty. (If your child wants to learn with us, please send us email at berkling@dhbw-karlsruhe.de) – ongoing
  • Integrating Research and Teaching: Theoretical foundations of gamification, didactics and business applications in the DHBW classroom

International Research Tasks

Committee Work and Reviews

  • Elected Member of ISCA board (http://www.isca-speech.org/iscaweb/index.php/about-isca/isca-board) starting August 2015
  • Organizer and Co-Chair of L1TLT L1 Learning, Teaching and Technology Workshop 2015
  • Member of Technical Committee on Speech and Language IEEE 2013-2015, Senior Member of IEEE
  • President Special Interest Group SIG-CHILD (ISCA)
  • Member of ISCA Electronic Access Committee
  • Committee IEEE Odyssey on Speaker Identification and Language Identification
  • Co-Chair of WOCCI Workshop on Child Computer Interaction: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
  • Co-Chair SEAFOOD – Software Engineering Approaches For Offshore and Outsourced Development 2008
  • Member of Technical Committee on Speech and Language IEEE 2005-2009, Senior Member of IEEE
  • President Special Interest Group SIG-CHILD (ISCA)
  • Local Chair Odyssey 2006
  • Local Chair ASRU 2005
  • Reviewer Interspeech, ICASSP, ASRU
  • Reviewer IEEE Transactions Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Elsevier Speech Communication

Guest Editor

  • Special Edition ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing. Children’s Speech for Child-Machine Interaction Applications. Volume 7, Issue 4, August 2011.
  • Springer, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, Vol. 16. Second International Conference, SEAFOOD 2008, Zurich, Switzerland, July 2-3, 2008.
  • IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Special Section on Speaker and Language Recognition, Volume 15, Issue 7, September 2007.

Invited Talks

  • Berkling, Kay; Fay, Johanna (2012): „Automatisierte Rechtschreibdiagnostik. Entwicklung einer Software zur automatischen Analyse frei verfasster Schreibungen auf Basis von Speech-Processing-Technologien“, Symposion Deutschdidaktik, 18.09.2012, Universität Augsburg. [Posterpräsentation]
  • Berkling, Kay; Fay, Johanna (2012): “Computergestützte Rechtschreibdiagnostik”, Ringvorlesung ‚(Schrift-) Sprachdiagnostik heute‘, 06.06.2012, PH Karlsruhe.
  • Berkling, Kay; Fay, Johanna (2012): “ Automatisierte Rechtschreibdiagnostik in frei verfassten Lernertexten. Wie Informatik und 'automatische Spracherkennung' der Sprachdidaktik helfen“ Forschungscolloquium, 15.05.2012, PH Ludwigsburg.
  • Berkling, Kay; Fay, Johanna (2011): „Diagnostik von Rechtschreibfähigkeit in freien Texten: Entwicklung einer Software zur automatischen Analyse von Schreibungen auf Basis von Speech-Processing-Technologien“, Forschungscolloquium des Instituts für deutsche Sprache und Literatur, 13.07.2011, PH Karlsruhe.

Publications

Computer Science Didactics

  • K. Berkling (2015), Connecting Peer Reviews with Students’ Motivation - Onboarding, Motivation and Blended Learning, CSEDU 2015, 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education,  May 23-25, 2015, SciTePress, 2015.
  • K. Berkling and Ch. Thomas (2014), Looking for Usage Patterns in e-Learning Platforms a step towards adaptive environments, CSEDU 2014, 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, SciTePress,  2014.
  • Ch. Thomas and K. Berkling (2013), Redesign of a Gamified Software Engineering Course. Step 2 Scaffolding: Bridging the Motivation Gap. 16th IEEE International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL, September 2013.(Best Student Paper)
  • K. Berkling and C. Thomas, (2013), Gamification of a Software Engineering Course -- and a detailed analysis of the factors that lead to it’s failure. 16th IEEE International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning and 42 International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy, ICL, September 2013.
  • K. Berkling and A. Zundel 2013), Understanding the Challenges of Introducing Self-driven Blended Learning in a Restrictive Ecosystem – Step 1 for Change Management: Understanding Student Motivation, CSEDU 2013, 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, SciTePress, 2013. (Best Paper)

Elementary School Didactics and Media

  • K. Berkling, R. Lavalley, U. Reichel  (2015): “Systematic Acquisition of Reading and Writing: An Exploration of Structure in Didactic Elementary Texts for German”, GSCL, Duisburg, August 30, 2015.
  • K. Berkling; N. Pflaumer; R. Lavalley (2015): “German Phonics Game using Speech Synthesis – A Longitudinal Study about the Effect on Orthography Skills”; Workshop on Spoken Language Technology for Education (SLaTE), Leipzig, Sept. 4-5, 2015
  • K. Berkling; N. Pflaumer; A. Copylove (2015): “Phontasia – a Game for Training German Orthography”; Interspeech, Dresden, Sept. 6-11, 2015
  • K. Berkling, N. Pflaumer (2014): "Exploring Phonics for German" (WOCCI Workshop on Child-Computer Interaction) Satellite event of Interspeech, Sept. 19th at Fusionopolis, Singapore

Speech / NLP Technology

  • R. Lavalley, K. Berkling, S. Stüker (2015): ”Preparing Children’s Writing Database for Automated Processing” in L1 Teaching, Learning and Technology (L1TLT, Satellite of SLaTE), Leipzig, Sept. 4-5, 2015.
  • K. Berkling, R. Lavalley (2015): “WISE: A Web-Interface for Spelling Error Recognition - Description and Evaluation of the Algorithm for German”, GSCL, Duisburg, August 30, 2015.
  • R. Lavalley, K. Berkling (2014): Data Exploration of Sentence Structures and Embellishments in German Texts: Comparing Children’s Writing vs. Literature. (October 8.-10, Konvens, Germany)
    K. Berkling, U. Reichel (2014): „Der phonologische Zugang zur Schrift im Deutschen“, Symposium Deutsch Didaktik, September 7.-11., 2014, Basel, Switzerland. (Section 7, Orthographie)
  • K. Berkling, J. Fay, S. Stüker, M. Ghayoomi, K. Hein, L. Linhuber (2014): A Database of Freely Written Texts of German School Students for the Purpose of Automatic Spelling Error Classification, The International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation LREC, May 26-31, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • K. Berkling, U. Reichel, R. Lavalley (2014): „Untersuchung der Eignung von Fibeln für einen systematischen Schriftsprach-erwerb -- Analyse von Fibeltexten durch automatische Sprach-verarbeitungsmethoden“, Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungs-forschung GEBF, Tagung, Sektion „Lesekompetenz und Schriftspracherwerb“, March 3.-5., Frankfurt, Germany
  • J. Fay, K. Berkling, S. Stüker, M.Ghayoomi, K. Hein, R. Lavalley (2014): „Zwei Perspektiven auf Rechtschreibung: Sprachdidaktik und Computerlinguistik entwickeln ein Instrument zur Rechtschreibdiagnostik“, Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung GEBF, Tagung, Sektion „Textqualität und Rechtschreibung“, March 3.-5., Frankfurt, Germany
  • J. Fay, K.Berkling, S. Stüker, (2013): “Computerlinguistik und Rechtschreibdiagnostik. Automatisierte Analyse von Recht-schreibfähigkeit in frei verfassten Lernerschreibungen“, Germanistentag, Sektion „Deutsche Orthographie in Wissen-schaft, Unterricht, Gesellschaft“, 24.09.2013, Kiel.
  • K. Berkling, "A Case Study Using Data Exploration of Spelling Errors Towards Designing Automated Interactive Diagnostics," in Proc. 3rd Workshop on Child, Computer Interaction (Interspeech 2012 Post-Conf. Workshop), Portland, USA, September 2012.
  • Fay, Johanna; Berkling, Kay; Stüker, Sebastian (i.V.; 2012): Diagnostik von Rechtschreibfähigkeit in freien Texten: Entwicklung einer Software zur automatischen Analyse von Schreibungen auf Basis von speech-processing-Technologien. In: Didaktik Deutsch. Schneider Verlag: Baltmannsweiler.
  • Berkling, Kay; Fay, Johanna (i.V.): Computergestützte Rechtschreibdiagnostik. In: Fay, Johanna (Hrsg.): (Schrift-) Sprachdiagnostik heute. Schneider Verlag: Baltmannsweiler.
  • Stüker, Sebastian; Fay, Johanna; Berkling, Kay (2011): Towards Context-dependent Phonetic Spelling Error Correction in Children’s Freely Composed Text for Diagnostic and Pedagogical Purposes. Interspeech, Florenz.
  • Berkling, Kay; Fay, Johanna; Stüker, Sebastian (2011): Speech Technology-based Framework for Quantitative Analysis of German Spelling Errors in Freely Composed Children’s Texts. Interspeech, Florenz.
  • O. Watts, J. Yamagishi, S. King, and K. Berkling, “Synthesis of child speech with HMM adaptation and voice conversion. “IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language. Volume 18 Issue 5, July 2010
  • O. Watts, J. Yamagishi, K. Berkling, and S. King, "HMM-based synthesis of child speech," in Proc. 1st Workshop on Child, Computer Interaction (ICMI'08 Post-Conf. Workshop), Crete, Greece, Oct. 2008.
  • O. Watts, J. Yamagishi, S. King, and K. Berkling, "HMM adaptation and voice conversion for the synthesis of child speech: A comparison," in Proc. Interspeech'09, Brighton, U.K., Sep. 2009, pp. 2627-2630.
  • Berkling, Kay and Geisser, Michael and Hildenbrand, Tobias and Rothlauf, Franz (2007) "Offshore Software Development: Transferring Research Findings into the Classroom" In: Meyer, Bertrand (ETH Zurich) (eds): Proceedings of the First International Conference on Software Engineering Approaches For Offshore and Outsourced Development (SEAFOOD'07), pp 1-18, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Zurich, Switzerland
  • Rodriguez, Felix and Berkling, Kay and Geisser, Michael and Hildenbrand, Tobias (2007) "Evaluating Collaboration Platforms for Offshore Software Development Scenarios" In: Meyer, Bertrand (ETH Zurich) (eds): Proceedings of the First International Conference on Software Engineering Approaches For Offshore and Outsourced Development (SEAFOOD'07), pp 96-108, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Zurich, Switzerland
  • Kay Berkling, SCoPE, Syllable Core and Periphery Evaluation for Foreign Accent Identification and Automatic Syllabification. Speech Communications Journal, special  dition on multilinguality: Volume 35, Issue 1-2, January 2002, pp 125-138.
  • Kay Berkling and Marc Zissman, Approaches to Automatic Language Identification of Speech. Speech Communications Journal special edition on multilinguality: Vol 35,  issue 1-2, January 2002, pp. 115-124
  • Kay Berkling, Chris Cleirigh, and Julie Vonwiller, SCoPE, Syllable Core and Periphery  Evaluation for Foreign Accent Identification and Automatic Syllabification,MIST: Multi-lingual Interoperability in Speech Technology, September 1999,Leusden, The Netherlands
  • Kay Berkling, Doug Reynolds and Marc Zissman, Evaluation of Confidence Measures for Language Identification, Eurospeech '99, September 1999, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Kay Berkling, Chris Cleirigh, Julie Vonwiller and Marc Zissman, Improving Accent Identification Through knowledge of English Syllable Structure, International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (IEEE, ICSLP), Sydney, Australia, November 1998.
  • Kay Berkling (available at cslu.cse.ogi.edu/publications) Automatic Language Identification with Sequences of Language-independent Phonemes PhD Thesis, 1996, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology
  • Kay Berkling and Etienne Barnard, Language Identification with Inaccurate String Matching International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (IEEE, ICSLP),  Philadelphia, USA, October 1996.
  • Kay Berkling and Etienne Barnard, Theoretical Error Prediction for a Language Identification System using Optimal Phoneme Clustering, Proceedings of the Fourth European, Conference on Speech Communiciation and Technology, Madrid, Spain, September 1995. (IEEE, Eurospeech)
  • Kay Berkling and Etienne Barnard, Language Identification of Six Languages Based on a Common Set of Broad Phonemes, Proceedings of International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (IEEE, ICSLP), Yokohama, Japan, October 1994
  • Yonhong Yan, Kay Berkling, and Etienne Barnard, Bigram Models and Phoneme Clusters for Language Identification, Proceedings of Speech Research Symposium SRS, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore USA, June 1994
  • Kay Berkling, Takayuki Arai, Etienne Barnard and Ronald Cole, Analysis of Phoneme-Based Features for Language Identification, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Adelaide, South Australia, April 1994
  • Yeshwant Muthusamy, Kay Berkling, Takayuki Arai, Ronald Cole and Etienne Barnard, A comparison of Approaches to Automatic Language Identification Using Telephone Speech, Proceedings 3rd European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (IEEE, Eurospeech 93), Berlin, Germany, September 1993.
  • Y. K. Muthusamy and T. Arai and K. M. Berkling and R. A. Cole and E. Barnard, Two Approaches to Automatic Language Identification with Telephone Speech,Proceedings of Speech Research Symposium SRS, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore USA, June 1993