Research group

Associate Professor, active 2019-2023

My role is the leader of the consortium, and I am also in charge of the pedagogical and language assessment related components of the endeavor. My duties further include maintaining contacts with important collaborators like language teachers´ associations, National agency of education and The Finnish Matriculation Examination Board. 

Expertise language pedagogy, language teaching, language assessment, teacher study, teacher education, oral language skills, social impact of assessments, learner autonomy

raili.hilden@helsinki.fi

Associate Professor, active 2019-2023

I research on machine learning in speech and language technology such as speech recognition, synthesis, retrieval and translation. Aalto’s research results have been widely utilized via our open source tools and public demo versions, e.g., Morfessor, VariKN and AaltoASR.

Expertise speech recognition, speech and language processing, language technology, machine learning

mikko.kurimo@aalto.fi

Senior Lecturer, Docent, active 2019-2023

In the project, I contribute to the phonetic analyses of the Swedish data and study the underlying phonetic components which are relevant in spoken L2 assessment. I will also contribute to the training of teachers to do rating of learners’ speaking performances.

Expertise Swedish language, phonetics, phonology, pronunciation assessment, listener ratings

mikko.j.kuronen@jyu.fi

Post-doctoral Researcher, active 2019-2023

My work focuses on the pedagogic part of the research project. I'm working with the teachers and students of upper secondary schools as we research and pilot new task types for assessing speaking. 

Expertise foreign languages, language teaching, language assessment, language tests, the Finnish Matriculation Examination

anna.vonzansen@helsinki.fi

Post-doctoral Researcher, active 2020-2021

In the project, I work on the phonological analyses of L2 Swedish and study which features of L2 Swedish are connected with specific CERF ratings. I will also participate in training teachers to do ratings of learners’ speaking performances.

Expertise Swedish language, assessment, phonetics, phonology, CEFR scales, listener ratings

maria.e.e.kautonen@jyu.fi

Professor, active 2020-2023

My research interests include assessments that support learning (e.g., diagnostic and formative assessment), self-assessment and feedback, assessing and rating writing, computer-based assessment, and combining second language acquisition research and language testing perspectives in research.

Expertise

ari.huhta@jyu.fi

Doctoral Candidate

My role in this project is about implementing automatic speech recognition. Also, I transmit and combine information between the first and the ongoing phase in DigiTala project.

Expertise speech recognition, automatic speech recognition, speech modelling

aku.rouhe@aalto.fi

Doctoral Candidate, active 2019-2023

My role is to devise and adapt approaches of L2 speaking proficiency assessment by automatically evaluating L2 learners' pronunciation, lexical and grammatical skills using state-of-the-art NLP techniques.

Expertise natural language processing, automatic speech recognition, second language assessment, CEFR scale

ragheb.al-ghezi@aalto.fi

Project researcher, active 2021-

I investigate how acoustic measures of L2 speech can be of use in predicting oral proficiency.

Expertise: speech science, acoustic analysis, phonetics, L2 prosody

heini.h.kallio@jyu.fi

Master's candidate

My work in the project is related to the development of automatic speech recognition and automatic assessment of language skills.

Expertise: automatic speech recognition, natural language processing

yaroslav.getman@aalto.fi