Dr. Stephen Tobin


Campus Golm
Haus 70
Raum 1.13

Universität Potsdam
Institut für Informatik und
Computational Science
An der Bahn 2
14476 Potsdam


consulting hours
Jederzeit sofern die Tür offen steht

Curriculum Vitae

Stephen Tobin conducts research into speech production, speech perception and speech and language technology. From 2020 he complemented his studies in the areas of linguistics and cognitive science by attending a series of courses at the Institute of Computer Science.

He joined the Complex Multimedia Application Architectures group in 2022 and contributes to the X-Teach VR project. Over the course of the project foreign language and multilingual components will be added to the existing VR Classroom. 

Research Interests

  • Phonetic convergence und production-perception relations
  • Technologies for language learning and teaching
  • Technologies linguistic-phonetic data collection
  • Modelling and simulation of speech and communication processes


  • BA (Hons) Modern & Medieval Languages; Girton College, University of Cambridge (2003)
  • MA Linguistics (Phonetics); University of Southern California (2005)
  • PhD Psychology (Language & Cognition); University of Connecticut (2015)


2022-current        Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, University of Potsdam, Institute of Computer Science
2021-2021        Phonetics Lab Manager, Humboldt University, Institute of German Language and Linguistics
2020-2022        Independent Contractor, Berlin, (Data Analysis, English Tutoring)
2018-2020        Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Linguistics Department
2014-2018        Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, University of Potsdam, Linguistics Department
2012-2014        Assessment Specialist, Educational Testing Service, Assessment Development

Contributions to Research and Education Projects

  • X-Teach VR (Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre; PI: Lucke), 2022-current
  • The time course of speech perception and production in individual language users (NSF; co-PIs: Beddor, Coetzee), 2018-2019
  • Syllables and the timing of speech (ERC; PI: Gafos), 2014-2015
  • Extending the theory of articulatory phonology in speech and reading (NIH/NICHD; PI: Fowler), 2009-2010
  • Compensation for coarticulation: Implications for speech perception (NSF; co-PIs: Magnuson, Fowler, Viswanathan), 2007-2008
  • Dynamics of vocal tract shaping (NIH/NIDCD; co-PI: Byrd, Narayanan), 2005-2006

Selected Publications

  • Tobin, S. (2022). Effects of native language and habituation in phonetic accommodation. Journal of Phonetics, 93, 101148. doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2022.101148
  • Coetzee, A. W., Beddor, P. S., Styler, W., Tobin, S., Bekker, I. & Wissing, D. (2022). Producing and perceiving socially structured coarticulation: Coarticulatory nasalization in Afrikaans. Laboratory Phonology, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.16995/labphon.6450
  • Bouavichith, D. A., Calloway, I. C., Craft, J. T., Hildebrandt, T., Tobin, S. J. & Beddor, P. S. (2019). Bidirectional effects of priming in speech perception: Social-to-lexical and lexical-to-social. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145(3), 1911-1911. doi.org/10.1121/1.5101933
  • Gibson, M., Sotiropoulou, S., Tobin, S., & Gafos, A. I. (2019). Temporal aspects of word initial single consonants and consonants in clusters in Spanish. Phonetica, 76(6), 448-478. doi.org/10.1159/000501508
  • Tobin, S., Hullebus, M. & Gafos, A. (2018). Immediate phonetic convergence in a cue-distractor paradigm. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(6), EL528-EL534. doi.org/10.1121/1.5082984
  • Kuberski, S. R., Tobin, S. J. & Gafos, A. I. (2016). A landmark-based approach to automatic voice onset time estimation in stop-vowel sequences. In Proceedings of IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP) (pp. 60-64). doi.org/10.1109/GlobalSIP.2016.7905803
  • Preston, J. L., Ramsdell, H. L., Oller, D. K., Edwards, M. L., & Tobin, S. J. (2011). Developing a weighted measure of speech sound accuracy. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research 54(1), 1-18. doi.org/10.1044/1092-4388(2010/10-0030)
  • Tobin, S., Cho, P. W., Jennet, P. & Magnuson, J. (2010). Effects of anticipatory coarticulation on lexical access. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. escholarship.org/content/qt1j9717rt/qt1j9717rt.pdf
  • Byrd, D., Tobin, S., Bresch, E. & Narayanan, S. (2009). Timing effects of syllable structure and stress on nasals: A real-time MRI examination. Journal of Phonetics, 37(1), 97-110. doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2008.10.002