Open Topics for BA and MA Theses as well as Programming Projects

Open topics for final theses

Sentiment Analysis

Computer-Assisted Language Learning

(Cognitive) Corpus Linguistics/Digital Humanities


Speech and Machine Learning

Second Language Acquisition (contact: Prof Volker Dellwo)

There are no open thesis projects at the moment. However, do not hesitate to contact people who could supervise a thesis on this topic (see also list below).

Aging and Speech Pathology (contact: Prof Volker Dellwo)

  • Temporal processing in aging
  • The effect of aging on speech production (contact: Dr Elisa Pellegrino)

Sociophonetics and Dialectology (contact: Prof Stephan Schmid)

  • Variants of /r/ in the Cantons of Basel-City and Basel-Country: a sociophonetic survey
  • VoiceOffsetTime as a cue to the fortis-lenis distinction in Swiss German: acoustic and laryngographic evidence

Speech Signal Processing (contact: Prof Volker Dellwo)

  • Use of intonation for voice recognition in tone and non-tone languages
  • Gender classification between different populations
  • The effect of nicotine craving on speech (perception and production)
  • Gender detection before puberty (by adults and same age group)
  • Assessing the effect of jaw anatomy on speech rhythm using electromagnetic articulography (contact: Dr Daniel Friedrichs)
  • Combining speech recognition system and automatic prominence detection for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (contact: Dr Sandra Schwab)
  • The effect of voice conversion technique on speakers' identity (contact: Dr Elisa Pellegrino)
  • The effect of group size on phonetic convergence and speaker individuality (contact: Dr Elisa Pellegrino)


Machine Translation

There are no open thesis projects at the moment. However, do not hesitate to get in touch with people who could supervise a thesis on this topic (see below).

Contact persons for specific areas


  • Language Technology for Heritage Texts (Martin Volk)
  • Machine Translation (Martin Volk, Rico Sennrich, Annette Rios, Mathias Müller)
  • Toponym Recognition (Martin Volk)
  • Speech (Volker Dellwo)
  • Machine Learning (Simon Clematide)
  • Large News Corpora (Simon Clematide)
  • Digital Humanities (Gerold Schneider, Simon Clematide)
  • Morphology (Simon Clematide, Tanja Samardžić)
  • Corpus Linguistics (Gerold Schneider, Tanja Samardžić)
  • CALL (Computer-assisted Language Learning) (Gerold Schneider, Manfred Klenner)
  • Automatic Processing of Sign Language (Sarah Ebling, Annette Rios, Mathias Müller)
  • Language Technology for Accessibility (Sarah Ebling)
  • Processing of Swiss German (Tanja Samardžić)
  • Coreference Resolution (Manfred Klenner)
  • Argumentation Mining (Manfred Klenner)
  • Sentiment Analysis (SA) (Manfred Klenner)