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Dr. Benjamin Weiss


Research Groups:
User Experience

Research Topics:

• Human-Computer Interaction
• Human-Human Interaction
• Speech, Voice & Multimodal Interfaces
• Paralinguistics
• First Impression & Attitudes
• User Experience & Usability Evaluation


Benjamin Weiss joined the Quality and Usability Lab in January 2007. He studied communication science & phonetics, educational studies and Scandinavian studies at the universities of Bonn, Trondheim and Berlin. After his graduation in 2002, he was with the “Graduiertenkolleg” at the Linguistics department at Humboldt University Berlin, doing his dissertation on speech tempo and pronunciation. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2008. In September 2008, he evaluated embodied conversational agents as Visiting Fellow at the MARCS Auditory Laboratories, University of Western Sydney, Australia. Currently, he is working on Likeability and Human-Computer Interaction, e.g. evaluating quality and usability of multimodal interfaces.


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Quality and Usability Lab
Deutsche Telekom Laboratories / TU Berlin
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7
D-10587 Berlin, Germany
Email: first name dot last name at tu-berlin.de





  • Weiss, B., I. Wechsung, S. Hillmann & S. Möller (2017). “Multimodal HCI: Exploratory studies on effects of first impression and single modality ratings in retrospective evaluation”. In: Journal of Multimodal User Interfaces 11(2), pp. 115–131. (ext. link)
  • Guse, D., B. Weiss, F. Haase, A. Wunderlich & S. Moller (2017). “Multi-episodic Perceived Quality for One Session of Consecutive Usage Episodes with a Speech Telephony Service”. In: Quality and User Experience 2.8, pp. 1–16. (ext. link)
  • Fernandez Gallardo, L. & B. Weiss (2017). “Towards Speaker Characterization: Identifying
    and predicting Dimensions of Person Attribution”. In: Proc. Interspeech, pp. 904–908.
  • Burkhardt, F. & B. Weiss (2017). “Complex Emotions – The Simultaneous Simulation of Emotion-Related States In Synthesized Speech”. In: 28th Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (ESSV), Saarbrücken. Ed. by B. Möbius, I. Steiner & J. Trouvain. Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation. Dresden: TUDpress, pp. 67–74.
  • Michael, T., S. Hillmann & B. Weiss (2017). “Alex: An Artificial Conversational Agent for Students at the TU Berlin”. In: 28th Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (ESSV), Saarbrücken. Ed. by B. Möbius, I. Steiner & J. Trouvain. Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation. Dresden: TUDpress, pp. 238–245.
  • Weiss, B., A. Hacker, C. Moshona, F. Rudawski & M. Ruhland (2017). “Studying vocal social attractiveness by re-synthesis – results from two student projects applying acoustic morphing with Tandem-Straight”. In: 28th Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (ESSV), Saarbrücken. Ed. by B. Möbius, I. Steiner & J. Trouvain. Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation. Dresden: TUDpress, pp. 316–323. 
  • Möller, S., F. Köster & B. Weiss (2017). “Modelling Speech Service Quality: From
    Conversational Phases to Communication Quality and Sevice Quality”. In: Proc. QoMEX,
    pp. 1–3.
  • Fernandez Gallardo, L. & B. Weiss (2017). “Perceived Interpersonal Speaker Attributes
    and their Acoustic Features”. In: Proc. Phonetic&Phonologie, pp. 1–4.
  • Möller, S., D. Guse, K. Friedemann & B. Weiss (2017). “Sprachqualitäts-Modellierung: Von Konversations-Phasen über Gespräche bis zur Dienstqualität”. In: 43th Jahrestagung für Akustik, Kiel, pp. 880–883.


  • Fernandez Gallardo, L. & B. Weiss (2016). “Speech Likability and Personality-based
    Social Relations: A Round-Robin Analysis over Communication Channels”. In: Proc.
    pp. 903–907. (ext. link)
  • Gövercin, M., S. Meyer, M. Schellenbach, E. Steinhagen-Thiessen, B. Weiss & M. Haesner (2016). “SmartSenior@home: Acceptance of an Integrated Ambient Assisted Living System. Results of a Clinical Field Trial in 35 Households”. In: Informatics for Health and Social Care 41, pp. 1–18.
  • Weiss, B. & S Hillmann (2016). "Feedback Matters: Applying Dialog Act Annotation to Study Social Attractiveness in Three-Party Conversations". In: 12. Joint ACL - ISO Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation, Portorož, pp. 55–58. (ext. link)
  • Hinterleitner, F., B. Weiss & S. Möller (2016). “Influence of Corpus Size and Content on the
    Perceptual Quality of a Unit Selection MaryTTS Voice”. In: Proc. IEEE SLT, pp. 1–6.
  • Guse, D., A. Wunderlich, B. Weiss & S. Möller (2016). "Duration Neglect in Multiepisodic Perceived Quality". In: Proc. International Conference on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX), pp. 1–2.
  • Ehrenbrink, P., S. Hillman, B. Weiss & S. Möller (2016). “Psychological Reactance in HCI - A Method Towards Improving Acceptance of Devices and Services”. In: Proc. OzCHI, pp. 1–5.
  • Weiss, B. (2016). “Voice Descriptions by Non-Experts: Validation of a Questionnaire”. In:
    Proc. Phonetics&Phonology, pp. 228–231. (ext. link)
  • Karnop, C. & B. Weiss (2016). „Zum Effekt von Tempo, Tonhöhe und Sprecherformant auf Sympathiebewertungen: Ein Resyntheseexperiment“. In: 27th Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (ESSV), Leipzig. Vol. 81. Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation. Dresden: TUDpress, pp. 206–213.


  • Weiss, B., I. Wechsung, C. Kühnel & S. Möller (2015). “Evaluating Embodied Conversational Agents in Multimodal Interfaces”. In: Computational Cognitive Science 1:6, pp. 1–21. (ext. link)
  • Schuller, B. et al. (2015). “A Survey on Perceived Speaker Traits: Personality, Likability, Pathology and the First Challenge”. In: Computer Speech and Language 29(1), 100–131. (pdf)
  • Weiss, B. (2015). „Akustische Korrelate von Sympathieurteilen bei Hörern gleichen Geschlechts“. In: 26th Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (ESSV), Eichstädt. Vol. 78. Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation. Dresden: TUDpress, pp. 165–171.
  • Weiss, B. & F. Hinterleitner (2015): "Ein Fragebogen zur Stimmenbeschreibung für Laien", poster at Phonetik und Phonologie (P&P), Marburg.


    • Weiss, B., D. Guse, S. Möller, A. Raake, A. Borowiak & U. Reiter (2014). “Temporal Development of Quality of Experience”. In: Quality of Experience. Ed. by S. Möller & A. Raake. Springer, 133147.
    • Weiss, B. & K.Schoenenberg (2014). “Conversational structures affecting auditory likeability”. In: Proc. Interspeech, 17911795. (ext. link)
    • Köster, F., S. Möller, J.-N. Antons, S. Arndt, D. Guse & B. Weiss (2014). “Methods for Assessing the Quality of Transmitted Speech and of Speech Communication Services”. In: Acoustics Australia 42(3), 179–184. (ext. link)
    • Weiss, B., S. Möller, B. Lewcio & B. Belmudez (2014). “Analysis of Call-Quality Prediction Performance for Speech-only and Audio-visual Telephony”. In: Proc. QoMeX, p. 6. (pdf)
    • Guse, D., B. Weiss & S. Möller (2014). “Modelling Multi-episodic Quality Perception for Different telecommunication Services: First Insights”. In: Proc. QoMeX, p. 6. (pdf)
    • Nowak, S., B. Weiss & D. Manzey (2014). „Geschlechtsstereotype bei der Interaktion mit virtuellen Agenten“. In: Proc. Mensch und Computer, 331–334.
    • Engelbrecht, K.-P., A. Denneler, C. Yangmia & B. Weiss (2014). „Studie zur Anwendbarkeit schneller Sprachsynthese in Sprachdialogsystemen“. In: 25th Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (ESSV), Dresden. Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation. Dresden: TUDpress, 50–57. (pdf)
    • Möller, S., Weiss, B. (2014): ITU-T P.1302: Subjective method for simulated conversation tests addressing speech and audio-visual call quality. International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Source: Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, ITU-T SIG12. (ext. link)


        • Weiss, B., S. Willkomm & S. Möller (2013). Evaluating an adaptive dialog system for the public. In: Proc. Interspeech, Lyon, 2034-2038. (ext. link)
        • Wechsung, I., B. Weiss & P. Ehrenbrink (2013). Development and Validation of the Conversational Agents Scale (CAS). In: Proc. Interspeech, Lyon, 1106-1110. (ext. link)
        • Schleicher, R., T. Westermann, B. Weiss, I. Wechsung & S. Möller (2013). Research On Mobile HCI –Taken Out Of Context? In: Research and Design Innovations for Mobile User Experience. Ed. by K. Rızvanoğlu & G. Çetin. IGI Global, 76-93.
        • Weiss, B., F. Burkhardt & M. Geier (2013). “Towards perceptual dimensions of speakers’ voices: Eliciting individual descriptions”. In: Proc. Workshop on Affective Social Speech Signals, Grenoble, 4p. (pdf)
        • Weiss, B. (2013). Prosodische Elemente vokaler Sympathie. In: 24th Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (ESSV), Bielefeld. Hrsg. von P. Wagner. Bd. 65. Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation. Dresden: TUDpress, S. 212–217.  (pdf)


          • Weiss, B. & I. Wechsung, S. Marquardt (2012). Assessing ICT User Groups. In:  Proc. ACM NordiCHI, Copenhagen, pp. 275–283. (ext. link)
          • Wechsung, I., K.-P. Engelbrecht, C. Kühnel, S. Möller & B. Weiss (2012): Measuring the Quality of Service and Quality of Experience of Multimodal Human-Machine Interaction. In: Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces 6.1, pp. 73–85. (pdf)
          • Weiss, B. & F. Burkhardt (2012). Is ‘not bad’ good enough? Aspects of unknown voices’ likability. In: Proc. 13. Interspeech, Portland, 4p. (ext. link)
          • Schuller, B. et al. (2012). The INTERSPEECH 2012 Speaker Trait Challenge. In: Proc. 13. Interspeech, Portland, 4p. (ext. link)
          • Weiss, B. (2012): Analyzing user behavior for quality assessment. In: Proc. International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction (IHCI), Lisbon, pp. 223–226. (pdf)
          • Weiss, B. & R. Tönges (2012): Automatic Adaption of Spoken Dialog Systems for Public and Working Environments. In: Proc. International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction (IHCI), Lisbon, pp. 284–288. (pdf)
          • Weiss, B., S. Möller & M. Schulz (2012): User Differences in Evaluating Multimodal HCI. In: Proc. 5th International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (ACHI), Valencia, pp. 354–359. (ext. link)
          • Weiss, B. & K. Schoenenberg (2012). Aspekte von Sympathie: Gesprächsstruktur und Gesprächsanteil. In: Proc. 23. Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (ESSV), Cottbus, Hrsg. von M. Wolff. Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation 64. Dresden: TUDpress, pp. 267–274. (pdf)
          • Weiss, B., T. Scheffler, S. Möller & N. Reithinger (2012). Describing Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction. In: Proc. Workshop at NordiCHI: Assessing Multimodal Interaction (aMMi), Copenhagen, pp. 33–36. (ext. link)
          • Möller, S., Engelbrecht, K.-P., Kretzschmar, F., Schmidt, S., B. Weiss (2012): Towards Standardized Metrics and Tools for Spoken and Multimodal Dialog System Evaluation. Position Paper for the Workshop Future directions and needs in the Spoken Dialog Community of NAACL. Montréal, pp. 5–6. (ext. link)


            • Burkhardt, F., Schuller, B., Weiss, B., Weninger, F. (2011): "Would You Buy A Car From Me?" – On the Likability of Telephone Voices. Proc. Interspeech, pp. 1557–1560. (ext. link)
            • Kühnel, C., Weiss, B., Schulz, M., Möller, S. (2011): Quality aspects of multimodal dialog systems: identity, stimulation and success. Proc. Interspeech, pp. 1349–1352. (ext. link)
            • Möller, S., Berger, J., Raake, A., Wältermann, M., Weiss, B. (2011): A new dimension-based framework model for the quality of speech communication services. Proc. Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX), pp. 107–112. (pdf)
            • Möller, S., Bang, C., Tamme, T., Vaalgamaa, M., Weiss, B. (2011): From Single-Call to Multi-Call Quality: A Study on Long-term Quality Integration in Audio-Visual Speech Communication. Proc. Interspeech, pp. 1485–1488. (ext. link)
            • Weiss, B., Möller, S. (2011): Wahrnehmungsdimensionen von Stimme und Sprechweise. Proc. Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (ESSV), Aachen, Hrsg. Von B.J. Kröger & P. Birkholz, Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation 61, Dresden: TUDpress, pp. 261–268. (pdf)
            • Möller, S., Kühnel, C., Weiss, B. (2011): Suppl. 25 to P-Series: Parameters describing the interaction with multimodal dialogue systems. International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Source: Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, ITU-T SIG12. (ext. link)


            • Weiss, B., Kühnel, C., Wechsung, I., Fagel, S. and Möller, S. (2010): Quality of Talking Heads in Different Interaction and Media Contexts. Speech Communication 52(6), pp. 481–492. (pdf)
            • Weiss, B., Möller, S., Wechsung, I., Kühnel, C. (2010): Quality of Experiencing Multi-Modal Interaction. In: Spoken Dialogue Systems Technology and Design (W. Minker, G. Lee, S. Nakamura, J. Mariani, eds.), Springer, Boston, pp. 213230.
            • Möller, S., Engelbrecht, K.-P., Kühnel, C., Naumann, A., Wechsung, I., Weiss, B. (2010): Evaluation of Multimodal Interfaces for Ambient Intelligence. In: Human-Centric Interfaces for Ambient Intelligence (H. Aghajan, R. López-Cózar Delgado and J. C. Augusto, eds.), Chapter 14, Academic Press, London, pp. 347–370.
            • Weiss, B., Burkhardt, F. (2010): Voice Attributes Affecting Likability Perception. Proc. Interspeech, pp. 1934–1937. (ext. link)
            • Kühnel, C., Weiss, B., Möller, S. (2010): Evaluating Multimodal Systems A Comparison of Established Questionnaires and Interaction Parameters. Proc. NordiCHI, pp. 286293. (ext. link)
            • Kühnel, C., Weiss, B., Möller, S. (2010): Parameters Describing Multimodal Interaction - Definitions and Three Usage Scenarios. Proc. Interspeech, pp. 2014–2017. (ext. link)
            • Weiss, B., Kühnel, C., Möller, S. (2010): Audio-visual Quality as a Combination of Unimodal Qualities: Environmental Effects on Talking Heads. Proc. DAGA – Fortschritte der Akustik, pp. 561562. (pdf)
            • Kühnel, C., Weiss, B., Möller, S. (2010): Ein dreistufiger Ansatz zur Evaluation von audio-visueller Systemausgabe. Proc. DAGA – Fortschritte der Akustik, pp. 85–86. (pdf)
            • Möller, S., Weiss, B., Wechsung, I., Kühnel, C., Engelbrecht, K.-P. (2010): Qualitätsintegration bei multimodaler Interaktion. Proc. DAGA – Fortschritte der Akustik, pp. 559560. (pdf)
            • Weiss, B., Möller, S., Polzehl, T. (2010): Zur Wirkung menschlicher Stimme auf die wahrgenommene Sympathie – Einfluss der Stimmanregung. In: Proc. Elektronische Sprachsignalverabeitung (ESSV), Berlin, Hrsg. von H. Mixdorff, Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation 58. Dresden: TUDpress, pp. 56–63. (pdf)
            • Schulz, M., Runge, M., Schaffer, S., Seebode, J., Ruß, A., Weiss, B., Möller, S. (2010): Simulation des Verhaltens älter Nutzer zur Evaluation eines AAL-Interfaces. Proc. Deutscher AAL Kongress, 10.7, 4p. (pdf)
            • Möller, S., Belmudez, B., Garcia, M.-N., Kühnel, C., Raake, A., Weiss, B. (2010): Audio-visual Quality Integration: Comparison of Human-human and Human-machine Interaction Scenarios of Different Interactivity. Proc. 2nd Int. Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX), pp. 5863. (pdf)


              • Weiss, B., Möller, S., Raake, A., Berger, J. and Ullmann, R. (2009): Modeling Call Quality for Time-Varying Transmission Characteristics Using Simulated Conversational Structures. Acta Acustica united with Acustica 95(6), pp. 1140–1151. (pdf)
              • Pleschka, M., Schulz, S., Ahlers, J., Weiss, B. und Möller, S. (2009): Nadia – a natural language spoken dialog system for automotive infotainment applications. Proc. First Int. Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems Technology (IWSDS 09), pp. 112.
              • Weiss, B., Kühnel, C., Wechsung, I., Möller, S., Fagel, S. (2009): Comparison of Different Talking Heads in Non-Interactive Settings. Proc. 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 09), San Diego, LNCS 5612, Springer, pp. 349–357. (pdf)
              • Weiss, B., Kühnel, C., Wechsung, I., Möller, S., Fagel, S. (2009): Web-based evaluation of talking heads: How valid is it? Proc. of the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 09) Amsterdam, LNAI 5773, Springer, p. 552.
              • Möller, S., Engelbrecht, K.-P., Kühnel, C., Wechsung, I., Weiss, B. (2009): A Taxonomy of Quality of Service and Quality of Experience of Multimodal Human-Machine Interaction. Proc. QoMEX, San Diego, pp. 7–12. (pdf)
              • Kühnel, C., Weiss, B., Möller, S. (2009): Talking Heads for Interacting with Spoken Dialog Smart-Home Systems. Proc. Interspeech, Brighton, pp. 304–307. (ext. link)
              • Kühnel, C., Möller, S., Weiss, B. (2009): A Multi-Step Approach for Evaluating Talking Heads. Thinking Systems Joint Symposium 17.–18. Nov., Brisbane.


                • Weiss, B. (2008): Rate dependent spectral reduction for voiceless fricatives. Proc. Interspeech, Brisbane. (ext. link)
                • Weiss, B. (2008): Sprechtempoabhängige Aussprachevariationen. Doctoral Dissertation, eBook, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. (ext. link)
                • Weiss, B., Wechsung, I., Naumann, A., Möller, S. (2008): Subjective Evaluation Method for Speech-based Uni- and Multimodal Applications. Proc. of the 4th IEEE Workshop on Perception and Interactive Technologies for Speech-Based Systems (PIT 08), Kloster Irsee, LNAI 5078, Springer, pp. 285–288.
                • Berger, J., Hellenbart A., Ullmann, R., Weiss, B., Möller, S., Gustafsson, J. & Heikkilä, G. (2008): Estimation of ‘Quality per Call’ in modelled telephone conversation. Proc. IEEE ICASSP, Las Vegas, pp. 4809–4812. (pdf)
                • Kühnel, C., Weiss, B., Wechsung, I., Fagel, S., Möller, S. (2008): Evaluating Talking Heads for Smart Home Systems. Proc. of the 10th ICMI, Chania. (ext. link)
                • Fagel, S., Kühnel, C., Weiss, B., Wechsung, I., Möller, S. (2008): A Comparison of German Talking Heads in a Smart Home Environment. Proc. AVSP, Togalooma. (pdf)
                • Kühnel, C., Weiss, B., Wechsung, I., Fagel, S., Möller, S. (2008). Test Series on the Influence of Talking Heads on the Quality of a Smart Home System – Experimental Outline and First Results. Speech and Face to Face Communication. Workshop in Memory of Christian Benoît, Grenoble. pp 98–99.


                  • Weiss, B. (2007): Rate Dependent Vowel Reduction in German. In: Proc. of the 12th SPECOM, Moscow, pp. 300-305. (pdf)
                  • Weiss, B., Möller, S., Berger, J. (2007): Wahrgenommene Sprachqualität in Telefongesprächen bei zeitlich variierenden Übertragungseigenschaften. In: Proc. Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (ESSV), Cottbus, Hrsg. von K. Fellbaum, Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation 46. Dresden: TUDpress, pp. 210–217. (pdf)
                  • ETSI (2007): TR 102 506: Speech Processing, Transmission and Quality Aspects (STQ); Estimating Speech Quality per Call. European Telecommunications Standards Institute. (ext. link)


                      • Weiss, B. (2005): Prosodic Elements of a Political Speech and its Effects on Listeners. In: Proc. of the 10th SPECOM, Patras, pp. 127–130. (pdf)
                      • Weiss, B. (2005): Variation of local speaking rate in spontaneously produced vowels. In: Proc. of the 16th Conference on Electronic Speech Signal Processing / 15th Czech-German Workshop on Speech Processing, Prague, Hrsg. von R. Viech, Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation 36. Dresden: TUDpress pp. 99–106. (pdf)
                      • Burkhardt, F., Paeschke, A., Rolfes, M., Sendlmeier, W. & Weiss, B. (2005): A Database of German Emotional Speech. In: Proc. Interspeech, Lisbon, pp. 1517–1520. (ext. link)

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