LEAD Research Network

Heiko Holz, M.Sc.

Research Interest

My main research interests lie in the area of adaptive digital interventions and diagnostics for children with dyslexia, primarily preschoolers and primary-school pupils. Within my PhD, in cooperation with the Tübinger Institut für Lerntherapie (TIL GmbH), I work on the project "Prosodiya". Prosodiya is a mobile serious game for dyslexic children that attributes special importance to training of the phonological awareness and relevant parameters of speech rhythm.

Within my PhD, I’m focusing on answering the following research questions:

In order to accomplish successful research within my PhD, I need to integrate the interdisciplinary research fields of learning therapy, education, (computational) linguistics, psychology, and computer science. As an extraordinary interdisciplinary program, LEAD with its research intersections offers a great context to conduct my research. Additionally, with its seminars, lecture series, and weekly colloquia of the PhD Training Program, LEAD provides an outstanding frame for a successful interdisciplinary graduation. Moreover, the various experts within the research infrastructure at LEAD will foster the methodology of my research in order to answer the aforementioned research questions effectively.

Intersection 1: Learning Processes and Outcomes

Intersection 4: Language and Learning

LEAD supervisors: Prof. Dr. Detmar Meurers, Jun. Prof. Dr. Alexandra Kirsch, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rosenstiel

 

Curriculum Vitae

since 01/2017
PhD Candidate at the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network

University of Tübingen

since 06/2014
Technical Director at the Tübinger Institut für Lerntherapie (TIL GmbH)

09/2015-04/2016
Semester abroad

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (Spain)

10/2012-10/2015
B.Sc. in Cognitive Science

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

10/2014-09/2015
Academic Assistant at the chair of Cognition and Perception of the Psychological Institute

University of Tübingen

10/2012-03/2015
M.Sc. in Media Informatics

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

04/2013-02/2014
Academic Assistant at the chair of Computer Engineering of the Department of Computer Science

University of Tübingen

10/2009-09/2012
B.Sc. in Media Informatics

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

05/2012-08/2012
Academic Assistant at the chair of Human-Computer Interaction of the Department of Computer Science

University of Tübingen

03/2012-12/2012
Academic Assistant at the chair of Visual Computing of the Department of Computer Science

University of Tübingen

11/2010-02/2012
Academic Assistant at the chair of Human-Computer Interaction of the Department of Computer Science

University of Tübingen

Publications

  • Holz, H., Beuttler, B., & Ninaus, M. (2018). Design Rationales of a Mobile Game-Based Intervention for German Dyslexic Children. In Extended Abstracts Publication of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. ACM.http://doi.org/10.1145/3270316.3272053
  • Holz, H., Brandelik, K., Beuttler, B., Brandelik, J., & Ninaus, M. (2018). How to train your syllable stress awareness – A digital game-based intervention for German dyslexic children.International Journal of Serious Games5(3), 37–59.http://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.17083/ijsg.v5i3.242
  • Holz, H., Chinkina, M., & Vetter, L. (2018). Optimizing the Quality of Synthetically Generated Pseudowords for the Task of Minimal-Pair Distinction. In 2018 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT) (pp. 470–476).
  • Holz, H., Ninaus, M., Meurers, D., & Kirsch, A. (2018). Validity and Player Experience of a Mobile Game for German Dyslexic. In Extended Abstracts Publication of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play - CHI PLAY ’18 Extended Abstracts. ACM.http://doi.org/10.1145/3270316.3271523
  • Holz, H., Weiss, Z., Brehm, O., & Meurers, D. (2018). COAST - Customizable Online Syllable Enhancement in Texts. A flexible framework for automatically enhancing reading materials. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (pp. 89–100). Stroudsburg, PA, USA: Association for Computational Linguistics.http://doi.org/10.18653/v1/W18-0509
  • Polgar, S., Mychajliw, C., Wortha, F., Ninaus, M., & Holz, H. (2018). Towards the Development of a Tablet-Based Screening for Cognitive Symptoms of Neuropsychiatric Disorders. InProceedings of the 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct (pp. 253–260). New York, NY, USA: ACM.doi.org/10.1145/3236112.3236147
  • Holz, H., Beuttler, B., Brandelik, K., & Brandelik, J. (2017). Prosodiya - ein Lernspiel zur Förderung des Sprachrhythmus bei Kindern mit LRS. In M. Burghardt, R. Wimmer, C. Wolff, & C. Womser-Hacker (Eds.), Mensch und Computer 2017 - Tagungsband (pp. 395–398). Regensburg: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.http://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.18420/muc2017-mci-0345
  • Holz, H., Beuttler, B., & Kirsch, A. (2017). Bewegungserkennung mit Wearables für Embodied Trainings in Serious Games. In M. Burghardt, R. Wimmer, C. Wolff, & C. Womser-Hacker (Eds.), Mensch und Computer 2017 - Tagungsband (pp. 259–262). Regensburg: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. http://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.18420/muc2017-mci-0368
  • Holz, H., Brandelik, K., Brandelik, J., Beuttler, B., Kirsch, A., Heller, J., & Meurers, D. (2017). Prosodiya – A Mobile Game for German Dyslexic Children. In J. Dias, P. A. Santos, & R. C. Veltkamp (Eds.), Games and Learning Alliance: 6th International Conference, GALA 2017, Lisbon, Portugal, December 5--7, 2017, Proceedings (pp. 73–82).http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71940-5_7

 

Awards

  • Holz, H., Brandelik, K., Brandelik, J., Beuttler, B., Kirsch, A., Heller, J., & Meurers, D. (2017). „Prosodiya – A Mobile Game for German Dyslexic Children”. Winner of the European Serious Game Award in the category Academic.  GALA 2017, Lisbon, Portugal, December 5-7.
  • Polgar, S., Mychajliw, C., Wortha, F., Ninaus, M., & Holz, H. (2018). „Towards the Development of a Tablet-Based Screening for Cognitive Symptoms of Neuropsychiatric Disorders”. Best Poster Award. MobileHCI 2018, Barcelona, Spain, September  3-6.