Picutre of Xiaobin Chen

Hi, this is Xiaobin. I am currently working as a junior research group leader at the Hector-Institut für Empirische Bildungsforschung (HIB) of the University of Tübingen. HIB is a research institute of education sciences and psychology. My work focuses on language education, especially on how to use the latest intelligent technologies to enhance foreign language education. I am also a member of the ICALL Research Group located in the Serminar für Sprachwissenschaft (Department of General and Computational Linguistics).

Before re-joining the University of Tübingen, I was a post-doctoral Research Associate at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics of the University of Cambridge, where my research was focused on the project Linguistic Typology and Learneability in Second Language led by Dr. Dora Alexopoulou.

I did my PhD at the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network of the University of Tübingen in Germany. I worked with a team led by Prof. Detmar Meurers whose research interests were Computational Linguistics and its application in foreign language teaching. We were interested in building Intelligent Computer Asisted Language Learning (ICALL) systems that utilized Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies and were informed by second language acquisition theories and practice.

Personally, my prvious research focused on automatic assessment of text complexity and on how to link learner proficiency with text complexity. The purpose of this research was to find an optimal method to automatically assign texts of appropriate difficulty levels based on the reader's language proficiencies. The results of this research have been documented in my PhD Thesis.

I also worked as an English lecturer for six years at the School of Foreign Languages of the South China University of Technology, where I also obtained my Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English and Applied Linguistics. I met my wife there too. :)

I am leading a happy life with my wonderful wife Wei Chang and our three adorable children Danning, Yuanning, and Anning in the beautiful city of Tübingen in Southern Germany.