Hi, I'm Pol

    I am a PhD candidate in computer science at the MPI and do some freelance stuff as a designer and a programmer. If you are interested in my work, just scroll down and have a look.

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People can recognize emotions from speech extraordinarily well – even in absence of other cues like body posture or facial expressions.

During my PhD in computer science at the Max Planck Institute and HCM, I investigate the mapping between speech prosody and emotion.

In corpus work, I investigate the mapping in existing recordings of emotional speech.

During experimental work, I iteratively change speech to make it sound emotional which allows to uncover mental prototypes of emotions in speech.

Academic work



  • van Rijn, P., Mertes, S., Schiller, D., Harrison, P., Larrouy-Maestri, P., André, E., & Jacoby, N. (2021). Exploring emotional prototypes in a high dimensional TTS latent space, INTERSPEECH.

  • Schiller, D.*, Mertes, S.*, van Rijn, P., & André, E. (2021). Analysis by Synthesis: Using an expressive TTS Model as Feature Extractor for Paralinguistic Speech Classification, INTERSPEECH.

  • Harrison, P., Marjieh, R., Adolfi, F., van Rijn, P., Anglada-Tort, M., Tchernichovski, O., Larrouy-Maestri, P., & Jacoby, N. (2020). Gibbs Sampling with people, NeurIPS.


  • Lewis*, G., van Rijn, P.*, Gwilliams, L., Larrouy-Maestri, P., Poeppel, D., & Ghitza, O. (accepted). NyU-BU contextually constrained sentences Corpus: NUBUC, Linguistic Data Consortium.

Under review

  • van Rijn, P. & Larrouy-Maestri, P. (under review) Modeling individual and cross-cultural variation in the mapping of emotions to speech prosody, Nature Human Behaviour.

  • van Rijn, P., Poeppel, D., & Larrouy-Maestri, P. (under review). Measures of Pitch over Time improve Classification in Emotional Speech, Speech Communication.



  • van Rijn, P., Poeppel, D., & Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2019, December). Emotional prosody: the role of pitch over time. Poster presentation at the Rate and Rhythm in speech Recognition workshop. MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

  • van Rijn, P. & Vogelzang, M. (2019, May). Noun Capitalization: Can Dutch readers benefit from it? Poster presentation at TABU. University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

Some background

  • Finished gymnasium, 2013

      VWO-diploma (Dutch Abitur examination)

  • Moved to Germany, 2013

      started studying German and Dutch language & literature studies

  • Picked up computer science, 2016

      inseparable from my computer ever since

  • DAAD-Prize, 2016

      for the outstanding achievement of a foreign student (€ 1,000)

  • Deutschlandstipendium, 2017

      Study grant € 3,600, one year

  • Started my PhD, 2019

      in computer science at the MPI

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