Sarenne Wallbridge

Sarenne Wallbridge

Machine Learning PhD Student

University of Edinburgh, ILCC & CSTR

About Me

I am a third year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Speech Technology Research and Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, working with Catherine Lai, Peter Bell, and Steve Renals.

I’m interested in communication and how we use it efficiently.

My current research explores how information encoded in the lexical and non-lexical channels of spoken communication affects perception, and how we can leverage these findings to build more efficient, perceptually-motivated representations of speech (and other multi-channel signals).

Translation: Spoken conversation is one of the most fundamental means of information transmission between people. How can we leverage the information encoded in both [what words we say]Lexical and [how we say them]Non-lexical to better understand human communication and augment human-machine interaction?

In my spare time, I play, sing, and listen to music. I enjoy climbing moutains or rocks (whichever are closer!) and teaching yoga.

Before starting my PhD, I worked on several ML research teams in the UK, Denmark, and Germany. Check out my resumé for more details.


  • Speech Processing
  • Information Theory
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Natural Language Processing


  • BSc (Hons) Cognitive Science, 2018

    University of Edinburgh