Dr. rer. nat., Dr. phil. Olga Glanz

Dr. Dr. Glanz has been a data scientist at the lab since 2009, conducting clinically-relevant neuromedical / neurolinguistic research and supervising projects.

She holds a Dr.rer.nat. in biology (human cognitive neuroscience) and a Dr.phil. (German linguistics), both accomplished at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg. She has managed and conducted neuroscientific projects using human ECoG and EEG data in subjects with epilepsy and published her research in internationally-acknowledged scientific journals. She has supervised, updated and version-controlled the „Freiburg Neurolinguistic Corpus“, consisting of synchronized neural, video, audio recordings and speech annotations. Dr. Dr. Glanz has expertise in application and theory knowledge of artificial intelligence methods and their usage in neuroscientific research, a topic she has dealt with in several of her peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Dr. Glanz has worked toward the development of neuroprosthetic devices for speech restoration in paralysis within the project „WISPER“, a collaboration between the Institute of Informatics, German Linguistics and the Department of Neurosurgery in Freiburg, financed by Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung. She has also supported the Cluster of Excellence „BrainLinks-BrainTools“ in the capacity of a project manager, contributing to the coordination of the final report to the DFG.


- programming languages: MATLAB, R

- applied experience with artificial intelligence  

- natural speech segmentation and semi-automated tagging  

- statistics, analysis of multidimensional and multimodal data, visualization in 2D and in 3D

- project supervision / project management

- presentation at national and international conferences

- writing and editing of grant proposals

- 7 languages: C2 and above: German, English, Spanish, Russian, Latvian; B1: French; Latin.



data science, cutting-edge technology, medical technology, clinical trials, natural language segmentation, speech annotation, big data, human neuroscience, robotics

E-mail: olga.glanz [@] uniklinik-freiburg.de


Peer-reviewed publications:

1.    Glanz, O., Hader, M., Schulze-Bonhage, A., Auer, P., & Ball, T. (2021). A Study of Word Complexity Under Conditions of Non-experimental, Natural Overt Speech Production Using ECoG. Front hum neurosci, 15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8854223/

2.  Kern, M., Bert, S., Glanz (Iljina), O., Schulze-Bonhage, A., & Ball, T. (2019). Smiling, laughing, speech production: Sparse and action-specific activation of the human motor cortex during non-experimental, real-life orofacial movements. Commun Biol, 2, 118 https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-019-0360-3

3.    Glanz (Iljina), O., Derix, J., Kaur, R., Schulze-Bonhage, A., Auer, P., Aertsen, A., & Ball, T. (2018). Real-life speech production and perception have a shared premotor-cortical substrate, Sci Rep, 8(1), 8898, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-26801-x

4.    Iljina, O., Derix, J., Schirrmeister, R.T., Schulze-Bonhage, A., Auer, P., Aertsen, A., & Ball, T. (2017). Neurolinguistic and machine-learning perspectives on direct speech BCIs for restoration of naturalistic communication. Brain Comput Interfaces, 4(3), 186-199, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00383/full

5.   Derix, J., Iljina, O., Weiske, J., Schulze-Bonhage, A., Aertsen, A., & Ball, T. (2014). From speech to thought: The neuronal basis of cognitive units in non-experimental, real-life communication investigated using ECoG. Front Hum Neurosci, 8:383. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00383/full  

6.  Ruescher, J., Iljina, O., Altenmüller, D.-M., Aertsen, A., Schulze-Bonhage, A., & Ball, T., (2013). Somatotopic mapping of natural upper- and lower-extremity movements and speech production with high gamma electrocorticography. Neuroimage, 81, 164-177. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811913004618

7.   Derix, J., Iljina, O., Schulze-Bonhage, A., Aertsen, A., & Ball, T. (2012). "Doctor" or "darling?" Decoding the communication partner from ECoG of the anterior temporal lobe during non-experimental, real-life social interaction. Front Hum Neurosci, 6: 251. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00251/full

8.   Thinnes-Elker, F.*, Iljina, O.*, Apostolides, J.K., Kraemer, F., Schulze-Bonhage, A., Aertsen, A., & Ball, T. (2012). * equal contributions. Intention concepts and brain-machine interfacing. Front Psychol, 3: 455. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00455/full

9.     Wang, X., Gkogkidis, C. A., Iljina, O., Fiederer, L. D., Henle, C., Mader, I., ... & Ball, T. (2017). Mapping the fine structure of cortical activity with different micro-ECoG electrode array geometries. J Neur Eng (5), 056004, https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1741-2552/aa785  


Other publications:

1.   Glanz, O.(2021). Investigations into the neural representation of prosodic, lexical, and syntactic properties of spontaneous, natural speech production using electrocorticography (ECoG) (Doctoral dissertation, Dissertation, Universität Freiburg, 2021).

2.   Glanz, O., (2020). Investigations of speech and other communication-relevant behaviors under non-experimental, real-Word conditions using ECoG. (Doctoral dissertation, Universität Freiburg, 2019).

3.  Lahr, J., Fiederer, L. D. J., Glanz, O., Schulze-Bonhage, A., & Ball, T. (2019). Topography, Spectral Characteristics, and Extra-to-Intracranial Propagation Pathways of EMG. bioRxiv, 808253. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2019/10/17/808253.full.pdf

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