M.Sc. Anna Leschanowsky

I am a research associate in the Human-Machine Interaction group with a background in audio and speech processing and human-machine interaction. My research interests lie at the intersection of voice technology, human-machine interaction, and privacy.

Conversational AI systems have become increasingly popular in a wide range of applications, providing personalized and seamless experiences for users, and promoting accessibility and inclusivity. However, as these systems gather and analyze vast amounts of user data, there are important implications for users' privacy that must be considered. My research seeks to understand these implications and develop innovative solutions, ensuring that Conversational AI systems can be used effectively while also protecting user privacy. Furthermore, I aim to understand the impact of bias on voice technologies, develop frameworks to detect and mitigate such biases, and explore the ethical and societal implications that arise from them.

Feel free to reach out for discussions about Conversational AI, voice technology and privacy and fairness aspects.


April, 22, 2024 I am speaking at the 3. Regensburger Cybersecurity-Kongress
April, 14-19, 2024 I am presenting our paper "Voice Anonymization for All - Bias Evaluation of the Voice Privacy Challenge Baseline System" at ICASSP 2024
March, 8, 2024 Student Anjana Rajasekhar won the Best Student Paper Award at the 35th Conference on Electronic Speech Signal Processing (ESSV) for the paper Towards Speech Privacy Assessment for Voice Assistants: Exploring Subjective and Objective Measures for Babble Noise
January, 19, 2024 I've successfully passed the Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) Exam
December, 13, 2023 I was elected Vice Chair of the AES Germany for the term 2024/2025!
November, 22-23, 2023 I am presenting our position paper "Experts-in-the-Loop: Establishing an Effective Workflow in Crafting Privacy Q&A" at Conversations 2023 in Oslo!
November, 9, 2023 I am speaking at the World Usability Day 2023 Nürnberg.
October, 21, 2023 We are at the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2023! Visit us at Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen and explore privacy dialogues for speech assistants!
October, 16-17, 2023 I am excited to present our paper "Privacy Strategies for Conversational AI and their Influence on Users’ Perceptions and Decision-Making" at the European Symposium on Usable Security 2023!
September, 25-28, 2023 Our paper "Benchmark Dataset Dynamics, Bias and Privacy Challenges in Voice Biometrics Research" was accepted at IEEE International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB 2023)! Looking forward to meeting colleagues from FairEVA and attending the Doctoral Consortium there.
September, 13-15, 2023 I am at the Responsible AI Forum 2023 to talk about privacy dialogues in Conversational AI
September, 9, 2023 My first Journal paper "Debiasing Strategies for Conversational AI: Improving Privacy and Security Decision- Making" is now available!
September, 7, 2023 Looking forward to participating in the podium discussion on Gender bias in AI at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg organized by Women in AI & Robotics
July, 23-28, 2023 I'll be presenting our paper "Uncertain yet rational - Uncertainty as an Evaluation Measure of Rational Privacy Decision-Making in Conversational AI" at the HCII International 2023
June, 25-30, 2023 I am taking part in the Fifth Interdisciplinary Summerschool on Privacy
June, 8-10, 2023 I am off to New York to showcase Predication XR with the XR artist Michaela Pnacekova at HASTAC
April, 16, 2023 My talk from the European Chatbot & Conversational AI Summit is now available online
March, 20-24, 2023 Meet me and FairEVA at the Mozilla Festival 2023
March, 15 & 16, 2023 I am at the European Chatbot & Conversational AI Summit to talk about privacy dialogues in Conversational AI

Student Jobs

You can reach out to me anytime to get further information about student jobs or propose an idea.

Current Students

  • Anjana Rajasekhar: HiWi
  • Sheetal Vijapurapu: HiWi
  • Asma Shaikh: Research Intern

Scientific Reviewer

  • Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183-2803)


  • Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) by IAPP - International Association of Privacy Professionals

Awards and Honors

  • Master Award Siemens AG Corporate Technology, 2022