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Cognition Institute Summer School (24-28 June)


24/06/2013 to 28/06/2013

Summer school: Bilingual minds, bilingual machines

Cognition Institute, Plymouth University

The young human brain copes remarkably well with two or more languages, with early bilingualism often resulting in perfect parallel proficiency. In contrast, automatic translation and language recognition systems remain suboptimal, despite powerful computing resources, large-scale corpora and increasingly sophisticated training algorithms.

The summer school is a unique opportunity for postgraduate students and early-career researchers in psychology and computer science to engage over common issues informed by both disciplines. How can we model bilingual processing? How are two phonologies represented? How is meaning related to word forms? How far can meanings be shared between languages in the human mind and in machines?

The school will feature interactive lectures from world-leading researchers: psychologists investigating early and late bilingualism; cognitive scientists modelling the bilingual mental lexicon, from phonology to semantics; computer scientists and roboticists designing automated translators and language recognition/learning systems. Participants will also gain hands-on experience in computational modelling, cutting-edge robotic technology and advanced techniques of experimental psychology. They will also have the opportunity to submit an abstract for poster session that will take place during the week, with two selected for a 20-minute conference-style presentation.

The school is supported by EUCog.

Confirmed speakers
Professor Tony Belpaeme, Plymouth University - developmental robotics
Professor Marc Brysbaert, Ghent University - adult bilingualism
Dr Bill Byrne, University of Cambridge - automatic translation
Professor Angelo Cangelosi, Plymouth University - developmental robotics
Professor Detmar Meurers, University of Tübingen - learner corpora and computational linguistics
Dr Katerina Pastra, Cognitive Systems Research Institute, Athens - embodied machine translation
Dr Patrick Rebuschat, Bangor University - bilingual cognition
Professor Majd Sakr, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar - bilingual robotics
Professor Nuria Sebastian-Galles, Universitat Pompeu Fabra - developmental bilingualism
Dr Yinjang Wu, University of Sheffield - developmental bilingualism

Organising committee
Allegra Cattani, School of Social Science and Social Work, Plymouth University
Caroline Floccia, School of Psychology, Plymouth University
Laurence White, School of Psychology, Plymouth University

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