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Message 1: Tutorial modelling language evolution for modellers and non-modellers

Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 06:47:40 -0500 (EST)
From: p.a.vogt <p.a.vogtuvt.nl>
Subject: Tutorial modelling language evolution for modellers and non-modellers


Tutorial Modelling Language Evolution for Modellers and Non-modellers 

Date: 30-May-2004 - 30-May-2004
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact: Paul Vogt
Contact Email: p.a.vogtuvt.nl 
Meeting URL: http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~paulv/tutorial-evolang5.html

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 

This is a session of the following conference: 5th International
Conference On The Evolution Of Language

Meeting Description:

Computational modelling is a popular and prominent part of the
research on the origins and evolution of language. Although
computational modelling research has yielded interesting results,
these are often misinterpreted or overlooked by non-modellers. We feel
this is partly due to the way the complex and abstract models are
presented. Scientists lacking experience in computational modelling
often find it difficult to understand the results. This is
unfortunate, as computer modelling research and more traditional
research into the evolution of language can gain a lot through
interaction.

This tutorial offers non-modellers an introduction that is aimed at
helping them interpret computational modelling results in the field of
language evolution. In addition, the tutorial aims to provide
(beginning) modellers suggestions of how to disseminate their research
to a multi-disciplinary audience. Tutorial modelling language
evolution for modellers and non-modellers

On Tuesday 30 March 2004, from 12:30 - 17:30 hours.
(prior to and co-located with EVOLANG5, the 5th Evolution of Language
Conference, Leipzig)

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig,
Germany
(exact details will follow at:
http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~paulv/tutorial-evolang5.html)

Organisers: Tony Belpaeme (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Bart de Boer
(University of Groningen), Paul Vogt (Tilburg University, University
of Edinburgh).

Our tutorial offers non-modellers an introduction that is aimed at
helping them interpret computational modelling results in the field of
language evolution. In addition, we aim to provide (beginning)
modellers suggestions of how to disseminate their research to a
multi-disciplinary audience.

The tutorial is organised in three sections of 90 minutes each, and
will cover the following subjects:

- What is computational modelling?
- How can computational modelling be of interest to cognitive science
and linguistics?
- How does one start building a computational model?
- What techniques are used?
- What research topics are suitable for modelling?
- Practical examples.
- Some caveats.

Registration details will be anounced later. 
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