Summer School Announcement: Bilingual Minds, Bilingual Machines/Plymouth, United Kingdom
|Host Institution:||University of Plymouth|
|Coordinating Institution:||University of Plymouth|
|Dates:||24-Jun-2013 to 28-Jun-2013|
|Location:||Plymouth, United Kingdom|
|Focus:||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 sub-optimal, 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?
|Minimum Education Level:||Undergraduate|
|Additional Qualifications:||Postgraduate students and early-career researchers.|
|Full Summer School Description:||
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. Two submissions will be selected for a 20-minute conference-style presentation.
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
The school is supported by EUCog (www.eucognition.org).
|Linguistic Subfield:||Computational Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Translation|
|Registration Dates:||16-Feb-2013 to 26-Apr-2013|
|Contact person information:||
Organising Committee Bilingualism Summer School
|Apply by email:||email@example.com|
Registration fees for the week are £400, which includes accommodation, breakfasts, lunches, refreshments and a full social programme. Places are limited to 30.
To register your interest, please submit the following documents in PDF format:
- Curriculum vitae (up to two pages), indicating level of English
- Description of research interests and potential benefits of
participation (one page).
There is no need to reapply if you have previously done so.
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