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Program Name:

Language, Interaction and Computation
Program Homepage: http://portale.unitn.it/drcimec/portalpage.do?channelId=-34482
Institution: Università degli Studi di Trento
Address: CIMEC (Centro interdisciplinare Mente e Cervello)
Corso Bettini 31
City: Rovereto
Zip/Postal Code: 38068
State/Province: TN
Country: Italy
Application Deadline: March 14th, 2008 (1rst 2008 call)
Contact Person: Leah Mercanti
Email:

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Phone: +39 0464 48 3650
Fax: +39 0464 48 3697
Linguistic Subfield(s): Cognitive Science
Computational Linguistics
Lexicography
Neurolinguistics
Psycholinguistics
Semantics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Program Size: Small (1-10 students)
Program Description: The Language, Interaction & Computation track is offered by CLIC, an interdisciplinary group of researchers at CIMEC (the center for mind and brain studies at the university of Trento), studying verbal and non-verbal communication using both computational and cognitive methods.

http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/

Areas of particular interest include:

* The study of the use of semantic and encyclopedic knowledge in communication. The goal is to connect work of a theoretical nature in linguistics and computer science (formal linguistics, lexical semantics, ontological modeling) with empirical data-intensive approaches based on statistics and text mining (lexical acquisition from textual data and multimodal sources) as well as behavioral and neuroscientific evidence on conceptual representation in the mind/brain.

* The study of multimodal communication, in which agents communicate using (and keeping in mind what is expressed with) a variety of expressive means that go from verbal expressions to gestures as well as in the direction of a look, and that can also use images and diagrams. Both the cognitive/linguistic aspects of this type of communication as well as the possible technological applications are studied in various types of interfaces.

All courses are taught in English. There are two calls per year.
Available Financial Aid: Some fellowships are available.
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