[Elsnet-list] Call for Participantion ACORNS workshop Computational Models of Language Evolution, Acquisition and Processing

Bosch, L.F.M. ten (Louis) l.tenbosch at let.ru.nl
Tue Apr 7 10:54:17 CEST 2009

Call for Participation
ACORNS Workshop
Computational Models of Language Evolution, Acquisition and Processing
This workshop is a satellite of Interspeech-2009.

September 11, 2009
Brighton, UK
Old Ship Hotel

As a follow-up of the successful ESF workshop with the same title (held in 
November 2007),  we again would like to bring together a group of outstanding 
invited speakers and discussants  to explore directions for future research in the 
multidisciplinary field of computational modeling  of language evolution, processing, 
and acquisition. 

We envisage bringing together a group of maximally 50 researchers from different
disciplines  who take an interest in investigating language acquisition and processing. 
The focus is on  computational models that enhance our understanding of behavioural
phenomena and  results of experiments. 

A pervasive problem in the multi-disciplinary field of language processing and
acquisition  is that different disciplines not only favour and exploit different experimental
paradigms, but  also quite different publication styles and different journals. As a result,
information flow  across the borders of the disciplines is no more than a trickle, where
broad streams would be desirable.

We have designed a programme in which there is room for four or five longer 
presentations by invited speakers. A team of discussants from a range of disciplines 
will give comment. 

Prospective participants are invited to send an expression of interest to the 
organizers before June 20. In selecting participants priority will be given to scientists 
who submit a position statement with their expression of interest. The statement should 
address the topics of the workshop. It should be in the Interspeech-2009 format with 
a maximum of four pages (shorter statements are also welcome). 

Workshop participants will receive key papers by the speakers and discussants, 
as well as the full set of position statements on August 15. 
During the workshop, there will be ample time and opportunity for all participants 
to contribute to the discussions. 

The workshop should result in sketch of future research in language evolution, 
acquisition and processing during the next five to ten years. To that end the workshop 
will explore the formation of consortia that can prepare project proposals for 
EU-funded programmes such as FET, etc. For this reason we have also invited 
representatives of the major European funding agencies. Finally, the workshop will 
explore the feasibility of forming a couple of small interdisciplinary teams to prepare 
papers for journals in a number of disciplines. 

Costs: The price for participants is 70 UK pounds; this includes all preparatory 
materials and a lunch. 
All payments must be made in cash at the workshop venue. 


 9:00 –   9:30  Registration
 9:30 – 10:30  Lou Boves, Scientific Manager of the ACORNS project (www.acorns-project.org) 
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee
10:45 – 12:15 Deb Roy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:45 Friedemann Pulvermuller, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK
14:45 – 15:00 Tea 
15:00 – 16:30 Rochelle Newman, University of Maryland, MD
16:30 – 17:30 Conclusions 

Discussants will include:  
Roger Moore, Sheffield University, UK
Hugo Van hamme, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
Odette Scharenborg, Radboud University, Netherlands

Additional discussants are being negotiated at this moment. Scientists who 
would like to participate as a discussant are invited to contact the organizers 
at the e-mail address shown at the bottom of this message as soon as possible.

Workshop Organisers: 
Lou Boves, Elisabeth den Os, Louis ten Bosch (Radboud University)

All questions regarding the workshop and requests for registration with full name, 
affiliation and e-mail address must be sent to: e.denos at let.ru.nl 

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