What is Cognitive Science

A Computational Model for Language Learning and Understanding

Dr. Smaranda Muresan

Thursday, October 02, 2008, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Rutgers University, Department of Library and Information Science

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The question ``What does it mean to learn language?'' isone of the greatest topics of scientific inquiry. The problem hasattracted many researchers in linguistics, cognitive science, and computerscience and attempts to answer this question vary greatly from disciplineto discipline.In this talk, I will consider language learning as the problem oflearning grammars which capture syntax and semantics and which allowaccess to meaning during language processing (i.e., parsing andgeneration). I will introduce a new grammar formalism whichintegrates syntax and semantics, and is learnable. I will present acomputationally efficient model for learning this type of grammars fromrepresentative data, which consists of pairs of strings and their semanticrepresentations. Last but not least, I will discuss the linguisticrelevance of these grammars, and the usefulness of this learning model forthe acquisition of knowledge from text.

Dr. Smaranda Muresan

"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

The talks in this lunchtime lecture series are every Thursday during the Fall semester from ** 12:00-1:00 ** in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on  Busch Campus.

Note: Talks are also announced by email (with reminders sent the day of the talk) to people who have requested to be placed on our announce list. If you would like to be added to our announce list, please email the Business Office (business_manager@ruccs.rutgers.edu).