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About humans, machines and dialogue at the International Science Festival

News: Apr 17, 2018

Five scientists from Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability, CLASP, will participate in the International Science Festival in Gothenburg this week. Meet Simon Dobnik, Ellen Breitholtz, Mehdi Ghanimifard and Wafia Adouane on Sunday. During two hours they will be on stage in Nordstan. On Saturday you can meet with Staffan Larsson over a "forskarfika".

You also find information about Christopher Kullenberg, Dorna Behdadi and Ida Hallgren in the Swedish version of this text.


Saturday 21 April, 13:00 –15:00, Frilagret, Lagerhuset, workshop

Staffan Larsson, professor of computer science, will discuss whether machines can think, based on the idea of ​​the Turing Test, and what modern "intelligent agents" can handle. Free fika is served and there will be 16 other scientists to talk to.

Humans and machines in interaction

Sunday 22 April, 10:00 Nordstan, scenen

We build computational models that allow computers and robots have conversations with us. We discuss how humans and machines describe and understand the physical world. Computational models of spatial language give us an insight into the complexities of human language and cognition

Simon Dobnik, docent, CLASP, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science

How humans reason in dialogue

Sunday 22 April, 10:40 Nordstan, scenen

I will discuss how we incrementally reason in dialogue jointly with our dialogue partners and what is this reasoning like by patients with schizophrenia.

Ellen Breitholtz, researcher, CLASP, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science

Learning language and vision with neural networks

Sunday 22 April, 11:20 Nordstan, scenen

Artificial neural networks are commonly used for machine translation and image recognition. We show how these systems can be jointly built and how linguistic knowledge can improve them. For example, our knowledge about spatial language gives us new plans for designing these systems.

Mehdi Ghanimifard, Ph.D. CLASP, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science

How to teach a machine to speak?

Sunday 22 April, 12:00 Nordstan, scenen

We aim to build machines with which we can have human-like interaction and perform tasks like translation. We use computational techniques to model human language using large textual corpora. I will talk about some of the recent techniques used to teach machines to understand and generate human languages.

Wafia Adouane, Ph.D. CLASP, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science


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