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Colloquia, Workshops, Dialogues And Tutorials

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2020-2021

 

November

Tuesday, November 17, 2020: Colloquium

Speaker: Julian Jara-Ettinger, Yale University

Title: The social basis of referential communication

Abstract:Human communication is an intrinsically social activity which allows us to share our thoughts through sounds and movements. Accordingly, theoretical work has long argued that this capacity must rely on commonsense psychology—our ability to understand other people’s behavior in terms of unobservable mental states. Yet, classic empirical work suggests that the interaction between commonsense psychology and communication is surprisingly limited. In this talk, I will argue that this conflict arises due to the use of communicative tasks that do not reflect the structure of natural communication. I will then show evidence that traces of social reasoning appear in one of the most basic forms of communication: referential expressions. Finally, I show how computational models of referential communication centered on commonsense psychology diverge from, and outperform, non-social communicative models that rely on an assumption of brevity in speech.

About Julian Jara-Ettinger

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020: Colloquium

Speaker: Laurel Trainor, McMaster University

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA

About Laurel Trainor

 

January

Tuesday, January 12, 2021: Colloquium

Speaker:Chris Dancy, Bucknell University

Title: Towards a multi-level framework for human-AI interaction

Abstract:How can we develop AI systems that can competently, ethically, and autonomously interact with all people? Understanding how human physiological, affective, and cognitive processes interact with social-cultural structures and knowledge during cooperation and collaboration between agents (human and artificial) is critical to this competence. In this talk, I will discuss my work on developing a hybrid cognitive architecture that enables more tractable development of computational cognitive models that are moderated by physiological and affective processes. I will also discuss corresponding computational cognitive models that use this architecture. Lastly, I will examine how we might use existing critical analysis to think about anti-Blackness in the context of Human-AI interaction, and anchor some of this discussion using cognitive modeling.

About Chris Dancy

 

May

Tuesday, May 11, 2021: Colloquium

Speaker: Nia Dowell, University of California, Irvine

Title:Creating Scalable Models of Collaborative Interaction Dynamics and Outcomes

Abstract:In the current globalized world, innovation in science and technology are vital for
economic competitiveness, quality of life, and national security. This trend is accelerating the
increasing reliance on virtual teams and their collaborative effort to solve complex environmental,
social and public health problems. To contend with these dynamic conditions, communication, and
collaborative problem-solving (CPS) competencies have taken a principal role in educational
policy, research, and technology. Adaptive educational technologies provide a platform to deliver
personalized training to improve learners’ CPS skills. However, for these systems to optimally
tailor instruction, they must have key insights into learners’ interaction dynamics and team
behaviors. We have been exploring these properties by employing Group Communication
Analysis (GCA), a computational linguistics methodology for quantifying and characterizing the
socio-cognitive processes between learners in online interactions. This talk will focus on recent
studies where we have used GCA to gain a deeper understanding of role ecologies, learning and
problem-solving, and issues of inclusivity in digitally-mediated group interactions. The scalability
of GCA opens the door for future research efforts directed towards improving collaborative
competencies and creating more inclusive online interactions.

About Nia Dowell

                        

2019-2020

 

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020: Colloquium

                Barbara Shinn-Cunningham,

                Carnegie Mellon University,

                Networks of auditory attention

                (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020: Colloquium

                Isabelle Darcy,

                Indiana University,

                Learning to forget? Phonological updates in the bilingual mental lexicon.

 

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020: Colloquium

Sponsored by the Knight Lab, the N. W., Harris Lecture Fund, the Visual Thinking Lab, and the Segal Design Institute.

                Aaron Williams,

                Investigative Reporter, Washington Post

                 On data and visual storytelling

                (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020: Colloquium

                Gary Lupyan,

                University of Wisconsin, Madison,

                What are we learning from language?

                (Video Archive)

                         
Tuesday, January 21st, 2020: Colloquium

                Michael Jones,

                Indiana University,

                 The stability-plasticity dilemma in predictive neural network models of semantic memory

 

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019: Colloquium

                Bethany Rittle-Johnson,

                Venderbilt University,

                Comparing Solution Methods to Promote Algebra Learning:

                                An Example of Using Cognitive Science to Improve Classroom Instruction

                 (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019: Colloquium

                Michael Tomasello,

                Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,

                Leipzig, Germany

                Origins of Human Cooperation

                 (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019: Colloquium

                Yejin Choi, University of Washington

                Commonsense intelligence:
                Cracking the longstanding challenge in A.I.

                 (Video Archive available on request)


2018-2019

 Tuesday, May 21st / Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019: Workshop

                Learning construction grammar 

                 Adele Goldberg, Princeton University; Peter Culicover, Ohio State University;

                 Libby Barak, Rutgers University; Jessica Montag, University of Illinois;

                 C. J. McFate, Cognition

 

 Monday, May 20th, 2019: Colloquium

                Adele Goldberg, Princeton University

                Explain me this:
                Children are both more conservative and more ready generalizers for the same reason

                 (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019: Colloquium

                Tamar Gollan, University of California, San Diego

                Reversing bilingual language dominance.

                 (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019: Colloquium

                Carrie Niziolek, University of Wisconsin, Madison

                Language made audible:
                How speech acoustics reflect cognition.

                 (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, March 15th, 2019: Colloquium

                Zenzi M. Griffin, University of Texas at Austin

                Talking and Timing

 

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019: Colloquium

                Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California

                The Media Equation revisited: Do we really treat computers like people?

                 (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018: Colloquium

                Paul Pietroski, University of Maryland

                Meanings, Most, and Mass

                 (Video Archive)


Tuesday, October 9th, 2018: Colloquium

                 Laura Wagner, Ohio State University 

                 Performance Factors Influencing Competence With Linguistic Aspect

         

2017-2018

Tuesday, June 18th, 2018: Colloquium

                Maithilee Kunda, Vanderbilt University

                "Imagery-base A.I."

                (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, May 30th, 2018: Colloquium

                Michael Frank, Stanford University

                "Bigger data about smaller people: Studying children’s language learning at scale"

                (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018: Colloquium

                Jamie Pennebaker, University of Texas, Austin

                "Analyzing language to understand social and psychological processes"

                (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018: Colloquium

                Linda Skitka, University of Illinois at Chicago

                "The social and political implications of moral conviction"

 

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018: Colloquium

                Bonnie Nozari, Johns Hopkins University

                "Inhibitory control in language production: From single word production to discourse"

                (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018: Colloquium

                Steven Sloman, Brown University

                "Ignorance and the Community of Knowledge"

                (Video Archive)

 

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018: Colloquium

                Laura Hiatt, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

                "Priming in Human Cognition"

 

Thursday, February 8th, 2018: Colloquium

                Ayanna Thomas, Tufts University

                "What Have We Learned About Eyewitness Memory?" (Video archive)

 

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018: Colloquium

                Percival Matthews, University of Wisconsin-Madison

                "Are Fractions Natural Numbers, Too? Perceptual foundations for understanding numerical magnitudes" (Video archive)

 

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018: Colloquium

                Robert Slevc, University of Maryland

                “Relationships between language and music: From sound to syntax” (Video archive)

 

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017: Colloquium

                Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers University

                “Assessing Frames for Epistemic Aptness” (Video archive)

 

Monday, November 27th, 2017: Dialogue

                Tom Griffiths, University of California, Berkeley

                Niko Kriegeskorte, Columbia University                 

                Jennifer Cole, Northwestern University

                Jennifer Cutler, Northwestern University

                Ken Forbus, Northwestern University

                Mitra Hartmann, Northwestern University

                “Is the route to human level intelligence paved with Big Data?” (Video archive)

 

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017: Colloquium

                Dan Kahan, Yale University

                “Science comprehension without curiosity is no virtue, and curiosity without comprehension no vice” (Video archive)

 

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017: Colloquium

                Dan Jurafsky, Stanford University

                “Automatically Extracting Social Meaning from Language” (Video archive)

2016-2017

*Tuesday, May 16th, 2017: Colloquium

                Carol Lynne Krumhansl, Cornell University

                “Isomorphisms between pitch and time in music”

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017: Colloquium

                Michael Strevens, New York University

                “Conceptual innovation in science without definitions” (Video Archive)

*Tuesday, May 3rd, 2017: Colloquium

                Amanda Cox, New York Times

                “Data visualization at the New York Times” (Video Archive)

*Tuesday, April 27th, 2017: Dialogue

                Dan Simons, University of Illinois

                Jennifer Tackett, Northwestern University

                Blake McShane, Northwestern University

                Eli Finkel, Northwestern University

                “Signal and Noise in Science”

Tuesday, April 19th, 2017: Colloquium

                Robert Glushko, University of California, Berkeley

                “The discipline of organizing”

*Tuesday, March 7th, 2017: Tutorial

                Steve Franconeri, Northwestern University

                “Now they see it: Visual communication of the patterns in your data”

*Tuesday, February 21st, 2017: Colloquium

                Albert Newen, Ruhr Univeristy

                “Cognition and Perception: Does higher-order background information influence our perceptual experience?”

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017: Colloquium

                Tony Ro, City University of New York

                “Neural mechanisms for unconscious and conscious vision”

*Tuesday, January 17th, 2017: Colloquium

                Allison McCann, Vice News

                “Against boring charts”

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017: Colloquium

                Ernest Davis, New York University

               “Simulation in Cognitive Models: Scope and Limits”

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016: Colloquium

                Ken McRae, University of Western Ontario

                “The Importance of Event Knowledge in the Organization and Structure of Semantic Memory”

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016: Colloquium

                Priti Shah, University of Michigan

                “How to play 20 questions with nature and lose: Reflections on 100 years of brain-training research”

*Tuesday, October 11th, 2016: Colloquium

                Penelope Lewis, Cardiff University

                “Exploring sleep's impact on memory with targeted memory reactivation”

2015-2016

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016: Colloquium

                Linda Smith, Indiana University

                “Rethinking referential ambiguity:  Clear cases and noisy data in statistical word-referent learning”

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016: Cognitive Science Dialogue

                Nancy Kanwisher, MIT

                Brian Scholl, Yale University

                “How—and how much—do fMRI studies contribute to psychology?”

Monday, April 11th, 2016: Colloquium

                Brian Scholl, Yale University

                “Let's see what happens: dynamic events as foundational units of perception and cognition.”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016: Colloquium

                Doug Lenat, Cycorp

                “Truths that aren’t.”

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016: Colloquium

               Todd Braver, Washington University

               “Flexible neural mechanisms of cognitive control”

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