Information about invited speakers can be found here. Please note that all times are in Eastern Time (New York). The final program is subject to change.
Invited talk: "The Neurobiology of Pragmatics"
In this presentation I will discuss recent insights into both the time course of pragmatic processing and the key neural infrastructure for inferring speaker meaning from coded meaning. I will show why mirror neurons are not able to handle pragmatic information. In addition, I will present evidence for the role of the Theory of Mind (ToM) network in processing of pragmatic information.
Invited talk: "Human Production Strategies for Neural Language Generation"
Progress on language generation has experienced a huge boost with the advent of large models trained on huge amounts of text. However, this kind of language modelling will only take us that far. Most natural language use is driven by communicative goals and is often grounded both in the conversational context and in extralinguistic information. Can we take inspiration from human production strategies in situated environments to drive forward natural language generation models? I will argue that yes, we can, and present a few examples of recent and ongoing research carried out within my group that follow this research programme.
|10:30||Coffee break / Meet-and-greet #1||-||Gather|
|11:00||Panel discussion||Invited speakers||Zoom|
|12:00||Lunch / Poster session||-||Gather|
|13:30||Invited talk: "The Right Words for the Job: Coordinating on Task-Relevant Conventions via Bayesian Program Learning"||Robert Hawkins||Zoom|
|14:30||Invited talk: TBD||Marieke Woensdregt||Zoom|
|15:00||Coffee break / Meet-and-greet #2||-||Gather|
|15:30||Invited talk: TBD||Jesse Snedeker||Zoom|
|16:30||Invited talk: TBD||Dan Klein||Zoom|
|17:05||Mingling / Optional poster session||-||Gather|