1st International Workshop on

Language, Cognition and Computational Models (LCCM)

Collocated with The 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2018), August 20-25, 2018

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Overview:

Language as a communication tool is one of the key attributes of human society. It is also what distinguishes human communication from most of the other species. Language is, arguably, also what shapes our view of the world. However, language is a complex and intricate tool developed and is continuously evolving over thousands of years, influenced by usage, demographics, and socio-cultural factors. The study of language communication, comprehension and it's complex interaction with thought is a rapidly expanding multi-disciplinary and challenging field of research. This growth comes from both its domain and its interdisciplinary nature that confluences cognitive science, computer science, neuroscience, linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychology and many other fields. The development of increasingly sophisticated tools are making it possible to studying different brain activities. A plethora of works have been done studying the representation, organization and processing of language in the human mind. Despite such huge efforts, a coherent picture is yet to emerge. We are yet to go a long-way to develop holistic computational models and make up for the scarcity of corpora in variety of languages.

In addition, each language possess a beauty and uniqueness of its own, and demands a customized approach to understand its intricate relationship with speakers. We especially, encourage works in low resourced and less studied languages and our workshop aims to provide a suitable platform to those less articulated voices.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working in the field of linguistics, cognitive science, computer science and those whose work concerns the intersection of these areas, together and provide a venue for the multidisciplinary discussion of theoretical and practical research for computational models of language and cognition. This knowledge does not only answer one of the primary aspects of cognitive science, but also is useful for designing better NLP systems based on the understood principles. The focus centers around recent advances on cognitively motivated computational models for language representation, organization, processing, acquisition, comprehension and evolution. Given the lack of large standardized corpora for this area of research, we are also interested in developing public data sets for the area and various languages..

Theme and Topics

We welcome papers and/or extended abstracts that investigate cognitively aware computational models of language comprehension and processing. The area of interests includes, but not restricted to —

  • Theoretical and Computational Aspects on Language Acquisition, Comprehension and Processing
  • Second language Acquisition, Comprehension and Processing
  • Language Comprehension Models for Low Resourced Language
  • Mental Lexicon and its Organization
  • Computational Psycholinguistics
  • Language and Brain
  • Language and Thought
  • Language Evolution
  • Code-mixing
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Visual Word recognition
  • Morphology and/or Syntax processing
  • Discourse and Semantics, Pragmatics

We especially encourage empirical data-driven perspectives, as well as interdisciplinary works connecting computational linguistics to other disciplines within cognitive science.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Paper submission due: May 22, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: June 22, 2018
  • Camera ready copy due: July 7, 2017
  • Workshop date: August 20, 2017

Contact Us:

  • Tirthankar Dasgupta,

Innovation Labs, Tata Consultancy Services, Kolkata India,

Email: dasgupta.tirthankar@tcs.com


  • Manjira Sinha

Conduent Labs India, 4th Floor, Etamin Block, Prestige Technology Park, Bangalore, India.

Email: Manjira.sinha@conduent.com