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Structures for Thinking: Rumelhart Prize Symposium in honor of Dedre Gentner

Kenneth Forbus (Northwestern University)
Micah Goldwater (University of Sydney)
Kenneth Kurtz (Binghamton University)
Stella Christie (Swarthmore College)
Jeffrey Loewenstein (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Arthur Markman (University of Texas at Austin)

Abstract Just as the heights of architectural achievement are not attained by piling on yet another brick but by composing more elegant and robust structures, so too are the heights of human cognitive achievement not attained by piling on yet another brute fact but by composing more elegant and robust mental structures. Dedre Gentner's fundamental contributions have come from the interdisciplinary study of these mental structures, the symbolic and iconic scaffolding that supports these structures, and the structure-mapping process by which we learn and apply these structures in our thinking. In her honor, this Rumelhart symposium will illustrate the depth and breadth of her achievements, which have advanced our understanding of similarity, metaphor, and analogy; of learning; of cognitive development; of language and its relation to thinking; and of cognitive architecture.

Invited symposia

Representing events in vision, language and action

John Aloimonos (University of Maryland)
Gerry Altmann (University of Connecticut)
Dare Baldwin (University of Oregon)
Marina Bedny (Johns Hopkins)

Causal reasoning: origins and development

Elizabeth Bonawitz (Rutgers University)
Gergely Csibra (Central European University)
Frank Keil (Yale University)
L.A. Paul (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Glushko Dissertation Prize Symposium

Lang Chen (PhD 2014, University of Wisconsin - Madison) White matter connectivity explains category-specific brain activation and impairment: A neurocomputational model of semantic cognition. (unable to present)
Isabelle Dautriche (PhD 2015, University of Paris)Weaving an ambiguous lexicon.
Andrew Saxe (PhD 2015, Stanford University) Deep linear neural networks: A theory of learning in the brain and mind.
Philip Pärnamets (PhD 2015, Lund University) Observing and influencing preferences in time.
Jan Engelmann (PhD 2014, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) An empirical investigation of the evolutionary and ontogenetic roots of trust.