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Workshops

Workshops

The conference workshop program provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion on a specific topic important to cognitive science. The workshops will be held the day before the main conference, on August 10, 2016. The location will be the same as the main conference.

Interactive spatiotemporal inference: Data, theories, architectures, and autonomy
(Half-day workshop)
Sangeet Khemlani and J. Gregory Trafton

The workshop will include three sets of twenty-five minute presentations (including Q&A) organized around three central themes: a) representing space and time; b) gestural and embodied communication; and c) architectural accounts of reasoning. Each presentation will conclude with a panel discussion. Presentations will include overviews of theoretical and computational models, discussions of recent experimental phenomena, descriptions of novel technologies, and discussions of setting an agenda for future research.

Workshop on Corpus Collection, (Semi)-Automated Analysis, and Modeling of Large-Scale
Naturalistic Language Acquisition Data
(Full day workshop)
Elika Bergelson

The main goal of this full-day workshop is to bring together researchers from several distinct fields: behavioral psychologists studying language acquisition, speech technology researchers, linguists, and computational modelers of cognitive development. These groups are broadly interested in the same questions, i.e. what is the nature of speech and language, and how might a system learn to process it in supervised or unsupervised ways? The target audience of this workshop is researchers (from students to PIs) with an interest in collecting, analyzing, and modeling language data. It will be especially useful for participants with background in speech and hearing. The workshop comprises ten confirmed speakers in four sets of talks, with interspersed question periods and breaks. Ten institutions from four countries are represented.

https://sites.google.com/site/cogsci2016natlangacqdata/home/workshop-schedule

Learning to Talk about Events: Grounding Language Acquisition in Intuitive Theories and Event Cognition
(Full day workshop)
Eva Wittenberg, Melissa Kline, and Joshua Hartshorne

This workshop brings together leading researchers in the language and cognition of concepts and events -" both as speakers and as audience members -" in order to share knowledge, discuss open research questions of mutual concern, and shape the path forward. Precisely because questions about the representation of concepts and events are so broadly applicable across the cognitive sciences, they tend to be studied fairly independently in multiple different (sub)disciplines. Thus, gatherings like this one are crucial for ensuring efficient dissemination of ideas and findings.
The workshop is organized around language acquisition, particularly the acquisition of verbs. This will help focus discussion without necessarily sacrificing breadth: Verb acquisition presents a particularly rich set of phenomena touching upon issues of central concern to the disparate concepts and events literatures. To these ends, the workshop speakers represent diverse research traditions and topics, and many have contributed to multiple of these literatures.

http://tedlab.mit.edu/~mekline/COGSCI2016/

Contemporary Deep Neural Networks
(Full day workshop)
Jay McClelland, Steven Hansen, and Andrew Saxe

Over the last 10 years, massive data sets, enhanced computational resources, and new developments in algorithms have led to explosive growth in use of neural network models in machine learning and artificial intelligence. This workshop brings the tools, methods, and insights from this research into contemporary cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience. The morning session of the workshop will comprise presentations from leaders in both cognitive and cognitive neuroscience applications of these models (Marco Zorzi, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte) as well as leaders in the development of artificial neural networks behind Google DeepMind's breakthroughs in achieving human-level performance in action games such as Breakout and demanding strategic games such as Go (Timothy Lillicrap, Greg Wayne). The afternoon program will allow opportunities to gain hands on experience with the simulation tools used to create these applications.

https://sites.google.com/site/ncpw15/tutorial-at-the-cognitive-science-meeting

Proposal of the Second Workshop on Physical and Social Scene Understanding
(Full day workshop)
Tao Gao, Chenfanfu Jiang, Yixin Zhu, Yibiao Zhao, and Lap-Fai (Craig) Yu

Computer vision has made significant progress in locating and recognizing objects in real images. However, beyond the scope of this -what is where- challenge, it lacks the abilities to understand scenes characterizing human visual experience. The mission of this workshop is to (a) identify the key domains in which human visual perception and cognition outperform computer vision; (b) formalize the computational challenges in these domains; and (c) provide promising frameworks for solving these challenges by conducting cognitive science and computer vision studies. We plan to host a full day workshop consisting of talks given by eight invited speakers who are leading researchers in their research fields.

http://www.cs.umb.edu/~craigyu/cogsci2016/

Active learning: Cognitive development, education, and computational models
(Full day workshop)
Elizabeth Bonawitz and Fei Xu

In this workshop, we invite speakers from a variety of approaches to broadly inform our understanding of active learning, including cognitive development, education, and computational modeling. We examine what -active- means in active learning, and include talks on the cognitive mechanisms that might support active learning including attention, hypothesis-generation, explanation, pretend play, and question asking. We also explore how -efficient- learners are when planning and executing actions in the service of learning, and whether there are developmental or socio-economic differences in active learning. The workshop is divided into three main themes, with speakers from education, modeling, and developmental backgrounds in each. After each set of talks, we schedule ample time for discussion, encouraging participants to fully engage with the speakers. The workshop concludes with a final broad discussion on open questions and the future of active learning research.

Women in Cognitive Science Panel Discussion and Reception
Evening event (16:00 - 17:30) with reception following
This event does not require the $30 Tutorial/Workshop registration fee

Panelists:
Anna Papafragou, University of Delaware
Tessa Warren, University of Pittsburgh
Jeffrey Zacks, Washington University in St. Louis
Mary Hegarty, University of California, Santa Barbara