The Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences Colloquium Series and Center for Language Science present
“Unified Cognitive Science and the ICSI/UCB Neural Theory of Language Project”
with Jerry Feldman, UC Berkeley
Thursday, May 29
Social Science Plaza A, Room 2112
The talk will be an overview of the past, present, and future of the ICSI/UCB Neural Theory of Language (NTL) project. NTL is a computational attempt to bridge the gaps between our understanding of language and its neural embodiment . Although these gaps are large, findings from multiple disciplines (principally biology, computer science, linguistics and psychology) help constrain viable bridging theories. The goal is a plausible account of how people learn and use language. We suggest significant progress has been made, and that currently active projects are promising.
The first section will outline the multi-disciplinary foundations of NTL. The second section will describe continuing efforts to build practical language-understanding systems using these principles. The current application focus is on metaphor understanding and on teaching complex tasks to robots. Time permitting, the final discussion will suggest reformulating a unified Cognitive Science based on "Actionability" instead of the traditional grounding in "Truth". This is a natural outgrowth of our ongoing scientific and applied work.
For further information, please contact Joanna Kerner, firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.824.8651.