23.1835, Confs: Cognitive Science, Comp Ling, Psycholing/USA

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Subject: 23.1835, Confs: Cognitive Science, Comp Ling, Psycholing/USA

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Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:51:09
From: Ewan Dunbar [emd at umd.edu]
Subject: Mayfest 2012

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Mayfest 2012 

Date: 04-May-2012 - 05-May-2012 
Location: College Park, MD, USA 
Contact: Ewan Dunbar 
Contact Email: mayfest2012 at gmail.com 
Meeting URL: http://ling.umd.edu/mayfest/2012/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics 

Meeting Description: 

The graduate students in the Department of Linguistics at the 
University of Maryland are organizing their annual Mayfest, a workshop 
that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines and 
perspectives to discuss fundamental issues in linguistics. Over the 
course of two days, participants engage in talks and discussion 
sessions to stimulate new insights and collaboration. This year's 
workshop will center on the role of computational modeling in 
developing theories of human language.

Theoretical and experimental research in human language has not been 
fully integrated with computational and mathematical approaches. At 
this year's Mayfest, researchers in computational modeling will speak 
about how their work informs language cognition research and how 
they envision this integration progressing. Discussion sessions will 
establish common ground between modelers and other researchers in 
linguistics with the hope of achieving a higher level of collaboration 
between the two groups.

We aim to foster discussion of questions that are of interest to both 
groups: Why is modeling an essential part of studying human 
language? What are the gaps that will need to be bridged between 
current theoretical or experimental interests and the state of the art in 
modeling? Has computational modeling focused on different levels of 
granularity than other research, and, if so, should it continue to do so? 
What criteria should be used to evaluate the utility of computational 
models in explaining human behavioral data? Finally, how can 
collections of narrow models describing individual phenomena be 
integrated into a more expansive theory of the relevant cognitive 

The workshop will be held on May 4 and 5, 2012 at the University of 
Maryland College Park campus, in the Maryland Room of Marie Mount 
Hall. Mayfest 2012 has no registration fee and we welcome all visitors 
to the workshop; however, for organizational purposes, we do ask all 
guests to register at http://ling.umd.edu/mayfest/2012/. 

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