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Conference 2012

Tufts Cognitive Science Conference on "Language and Representation"

Date: September 14 - 16, 2012
Location: Cabot Auditorium, Tufts University, 170 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155

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Tufts has recently started a new cognitive science Ph.D. program, which builds on a long-standing tradition of highly visible cognitive science research at Tufts. The conference on "Language and Representation" will formally inaugurate the program and feature 16 invited presentations by some of the most renowned cognitive scientists in the US and abroad:
Daniel Dennett (Tufts)
Ken Forbus (Northwestern)
Dedre Gentner (Northwestern)
Jonathan Grainger (Marseille)
Gina Kuperberg (Tufts)
Marta Kutas (UCSD)
Ray Jackendoff (Tufts)
Anthony Monaco (Tufts)
Anna Papafragou (Delaware)
Aniruddh Patel (Tufts)
Linda Smith (Indiana)
Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins)
Jesse Snedeker (Harvard)
Elizabeth Spelke (Harvard)
Joshua Tenenbaum (MIT)
Maryanne Wolf (Tufts)

Detailed program:

Friday, September 14, 2012
2:00pm - 2:30pm Matthias Scheutz
Opening remarks, conference and program overview
Brief remarks by deans Joanne Berger-Sweeney and Linda Abriola
2:30pm - 3:15pm Anthony Monaco Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
3:15pm - 4:00pm Marta Kutas ERP evidence for Incrementality, Prediction, and Semantic Memory Representations during Sentence Comprehension
4:00pm - 4:30pm Coffee break
4:30pm - 5:15pm Gina Kuperberg What do ERPs and fMRI Tell Us About the Neural Dynamics of Language Comprehension?
5:15pm - 6:00pm Jonathan Grainger Orthographic Processing in Man, Monkey, and Machine
6:00pm - 9:00pm Poster session and welcome reception

Saturday, September 15, 2012
8:30am - 9:00am
Coffee and pastries

9:00am - 9:45am Paul Smolensky
Matthew Goldrick
Computation on Gradient Symbols
9:45am - 10:30am Joshua Tenenbaum Modeling the Common Sense Core with Probabilistic Programs
10:30am - 11:00am Coffee break
11:00am - 11:45am Anna Papafragou Linguistic and Nonlinguistic Representations
11:45am - 12:30pm Ray Jackendoff
Eva Wittenberg
Even Simpler Syntax:A Hierarchy of Grammatical Complexity
12:30pm - 2:30pm Lunch break
2:00pm - 2:45pm Linda Smith The Sensori-motor Origins of Reference
2:45pm - 3:30pm Dedre Gentner Why We are So Smart
3:30pm - 4:00pm Coffee break
4:00pm - 4:45pm Elizabeth Spelke Language and Core Knowledge
4:45pm - 5:30pm Aniruddh Patel Comparative Cognitive Science: Music and Language

Sunday, September 16, 2012
8:30am - 9:00am Coffee and pastries
9:00am - 9:45am Ken Forbus
Steps towards Human-level AI
9:45am - 10:30am Maryanne Wolf
The Evolving, Reading Brain
10:30am - 11:00am Coffee break
11:00am - 11:45am Jesse Snedeker
Why is a raven like a writing desk? Carving up the semantics-pragmatics interface with the psychological tool kit
11:45am - 12:30pm Daniel Dennett The Public Face of Cognitive Science
12:30pm - 12:40pm Matthias Scheutz
Closing remarks