Aim of the RefNet Summer School: The modelling of human language production requires an increasingly varied range of skills & techniques, hailing from different scientific disciplines, including psychology, computing science, linguistics, and others. Examples of these skills are eye-tracking, algorithmic models, bayesian reasoning, and mixed-effects modelling. The summer school is an attempt to introduce and discuss these techniques, focussing on the production of referring expressions as an example. The summer school focusses on the linguistic phenomenon of reference production because it is one of the best examples of the convergence of the above-mentioned disciplines.
Social events, starting with a reception at 17:30 on 24 Aug.
Invited evening talks: For titles, abstracts, and short CVs of the speakers, see this page. The speakers are:
-- Eva Belke (Bochum University)
-- Susan Brennan (SUNY at Stony Brook)
-- Emiel Krahmer (Tilburg University)
-- Michael Frank (Stanford University)
-- Alexander Koller (University of Potsdam).
Registration and accommodation. To register as a participant of the RefNet Summer School (from 25 March 2014), please use this page.
(Accommodation for invited speakers and lecturers is being arranged by the Summer School so there is no need for them to register.) For postgraduate students, postdocs, and research fellows, RefNet offers free accommodation and up to £200 in travel money. In case of over-booking, preference will be given to UK and other EU applicants. Other participants might find the following sites useful for finding accommodation: (Disclaimer: None of the above constitutes an endorsement of any of the accommodation bookable through these links.): one site, another, and another.
Edinburgh is home to a string of summer festivals. The Fringe (and the summer school location is in the midst of it) finishes as we begin, but the Festival proper continues throughout the period of the RefNet summer school/workshop. It is therefore extremely important for those of you not automatically booked by the summer school to book your accommodation as soon as possible.
Summer School organisers: Ellen Bard, Kees van Deemter, Albert Gatt, Danielle Matthews.
RefNet Research Workshop on psychological and computational models of reference comprehension and production. On Sunday 31 Aug., also on Edinburgh, there will be a research workshop on the theme of the summer school. The workshop will be open to researchers from all relevant disciplines (e.g., psychology, linguistics and computing science) regardless of whether they take part in the summer school. Participants in the summer school are particularly encouraged to submit an abstract to the workshop.
Workshop organisers: Arash Eshghi, Kumiko Fukumura, and Srini Janarthanam
Workshop at CogSci. In the summer of 2013, the RefNet workshop Production of Referring Expressions: bridging the gap between cognitive and computational approaches to reference was organised, and reference generation featured strongly in a number of other events as well. For a RefNet-oriented summary, see this page