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  • Warandelaan 2, Dante Building, room D 129

    5037 AB Tilburg

    Netherlands

20052019

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Personal profile

Research interests

My primary research interest involves the development of computational models of human language acquisition. Computational modeling is an effective tool for studying human cognition: whereas linguistic and psychological theories often give a high level explanation for the experimental data, computational models provide a detailed account of the underlying mechanisms for the cognitive task at hand. Moreover, the behaviour of a model can be directly compared to that of humans through computational simulation.

 

Career

Sep. 2011 - presentAssistant Professor, Department of Communication and Information Sciences, Tilburg University, Netherlands.

Aug. 2008 - Aug. 2011Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University, Germany.

Teaching

  • Research Workshop HAIT, Spring 2012
  • Lecture: Digital Collaboration, Spring 2012
  • Lecture: Cognitive Linguistics, Fall 2011
  • Research skills module: Methods of Analysis of Functional Document, Fall 2011

 

Current courses

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Keywords

  • Computer Models
  • Computer Linguistics
  • Language Acquisition

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Research Output

Analyzing and Interpreting Neural Networks for NLP: A Report on the First BlackboxNLP Workshop

Alishahi, A., Chrupala, G. & Linzen, T., 31 Jul 2019, In : Natural Language Engineering. 25, 4, p. 543-557 15 p., 135132491900024.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

  • Correlating Neural and Symbolic Representations of Language

    Chrupala, G. & Alishahi, A., 1 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Florence, Italy: Association for Computational Linguistics, p. 2952-2962 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Curious Topics: A Curiosity-Based Model of First Language Word Learning

    Keijser, D., Gelderloos, L. & Alishahi, A., Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Montreal: Cognitive Science Society, p. 1991-1997

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

    On the difficulty of a distributional semantics of spoken language

    Chrupała, G., Gelderloos, L., Kádár, Á. & Alishahi, A., 2019, Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics. Vol. 2.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Lessons Learned in Multilingual Grounded Language Learning

    Kádár, Á., Elliott, D., Côte, M-A., Chrupala, G. & Alishahi, A., 2018, Proceedings of the 22nd Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning. Association for Computational Linguistics, p. 402-412 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

    Prizes / Recognition

    CoNLL 2017 Best Paper Award

    Afra Alishahi (Recipient), Marie Barking (Recipient) & Grzegorz Chrupala (Recipient), 2017

    Prize