Program Presentation

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The Doctoral Program in Cognitive Informatics (DIC in French) aims at the highly qualified education of students that come from different domains, in order for them to become specialists in cognitive modeling. Our students will have also acquired knowledge and developed interdisciplinary skills that enable them to:
  • model complex phenomena from a cognitive viewpoint

  • conceptualize a problem from a computer science viewpoint

  • determine the best technological means to process it.

Professors and researchers from the following areas share the students' education and supervision: Communication, Computer Science, Linguistics, Management and Technology, Philosophy, Psychology, Educational Sciences.

Program description (pdf in French)

Calls for papers


DIC Seminar Archive 2006-2011


Thursday, 26 November, 2020

Grounding dictionary meaning

Marcos Lopes

Language acquisition is a long-term dynamic process which comprises not only learning language sounds, words and phrase structures, but also grounding those linguistic entities in perception, feeling, and reasoning.

Thursday, 19 November, 2020

Grounded Language Learning in Virtual Environments

Stephen Clark

Natural Language Processing is currently dominated by the application of text-based language models such as BERT and GPT. One feature of these models is that they rely entirely on the statistics of text, without making any connection to the world, which raises the interesting question of whether such models could ever properly “understand” the language. One way in which these models can be grounded is to connect them to images or videos, for example by conditioning the language models on visual input and using them for captioning.