Cognitive Science Seminar Series

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The Cognitive Science Seminar Series (formerly the IMC Reading Group) takes place every Wednesday 12-1pm. The venue is the ITL middle floor meeting room (i.e. the larger room opposite the desk), unless otherwise stated.

Come to share something interesting, test a conference presentation, get feedback on a grant proposal, try out a new idea or propose a paper that would be of interest to the group. If you are interested in booking a slot to present, please contact Arkaitz Zubiaga email: [1]. You will need to provide a short abstract, and any relevant attachments (ideally) the week before you present. These will be circulated to the Cognitive Science Seminar Series mailing list each week, and listed here. To see whether you will automatically get these e-mails as part of the Cognitive Science Research Group or to sign up to our mailing list, please visit this page. They will also be added to the online CogSci Meetings calendar, which you can access via Google calendar or iCal etc.

Remember that it is only fun presenting if there is an audience. Please do get involved in coming along and giving feedback to the presenters, especially if you have some overlap in your areas of interest.

Seminars 2019-20


See Previous Cognitive Science Seminars


Date Speaker Title
15 January 2020 Ioannis Patras Sensing Humans: Affect and behaviour analysis in the wild
22 January 2020 Jack Ratcliffe Embodied cognition in Immersive Virtual Environments: exploring the benefits of gesture on second language acquisition
29 January 2020 Soomi Park Reactions to the Robots’ Embarrassment
5 February 2020 Diogo Cortiz (PUC-SP & W3C Brazil) Principles and Design: Towards a Humanistic Approach for AI?
12 February 2020 Miguel Arana Catania (Turing Institute) Improving democracy through Natural Language Processing
26 February 2020* Bo Wang (University of Oxford) Learning to detect bipolar disorder from non-clinical interviews
4 March 2020 Steve Clark (DeepMind) Grounded Language Learning in Virtual Environments
11 March 2020 Shalom Lappin Modelling the Influence of Different Types of Context on Sentence Acceptability Judgments
25 March 2020 Mariona Coll Ardanuy (Turing Institute) Animate Machines: A study on atypical animacy detection
1 April 2020 Doruk Kicikoglu Wormingo

* These will take place in the ITL top floor seminar room

‡ This is an EECS Distinguished lecture taking place in BR3.02


Date Speaker Title
22 April 2020 Abdulrahman Aloraini TBA
29 April 2020 Carlos Santos Armendariz TBA
6 May 2020 TBA TBA
13 May 2020 Francesco Soave TBA
20 May 2020 TBA TBA
27 May 2020 TBA TBA
3 June 2020* TBA TBA
10 June 2020* TBA TBA
17 June 2020 TBA TBA
24 June 2020 TBA TBA


Date Speaker Title
TBD Juntao Yu A Cluster Ranking Model for Full Anaphora Resolution
TBD Bertie Vidgen (Turing Institute) TBA

* These will take place in the ITL top floor seminar room

Past Cognitive Science Seminars

Here is the full list of abstracts for Previous Cognitive Science Seminars. We have had topics as diverse as learning to play the bagpipes, interaction between musicians, a discussion on Grice, a trip to Tate Modern, audiences and interaction, incomplete contributions in dialogue and a robotic kitten. Here are some examples:

Past years