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(New) 10 December 2019, Music cognition reading group: deep learning modality & harmonyLocation: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
We turn our attention to two of the best papers at ISMIR 2019. The selected papers use two popular deep learning models, convolutional neural networks and transformers, to tackle loosely related tasks: predicting modality and chord transcription. The goal is to get beyond the technicalities of these deep learning models, and also discuss their assumptions and broader implications.For more information, see https://musicreadinggroup.wordpress.com/2019/11/25/ismir-best-papers-deep-learning-modality-harmony/ or contact Bas Cornelissen at mail at bascornelissen.nl.
10 December 2019, EXPRESS Seminar, Melissa FuscoSpeaker: Melissa Fusco (Columbia)Title: Sluicing on Free ChoiceLocation: ILLC Room F2.19, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
I explore the implications of the Tense Phrase deletion operation known as sluicing (Ross 1969) for the semantic and pragmatic literature on the Free Choice effect (Kamp, 1973; von Wright, 1969). I argue that the time-honored ‘I don’t know which’-riders on Free Choice sentences, traditionally taken to show that the effect is pragmatic, are sensitive to scope. Careful attention to such riders suggests that these sluices do not show cancellation on Free Choice antecedents in which disjunction scopes narrower than the modal.For more information, see https://inferentialexpressivism.com/seminar/10-december-2019-melissa-fusco/ or contact Leïla Bussière at bussiere at sequitur.eu.
11 December 2019, Truthmakers Semantics WorkshopLocation: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
Speakers: Mark Jago (Nottingham), Peter Hawke (Amsterdam / St Andrews), Aybüke Özgün (Amsterdam / St Andrews), Janneke van Lith (Utrecht), Johannes Korbmacher (Utrecht), Maria Aloni (Amsterdam).For more information, see http://projects.illc.uva.nl/conceivability/Events/event/42/Truthmakers-Semantics-Workshop or contact Karolina Krzyżanowska at k.h.krzyzanowska at uva.nl.
(Updated) 12 December 2019, Logic and Interactive Rationality (LIRa), Hans van DitmarschSpeaker: Hans van Ditmarsch (CNRS, LORIA)Title: Dynamic epistemic logic for distributed computing – asynchrony and concurrencyLocation: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, AmsterdamFor more information, see https://projects.illc.uva.nl/lgc/seminar/2019/09/lira-session-hans-van-ditmarsch/.
13 December 2019, joint EXPRESS-DiP Colloquium, Melissa FuscoSpeaker: Melissa Fusco (Columbia)Title: Agential Free ChoiceLocation: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
Amended by submission by Leïla Bussière on 2019-11-26For more information, see here or at http://projects.illc.uva.nl/LoLa/DIP-Colloquium/event/35136/ or contact Giorgio Sbardolini at g.sbardolini at uva.nl.
13 December 2019, Cool Logic, Angelica HillSpeaker: Angelica HillTitle: Not-so-picky predicates: An analysis of Spanish's que+wh-phrase construction and the puzzle of question-embedding predicatesLocation: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
The literature on question-embedding predicates has generally focused on the restrictions of certain predicates and the complements they can take as argument. However, the discussion becomes even more convoluted when we take the analysis cross-linguistically. My presentation explores a construction that exists in Spanish, but not in English, which allows a speaker to unambiguously report a question that this construction demands a more detailed analysis of question-embedding predicates. I will present such an analysis as well as introduce a test in order to highlight a correlation between a property shared by all verbs that share this construction that take this construction, which is not shared by predicates that do not. It's going to be very verby!
(New) 17 December 2019, Set Theory Seminar, Harfn OddssonSpeaker: Harfn OddssonTitle: A Model for Paradefinite Set TheoryLocation: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
Abstract: A paradefinite logic is a logic that is both paraconsistent and paracomplete. In this talk we introduce a framework for models of paradefinite set theories based of Thierry Libert's work in paraconsistent set theory. We then present a model of paradefinite set theory which can be seen as the result of enriching the classical von Neumann universe of sets with various non-classical sets. We will also discuss the axiomatization of the theory of this model.
17 December 2019, Computational Linguistics Seminar, Aida NematzadehSpeaker: Aida Nematzadeh (DeepMind)Location: Room F2.19, Science Park 107, AmsterdamFor more information, see http://projects.illc.uva.nl/LaCo/CLS/.
16 January 2020, Computational Social Choice Seminar, Bernhard von StengelSpeaker: Bernhard von Stengel (London)Location: Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
(Updated) 23 January 2020, Computational Social Choice Seminar, Ulle EndrissSpeaker: Ulle EndrissTitle: Analysis of Matching Mechanisms via SAT SolvingLocation: Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
30 March - 1 April 2020, Workshop "The wisdom and madness of crowds: argumentation, information exchange and social interaction"Location: Room F1.15, ILLC, Science Park 107, AmsterdamDeadline: Sunday 19 January 2020
Argumentation and exchange of information help groups to coordinate, deliberate and decide. On the other hand, debates often generate detrimental large-scale phenomena such as polarization, informational cascades and echo-chambers, where the behavior of entire groups shifts in seemingly irrational ways.
Understanding the deep mechanisms of informational and social influence that underlie these phenomena in the age of social media is a challenge that engages methods from different disciplines, including philosophy, artificial intelligence, computer and social sciences and psychology.
This workshop brings together scholars with different theoretical approaches. Its broader aim is to foster an interdisciplinary understanding of the mechanisms that determine the behavior of individuals in a social context from multiple perspectives. The workshop will last two and a half days. The first half-day of it will be dedicated to an introductory seminar on abstract argumentation, held by Professor Pietro Baroni (Brescia).For more information, see https://sites.google.com/view/workshop-arginfoexchange/home or contact Carlo Proietti at c.proietti at uva.nl.
29 May 2020, DIP Colloquium, Carlotta PaveseSpeaker: Carlotta Pavese (Cornell)Location: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, AmsterdamFor more information, see http://projects.illc.uva.nl/LoLa/DIP-Colloquium/event/35133/.
3 - 14 August 2020, 32nd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2020), Utrecht, The NetherlandsLocation: Utrecht, The NetherlandsDeadline: Saturday 1 June 2019
Under the auspices of FoLLI the European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI) is organized every year in a different European country. It takes place over two weeks in the European Summer, hosts approximately 50 different courses at both the introductory and advanced levels, attracting around 400 participants each year from all the world.
The main focus of the program of the summer schools is the interface between linguistics, logic and computation, with special emphasis in human linguistic and cognitive ability. Courses, both introductory and advanced, cover a wide variety of topics within the combined areas of interest: Logic and Computation, Computation and Language, and Language and Logic. Workshops are also organized, providing opportunities for in-depth discussion of issues at the forefront of research, as well as a series of invited lectures.
10 - 14 August 2020, Computational and Experimental Explanations in Semantics and PragmaticsLocation: UtrechtDeadline: Saturday 15 February 2020
The field of natural language semantics has undergone what some refer to as an ‘experimental turn’ and is arguably currently undergoing a ‘computational turn’. By expanding the toolbox available to the semanticist, these two turns have the effect of expanding the phenomena that can be explained and the varieties of semantic explanation that can be offered.
For example, experimental methods can help distinguish between alternative explanations of semantic effects, e.g. whether to classify controversial phenomena as implicatures or presuppositions. Similarly, computational models of semantics can generate fine-grained and non-categorical predictions that can fruitfully be tested experimentally. And both kinds of methods can be used to ask questions about the emergence of semantic structures in language, including which factors influence their distribution and typology.
Given this wider toolbox and purview, we aim to gather a workshop to showcase exciting new work that develops new semantic explanations using experimental and computational methods, as well as to invite broader reflection on the methodology of semantics now and in its future.For more information, see https://www.jakubszymanik.com/CoSaQ/events/explanations-semantics/ or contact Jakub Szymanik at jakub.szymanik at gmail.com.