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International Conference on Cognitive Sciences and Human Development 2024

Workshops

All Pre-Conference workshops will be conducted on 13th August 2024.

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Professor Max Louwerse

Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Artificial Intelligence,
Tilburg University and Maastricht University


Prof. Dr. Max M. Louwerse is Professor in Cognitive Psychology and Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University and Professor by Special Appointment at Maastricht University. Louwerse published over 160 articles in journals, proceedings and books in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics on a variety of topics, including symbol grounding, educational psychology, virtual reality. He holds two patents.
 
Louwerse served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or senior researcher on projects acquiring almost €45 million in both the United States and the Netherlands. He has served for over 10 years as associate editor of the journal Cognitive Science and has served on editorial boards of several journals in cognitive science and artificial intelligence.
 
Louwerse is author of the popular science book "Keeping those Words in Mind: How Language Creates Meaning", available in (online) bookstores.

This workshop will introduce participants to the field of NLP / computational linguistics and its link to psycholinguistics and cognitive psychology. In the first half of the workshop a presentation will be given how language creates meaning, showing how cognitive scientists can benefit from language structures in their work.

The second half of the workshop will focus on more practical aspects of NLP / computational linguistics: what tools are available, what should one think about when running, and will introduce the participants hands-on in opportunities NLP has to offer research in cognitive sciences and human development.

Objectives:

  • Learn how language creates meaning, and how this may revisit the way we have thought about language comprehension
  • Learn how cognitive scientists can take advantage of the idea that language creates meaning
  • Learn how one can use software to analyze language as a window to the human mind.

Tentative workshop schedule:

8.00 a.m. – 9.00 a.m.Registration
9.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.How language creates meaning
10.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.Refreshment
11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.mPractical insights: NLP Tools for research in Cognitive Sciences and Human Development.
12.30  p.m.Lunch
1.30 p.m.Session end

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Professor Ehud Reiter

Professor of Computing Science,
University of Aberdeen


Ehud Reiter is a Professor of Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen; he was also Chief Scientist of Arria NLG (which evolved from a spinout company he co-founded in 2009) 2010-2023.   He has been working on Natural Language Generation (NLG) since receiving a PhD on NLG in 1990 from Harvard.  In recent years his NLG research has focused on evaluation and research methodology; he also has a long-standing interest in medical applications of NLG.  He has a Google Scholar H-index of 58 and writes a widely read blog on NLG (ehudreiter.com).   In 2022 he was awarded the INLG Test of Time award and also a NAACL award for “Best paper on human-centered NLP special theme”.  His current funded research projects include ReproHum (reproducibility of human evaluations), NL4XAI (NLG in Explainable AI), and ASICA (helping skin cancer patients monitor their status while at home).

There is a lot of talk in the media about AI “replacing” humans, but a much more exciting possibility is for AI to work with and empower humans so that they do a better job.  I will focus on large language models (such as chatGPT) and in the first half of the workshop will summarise the technology and what LLMs can and cannot do.  I will then describe work (including some of my research) on using LLMs to help doctors and other domain experts be more effective and make fewer mistakes.

The second half of the workshop will be hands-on exercise, where participants first write a text manually, and then create a text by editing chatGPT output; we will compare quality of the final product.

Objectives:

  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of LLMs more effectively
  • Gain insight into how humans can leverage LLMs to enhance their performance

Tentative workshop schedule:

8.00 a.m. – 9.00 a.m.Registration
9.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.Understanding LLMs Capabilities and Limitations
10.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.Refreshment
11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.mLeveraging LLMs for Enhancing Human Performance
12.30  p.m.Lunch
1.30 p.m.Session end

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Associate Professor Wan Marzuki Wan Jaafar

Dean of Faculty of Educational Studies,
Universiti Putra Malaysia


Associate Professor Dr. Wan Marzuki Wan Jaafar (KB;PA) is the Dean of the Faculty of Educational Studies at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He served as the President of the Board of Counselors (Malaysia) from 2018 to 2023 under the Ministry of Women Development, Family, and Community Malaysia. His areas of specialization include Guidance and Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision, Career Development and Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Development of Psychological Instruments, Computer & Technology Applications in Education, Social Science Research, and Soft Skills. He is also a Professional Member of the American Counseling Association, Specialty Divisions Professional Member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (USA), and Professional Member of the National Career Development Association (USA). He was the Founder of Yayasan Lembaga Kaunselor and served as the HARVARD UNIVERSITY-UPM Top University Attachment Program Officer in 2017. Dr. Wan Marzuki has successfully secured research grants totaling more than RM2,000,000.00 and has produced over 100 articles published in scientific journals, book chapters, proceedings, etc.

This workshop will introduce participants to the integration of  cognitive science into counseling practice. The workshop explores the symbiotic relationship between the cognitive science field and counseling practices. This interactive session bridges the gap between theory and application, offering hands-on insights into the dynamic intersection of cognitive science and counseling. Participants will explore techniques for emotion regulation and strategies for seamlessly infusing cognitive science principles into their counseling repertoire. This workshop provides a unique opportunity for counselors to navigate the evolving landscape of counseling psychology, and equipping attendees with tangible tools for their practice. This synthesis fosters a more holistic approach to therapeutic engagement, empowering counselors to navigate the complexities of human cognition with greater precision and efficacy, thereby creating meaningful and impactful change in the lives of their clients.

Objectives:

  • Explore cutting-edge cognitive-behavioral techniques
  • Delve into neuroscientific perspectives on emotion regulation
  • Gain practical strategies for seamlessly infusing cognitive science principles into counseling practice

Tentative workshop schedule:

8.00 a.m. – 9.00 a.m.Registration
9.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural and
Non-Specific Factors in Psychotherapy
10.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.Refreshment
11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.mTherapeutic Interventions of Cognitive
Behavioural Therapy
12.30  p.m.Lunch
1.30 p.m.Session end

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