Are you an ambitious researcher looking for an interesting postdoc, research fellow or PhD position?
The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI offers a possibility for 22 new researchers to join a unique research community with an attractive joint mission. Especially interesting for NLP researchers: Topic 11: Interactive AI using multimodal communication
FCAI welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds, and qualified female candidates are explicitly encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is October 5, 2020 (midnight UTC+02:00). Read more and apply here: https://fcai.fi/we-are-hiring
The sad news arrived last week that our friend and colleague Timo Honkela passed away at the age of 57. He was a passionate researcher, a true inspirer and a good friend who loved to connect people. Here are 2 links in memory of his activities in relation to the peace machine concept:
May he rest in peace and his spirit live forever!
The FCAI industry and society workshop tomorrow will be held as an on-line event and includes an AI & language track:
Due to the spread of the corona virus we decided to postpone NLULG2020, the workshop on natural language understanding and language grounding! A new date is not yet set but keep an eye on this page or our mailing list for further updates. Our apologies for the inconveniences caused!
Brighten the dark days with science!
At Tiedekulma we will share perspectives and discuss the science of mind, brain, and AI from around Helsinki. Mark your calendars for:
13:00 – 15:30, 15.01.2020
Tiedekulma, Yliopistonkatu, Helsinki
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming influential throughout technological society, from transport to healthcare, civil engineering to personal electronics. But, what kind of intelligence does our AI possess?
AI pioneer Judea Pearl has said that the state of the art is just very sophisticated fitting of curves to data. This is a long way from intelligent machines we would wish to have: Artificial cognitive systems that support human cognition, and extend thinking beyond human limitations — in short, human-compatible AI. In order to chart a course towards AI with true intelligence, an AI that is relatable and can be asked to understand us, its users, we must study brain and AI together. The talks in this seminar show how this can involve study of the brain using AI methods; study of AI as a cognitive science; and study of the interaction of brain and AI.
Local groups working on these topics in an interdisciplinary way will present their recent and ongoing projects, aiming to explore the areas of overlap and possible future collaboration.
- Lauri Parkkonen – Decoding attention states from MEG with convolutional neural networks
- Marijn van Vliet – Boosting machine learning for EEG by incorporating prior information
- Otto Lappi – Predictive Processing and Naturalistic Task Performance
- Tuukka Ruotsalo – Brain Computer Interfaces
- Jussi Jokinen – Emotional appraisal and reinforcement learning
- Antti Oulasvirtta – Computational rationality: Adaptation of behavior as utility-maximization under uncertainty. A new look at an old problem in cognitive science
- PANEL DISCUSSION: SHARED (SCIENTIFIC) PROBLEMS AND POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS
Coffee and catering will be provided.
The event is free to enter and free of charge, but registration is requested in order to plan for catering.https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/102601/lomake.html
The SIG was presented during the AI Day 2019. Come and join our mailing list to stay up-to-date with our activities and events!
The SIG is presented at HELDIG Summit 2019, a one-day symposium on research in Digital Humanities organised by HELDIG at the University of Helsinki. Here are the slides: SIG-LSC-HELDIG-Summit.
The European Big Data Value Forum 2019 took place in Helsinki on October 14–16 and SIG-LSC member Timo Honkela from the Department of Digital Humanities at the University of Helsinki presented a talk about
What is essentially human in the age of AI?
The SIG in language, speech and cognition will be present at the AI Day 2019. Our interest group will be introduced by Jörg Tiedemann and you can use the chance to get in touch with us. During the event you will also see further researchers from the SIG presenting their work. Discuss with us and how you could benefit from our network!
Finally, the FCAI SIG in Language, Speech and Cognition has its own website! Check more often here to see what is going on in our community.