Computation, Cognition & Language

The Computation, Cognition & Language group focuses on models inspired by human cognition to create more natural and flexible handling of language by machines.

The lion's share of information exchange passes through language. Expression through language is man-made and as a communication channel it presents several challenges: It is highly diverse (with over 6000 distinct languages), noisy, ambiguous, both over- and underspecified and often indirect.

Still, language is an essential tool for artificial systems, such as mobile apps and robots, to interact effectively with users.

The CCL group is concerned with the scientific study and development of systems that automatically capture information from this noisy and complex signal, with a preference for methods that find inspiration in human cognitive processes to make interaction more natural and flexible, and to make automatic learning from this signal more efficient.

Group News

Idiap welcomes its first female professor
institute — Oct 08, 2021

Head of the Computation, Cognition & Language Group at Idiap, Lonneke van der Plas was nominated professor by the University of Malta. She is affiliated to this university since 2014.

Four new researchers join the effort to shape the future of AI
institute — Feb 26, 2021

Idiap is developing its research capacities by hiring four new senior researchers. Two women and two men, whose goal will be to work on topics with great potential in AI and to continue to progress in areas that have already contributed to the reputation of the institute.

Group Job Openings

Several Openings for Cross-Disciplinary Senior Researcher positions by admin — last modified Mar 01, 2021
With the growth of the institute, in addition to increased Federal funding to further support its activities, Idiap is opening several additional permanent senior research scientist positions.

Current Group Members

The group is led by Lonneke van der Plas.

VAN DER PLAS, Lonneke
(Research Scientist with Academic Title)
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