Topic – “Natural Language: between Learning, Communication and Reasoning”
Date: Wednesday November 30, 2016. H. 14:30 – 16:00
Place: Sala Nobile (AI*IA Main Room)
Natural Language Processing research plays a relevant role in current AI, as target of different scientific and industrial interests. Natural Language is at the cross-road of Learning, Knowledge Representation and Cognitive Modeling. Several recent AI achievements (such as the Deep Mind system by the Google team winning the AlphaGo challenge) have repeatedly shown their beneficial impact on complex inference tasks, with huge application perspectives in linguistic modelling, processing and inferences. However, Natural Language Understanding is still a rich research topic, whose cross-fertilization spans a number of independent areas such as Cognitive Robotics, Automated Planning as well as Human-Computer Interaction. For AI, Natural Languages are either the research focus of paradigms and applications but, at the same time, they act as cornerstones of automation, autonomy and learnability for most intelligent phenomena ranging from Vision, to Planning and Social Behaviors.A reflection about such diverse and promising interactions is an important target for current AI studies, fully in the core mission of AI*IA.
The panel consists in a joint effort between AI*IA and the Italian Association on Computational Linguistics (AILC), promoted by the Special Interest Group on NLP of AI*IA.


Panel Schedule
14:30 – 14:45 “Conversational agents and wandering principles: Landing in the dark side of AI”, Marco Gori (Univ. di Siena)
14:45 – 15:00 “Language Interaction in Robotic Systems: perception and grounded language understanding” , Daniele Nardi (Univ. La Sapienza)
15:00 – 15:15 “The Secret Life of Words: Predicting an Author’s Demographics from her Writing”, Paolo Rosso (Technical University of Valencia, Spain)

15:15 – 16:00 Open Discussion: “Natural Language and Artificial Agents: from Learning Representations to Representations for Learning”

Panel Moderator: R. Basili
Discussants: the AI*IA Invited Speakers, the three panel speakers, all other attendants

Panel Contact:

Roberto Basili,
Dept. of Enterprise Engineering, Univ. of Roma, Tor Vergata
tel. 06 72597391 (339 1529616)