Dr Katrien Beuls
(Artificial Intelligence Laboratory – Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Katrien Beuls is a post-doctoral researcher in Artificial Intelligence and recently became a lecturer in Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Her PhD dissertation presents innovative work in the field of Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning. She is a co-developer of the Fluid Construction Grammar framework and made important contributions in modeling grammatical agreement and finite-state morphology. She has published several articles in journals (PLOS ONE, Computer-assisted Language Learning, Constructions and Frames) conference proceedings (IJCAI, EACL, Evolang, EUROCALL, ICDL-EPIROB, BNAIC, Benelearn) and book chapters. Katrien Beuls was a finalist of the Google Anita Borg scholarship in 2012 and has been nominated for the ATOMIA Brussels’ Women for Science prize in 2014.
Dr Luc Steels
(Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Luc Steels is an ICREA research professor at the IBE in Barcelona and extraordinary professor at the VUB Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which he founded in 1983. Steels also founded the Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris and was its first Director (1996-2014). Steels has worked in many areas of AI, including knowledge-based systems, behavior-based robotics, complex dynamical systems applied to AI (such as neural networks and genetic algorithms), and computational linguistics. He also designed the foundation of Fluid Construction Grammar and of other tools for doing language evolution research.
Luc Steels published several landmark papers in the different areas in which he was involved, which have appeared in top journals such as Nature Physics, Trends in Cognitive Science, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, AI Journal, AI Magazine, Artificial Life Journal, Connection Science, PLOS One, Transactions of the Royal Society, a.o. He published a textbook on knowledge-based systems, and edited several volumes of collected papers, including Design Patterns in Fluid Construction Grammar (John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2011), Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution (John Benjamins Pub. Co., 2012) and Language Grounding in Robots (with Manfred Hild). Springer-Verlag, New York, 2012).
Dr Remi van Trijp
(Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris)
Remi van Trijp is head of the Language Research Unit at Sony CSL Paris and considered as a pioneer in the field of computational construction grammar, particularly in the domains of argument structure, robust language processing, and open-ended language learning. As one of the chief developers of Fluid Construction Grammar, he has played a key role in the design of new language technologies that break with the modularity of traditional NLP systems, and in the implementation of prototypes for innovative language tutoring systems and methods. Van Trijp holds a teacher degree and PhD in computational linguistics from the University of Antwerp, has participated in several relevant European projects (ECAgents, ALEAR), and acts as the industrial supervisor of three PhD projects within the Marie Curie Training Network ESSENCE.