We are pleased to announce that the AMLaP-Asia conference will take place
at the University of Hyderabad, Telangana, India,
from February 1st to 3rd, 2018

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Invited Speakers

11900Falk Huettig,
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
February 1st, 10: 30 – 11: 30

How learning to read changes mind and brain 

Abstract: Reading as a recent cultural invention has not been shaped by evolutionary processes and thus must make use of cognitive systems and brain networks which are either domain-general or have evolved for other purposes. Research on the effect of literacy thus is a powerful tool to investigate how cultural inventions impact on cognition and brain functioning. During my talk, will draw on evidence from both behavioural experiments and neurobiological studies. In the first half of the talk, I will present the results of a series of visual world eye-tracking studies in which we found that illiterates, less proficient young readers, and adults with dyslexia show similar delays in language-mediated anticipatory eye movements. I will discuss potential primary influences of reading that may underlie these effects of literacy on ‘speech prediction’. In the second part of the talk, I will present the results of a longitudinal study with completely illiterate participants, in which we measured brain responses to speech, text, and other categories of visual stimuli with fMRI (as well as resting state activity and structural brain differences) before and after a group of illiterate participants in India completed a literacy training program in which they learned to read and write Devanagari script. A literate and an illiterate no-training control group were matched to the training group in terms of socioeconomic background and were recruited from the same societal community in two villages of a rural area near Lucknow, India. This design permitted investigating effects of literacy cross-sectionally across groups before training (N=86) as well as longitudinally (training group N=25). Our findings crucially complement current neurobiological concepts of normal and impaired literacy acquisition and highlight the need for the inclusion of diverse participant populations in psychological and neurobiological research.

19524Caroline Rowland,
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
February 2nd, 10: 00 – 11: 00

Lessons learned from trying to build a Language Acquisition Device

Abstract: For decades, research on how children build syntactic categories, and acquire syntactic rules, has focussed on the nature-nurture debate; on the question of whether the input contains enough information to learn language without the need for powerful innate linguistic knowledge. This focus on nature-nurture, although extremely productive in many ways, has meant that the field has paid too little attention to what is arguably the most important component in this process – the component that does all the hard work of acquiring language – the learning mechanism itself. To discover how children acquire the syntax of their language, we need to study what the learning mechanisms are, how they process incoming information, and how they use this information to build mature linguistic knowledge.  In this talk, I use three examples from my own work to show how focussing on the nature of the language learning mechanisms in the brain can lead to new insights into the syntax acquisition process.

Tian, XingXing Tian,
New York University Shanghai
February 3rd, 10: 00 – 11: 00

Linking motor and language systems by multiple-level prediction for speech production and control

Abstract: We need to link language and motor systems for producing and controlling speech. One of such linking mechanisms has been hypothesized as an internal forward model. That is, auditory consequences of speech production can be predicted via a top-down process and the predicted speech results are compared with feedback to constrain and update production. In a series of studies, we tested a critical assumption of this model, which is that top-down prediction process can induce mental representation at multiple levels of speech hierarchy and interact with speech perception at processing of different speech and acoustic attributes. Evidence from behavioural, Electroencephalography (EEG) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) experiments using novel imagined speech paradigms suggest that top-down processes can generate precise prediction in phonological level, as well as in acoustic levels such as attributes of pitch and even loudness. Moreover, such multiple-level prediction can modulate perceptual behavioural and neural responses at corresponding speech levels. These consistent behavioural and electrophysiological results suggest that the top-down induced neural representation during production converges to the same multi-level representational format as the neural representation established during perception. Such a coordinate transformation between motor and language systems in a top-down predictive process forms the neurocomputational foundation that enables the interaction with a bottom-up process in speech production monitoring and control.

Key Dates

November 30, 2017. Deadline for abstracts submission.

December 12, 2017. Notification of acceptance.

January 10, 2018. Early registration deadline.

February 1st – 3rd, 2018. Conference dates.

Registration

Registration now open!

Registration fees are as follows:
For early registration (before Jan 10th, 2018):

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For late registration (after Jan 10th, 2018):

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The registration fees are inclusive of an abstract book, conference bag, working lunch, Tea/Snacks. The candidates who are not presenting but wish to attend the conference will also need to register.
An optional conference dinner will be hosted on one of the conference days, for which a separate fee of $30 or Rs. 2000/- will be charged. If you wish to attend the dinner, please pay the additional fee along with the registration fee and mention it on the registration form.

Registration Procedure:
To register for the conference, you need to follow the 2 steps given below:

  • Make a payment (via bank transfer) to the SBI Account (details below). Please note down the unique transaction reference number of this payment.
  • After making the payment, fill out the form in the “Registration here” link below with all required details, including the transaction reference number.

Please note that both steps are mandatory. If you complete only one of the two steps, your registration will be considered “invalid” and you will be required to re-register by paying higher charges later.

Bank name State Bank of India
Beneficiary Name UOH TEMP 2017/014
Account Number 37349104024
IFSC Code SBIN0015612
SWIFT Code SBININBB214
Branch Name H C U ADMIN
Bank Address CUC, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana, India – 500046

*If you encounter any error with the beneficiary name, please use “UOH TEMP”.

 Register here

Organisers

 

Programme Committee

Martin Pickering

University of Edinburgh

Matthew Crocker

University of Saarland

Robert Hartsuiker

University of Ghent

Vic Ferreira

University of California, San Diego

Holly Branigan

University of Edinburgh

Ramesh Mishra

University of Hyderabad

 

Organising Committee
Ramesh Mishra
(Convenor)

University of Hyderabad

Veeky Baths
(Co-convenor)

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani – Goa

CONTACT

In case of any queries, you can contact the AMLaP-Asia 2018 team at amlap.asia2018@gmail.com or the convenor at rkmishra.uohyd.ac.in.

This conference is supported by CIIL and SR Research.

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Travel/Local

Venue:

The venue for the conference will be the CV Raman auditorium at the University of Hyderabad, and all events will be conducted here.
The University is situated 35 km from the Shamshabad Airport (RGIA) and can be reached by taxi (UBER, Ola), or by the airport bus. If you take the bus, you will have to get down at Gachibowli and then travel another 4 km by auto or taxi to the university main gate. The venue is about 1 km from the main gate.


Visa

You can either apply for a tourist visa or a business/conference visa. In case you choose to apply for the conference visa, please contact us at amlap.asia2018@gmail.com for the invitation letter.
For more information on Indian visas, click here https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html

Accommodation:

Following are some of the hotel options close to the conference venue:
Novotel, Park Hyatt, Avasa, Daspalla, Radisson, Sheraton, WestinElla, Sybaritic Suites, The Lime Boutique Suites, The Art Boutique Hotel, and Aditya Inn.


Places to visit in Hyderabad: