CogSci Colloquium Talk: Twenty years of Retrieval Models in sentence comprehension research

Front Portrait of Prof. Shravan Vasishth

Prof. Shravan Vasishth

Professor, University of Potsdam, Germany

Title: Twenty years of Retrieval Models in sentence comprehension research
Date: Thursday, 23rd of September, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm (IST)


The role of general-purpose information processing constraints on sentence comprehension has received a great deal of attention in the literature over the last two or three decades. In this talk, Prof Vasishth will present a review of the last 20+ years of work on a particular class of computational models of sentence processing—retrieval models. He will discuss both the achievements and limitations of these models and summarize what he has learnt about cognition and language through this line of work.

About the Speaker

Prof. Shravan Vasishth is presently a Professor of Psycholinguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Prof Vasishth was born and brought up in Delhi and is an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University where he studied Japanese and Linguistics. He completed his graduate studies in Computer and Information Science and his PhD in Linguistics from Ohio State University, USA.

For the past several years, Prof. Vasisth and his group have been involved in developing computational models of human sentence comprehension, focusing on both impaired and unimpaired populations. Prof. Vasishth has authored several books in language comprehension and statistical methods and has to his credit over a hundred journal publications.

He is a member of the Royal Statistical Society and the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. He has numerous awards and scholarships to his name including the Best Teacher Award he received from Charit´e, SFB 1340 Matrix in Vision (Germany) in 2019.