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28 Oct 2021

Abdellah Fourtassi Speaks at the OECD meeting on AI and the future of science

Abdellah Fourtassi, a member of CoCoDev and currently a visiting researcher at INRIA Paris, was invited to speak at the OECD international meeting on 'AI and the productivity of science'. Abdellah will give a joint talk with Justine Cassell on the role of AI in building explanatory, quantitative theories of children’s learning and cognitive development.


08 Sep 2021

Floor Meewis joins CoCoDev as Ph.D. researcher

Floor did her master training in Behavioural ecology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, during which she mainly studied primate vocal abilities. She joined CoCoDev under the supervision of Isabelle Dautriche to study the cognitive components that are necessary for linguistic computations (e.g., event representation and compositionality) and to investigate whether these components are already present in pre-lingual infants and baboons.


01 Sep 2021

Kübra Bodur joins CoCoDev as Ph.D. researcher

Kübra won a competitive scholarship (the ministerial PhD grant) to join CoCoDev as a PhD researcher under the supervision of Christine Meunier. Kübra did her master thesis at CoCodev on non-verbal behavior in face-to-face conversation. She is also interested in speech reduction in dialogues from childhood to adulthood.


26 Jul 2021

CoCoDev presents 3 papers at CogSci

We are happy to present 3 papers at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. The first paper is about a 'Large-scale study of speech acts’ development using automatic labelling' by Nikolaus, M., Maes, J., Auguste, J., Prevot, L., & Fourtassi, A. The second is about 'Modeling speech act development in early childhood: the role of frequency and linguistic cues' by Nikolaus, M., Maes, J., & Fourtassi, A. The third paper studies 'The Role of Low-level Linguistic Tasks for Reading time Prediction' by Dary, F., Fourtassi, A., & Nasr, A.


12 Jul 2021

A member of CoCoDev won a competitive ANR grant!

We are pleased to announce that Abdellah Fourtassi, a member of CoCoDev won a competitive grant from the French National Research Agency (ANR). The funding (about $340k) will be used to study the 'Mastery of the Art of Conversation in Middle Childhood'. The grant will starts in April 2022 and will allow us, among other things, to welcome two new PhD researchers to CoCoDev. The Ph.D. positions will be announced closer to the starting date. Stay tuned!


19 Jun 2021

CoCoDev presents 2 papers at CMCL

CoCoDev will present 2 papers at the Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL). The first paper is about 'Evaluating the Acquisition of Semantic Knowledge from Cross-situational Learning in Artificial Neural Networks' by Nikolaus, M. & Fourtassi, A. The second is a contribution to a shared task on predicting eye movement during reading using deep learning models by Dary, F., Nasr, A., & Fourtassi, A. Our paper was ranked second (in terms of performance) out of a total of 30 submissions from different international teams.


1 Jun 2021

Welcoming summer interns

This summer, we work with three students on various projects. Yassine Laribi and Ayoub Rochdy will be both joining from Ecole Centrale Marseille and Fatima Kassim from the Cognitive Science master (MASCO). Yassine will be working on an online platform for measuring children's social-cognitive skills in an unmoderated fashion. Ayoub will use deep learning algorithms to model children's turn-taking in face-to-face conversation with caregivers. Fatima will study the development of non-verbal cues in children's feedback signaling (e.g. head nods).


1 Feb 2021

Welcoming master students of 2021

We welcome three master students who will be preparing their thesis at CoCoDev. Kübra Bodur, M2 from the Cognitive Science master ('MASCO'), will study non-verbal behavior in child-caregiver face-to-face conversation in middle childhood. Gabriel Meunier, M2 from the Artificial Intelligence master ('IAAA'), will work on developing an algorithm for laughter detection in children's speech. Maureen Astier-Perret will be working on the communicative function of several body movements in baboons' interactions.


19 Nov 2020

CoCoDev presents 2 papers at CMCL

CoCoDev will present 2 papers at the Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL). The first paper is about how 'Word Co-occurrence in Child-Directed Speech Predicts Children’s Free Word Associations' by Fourtassi, A., and the second is about the 'Development of Multi-level Linguistic Alignment in Child-Adult Conversations' by Misiek, T., Favre, B., & Fourtassi, A. Both papers can be found in the publication section of this website.


1 Oct 2020

Mitja Nikolaus joins CoCodev as a Ph.D. researcher

Mitja is a computational cognitive scientist. He did his master’s in the NLP group at the University of Copenhagen. He is interested in developing computational models of children's communicative coordination and its relation to early language acquisition.


1 Oct 2020

Chiara Mazzocconi joins CoCodev as a Postdoc

Chiara did her Ph.D. in Paris Diderot University with Jonathan Ginzburg on the development of laughter as a communicative/pragmatic mechanism. She will continue in this line of research using interdisciplinary tools.


9 Sep 2020

Two members of CoCoDev won competitive ANR grants!

We are pleased to annouce that Isabelle Dautriche and Clément François, both members of CoCoDev won competitive grants from the French National Research Agency (ANR). The first funding (about $396k) will be used to study the 'The biological origin of linguistic structures.' The second (about $306k) will be used to study the link between speech perception and vocabulary acquisition in infancy.


01 Jun 2020

Welcoming summer interns

This summer, 3 master students will be doing summer research internships with us. Juliette Maes will be working on a computational model of children's speech acts' prediction from textual data. Charlie Hallart and Morgane Peirolo will both be working on the study of question-asking and -answering behavior in early childhood.


1 May 2020

Welcoming master students of 2020

This year, two students from the Cognitive Science Master (MASCO) will be preparing their thesis at CoCoDev. Thomas Misiek (M1) will be working on the development of linguistic alignment across cultures using NLP tools and cross-linguistic Data from CHILDES. Pelayo Mencos (M2) will be working on comparing linguistic alignment in typical vs. atypical populations.


1 May 2020

CoCoDev is born!

CoCoDev (for Computational Communication & Development) is a new interdisciplinary research group. It is a Project-team within the Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB) and involves researchers across three different research units at Aix-Marseille university: LIS (computer science), LPL (linguistics), and LPC (Cognitive psychology).