is a site dedicated to news from fields including A.I., computational linguistics, robotics, developmental psychology, machine learning, and cognitive science, with special focus on language-related technologies.

This site also provides information about Experience-Based Language Acquisition (EBLA), the software system that I developed as part of my dissertation research at the LSU Department of Computer Science.

Brian E. Pangburn
May 27, 2003

New Additions

Early Wednesday morning, my wife gave birth to our identical twin sons:

Jack Briley was born 11-7-2001 at 1:59 am. He was 4 pounds-10 ounces and 18 inches long.

Jeremiah Thomas was born 11-7-2001 at 2:08 am. He was 5 pounds-2 ounces and 18 1/4 inches long.

My wife came home after two days and is doing well. The boys were a little premature (born at 34.5 weeks and usually twins arrive at 36-37 weeks), so they will be in the hospital for a little while, but they are doing extremely well and are breathing on their own, etc. Jeremiah (the bigger one) is already taking a bottle which is a big hurdle. They hope to start feeding Jack later today.

Click "Read more..." below for some pictures...

11-14 Update: Both babies are doing great and they expect to release Jeremiah today or tomorrow. Jack is about a day behind.

Bibliography of Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition

Dr. William J. Rapaport, an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at State University of New York at Buffalo, sent me this link to his online bibliography of contextual vocabulary acquisition.

More fixes/additions

I reapplied all of the PostNUKE .64 patches from SourceForge tonight so the private messaging should be working now. Thanks to Flu for the catch!

Dissertation Research Proposal

I have just added a PDF version of my computer science dissertation research proposal presentation. You can access the download section by clicking here. It provides some of the background for my research and outlines some of the processes involved in the Experience Based Language Acquisition (E.B.L.A.) model.


I just updated this site to version .64 of PostNUKE. Please comment if you encounter problems.


Artificial Life

While not directly related to computer models of language acquisition, the field of artificial life does share some common underpinnings.

On a Personal Note...

Just wanted to let our small (yet growing) audience that I will probably not be making a lot of additions to the site for the next month or two. Although I won't have much time to dig up new stories, I will still review and post new submissions.

What is Intelligence?

This article from the AI section of presents some interesting definitions of intelligence from some leading authorities.

The article is the second in a series inspired by the movie, A.I.

Annual Turing Test Competition

This article discusses tomorrow's annual Loebner contest at the Science Museum in London. The Loebner contest will award $100,000 to the first person who designs a computer program that can pass a version of the infamous Turing Test.

Speech and Language Processing

Speech and Language Processing by Daniel Jurafsky and James H. Martin is an excellent introduction to natural language processing (NLP), computational linguistics, and speech recognition.

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