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

Brian MacWhinney

Brian MacWhinney, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon, has done a lot of research into the processes involved in child language acquisition. He has developed several connectionist models of various acquisition tasks. In addition, MacWhinney helped to construct the Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES). Many of MacWhinney's excellent papers and some of his software may be obtained here.

JDK 1.4 Beta 2 Released

This story is a few weeks old, but I thought it was still worth mentioning. Sun has released the 2nd beta of the Java Developers Kit (JDK) version 1.4. You can download it here. I think the production version is slated for release before the end of the year.

Call for Papers

This link produces an updated list of calls for papers in computational linguistics and related fields.

Natural Language AI Links

This page from is a pretty good list of natural language understanding links.

When Machines Speak?!

This is a story from TNTY (The Next Twenty Years) that makes some projections about when a computer will pass the infamous Turing Test and what the implications will be.

Robot that learns from 'experiences'

Check out this story on a "new kind of 'intelligent' robot that learns in a novel way: by experience, the way animals and people do..."

Jeffrey Mark Siskind

Jeffrey Mark Siskind is truly a visionary and pioneer in modeling human language acquisition.

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