Neil Cohn

Assistant professor of Communication and Cognition at Tilburg University

Neil Cohn is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Cognition at Tilburg University. He is internationally recognized for his research on the overlap of the structure and cognition of sequential images and language. Having originally started working in the American comic industry as a teenager, he is the author and/or illustrator of several graphic novels. His book, The Visual Language of Comics (Bloomsbury, 2013), introduces a broad framework for studying visual narratives in the linguistic and cognitive sciences. His edited volume, The Visual Narrative Reader (Bloomsbury, 2016), integrates interdisciplinary research on visual narratives into a unified field within the cognitive sciences. His work is online at

Jan Hulstijn

Professor emeritus of second language acquisition at University of Amsterdam

Jan Hulstijn is professor emeritus of second language acquisition at the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) of the University of Amsterdam. He has been affiliated with this university (full professor) since 1998. Before that he held positions at Leiden University and the Free University of Amsterdam. He was associate post-doc researcher at the University of Toronto, Canada (1982-1983) and he was visiting professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, (2002) and at Stockholm University (2005). His main research interests are concerned with (1) language proficiency in native and non-native speakers; (2) explicit versus implicit accounts of first and second language learning and (3) theories of second language acquisition and philosophy of science. With others PIs, he received a number of research grants from the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) between 1982 and 2007 (see webpage). In 2018 he received the 2018 distinguished scholar award from the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA). In 2015, he published a book presenting his theory of basic language cognition (BLC). His publication list can be downloaded from his webpage:

Lucia Specia

Professor of Natural Language Processing at Imperial College London (since 2018)
Professor of Language Engineering at the University of Sheffield (since 2012)

Lucia Specia is Professor of Natural Language Processing at Imperial College London (since 2018) and Professor of Language Engineering at the University of Sheffield (since 2012). Her research focuses on various aspects of data-driven approaches to language processing, with a particular interest in multimodal and multilingual context models and work at the intersection of language and vision. Her work has been applied to various tasks such as machine translation, image captioning, quality estimation and text adaptation. She is the recipient of the MultiMT ERC Starting Grant on Multimodal Machine Translation (2016-2021) and is currently involved in other funded research projects on machine translation (H2020 Bergamot, APE-QUEST), multilingual video captioning (British Council MMVC) and text adaptation (H2020 SIMPATICO). She was previously involved in 10+ funded research projects and has completed the supervision of 11 PhD students. In the past she worked as Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, UK (2010-2011), and research engineer at the Xerox Research Centre, France (2008-2009, now Naver Labs). She received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2008. She has published 150+ research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.