Kirsten Abbot-Smith

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Kent

Kirsten Abbot-Smith obtained an Honours degree in Linguistics from La Trobe University in Australia and then a PhD in Psychology at the University of Manchester. She held a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, with Michael Tomasello and Elena Lieven. Following three years as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Plymouth, she moved to Psychology at the University of Kent, where she established the Kent Child Development Unit. She is primarily interested in individual differences in pragmatic language development in typically-developing children and autistic children and in the cognitive skills which underpin the ability to successfully use language to establish and maintain peer relationships. She also has research interests in the development of instruments which can allow education professionals to identify children with speech, language and communication difficulties. Her recent publications can be downloaded here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/people/abbot-smithk

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 www.visuallanguagelab.com.

Jan Hulstijn

Professor emeritus of second language acquisition at the 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: http://www.uva.nl/profile/j.h.hulstijn.

Courtenay Norbury

Professor of Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication at Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London

Courtenay Norbury is Professor of Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication at Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London. She is the Director of the Literacy, Language and Communication (LiLaC) Lab and a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. She obtained her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, working with Professor Dorothy Bishop on the overlapping language profiles that characterise autism spectrum disorder and ‘specific’ language impairment. Professor Norbury’s current research focuses on language disorders and how language interacts with other aspects of development. She is leading SCALES, a population study of language development and disorder from school entry. She is also a founding member of the RADLD campaign).

Martin Pickering

Professor of the Psychology of Language and Communication at the University of Edinburgh

Martin Pickering is Professor of the Psychology of Language and Communication at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the representation and processing of language and, in particular, on the mechanisms underlying dialogue as a form of joint action. He has published more than 150 journal articles on such topics as language comprehension during reading, self-monitoring during speech, language switching in bilinguals, and turn-taking in language and music. He served as editor of the Journal of Memory and Language, was recipient of the Experimental Psychology Society mid-career award, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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.