Plenary Speakers

Yves Lepage – Waseda University

Yves Lepage obtained his Ph.D. in 1989 from Grenoble university, France, and his habilitation thesis in 2003 at the same university. He is currently a professor at Waseda University, Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems, in Japan. His research group currently concentrates on the study of analogy and its application to data augmentation in natural language processing (NLP) and in particular in machine translation. Yves Lepage is a member of the French and the Japanese Natural Language Processing Associations and a member of the Information Processing Society of Japan. He has been editor-in-chief of the French journal on Natural Language Processing, TAL, from 2008 to 2016.

Kenneth D. Forbus – Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Education at Northwestern University

Kenneth D. Forbus is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Education at Northwestern University.  His research interests include qualitative reasoning, analogical reasoning and learning, spatial reasoning, sketch understanding, natural language understanding, cognitive architecture, reasoning system design, intelligent educational software, and the use of AI in interactive entertainment.  He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Cognitive Science Society, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He is the inaugural recipient of the Herbert A. Simon Prize, a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award and served as Chair of the Cognitive Science Society.

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