CVL Distinguished Lecture: Michael A. Arbib

Distinguished Seminar Series on Vision in honor of Prof. Azriel Rosenfeld presents Michael A. Arbib, University of Southern California, Template construction grammar and the generation of descriptions of visual scenes".

  • Date: April 1, 2011
  • Time: 11:00 am
  • Location: A.V. Williams Building, Room 2460

To explore how linguistic processes relate to brain mechanisms which integrate action and perception, we have developed a new kind of semantic representation, SemRep, and a system called Template Construction Grammar (TCG) in which constructions compete and cooperate to cover the SemRep to produce a description of a visual scene. The modeling is complemented by studying time-locked data on eye movements and verbal output as subjects describe visual scenes. The results support (1) the presence of a critical threshold for readout of assembled constructions which distinguishes a fragmentary description style from the style that favors grammatically correct and complete utterances

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