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Summer School Announcement: Music and the Origins of Language/ Cortona, Italy

Host Institution: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Coordinating Institution: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Website http://ai.vub.ac.be/events/cortona-2013/
Dates: 15-Sep-2013 to 20-Sep-2013
Location: Cortona , Tuscany , Italy
Focus: The school is intended for postdocs, lecturers, and predocs with a background in computer science (artificial intelligence) or computational linguistics (corpus linguistics or natural language processing) and a strong interest in music and the origins of language. There will be background lectures that introduce concepts from biology, anthropology, psychology, music theory and linguistics that are helpful to understand the nature of creativity, the role and intimate relations between language and music, and the mechanisms underlying cultural evolution.
Minimum Education Level: MA
Additional Qualifications:
Full Summer School Description: The International Summer School on Agent-based Computational Models of Creativity has a wide-ranging program of background lectures introducing concepts from biology, anthropology, psychology, music theory and linguistics that are helpful to understand the nature of creativity, the role and intimate relations between language and music, and the mechanisms underlying cultural evolution. It further contains technical lectures on the fundamental computational components required for language processing as well as technical ateliers to learn how to set up evolutionary linguistics experiments. Participants have the opportunity to present their latest research in a poster session. Embedded in the school is an ERC workshop of the Flow Machines project on musical style and composition. The school also features artistic ateliers in which participants create new creative works and engage in performance.
Course Listings:
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Lang family: None
Tuition: 740 (EUR)
Financial Aid:
The Summer School has a limited number of stipends available for participants. The stipend includes registration, accommodation and meals, and a contribution to travel costs. Participants who wish to apply for a stipend must have a degree in artificial intelligence, computer science or an acceptable equivalent. Applicants who have demonstrable experience in (computational) linguistics and/or music will be prioritized.
Financial Aid Application:
Registration Dates: 5-Apr-2013 to 15-May-2013
Contact person information: Ellen Geerts
Phone:+32 2 629 37 00
Email:elgeerts@ai.vub.ac.be
Apply by email: cortona2013@ai.vub.ac.be
Registration Instructions: Please include the following details in your application:
- Name, current affiliation, and contact details.
- A short CV (including a recent photo).
- Additional background.
- Your programming experience.
- Which music instruments you play (if any).
- Which training your received in linguistics or natural language processing (if any).
- Which languages you speak.
- Three of your publications most relevant for the Summer School.
- For pre-docs: a recommendation letter.
- (Optional) Abstract for a poster.
   
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