My research can be situated in the domain of social Information Technology. Making use of the existing language game paradigm and the current technologies developed at the AI lab, I am working on a research prototype for an Intelligent Tutoring System in the domain of language. One of the innovative aspects of this project is the inclusion of a Machine Learning component into the knowledge representation of the artificial tutor that is used to configure new challenges and to generate a personalized student model. Moreover, recent results from the fields of Cognitive Science and Neuroscience are used to build in multiple tutoring strategies, so that the motivation and personality factors in the learning process are optimally supported.
In order to encode the same objective reality, speakers of different languages (and even within one language community) may use different cognitive-functional strategies to do so. My research wants to tackle typical obstacles in the acquisition of a foreign language such as the correct use of grammatical gender and the agreement patterns that are implied, metaphorical extensions in the use specific verb classes, etc.
Towards an agent-based tutoring system for Spanish verb conjugation. Vrije Universiteit Brussel.. (2013).
Agent-Based Models of Strategies for the Emergence and Evolution of Grammatical Agreement. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e58960. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058960. (2013).
A constructionist approach to student modeling: tracing a student's constructions through an agent-based tutoring architecture. In EUROCALL. presented at the 12/2013, Evora, Portugal.. (2013).
Fluid Construction Grammar for Historical and Evolutionary Linguistics. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. presented at the 08/2013, Sofia, Bulgary.. (2013).
Grammatical error diagnosis in Fluid Construction Grammar: a case study in L2 Spanish verb morphology. Computer Assisted Language Learning, ahead-of-print. doi:10.1080/09588221.2012.724426. (2012).
Fluid Construction Grammar: The New Kid on the Block. In Proceedings of the 13th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Avignon: ACL.. (2012).
Inflectional patterns as constructions: Spanish verb morphology in Fluid Construction Grammar. Constructions and Frames, 4, 231-252. doi:doi:10.1075/cf.4.2.04beu. (2012).
Handling Scope in Fluid Construction Grammar: A Case Study for Spanish Modals. In , Computational Issues in Fluid Construction Grammar (pp. 123-142). Berlin: Springer Verlag.. (2012).
Diagnostics and Repairs in Fluid Construction Grammar. In , Language Grounding in Robots (pp. 215-234). Berlin: Springer Verlag.. (2012).
Construction Sets and Unmarked Forms: A Case Study for Hungarian Verbal Agreement. In , Design Patterns in Fluid Construction Grammar (pp. 237-264). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.. (2011).
- PhD defence: Towards an agent-based tutoring system for Spanish verb conjugation (26 Nov 2013)
- Iedereen bedenkt nieuwe woorden (10 May 2013)
- De Standaard covers simulations on the emergence of agreement systems (17 Apr 2013)
- Language evolution in Plos One (25 Mar 2013)
- The future of learning (10 Dec 2012)