Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Sergey Avrutin
Department of Modern Languages, Utrecht University, Netherland

Dr. Sergey Avrutin is a Professor of Comparative Pycholinguistics at the Department of Modern Languages. From 2000 to 2005 he was the program leader of the NWO-sponsored PIONEER research program Comparative Psycholinguistics. His research focuses on normal child language development and language impairment (aphasia) with special emphasis on the syntax-discourse interface and the application of information theory to the analyses of errors in child and aphasic speech as well as special registers (e.g. newspaper headlines, TV commentators, etc.) Among other things, he is a member of the editorial board of Language Acquisition, Journal of Neurolinguistics and has edited a special issue of Brain and Language.

Plenary Speaker

Prof. Yılmaz Kılıçaslan
Department of Computer Engineering, Adnan Menderes University, Turkey

Yılmaz Kılıçaslan is a professor at the Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Trakya University, Turkey. In 1992, he got his B.Sc. degree in computer science from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, and then he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in cognitive science from the Centre for Cognitive Science and Natural Languages, Division of Informatics, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1994 and 1998, respectively. His research interests are cognitive linguistics, computational linguistics, natural language processing and machine learning. He has authored papers in refereed journals and international conference proceedings, and has been actively serving as a reviewer for international journals and conferences.