Learning in Humans and in Machines

L2HM - News:

  • Registrations: will close on June 29th.

  • Conference location: Room Jaurès, Department of Cognitive Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 29, rue d'Ulm, 75005, Paris Show on Google Maps (opens a new window)

  • Social Media: You can now follow us on Facebook (bilingual account). A twitter account will soon be launched!

  • General website: L2HM 2018 will be held as the scientific session of Olivier Legrain Conference Cycle on Science and Society's 2nd edition. This year, on the theme of "Artificial Intelligence and Cognition". The conference cycle has now a brand new website, although only in French for now. More info below.


Artificial Intelligence and Cognition

2018 edition of the Science and Society Olivier Legrain Conference Cycle, at ENS



Artificial Intelligence (AI), understood broadly, is at the heart of a scientifical, technological and societal revolution. It consists in the unfolding of large-scale algorithms which learn to simulate some cognitive functions, and sometimes aims at replacing humans at numerous tasks requiring high-level cognitive functions (language, perception, action, decision, etc.). To what extent are AI models valid for the study of cognition and learning? How can cognitive science data inspire novel algorithms? How reliable are algorithms replacing humans? What consequences for the imbrication of man and machine in tomorrow’s society? The aim of this conference is to examine into more details the links between AI and cognition: it will bring together machine learning and cognitive science actors from both theoretical and applied research.


It will come in three sessions, all of them to be held in succession on the 5th and 6th of July, at Ecole Normale Supérieure:

Scientific Session : L2HM 2018. The scientific session will focus on language, one of AI’s current key challenges, and will examine how research on child language development interacts with research on automated language learning. More information are available on the call for abstract page. 

Industrial Session : AI and Cognitive Technologies.This segment, oriented towards industrial applications, will approach three themes within round tables gathering researchers, major groups as well as small and medium businesses. The first theme will address the development and usage of conversational agents (panel “NLP / chatbots”). The second will address the interactions between the study of human learning and the development of educative agents or games (panel “education”). The last one will center on the neuroscientific aspects of learning, especially issues involving brain-machine interfaces (panel “brain training & interfaces”).

Societal Session : AI and Cognition - Key Challenges for Society. This interactive public debate will bring together leading figures of the scientifical, industrial and political scenes to consider the major challenges facing us in a time where our scientific understanding of minds is constantly improving.



This workshop is partly financed with the support of the program New Ideas in Linguistics, IEC, ENS.

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