|Affiliation||The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong|
|Title||Computational Language Learning: Technology, Application, and the Brain|
Ping Li is Sin Wai Kin Professor in Humanities and Technology, Chair Professor of Neurolinguistics and Bilingual Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Li’s research is focused on investigating the neurocognitive and computational bases of language acquisition, bilingualism, and reading comprehension in both children and adults. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Brain and Language and Senior Editor of Cognitive Science. Li is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advance of Science (AAAS).
How can we leverage advances in computational methodology and technology to enhance language learning? In an era of widespread technological application, our understanding of the human-technology interaction and its impact appears to lag behind. In this talk, I outline an approach that combines emerging technologies with current neurocognitive theories in the area of language learning, with particular reference to second language acquisition and its representation. This approach relies on interactive mechanisms (bottom-up and top-down) and integrative processes (theory and application) to enable us to understand the differences between child language and adult language learning, as well as individual differences in diverse language learning contexts. Computational and neurocognitive studies along this line also have significant future promises with the use of AI and digital applications in education, thereby informing pedagogical designs and instructional innovations.