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Commonsense and Anticipation enriched Learning of Continuous representations sUpporting Language UnderStanding

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Project "CALCULUS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: OUDE MARKT 13
city: LEUVEN
postcode: 3000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 2˙227˙500 €
 EC max contribution 2˙227˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2023-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN BE (LEUVEN) coordinator 2˙227˙500.00


 Project objective

Natural language understanding (NLU) by the machine is of large scientific, economic and social value. Humans perform the NLU task in an efficient way by relying on their capability to imagine or anticipate situations. They engage commonsense and world knowledge that is often acquired through perceptual experiences to make explicit what is left implicit in language. Inspired by these characteristics CALCULUS will design, implement and evaluate innovative paradigms supporting NLU, where it will combine old but powerful ideas for language understanding from the early days of artificial intelligence with new approaches from machine learning. The project focuses on the effective learning of anticipatory, continuous, non-symbolic representations of event frames and narrative structures of events that are trained on language and visual data. The grammatical structure of language is grounded in the geometric structure of visual data while embodying aspects of commonsense and world knowledge. The reusable representations are evaluated in a selection of NLU tasks requiring efficient real-time retrieval of the representations and parsing of the targeted written texts. Finally, we will evaluate the inference potential of the anticipatory representations in situations not seen in the training data and when inferring spatial and temporal information in metric real world spaces that is not mentioned in the processed language. The machine learning methods focus on learning latent variable models relying on Bayesian probabilistic models and neural networks and focus on settings with limited training data that are manually annotated. The best models will be integrated in a demonstrator that translates the language of stories to events happening in a 3-D virtual world. The PI has interdisciplinary expertise in natural language processing, joint processing of language and visual data, information retrieval and machine learning needed for the successful realization of the project.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Cornille, Nathan & Moens, Marie-Francine
Improving Language Understanding in Machines through Anticipation. In. 2019
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3rd Human Brain Project Curriculum Workshop on Cognitive Systems 2020-04-24
2020 Cornille, Nathan & Moens, Marie-Francine
Improving Representation Learning with Pervasive Internal Regression (PIR)
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Proceedings of the CSHL Meeting: From Neuroscience to Artificially Intelligent Systems (NAISys) 2020-04-24
2019 Spinks, Graham, Cartuyvels, Ruben & Moens, Marie-Francine
Learning Grammar in Confined Worlds. In ). 2020
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Proceedings of the International Workshop on Spoken Dialog System Technology (IWSDS 2020 2020-04-24
2019 Artuur Leeuwenberg, Marie-Francine Moens
A Survey on Temporal Reasoning for Temporal Information Extraction from Text
published pages: 341-380, ISSN: 1076-9757, DOI: 10.1613/jair.1.11727
Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research 66 2020-04-24
2020 Deruyttere, Thierry & Moens, Marie-Francine
Giving Commands to a Self-driving Car: A Multimodal Reasoner for Visual Grounding
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Proceedings of AAAI 2020 Reasoning for Complex Question Answering Workshop 2020-04-24
2019 Graham Spinks, Marie-Francine Moens
Justifying diagnosis decisions by deep neural networks
published pages: 103248, ISSN: 1532-0464, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbi.2019.103248
Journal of Biomedical Informatics 96 2020-04-24

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