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A. (Afra) Alishahi


Assistant Professor

Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Communication and Information Sciences

 

Expertise

My primary research interest involves the development of computational models of human language acquisition. Computational modeling is an effective tool for studying human cognition: whereas linguistic and psychological theories often give a high level explanation for the experimental data, computational models provide a detailed account of the underlying mechanisms for the cognitive task at hand. Moreover, the behaviour of a model can be directly compared to that of humans through computational simulation.

 

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Publications

Principal publications
  • Afra Alishahi (2010). Computational Modeling of Human Language Acquisition. Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies, Morgan & Claypool.
  • Afra Alishahi and Suzanne Stevenson (2010). Learning general properties of semantic roles from usage data: a computational model. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25:1, 50-93.
  • Afsaneh Fazly, Afra Alishahi and Suzanne Stevenson (2010). A probabilistic computational model of cross-situational word learning. Cognitive Science, 34:6, 1017-1063.
  • Afra Alishahi and Suzanne Stevenson (2008). A computational model for early argument structure acquisition. Cognitive Science, 32:5, 789-834.
  • Afra Alishahi, Afsaneh Fazly, Judith Koehne and Matthew Crocker (in press). Sentence-based attentional mechanisms in word learning: Evidence from a computational model, To appear in the special issue of Frontiers in Developmental Psychology.

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Education

Sep. 2002 - June 2008 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada.
Sep. 1995 - Sep. 1998 M.S., Computer Engineering, Machine Intelligence & Robotics, University of Tehran, Iran.
Sep. 1990 - Dec. 1994 B.S., Computer Software Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran.

Career

Sep. 2011 - present Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Information Sciences, Tilburg University, Netherlands.

Aug. 2008 - Aug. 2011 Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University, Germany.

Publications

Principal publications
  • Afra Alishahi (2010). Computational Modeling of Human Language Acquisition. Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies, Morgan & Claypool.
  • Afra Alishahi and Suzanne Stevenson (2010). Learning general properties of semantic roles from usage data: a computational model. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25:1, 50-93.
  • Afsaneh Fazly, Afra Alishahi and Suzanne Stevenson (2010). A probabilistic computational model of cross-situational word learning. Cognitive Science, 34:6, 1017-1063.
  • Afra Alishahi and Suzanne Stevenson (2008). A computational model for early argument structure acquisition. Cognitive Science, 32:5, 789-834.
  • Afra Alishahi, Afsaneh Fazly, Judith Koehne and Matthew Crocker (in press). Sentence-based attentional mechanisms in word learning: Evidence from a computational model, To appear in the special issue of Frontiers in Developmental Psychology.

Click here for the extended list of publications

 

Teaching

  • Research Workshop HAIT, Spring 2012
  • Lecture: Digital Collaboration, Spring 2012
  • Lecture: Cognitive Linguistics, Fall 2011
  • Research skills module: Methods of Analysis of Functional Document, Fall 2011

 


A. (Afra) Alishahi teaches the following subjects:

Teaching activities elsewhere

Department of Computational Linguistics & Phonetics, Saarland University, Germany

 

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Contact details
Room D 328
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 2584
Secretary+31 13 466 8118

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Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Communication and Information Sciences

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Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Communication and Information Sciences

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