An example of what we do: learning the meaning of quantifiers from images

The Language, Interaction and Computation Laboratory (CLIC) is an interdisciplinary lab of researchers interested in studying verbal and non-verbal communication.

Our current research spans three areas:

Theoretical linguistics and its relation to human cognition: we study the role of language in various cognitive abilities, developing theoretical and computational models of the structure of human language, of how it is learned and represented in the brain, and which of its properties may be due to biological constraints. We address these questions using interdisciplinary methods and tools that include corpora research, models with neural networks and neuroimaging techniques.

Computational models of multimodality: we aim at understanding multimodal communication, in which intelligent agents can converse using information received through text, images or sounds. Our research tries to understand the role of these different modalities in learning certain reasoning skills. Both the linguistic / cognitive aspects and the possible technological applications of this type of model are considered.

Computational semantics: we aim at developing a cognitively plausible theory of the relationship between the meaning of linguistic expressions and the external world. To this end, we build computational models that combine theories of formal extensional linguistics with conceptual representations based on data. The ultimate goal is to understand how human beings manage to manipulate meaning in a compositional way, to interpret the outside world and act upon it.


Out in Cognition: Probing the mental representation of quantifiers (S. Pezzelle, R. Bernardi, M. Piazza)


Events organised by the CLIC lab are listed in the CIMeC calendar.