Short bio: Veronique Hoste is Full Professor of Computational Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts and Philisophy at Ghent University. She is department head of the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication and director of the LT3 language and translation team at the same department. She holds a PhD in computational linguistics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) on “Optimization issues in machine learning of coreference resolution” (2005). She has a strong expertise in machine learning of natural language, and more specifically in coreference resolution, word sense disambiguation, multilingual terminology extraction, classifier optimization, etc.
Short bio: Stefan Kopp (Bielefeld University) obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence for work on synthesizing multimodal behavior for virtual agents. After research stays at Northwestern University (IL) and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Bielefeld) he became head of the Social Cognitive Systems research group at the Research Center “Cognitive Interaction Technology” (CITEC) and professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University. His research focuses on endowing cognitive systems with abilities for verbal and nonverbal communicative behavior in conversational interaction and human-machine cooperation. Current projects focus on co-speech gesture, dynamic adaptation and coordination in dialogue, and the grounding of these abilities in embodied cognitive architectures that integrate sensorimotor and social cognitive processes. He has participated in numerous international research projects and has co-authored 250+ scientific publications.