What does CALM do?

Meaning is the human faculty that lets us speak about worlds: the real world that we live in, but also possible worlds, the ones which we imagine and which range from the trivial ‘what shall we have for dinner tonight?’ to entire fictional universes.

The CALM group investigates how meaning emerges in humans, how it functionally corresponds to elements of worlds, and how it expresses itself in observable, speaker-dependent linguistic utterances. The main methodology of the group is computational modeling, which allows us to perform extensive testing of particular cognitive and linguistic hypotheses. We also routinely engage in the investigation of state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence algorithms with a view to integrate them into our modeling activitites.

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Are you calm?

It is hard to be calm in the scientific community, in the time of publish-or-perish. But CALM is calm. We do our best to remember that our primary job is to puzzle and wonder at what we don’t yet know, and to appreciate the beauty of our object of study. And we mean it.