Spring Symposium 27-28 February: Young Researchers in the Science of Learning


Keynote Speakers: Professor Jubin Abutalebi, University Vita Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy

                                   Professor Dekai Wu, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, HKUST

                                  Professor Andrew Tolmie, Professor of Psychology and Human Development, UCL                   
Date: Feb 27-28, Friday  2015

Time: Starting at 8:45 am, Feb 27  Friday  2015 (See details below)

Venue: Meng Wah Complex Room 802

ACP_PDF-2_file_document Please download program and abstracts here

About the symposium

This event will showcase the research findings of postgraduate students, post-docs and RAPs who are working in the domain of Science of Learning across all Faculties in the University. We invite young researchers to present their recent research work including published data. The format will be 15 minutes presentation with 5 minutes of QA. Time limits will be strictly enforced by the Chair of the Session. Submissions will be blind reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the Science of Learning Strategic Research Theme. Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words. The deadline for submitting an abstract is Friday, February 6th at midnight. Each abstract must include the name of the speaker, the name of their supervisor and full contact details for correspondence including no more than two references presented in APA format. Please email your abstract to Dr. Loan Vuong by the deadline (lcvuong@hku.hk).

Welcome Message by Prof. Brendan Weekes

I am delighted to welcome you to the Spring Symposium for Young Researchers in the Science of Learning hosted by the Laboratory for Communication Science, the Strategic Research Theme in Science of Learning (SoL) and the Faculty of Education.

The goal of the SoL is to establish an Area of Excellence that will be the first in Asia. To achieve this goal we are actively developing cross-disciplinary collaborations with groups of researchers across campus.

About the keynote speakers

Prof. Jubin Abutalebi, Associate Professor of Neuropsychology, The Faculty of Psychology, University Vita Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.


Professor Jubin Abutalebi, MD, PhD is Consultant Cognitive Neurologist in the Department of Neurology of the University Vita Salute San Raffaele and the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (Cambridge University Press).


Prof. Dekai Wu, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Professor Dekai Wu

Professor Dekai Wu is the Founder of the Human Language Technology Center at HKUST. He has served as Associate Editor of AI Journal and ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing and is on the Editorial Boards of Computational Linguistics, Machine Translation and the Journal of Natural Language Engineering.


Prof. Andrew Tolmie, Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Dean of the Doctoral School, Institute of Education, UCL, University of London

Professor Andrew Tolmie

Professor Andrew Tolmie is Chair of Psychology and Human Development. He is also Deputy Director of the joint IOE/UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Educational Neuroscience, and was Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology from 2007-12.


Symposium Schedule

Day 1 February 27
8.30-8.45        Registration
8.45-9.00        Opening Remarks

New Methods in the Science of Learning
09.00-09.30     Dr Andy Gao (Education)
09.30-10.00     Dr Cathryn Donohue (Linguistics)
10.00-10.30     Mr Steve Roberts (EPSU)

Break 15 minutes

Post-Doc Presentations
10.45-11.05     Dr Elizabeth Barrett (SHS)
11.05-11.25     Dr Junling Gao (Medicine)
11.25-11.45     Dr Kati Keuper (Psychology)
11.45-12.05     Dr Andy Tse (IHP)
12.05-12.25     Dr Cherry Yum (SHS)
12.25-12.45     Dr Linda Zhang (Radiology)

Lunch 12.45-14.00

Graduate Student Presentations I        (14.00-15.40)

Break 20 minutes

Student experience in the Science of Learning
16.00-16.30     Dr Cecilia Chan (CETL)
16.30-17.00     Dr Lisa Lim (English)

17.00-17.40     Professor Jubin Abutalebi       (San Rafaelle)
17.40-18.20     Professor Dekai Wu              (HKUST)
18.20-19.00     Professor Andy Tolmie        (UCL)

Day 2 February 28
Impact in the Science of Learning
09.00-09.30     Dr Janet Hsiao (Psychology)
09.30-10.00       Dr Kofi Yapko (Linguistics)
10.00-10.30       Dr Olga Zayts (English)

Break 15 minutes

Graduate Student Presentations II (10.45-12.45)

Close (12.45-13.00)


Personal Information



Now we invite participation in the event. (Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words. The deadline for submitting an abstract is Friday, February 6th at midnight, to Dr. Loan Vuong (lcvuong@hku.hk). Should you have any enquiries, please contact Dr. Loan Vuong or Prof Brendan Weekes, Director of the Laboratory for Communication Science.