Keynote speakers


Keynote: Automatic Speech and Language Analysis for Screening and Monitoring of Neurocognitive and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Elderly People

29 April 2021, 11.00-12.00 (CET)

Dr. Alexandra König is a trained neuropsychologist at the Memory Clinic and Research Center at the University hospital in Nice and a clinical research fellow at the Cobtek (Cognition, Behaviour, Technology) lab at the University Côte d’azur and the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), Sophia Antipolis in France. Her primary research domains are neuropsychology, geriatrics, neurology and psychiatry with a focus on the intersection of Ageing and Technology, namely the use of Artificial Intelligence for improved and timely neurocognitive assessments in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases.


Keynote: The Tip of the Aging Tongue: How Word Finding Problems Give Insight into Older Adults’ Speech

29 April 2021, 17.30-18.30 (CET)

Prof. Lise Abrams is Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Pomona College. Her research focuses on language and memory processes in younger and older adults, specifically (a) the processes involved in comprehending, retrieving, and producing words, and (b) linguistic, cognitive, and noncognitive factors that influence these processes. Her areas of interest include real-world retrieval problems, such as tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) states, difficulties retrieving proper names, interference from taboo and other emotional words during speech production, and written errors such as the production of spelling errors and homophone substitution errors.


Keynote: Language in Later Life: a Multilingual Perspective

30 April 2021, 12.00-13.00 (CET)

Prof. Thomas H. Bak works on Human Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences of the University of Edinburgh. He is Bilingualism Matters Programme Director: Bilingualism in later life, ageing & dementia, and Visiting Professor at Ashoka University, Sonipat, Haryana, India. His main interest is the relationship between language, brain and mind, with a recent focus on the impact of language learning and multilingualism on cognitive functions across the lifespan and in brain diseases such as dementia and stroke. 2010-2018 he was president of the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Aphasia, Dementia and Cognitive Disorders (WFN RG ADCD) and he conducts his research in a wide range of populations across the world.

Prof. Heather Harris Wright

Keynote: Discourse Changes with Aging: Measurement and Processes

30 April 2021, 14.30-15.30 (CET)

Dr. Heather Harris Wright is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Program Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program in the College of Allied Health Sciences, Associate Dean for Research for the College of Allied Health Sciences, and interim Associate Dean for the College of Nursing at East Carolina University. Her research focus includes assessment and treatment of persons with aphasia and identifying the influence of cognitive function on language processing in aphasia and across the adult lifespan. Her previously funded research by NIH involved investigating the interaction among cognitive operations and linguistic components of discourse processing in cognitively healthy adults across the lifespan. Dr. Wright is the North American Editor for Aphasiology and co-Editor of Seminars in Speech and Language. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences and has been published in several journals including Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, Aphasiology, and Brain and Language.

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