At the Laboratory for Cognitive Neurology we study how language is organized in the brain, in healthy individuals and in patients suffering from neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal degeneration) and stroke. Studies of the intact brain are integrated with studies of language dysfunction due to neurological disease. A second key feature of our research is the integration between multiple methods (behavioral experiments, fMRI, EEG, molecular PET, biofluids) crossing different processing levels, from cognition, brain circuits, molecular aggregates to genetic determinants.
Natural Language Processing (NLP) is the branch of Artificial Intelligence that allows computers to interpret and manipulate language. In this project we will apply NLP to connected speech obtained from cognitively normal older adults as well as from patients with early stages of Alzheimer disease. We will examine to which degree NLP representations of an individual’s connected speech relate to individual brain characteristics: regional volume, functional connectivity and amyloid load. The promotor is Rik Vandenberghe, Professor in Cognitive Neurology, and copromotor Patrick Dupont, Professor in Brain Imaging. The NLP analysis will be carried out in collaboration with the Processing Speech and Images Unit, Department of Electrical Engineering (Prof Hugo Van hamme) and the Human-Computer Interaction research group, Department of Computer Science (Prof Marie-Francine Moens), who may also be co-promotors. The project is funded by the KU Leuven Research Council.
- Skills in computer sciences, Artificial Intelligence or Natural Language Processing
- Proficiency in Dutch and English
- Willingness to cross boundaries between disciplines
- Interest in neurosciences
- Examples of suitable degrees are master in informatics, master in engineering with specialty in computer sciences or biomedical engineering, and master in physics.
- Interdisciplinary, intellectually stimulating research environment
- Innovative research with societal relevance
- Collaborative research with experts in the fields of cognitive neurology, brain imaging and NLP
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Rik Vandenberghe, tel.: +3216344280, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.You can apply for this job no later than July 01, 2021 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.