THIS IS A BLOG OF YEZHOU YANG, A PH.D STUDENT AT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK.
MOST OF THE POSTS HERE ARE MY STUDY AND RESEARCH NOTES FOR QUICK ONLINE ACCESS. OCCASIONALLY, MY STUPID IDEAS WILL ALSO BE SHARED HERE.
Talking with people outside Computer Science, or even Engineering field is exciting as well as a little bit frustrating... They focus on the fact, and we focus more on the methods.
For example, those researchers from SLA (second language acquisition) focus on what is the process when ppl learn a second language, how their brain changed when they learn another language and that is it. Well, when we talk about learning (Machine Learning), actually we care less about the learning process fact, and we care about how we can use the learning paradigm to build models and do inference. That is a huge difference.
Another interesting thing happened when Prof. Hal Daume delivered a lecture about how to use Natural Language Processing to assist typology study. He said: When I am talking with Linguists, I always stress on that the things we (NLPers) are doing does not want to replace Linguists, but actually we want to make the tedious work of Linguists become easier. Hahahaha, everyone laughs~~
Well, the point is that, as nowadays, CS researchers need more and more cooperations with traditional scientists, how to communicate effectively, is a problem.
Thanks for the Winter Storm, got a chance to visit Psychology and Cognition labs to see what exactly they are doing.
They have very good eye-tracking equipments (Yes, just within our campus, a few minutes walk from AVW), and a lot of expensive facilities, such as MEG ( the second University in the States owning a MEG after MIT).
And they are doing very interesting research, such as monitoring Children's brain to study memory, or monitoring Children's response to a vocal instruction when searching objects on a TV screen.
They got plenty of data which we, Computer Science Researchers, can work on!