Dr. Harm Brouwer

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2016- | Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction", Saarland University

2014-2016 | Marie Curie "Experienced Researcher" Fellow
LanPercept, Saarland University

2010-2014 | PhD in Cognitive Science (cum laude—highest possible distinction)
NWO, CLCG, BCN, University of Groningen

2008-2010 | MSc in Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (cum laude—highest possible distinction)
BCN, University of Groningen

2005-2008 | BA in Information Science (cum laude—highest possible distinction)
CLCG, University of Groningen

Email: Email

Work address: Department of Language Science and Technology (FR 4.70)
Saarland University, Building 7.1, room 1.20

honours and awards


2015 Robert J. Glushko Prize for outstanding dissertations in cognitive science.

publications


Venhuizen, N. J., Bos, J., Hendriks, P. and Brouwer, H. (under revision). Discourse Semantics with Information Structure. Manuscript submitted.

Brouwer, H., Crocker M. W., Venhuizen, N. J., and Hoeks, J. C. J. (to appear). A Neurocomputational Model of the N400 and the P600 in Language Processing. Cognitive Science.

Brouwer, H., Crocker, M. W. and Venhuizen, N. J. (to appear). Neural Semantics.

Calvillo, J., Brouwer, H. and Crocker, M. W. (2016). Connectionist Semantic Systematicity in Language Production. In: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pp. 2555-2560, August 10-13, Philadelphia, United States.

Brouwer, H. and Crocker, M. W. (2016). On the Organization of the Perisylvian Cortex: Insights from the Electrophysiology of Language. Comment on "Towards a Computational Comparative Neuroprimatology: Framing the language-ready brain" by M.A. Arbib. Physics of Life Reviews, 16, pp. 58-60. [pdf]

Venhuizen, N. J., Bos, J., Hendriks, P. and Brouwer, H. (2014). How and Why Conventional Implicatures Project. In: Proceedings of the 24rd Semantics and Linguistics Theory Conference (SALT24), pp. 63-83, May 30-June 1, New York, United States.

Venhuizen, N. J. and Brouwer, H. (2014). PDRT-SANDBOX: An implementation of Projective Discourse Representation Theory. In: Rieser, V. and Muller, P. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, SemDial 2014 - DialWatt, pp. 249-251, September 1-3, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hoeks, J. C. J. and Brouwer, H. (2014). Electrophysiological Research on Conversation and Discourse Processing. In: Holtgraves, T. (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Language and Social Psychology, pp. 365-386. New York: Oxford University Press. [pdf]

Brouwer, H. and Hoeks J. C. J. (2013). A Time and Place for Language Comprehension: Mapping the N400 and the P600 to a Minimal Cortical Network. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7:758. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00758 [pdf]

Hoeks, J. C. J., Stowe, L. A., Hendriks, P. and Brouwer, H. (2013). Questions left unanswered: How the brain responds to missing information. PLoS ONE, 8 (10): e73594. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073594 [pdf] [materials]

Venhuizen, N. J., Bos, J. and Brouwer, H. (2013). Parsimonious Semantic Representations with Projection Pointers. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS'13), March 19-22, Potsdam, Germany.

Brouwer, H., Fitz, H. and Hoeks, J. C. J. (2012). Getting real about Semantic Illusions: Rethinking the functional role of the P600 in language comprehension. Brain Research, 1446, pp. 127-143.

Brouwer, H., Fitz, H. and Hoeks, J. C. J. (2010). Modeling the noun phrase versus sentence coordination ambiguity in Dutch: Evidence from Surprisal Theory. In: Hale, J. H. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2010 Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, ACL2010, pp. 72-80, Uppsala, Sweden, 15 July 2010.

phd thesis


Brouwer, H. (2014). The Electrophysiology of Language Comprehension: A Neurocomputational Model. PhD thesis, University of Groningen. [pdf] [propositions] [précis]

Supervisors: prof. dr. J. C. J. Hoeks, prof. dr. ir. J. Nerbonne; Reading committee: prof. dr. P. Hendriks, prof. dr. M. Kutas, prof. dr. D. C. Plaut; Extended reading committee: prof. dr. J. J. A. van Berkum, prof. dr. G. R. Kuperberg

master's theses


Brouwer, H. (2010). Competition in Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution. Unpublished master's thesis. University of Groningen.

Brouwer, H. (2009). Automated Lexical Acquisition for Dutch Verbs. Unpublished master's thesis. University of Groningen.

talks


My resume contains a full list of talks—send me an email to obtain a copy.

posters


Calvillo, J., Brouwer, H. and Crocker, M. W. (2016). Poster presented at the 15th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop, August 8-9, Philadelphia, United States.

Brouwer, H., Venhuizen, N. J. and Crocker, M. W. (2016). The Electrophysiology of Language Comprehension: A Neurocomputational Model. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS2016), April 2-5, New York, United States.

Sullivan, B., Brouwer, H., Rodriguez, A., Crocker, M. W., and Knoeferle, P. (2016). Eye movements during linguistic-visual conflicts. Poster presented at the 3rd workshop on the Attentive Listener in the Visual World (AttLis), March 10-11, Potsdam, Germany.

Sullivan, B., Brouwer, H., Rodriguez, A., Matos, R., Strandvall, T., Crocker, M. W., and Knoeferle, P. (2015). Visual attention during linguistic-visual conflicts. Poster presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP2015), August 23-27, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Brouwer, H. and Hoeks, J. C. J. (2014). A Neurocomputational Model of the N400 and the P600. Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing 20, September 3-6, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Venhuizen, N. J., and Brouwer, H. (2014). PDRT-SANDBOX: An implementation of Projective Discourse Representation Theory. Poster presented at the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, SemDial 2014 - DialWatt, September 1-3, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Venhuizen, N. J., Bos, J., Hendriks, P. and Brouwer, H. (2014). How and Why Conventional Implicatures Project. Poster presented at the 24rd Semantics and Linguistics Theory Conference (SALT24), May 30-June 1, New York, United States.

Hoeks, J. C. J., Schoot, L., Taylor, R. C., and Brouwer, H. (2013). Did you just say "NO" to me? An ERP study on politeness in dialogue. Poster presented at XPRAG-2013, September 4-6, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Hoeks, J. C. J., Stowe, L. A., Hendriks, P., and Brouwer, H. (2013). How the Brain Responds to Partial Answers: An ERP study. Poster presented at XPRAG-2013, September 4-6, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Brouwer, H., Fitz, H. and Hoeks, J. C. J. (2012). Getting real about Semantic Illusions: Rethinking the functional role of the P600 in language comprehension. Poster presented at the LOT Summer School 2012, July 2-13, Driebergen, The Netherlands. (winner of best poster prize)

software


MESH: An artificial neural network simulator.

COALS: Implementation of the Correlated Occurrence Analogue to Lexical Semantics.

PDRT-SANDBOX: A Haskell library implementing (Projective) Discourse Representation Theory.

Tinyworlds: An implementation of the Distributed Situation Space (DSS) model.

LensOSX: A native MacOSX port of Lens, the light, efficient network simulator.

OSXtlearn: xtlearn wrapped in a MacOSX application bundle.

miscellaneous


Column: Don't ever let them tell you that something can't be done

Feature: The Electrophysiology of Language Comprehension: A Neurocomputational Model

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