MAPLL 2016 Organization Committee - Yuki Hirose, Shigeto Kawahara, Masatoshi Koizumi, Yukiko Koizumi, Yoko Nakano, Kentaro Nakatani, Hajime Ono

Local Organizers at Waseda University

- BLIT (Brain Science Reasearch Unit for Language, Inference, and Thought: Yingyi Luo, Ai Ogawa, Hiromu Sakai), Ralph Rose, Yasuaki Shinohara


MAPLL 2016 Web Site Open! The official web site of Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language 2016 has launched on April 30, 2016.
Call for paper has started.
Information about a pre-conference event is give below.
Information about a post-conference event is give below.
Information about conference venue is give below.
Information about reception is give below.
Very Important Information about the entrance to Nishi Waseda Campus on Sunday, July 24th.

All the gates to the campus is closed except the main gate. Please proceed to the main gate and tell the security office the name of conference, either "電子情報通信学会" or "MAPLL".

About the Workshop

The MAPLL 2016 organization committee and members of local organizers at Waseda University is proud to announce that the MAPLL 2016 international workshop is going to be held at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan on July 23-24, 2016.

Conference Veune:

Building 55S, 2F, Meeting Room #3 (第三会議室), Nishi Waseda Campus, Waseda University

The MAPLL workshop was first launched in early 2000 as a forum intended to foster research on human sentence processing and related areas. It has been an important event for researchers interested in psycholinguistics and the cognitive neuroscience of language. It was held at Hiroshima University, the University of Tokyo, Yamagata University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Kyushu University, and Tsuda College.

MAPLL 2016 features the followign invited speakers.

Patrick Sturt (University of Edinburgh)

Arild Hestvik (University of Delaware)

Yasutada Sudo (University College London)

Yaling Hsiao (Oxford University)

A Special Session with TCP:

A special session is organized in collaboration with Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (TCP). The session invite submission of papers that represent any scientific endeavor that addresses itself to “Plato’s Problem” concerning language acquisition: “How can we gain a rich linguistic system given our fragmentary and impoverished experience?” Its scope thus includes linguistic theory (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics), L1 and L2 acquisition, language processing, and the neuroscience of language, among other topics. In order to be considered for the special session, please submit your abstract following the direction below and specify“special session” at the end of abstract.

*The special session is organized by TL/MAPLL in cooperation with volunteer members from the organizers of TCP.

Tsutomu Sakamoto Award:

In memory of our friend and distinguished colleague Professor Tsutomu Sakamoto, the Tsutomu Sakamoto Award recognizes the paper or poster presented at the MAPLL conference that best exhibits the qualities of intellectual rigor, creativity, and independence of thought exemplified in Professor Sakamoto’s life and work. Any first author of a presentation, who is not yet tenured, will be eligible for consideration.

A pre-conference event

As a pre-confernce event, the local organizers at Waseda Univereristy will host a seminar on computational modeling of language learning and processing by Dr. Yaling Hsiao (Oxford University) on July 22nd (Fri).

Topic: Modeling Sentence Comprehension Using Simple Recurrent Network

Instructor: Yaling Hsiao (Oxford University)

This seminar introduces the concept of the model and why it is useful in modeling sentence processing. I will demonstrate some models and guide the audience to think about the questions or phenomena they want to model. The participants should bring their own laptop computer to run the model by themselves. More information will be provided about the configurations or the softwares which are required to run the models.

Date: July 22 (Fri.), 2016

Place: Building 51, 3F, Meeting Room #2 (第二会議室)

Schedule (Tentative):

Session I: 11:00-12:30

Lunch Break: 12:30-13:30

Session II: 13:30-15:00

Coffee Break: 15:00-15:20

Session III: 15:20-16:50

A post-conference event

As a post-confernce event, the local organizers at Waseda Univereristy will host a seminar on human sentence processing and its computational models by Dr. Patrick Sturt (University of Edinburgh) on July 25th (Mon).

Topic: Human Sentence Processing and its Computational Models

Instructor: Patrick Sturt (University of Edinburgh)

Date: July 25 (Mon.), 2016

Place: Building 55N, 1F, Meeting Room #1 (第一会議室)

Schedule (Tentative):

Session I: 13:00-14:30

Coffee Break: 14:30-14:50

Session II: 14:50-16:20


An informal reception is to be held in the evening of Saturday, July 23rd (18:30-19:30) immediately aftere the poster session. The reception venue (Takeuchi Lounge, the building 55S 2F) is adjacent to the poster session site. The reception fee is 2500JPY.

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submissions: May 20, 2016, 12:00 (Japanese Standard Time)

Deadline for Pre-registration: TBA


  • MAPLL has been co-organized by Thought and Language Research Group of the Japanese Institute for Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers. It is supported by the Center for English Language Education for Science and Engineering (CELESE), Waseda University