computer science


Martin Takac

Postdoctoral Fellow

Room Owheo Building, Room 251
Phone +64 3 479 8587

I received an MSc in artificial intelligence and a PhD in applied informatics from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. I have been teaching and doing research in the area of cognitive science, which allows me to combine my professional background with my long-standing interest in human cognition and psychology. I mostly do computational models of cognitive phenomena related to knowledge representation and meaning construction, language origins and acquisition, cognitive semantics and qualitative reasoning.

Currently I am working on the Marsden funded project 'Does language syntax mirror the structure of sensorimotor cognition?' with Alistair Knott and Lubica Benuskova.

Selected publications:

Takac, M., Knott, A.: A neural network model of working memory for episodes. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX. 1432-1437. 2013.

Takac, M., Benuskova, L., Knott, A.: Mapping sensorimotor sequences to word sequences: A connectionist model of language acquisition and sentence generation. Cognition 125(2). 288-308. 2012.

Takac, M. and Sefranek, J.: Semantics of distinguishing criteria: from subjective to intersubjective. Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems 10(3). 248-269. 2012.

Takac, M.: Autonomous Construction of Ecologically and Socially Relevant Semantics. Cognitive Systems Research 9(4). 293-311. 2008.

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