EVENTS

JAPAN SONGBIRD WORKSHOP 2018 “Neural, genetical, and behavioral studies of song learning”

Date:July 30th Mon, 10:00-17:20

Venue:Komaba I campus, The University of Tokyo, 21 KOMCEE West B1F Lecture Hall

Progaram:(look flyer)

10:00-10:05AM:Short Introduction  (by Kazuhiro Wada, Hokkaido University)

10:05-10:45AM:Ryosuke O. Tachibana (Okanoya lab, University of Tokyo)

Variability predicts plasticity in a rhythmic feature of birdsong

10:45-11:10AM:Chinwake N. Asogwa (PhD student at Wada lab, Hokkaido University)

Inter- and intra-specific differences of muscarinic acetylcholine receptor expression in the neural pathways for vocal learning in songbirds

11:10-11:50AM:Masashi Tanaka (Mooney lab, Duke University) 30min+10min

A mesocortical dopamine circuit underlies the cultural transmission of the birdsong

Lunch 11:50AM-1:20PM

1:20-1:45PM:      Hongdi Wang (PhD student at Wada lab, Hokkaido University)

Regulatory divergence of gene transcription for species-specific song production in songbirds

1:45PM-2:15PM: Tsuyoshi Shimmura (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)

Toward multi-level understanding of innate vocalization in chickens

2:15-2:55PM:     David Wheatcroft (Uppsala University)

Divergence in song discrimination between closely related species in and out of secondary

Break 2:55-3:20PM

3:20-3:45PM: Tomoko Fuji (PhD student at Okanoya lab, University of Tokyo)

Formation of song preference and its relation to vocal learning in Bengalese finches

3:45-4:25PM:    Wan-chun Liu (Colgate University)

Exploring the effect of social interaction on vocal learning

4:25-5:05PM:   Jonathan Prather (University of Wyoming, USA)

TBA

5:05-5:20PM:  Kazuo Okanoya (University of Tokyo)

Closing remarks

PM5:20-  Banquet for discussion at MM hall

 

Contact: B01 Co-project Leader, Kazuhiro Wada (Hokkaido University) wada@sci.hokudai.ac.jp

Posted: 6/12/2018

EVOSLACE: Workshop on the emergence and evolution of social learning, communication, language and culture in natural and artificial agents

Date&Time:July 25th Wed, 2018,  10:30-19:00
Venue:Miraikan

A workshop titled above will take place at ALIFE 2018 (THE 2018 CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL LIFE), which is in partnership with us Evolinguistics Project.

Many of the C01 members will give a talk at the workshop.

Details:
・Workshop Web page
https://sites.google.com/view/evoslace/home
・ALIFE 2018 Web page
http://2018.alife.org/

Registration required (see Workshop Web page above)

Contact: Reiji Suzuki, C01 C0-project Leader・Nagoya University (reiji@nagoya-u.jp)

Posted: 6/12/2018

International Symposia “EVOLINGUISTICS 2018”

A series of seven symposia/conferences will be held under the name of “EVOLINGUISTICS 2018”, our first large-scale international sympoia. Details will follow sequentially.

For details (abstracts), please see the symposium website , now available.

 

Dates:August 1st Wed ~ August 9th Thu, 2018

Program & Schedule

① Origins of Human Communication Speaker:  Michael Tomasello

August 1st Wed, 14:00-16:00 at Lecture Theater, Komaba I campus, The University of Tokyo

② Origins and evolution of language in search of archaeological and anthropological perspectives

Speaker:Cedric Boeckx, Osamu Kondo, Dietrich Stout Look Outline

<co-sponsored by The Japanese Society for Language Sciences>

August 2nd Thu, 16:15-18:15  at Fujimino campus, Bunkyo Gakuin University

③ About moral development Speaker:Margarita L. Svetlova

August 2nd Thu, 14:00-16:00 at Tokyo Gakugei University

④ From the logical to the biological Speaker:Cedric Boeckx

August 3rd Fri, 15:00-17:00 at 21 KOMCEE East K212, Komaba I campus, The University of Tokyo (hosted by A01 team)

⑤ Intention Sharing and Language Evolution

Speaker:Michael Tomasello, Atsushi Senju, Kazuhide Hashiya, Tomoko Matsui, Harumi Kobayashi

August 4th Sat, 10:00-18:00 at 21 KOMCEE West Lecture Hall, Komaba I campus, The University of Tokyo (hosted by B03 team)

⑥ Kyoto Conference on Evolinguistics 2018

Speaker:Michael Tomasello, Cedric Boeckx, Dietrich Stout

August 6th Mon, 13:30-17:30 at  Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall

⑦ Human Collaboration Speaker:Michael Tomasello

August 9th Thu, 17:30~ at Shirankaikan, Kyoto <co-sponsored by Kyoto International Psychology Seminar>

Speakers:

Michael Tomasello (Int’l Advisory Board・Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology/Duke University)

Cedric Boeckx (Int’l Advisory Board・A01 Research Collaborator・ICREA/Universitat de Barcelona)

Osamu Kondo (B02 Co-project Leader・The University of Tokyo)

Dietrich Stout (B02 Research Collaborator・Emory University)

Margarita L. Svetlova (Duke University)

Atsushi Senju (University of London)

Kazuhide Hashiya (B03 Research Collaborator・Kyushu University)

Tomoko Matsui (B03 Co-project Leader・Tokyo Gakugei University)

Harumi Kobayashi (B03 Project Leader・Tokyo Denki University)

 

Contact: TBA

Posted: 6/5/2018

Workshop “the (co-)evolution of genes, languages, and music from data analyses to theoretical models”

Date & Time: July 17th 2018, 13:00-18:00
Venue: Kihara Institute for Biological Research, Yokohama City University (Yokohama, Japan)

We will have the workshop on evolution of genomes, languages and music. This program is financially aided by URPP Evolution in Action, University of Zurich & “Evolinguistics” MEXT Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, Japan.

It aims to clarify the evolution of languages/music and similarities/differences from biological evolution through quantitative datasets. We provide three sessions presenting 1. dispersals of language (and music) relating to migration histories from genetics side, 2. linguistic and musicological studies, and 3. theoretical modelings of cultural and linguistic evolution. Then, we will have a discussion about what we can learn about the evolution of languages and music through the different types of the datasets in the final session.

Organizers: Hiromi Matsumae(Tokai University) & Kentaro Shimizu (University of Zurich/Yokohama City University).

Contact: Hiromi Matasumae  matsumae.hiromi.g@tokai.ac.jp

Please see the following website for more details. https://sites.google.com/view/wgly2018

Timetable

Introduction
13:00-13:10 Hiromi Matsumae (Tokai University)

Session #1: Co-evolution of genes, language and music from genetics side
13:10-13:40 Hiromi Matsumae (Tokai University)
13:40-14:10 Chiara Barbieri (University of Zurich)
14:10-14:25 break

Session #2: Case studies in Linguistics and Musicology
14:25-14:55 Kouji Kawahara  (Nagoya University of Foreign Studies)
14:55-15:25 Patrick E. Savage (Keio University)
15:25-15:40 break

Session #3: Modeling evolution of languages and culture
15:40-16:10 Takashi Hashimoto (JAIST)
16:10-16:40 Yasuo Ihara (University of Tokyo)
16:40-16:55 break

Session #4: Discussion
16:55-17:45 discussion

Posted: 6/1/2018

International Symposium:Cutting Edge Technology for EEG Data Analysis

Speakers:
Varghese Peter (Macquarie University)
Keiichi Kitajo (RIKEN Center for Brain Science)
Hiroaki Wagatsuma (Kyusyu Institute of Technology)
Anna Lekova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Robotics)

Language:English
Admission:Free

Date & Time:2018/6/23 (Sat) 12:30-17:30

Venue: Bldg.18, Collaboration room3 (4th floor), Komaba I Campus, The University of Tokyo
1 min. walk from the station Komaba-todaimae on the Inokashira Line
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400020146.pdf

https://lang-dev-lab.brain.riken.jp/eeg-symposium-english.html

Contact:Reiko Mazuka (RIKEN CBS)
reiko.mazuka★riken.jp
※Please replace ★ with @ in the email address above.

Posted: 5/25/2018

International Symposium for “Potentials and Perspectives of Communication among Humans and Agents Including Robots and Animals”

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Date & Time:  May 22nd Tue, 2018 13:00-17:30 / May 23rd Wed, 09:00-17:00

Venue: Kitakyushu Science and Research Park・Conference Center (Main Hall)

No entrance fee

Proram details

Contact: C01 co-project leader, Hiroaki Wagatsuma, Kyushu Institute of Technology waga@brain.kyutech.ac.jp

Posted: 5/15/2018

Neurobiology of Vocal Production in Frogs

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Date & Time: May 14th Sat, 2018  17:00-18:30

Venue:Komaba 1 campus, University of Tokyo, Room 113, Bldg. #3  (campus map

Speaker:Dr. Ayako Yamaguchi

(The University of Utah, USA)

Contact:Kazuo Okanoya, U. of Tokyo cokanoya@mail.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp / 03-5454-6301

Understanding the neural mechanisms underlying behavior presents a formidable challenge requiring a well-chosen model system and sophisticated experimental tools. Vocalizations of the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) are an exceptionally well suited model system for this objective. In this species, a simplified mechanism of vocal production allows straightforward interpretations of neuronal activity with respect to behavior, and neural mechanisms of calling can be studied in vitro because fictive vocalizations can be elicited in the isolated brain. Furthermore, the vocalizations of Xenopus are sexually differentiated, and rapid androgen-induced masculinization of female vocalizations provides an invaluable opportunity for determining how new behavior arises from existing neural circuits in response to steroid hormones. In my talk, I will discuss how the vocal central pattern generators (CPG) are constructed, and an unexpected discovery of feedback pathways within the CPG that play a critical role in the rhythm generation. In addition, I will describe our work developing a technique to deliver transgenes into the frog nervous system.

Posted: 5/8/2018

The 3rd Whole Group Meeting

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Date & Time:May 12 Sat, 13:00-20:00

Venue:Komaba 1 campus, University of Tokyo
21 KOMCEE West, Lecure Hall・MM Hall (campus map)

※This is a closed meeting for project members only.

Program:

13:00-18:00  Research presentation (oral) by H30-31 open recruitment researchers   [Lecture Hall]

18:00-20:00 Research presentation (poster) by H30-31 open recruitment researchers / Banquet [MM Hall]

download program

Posted: 4/24/2018

The 1st General Assembly Meeting

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Date & Time: March 12 Mon-13 Tue, 2018

Venue: Hotel Seapalace Resort <Toyohashi>

※This is a closed meeting for project members only.

Program

Day-1 March 12 Mon, 2018

13:00~17:55    Report on progress status and future plan, Research presentation by each of five research teams
18:30~20:30   Poster session-1 / Reception
20:30~21:30   Poster session-2

Day-2  March 13 Tue, 2018

09:00~12:00   Joint research presentions
13:00~16:30    Young researchers presentions

Posted: 3/7/2018

Tokyo Conference on Evolinguistics

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Date and time: March 7th Wed., 2018

Venue:  University of Tokyo, Komaba campus, Bldg.18 Hall

 

Program:

Shin-ich Tanaka (University of Tokyo)

Rethinking Syllable Typology from the Perspective of Evolinguistics: From Universal Constraints to Interface Conditions

 

Pedro T. Martins (Universitat de Barcelon)

An Evolutionary Contiguum Hypothesis for Sound Production Learning

 

Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin University)

Recursive Merge and Phonological Features

 

Bridget D. Samuels (University of Southern California)

Foxp2 and Friends: From Phenotype to Genotype and Back

Program details

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Contact:Shin-ichi Tanaka(A01 C0-project leader) tanaka@boz.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp

 

Posted: 1/29/2018

Fish as model systems for vocal communication and hearing research

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Date  and time:December 8th Fri, 15:00-16:00

Venue:Komaba 1 campus, University of Tokyo, Room 126, Bldg. #16  (campus map

Speaker:Dr. Raquel  O. VASCONCELOS

(Institute of Science and Environment, University of Saint Joseph. Macau S.A.R., China)

Contact:Kazuo Okanoya, U. of Tokyo cokanoya@mail.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp / 03-5454-6301

Fish as model systems for vocal communication and hearing research

Teleost fish comprise the largest group of extant vertebrates displaying the greatest diversity in sound producing apparatus and sensory hearing structures for social communication and orientation. Neural circuitry controlling vocal behaviour in vertebrates seems to have evolved from conserved brain areas found in ancestral fish before they diverged into the major clades. Thus, studies that investigate acoustic communication systems in this taxon are important to gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental mechanisms underlying social acoustic communication.

Moreover, studying organisms from an early diverging vertebrate lineage such as fish is essential to comprehend the evolution and function of the vertebrate inner ear, since many early developmental events are evolutionary conserved.

In this talk I will focus on the social role and physiological mechanisms controlling acoustic communication in toadfishes (Batrachoididae). I will further discuss current research on auditory plasticity and development of auditory function using both models – toadfish and zebrafish (Danio rerio, Cyprinidae).

Posted: 12/7/2017

Two Talks on Bird song

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Date and time:  October 25th Wed 10:00-, 11:30-

Venue:  Komaba 1 campus, University of Tokyo, Room 116, Bldg. #3  (campus map)

Program:

10:00- 11:00  Dr. Jon Sakata (McGill University)  “Brain mechanisms shaping vocal learning”

11:30-12:30  Dr. Sarah Wooley (McGill University)  “Neural mechanisms for preference and pereption in a female songbird”

Posted: 10/20/2017

Linguistics and Biology

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Date and time:  November 10th Fri 16:30-17:30

Venue:  Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Kyo-hoku Room No.28, Yoshida Minami Sogo-kan (campus map)

※Language: English

※No entrance fee / No registration required

Title: Linguistics and Biology

Speaker: Prof. Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/Universitat de Barcelona)

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Contact: Koji Fujita (Kyoto University/A01 Project Leader) fujita.koji.3x@kyoto-u.ac.jp

Posted: 10/18/2017

Kyoto Conference on Evolinguistics

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Date and time:  November 11th Sat 13:30-17:35 / 12th Sun 09:30-17:30

Venue:  Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Large Lecture Room (campus map)

  • No entry fee, no registration required. Food and drink not allowed.
  • Language: English

Program:

November 11th  Sat 13:30-

Koji Fujita (Kyoto U., theoretical linguistics) “Evolinguistics: What is it, who does it, and how will it evolve?”

Rie Asano (U. of Cologne, biomusicology) “Principled explanations in comparative biomusicology”

Michiru Makuuchi (Nat. Rehab. Center, neurolinguistics) “Brain mechanisms for MERGE”

Yasuo Ihara (U. of Tokyo, evolutionary anthropology) “Evolution of physical weakness by social selection through choice of collaborative partners”

Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/UB, biolinguistics) “Brain growth trajectory and language-readiness: Linking hypotheses and new data”

Mini-session 1: “Human evolution, brain evolution and language evolution”

November 12th Sun 09:30-

Shiro Ojima (Yokohama Nat. U., experimental linguistics) “A biolinguistic approach to multicompetence”

Kazumi Taniguchi (Kyoto U., theoretical linguistics) “A cognitive linguistics view of language acquisition and its implications for language evolution”

Harumi Kobayashi (Tokyo Denki U., developmental psychology) “Ostensive-inferential communication and language development”

Reiji Suzuki (Nagoya U., artificial life) “Constructive approaches to evolution of social learning and niche construction”

Takashi Hashimoto (JAIST, science of complexity) “Adaptability of recursive combination: Evolutionary simulation and some speculations”

Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/UB, biolinguistics) “Self-domestication and its contribution to modern human cognition”

Kazuo Okanoya (U. of Tokyo, biological psychology) “Behavioral and neural mechanisms for stimulus chunking in birds and humans”

Mini-session 2: “Language acquisition and language evolution”

Mini-session 3: “Niche construction and language evolution”

Mini-session 4: “Music and language evolution”

Abstract

Poster

Posted: 10/13/2017

Project Kick-off Meeting and Discussions with Briefing of Call for Research Application (Tokyo)

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Date and time:  September 24th Sun, 2017, 14:00-17:30

Venue:  Komaba 1 campus, University of Tokyo, KOMCEE West K001 Lecture Room (campus map)

Program:

14:00-17:00  Project Kick-off Meeting & Briefing on Public Call for Research Grant Application

17:00-17:30  Individual Consultation for Public Call for Research Grant Application

※Food and drink not allowed

Posted: 8/3/2017

Project Kick-off Meeting and Discussions with Briefing of Call for Research Application (Kyoto)

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Date and time:  September 19th Tue, 2017, 14:00-17:30

Venue:  Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Large Lecture Room (campus map)

Program:

14:00-17:00  Project Kick-off Meeting & Briefing on Public Call for Research Grant Application

17:00-17:30  Individual Consultation for Public Call for Research Grant Application

Food and drink not allowed

Posted: 8/3/2017

Lecture on Linguistics by Wolfram Hinzen

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Date and time:  August 3rd Thu, 2017, 16:00-17:30

Venue:  Faculty of Integrated Human Studies B05 room on B1F, Yoshida Minami Campus, , Kyoto University

Title: Un-Cartesian Linguistics and the Nature of the Semantic Interface

Speaker:Prof. Wolfram Hinzen (ICREA/Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

Posted: 7/11/2017

The 1st Management Team Meeting (Komaba campus, University of Tokyo)

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Following the announcement that our grant proposal was accepted, we held the first management team meeting on July 7th, 2017.

We reconfirmed the purpose and method, formulated research plans based on the allocated budget, and confirmed our future policies.

Posted: 7/7/2017