Philippe Blache

Director of Research (CNRS, Laboratoire Parole & Langage)
Director of the ILCB (Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain)
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Laboratoire Parole et Langage
CNRS & Aix-Marseille University
5 Avenue Pasteur
13604 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1

PhD students


I am Director of Research at the CNRS. My works focus on how language is processed by humans and machines. I am more precisely interested in studying the question of how humans process language in a natural context, typically a conversation. This means first proposing tools and methods for describing data collected in ecological contexts, taking into account the multimodal aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication (ANR project OTIM). I have then developed a new linguistic theory making it possible to formalize mutlimodality as well as the specificities of natural interaction (explaining for example the possibility to produce and understand ill-formed sentences. This theory is called Property Grammars. I am now bringing these results in the domain of human-machine interaction, by developping a conversational agent in virtual reality environments (ANR project ACORFORMED). Since recently, I am using these approaches to study the neural basis of such language processing architecture.

Since 2012, I am Director of the Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain . The ILCB gathers 9 major research units in linguistics (LPL), psychology (LPC, ISM), neurosciences (INT, INS, LNC), mathematics (I2M) and computer science (LIS, LIA). It also federates 6 experimental platforms in brain imaging, virtual reality and primatology.