Philippe Blache

Director of Research (CNRS, Laboratoire Parole & Langage)
Director of the ILCB (Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain)
blache@lpl-aix.fr
Phone : +33 (0) 4.88.78.57.21

Laboratoire Parole et Langage
CNRS & Aix-Marseille University
5 Avenue Pasteur
13604 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1
France

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I am Director of Research at the CNRS, Laboratoire Parole et Langage, one of the most important labs in France working on interdisciplinary studies of speech and language production and perception. The LPL members are linguists, psycholinguists, computer scientists, neuroscientists and doctors.

Since 2012, I am Director of the cluster of excellence 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).

My scientific interests center on natural language processing and formal linguistics. I am working on the development of a new constraint-based theory, Property Grammars, making it possible to represent all kind of information by means of constraints. One of its interests lies in the fact that it allows the representation of any kind of linguistic information (prosody, syntax, pragmatics, etc.) whithin a unique homogenous framework, implemented as a constraint system. As a consequence, I am interested in exploring the question of the interaction between the different linguistic domains, in particular in the perspective of multimodal interaction. Practically, I have developped several parsers exploiting this approach.