Advances in the Study of Language Development and Literacy Learning in the Digital Age

e-LADDA Closing Conference / ELN Pre-Summit Event – 18th to 21st of October, 2023

The Marie Curie Innovative Training Network e-LADDA (Early Language Development in the Digital Age) presents the network’s final conference: e-LADDA 2023, hosted by the University of Porto, under the title “Advances in the Study of Language Development and Literacy Learning in the Digital Age”.

e-LADDA 2023 aims to bring together researchers interested in the effects of digital tools, such as tablets, mobile phones, or social robots, on language development and language outcomes from a broad perspective, with research on both typical and atypical development, and using behavioural, computational and electrophysiological measures.

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant agreement No 857897.

Keynote Speakers

Did screen reading habits steal children’s focus?

Lalo Salmerón is a Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Valencia. His research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms, analysis, assessment and intervention of digital literacy. He combines lab and school studies, analysis of large-scale datasets as well as eye-tracking studies.

Building a lexicon

Jenny Saffran received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1997, and has been at the University of Wisconsin-Madison ever since. Her research is focused on how infants learn and how language learning unfolds in infants and children who follow different learning trajectories. She received numerous awards for her teaching and research, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015) and the inaugural Jeffrey L. Elman Prize for Scientific Achievement and Community Building from the Cognitive Science Society (2020).

Social robots: science, tech, applications… and Large Language Models

Tony Belpaeme is a professor of Cognitive Systems and Robotics at Ghent University in Belgium. His research focuses on human-robot interaction, social robotics, and cognitive robotics. He has published extensively on these topics, and currently is involved in project on educational applications of social robotics.

Venue & Travel

The e-LADDA Closing Conference will take place at the Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade do Porto from 18th to 21st of October 2023. Find more about the venue and travel here.

Registration closed.

Early Bird Registration (until 18/08): 100 Euros (PhD students); 150 Euros (PhD)

After Early Bird: 150 Euros (PhD students); 200 Euros (PhD)

We are inviting paper proposals for the e-LADDA Closing Conference / ELN Pre-Summit
Event that will be held at the University of Porto, Faculty of Psychology and Educational
Sciences, from the 18th to the 21st of October 2023. Please feel free to distribute the call to those you think might be interested.

Download the Call for Papers as a pdf or submit a proposal here.

Deadline for submission of proposals: May 12th, 2023, 19:00 (CET)

Notification of Scientific Committee decision: June 16th, 2023

End of early bird registration: August 18th, 2023

End of registration: September 15th, 2023

Final Conference Program: September 29th, 2023

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