Combinatorial structures and processing in neural blackboard architectures

Frank van der Velde, Marc de Kamps

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We discuss and illustrate Neural Blackboard Architectures (NBAs) as the basis for variable binding and combinatorial processing the brain. We focus on the NBA for sentence structure. NBAs are based on the notion that conceptual representations are in situ, hence cannot be copied or transported. Novel combinatorial structures can be formed with these representations by embedding them in NBAs. We discuss and illustrate the main characteristics of this form of combinatorial processing. We also illustrate the NBA for sentence structures by simulating neural activity as found in recently reported intracranial brain observations. Furthermore, we will show how the NBA can account for ambiguity resolution and garden path effects in sentence processing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoCo 2015
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the NIPS Workshop on Cognitive Computation: Integrating Neural and Symbolic Approaches
EditorsTarek R. Besold, Artur d'Avila Garcez, Gary F. Marcus, Risto Miikkulainen
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2015
EventNIPS Workshop on Cognitive Computation 2015: Integrating Neural and Symbolic Approaches - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 11 Dec 201512 Dec 2015

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1613-0073


ConferenceNIPS Workshop on Cognitive Computation 2015


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