Hi, I'm Thomas Brochhagen.

I'm a researcher working at the intersection of cognitive & computer science. Broadly speaking, I'm interested in probabilistic modeling, decision making and human behavior of many flavors.

I recently finished my PhD at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation in Amsterdam, where I looked at natural language properties that can give rise to uncertainty, such as ambiguity and underspecificity, and their evolution.

     


Research

Coevolution of Lexical Meaning and Pragmatic Use
Thomas Brochhagen, Michael Franke & Robert van Rooij. Cognitive Science. DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12681

Signaling under uncertainty
Thomas Brochhagen. 2018. PhD Thesis, University of Amsterdam

Extremes are typical. A game theoretical derivation
Robert van Rooij & Thomas Brochhagen. 2018. Cognitive Structures: Language, Cognition and Mind

Signalling under Uncertainty: Interpretative Alignment without a Common Prior
Thomas Brochhagen. 2017. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. DOI: 10.1093/bjps/axx058

Effects of transmission perturbation in the cultural evolution of language
Thomas Brochhagen & Michael Franke. 2017. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2017), pp. 1678-1683

Learning biases may prevent lexicalization of pragmatic inferences: a case study combining iterated (Bayesian) learning and functional selection
Thomas Brochhagen, Michael Franke & Robert van Rooij. 2016. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2016), pp. 2081-2086

Improving Coordination on Novel Meaning through Context and Semantic Structure
Thomas Brochhagen. 2015. Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning (CogACLL 2015), ACL, pp 74-82

Minimal Requirements for Productive Compositional Signaling
Thomas Brochhagen. 2015. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015), pp. 285-290

Diagnosing Truth, Interactive Sincerity, and Depictive Sincerity
Elizabeth Coppock & Thomas Brochhagen. 2013. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 23 (SALT 23), pp. 358-375. DOI: 10.3765/salt.v23i0.2662

Raising and Resolving Issues with Scalar Modifiers
Elizabeth Coppock & Thomas Brochhagen. 2013. Semantics and Pragmatics, Volume 6, Article 3, pp. 1-57. DOI: 10.3765/sp.6.3

Only, At Least, At Most, More and Less
Thomas Brochhagen & Elizabeth Coppock. 2013. 87th annual LSA meeting


Teaching

At the University of Amsterdam


At the University of Düsseldorf


About

From 2014 to 2018, I conducted research at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation in Amsterdam. Within this period, I also spent time at the Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications in Edinburgh and the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris. My research fellowship was awarded through ESSENCE, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie initial training network on the Evolution of Shared Semantics in Computational Environments.

Before moving to Amsterdam, I received a bachelor's and a master's in linguistics from the University of Düsseldorf. From 2011 to 2014, I was also a research assistant in the CRC 991 (Project B01: Verb frames at the syntax-semantics interface).