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The first annual meeting of the Joint Research Centre for Language and Human Complexity (JRCLHC) will be held at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) this November 7-9. The theme of the meeting will be the Biological Foundations of Language, and will feature keynote speeches, progress reports, presentations of postdoc fellows and poster presentations of research students.

The JRCLHC was formally established in December 2013 as a collaboration among CUHK, Peking University (PKU), and the University System of Taiwan (UST). The Centre provides an international and multidisciplinary platform to understand and explore human complexity from the perspective of language.


Program Schedule

7 November 2014 (Friday); Venue: Cho Yiu Conference Hall




8:30 – 8:45


8:45 – 9:15

Opening Ceremony

Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice Chancellor, CUHK

Yuen Sang Leung, Dean, Faculty of Arts, CUHK

William S-Y. Wang, Director of JRCLHC, CUHK

Ovid Tzeng, Chancellor of UST

Baoya Chen, Director of Center for Chinese Linguistics, PKU

Virginia Yip

9:15 – 9:30

Group photo

9:30 – 10:10

Keynote 1, Ken Pugh

President and Director of Research at Haskins Laboratories, USA

Title: The literate brain: insights from neuroimaging

Jun Ren Lee

10:10 – 10:30

Tea break

10:30 – 11:10

Keynote 2: Ron Chen

Chair Professor and Director of Centre for Chaos and Complex Netoworks, City University of Hong Kong

Title: Complexity, networks and languages

James Minett

11:10 – 11:50

Keynote 3: Helen Meng

Director of Big Data Decision Analytics Research Centre, CUHK

Title: Development of automatic speech recognition and synthesis technologies to support language learning - the CUHK experience

Tan Lee

12:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 14:40

Keynote 4: Manuel Carreiras

Director of the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, Spain

Title: Reading and dyslexia: Cognitive processes and brain mechanisms

Nissen Kuo

14:40 – 15:20

Keynote 5 Ram Frost

Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories, USA

Professor of Psychology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Title: Statistical learning and reading abilities: A perspective of individual differences

Nandini Chatterjee

15:20 – 16:00

Keynote 6: Zhongwei Shen

Professor, Asia Languages and Literatures, UMass Amherst, USA

Title: Complex adaptive system and dynamic linguistic studies

Feng Shi

16:00 – 16:20

Tea break

16:20 – 17:00

Keynote 7: Stephen Lansing

Co-Director of the Complexity Institute of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Title: Association of languages with maternal genetic lineages persists from the late Pleistocene

William Wang

17:00 – 17:40

Keynote 8: Heikki Lyytinen

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Title: Early identification and prevention of dyslexia

Chia-Ying Lee

17:40 – 18:10

Keynote 9: Ludo Verhoeven

Professor, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Title: The nature of dyslexia in a transparent orthography

Einar Mencl

18:30 – 20:30



8 November 2014 (Saturday); Venue: Room 220 (Faculty Board Room), 2/F, Fung King Hey Building




8:45 – 9:15

Keynote 10: Elena Leonidovna Grigorenko

Emily Fraser Beede Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychology, Yale University, USA

Title: Reading the genome for genes for reading

Ludo Verhoeven

9:15 – 9:45

Keynote 11: James Magnuson

Professor of Haskins Laboratories, and University of Connecticut, USA

Title: Attention and language in children from a community with very high incidence of developmental language disorder

Angela Tzeng

9:45 – 10:15

Keynote 12: Tom Schoenemann

Associate Professor of Indiana University, USA

Title: Brain, language, and the evolution of human behavioral complexity

Caicai Zhang

10:15 – 10:45

Keynote 13: Jay Rueckl

Associate Professor of Haskins Laboratories, and University of Connecticut, USA

Title: Towards a universal theory of word reading

Jie-Li Tsai

10:45 – 11:00

Tea break

11:00 – 11:30

Centre report 1: PKU (Jiangping Kong


James Tai

11:30 – 12:00

Centre report 2: UST (Denise Wu)

12:00 – 12:30

Centre report 3: CUHK (Gang Peng)

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30

Postdoctoral presentations (10 minutes for each talk):

Pedro Paz-Alonso (BCBL): Functional and structural evidence underlying the role of thalamus in dyslexia

Roeland Hancock (UCSF): GABA-related functional connectivity in the language network

Yi-hui Hung (UST): Chinese character recognition: phonological or semantic bias

Chun-Hsien Hsu (UST): Early MEG markers for reading Chinese phonograms

Chung-I Erica Su (UST): The effect of segmental-tonal neighborhood density in Chinese spoken word recognition: a visual world eye-tracking study

Jung-Yuen Tu (UST): An eye-tracking approach to L2 processing of Chinese relative clauses

Shinmin Wang (UST): Evaluating the developmental trajectory of the episodic buffer component of working memory and its relation to word acquisition in children

Caicai Zhang (CUHK): Neural bases of lexical tone and music processing

James Minett (CUHK): EEG biomarkers for assessment of dementia

Gang Peng

15:30 – 16:00

Tea break

16:00 – 18:00

Poster presentations for research students (Venue: G24, Fung King Hey Building):

An-Ya Yu (UST): Do bilinguals have an advantage in inhibition control as measured in the Stroop task? Evidence from Chinese-English late bilinguals

Chih-Ting Chang (UST): Anterior-shift of the N400 effect in aphasic patients with severe reading comprehension deficits

Hui-Chuan Chang (UST): The sensorimotor interaction in lexical tone processing

Pei-Chun Chao (UST): The orthography-to-phonology consistency and homophone density effects in writing Chinese characters

Shiau-Chuen Chiou (UST): Bimanual coordination learning with different feedback modalities and information types

Chia-Ju Chou (UST): The effect of semantic constraint and cloze probability on Chinese classifier-noun agreement in aphasia

En-Ying Hsuan (UST): The effect of visual processing skills on Chinese literacy acquisition: Evidence from L1 and L2 readers

I-Ju Hsieh (UST): Determinants of aggressive behavior

Min-Chia Kao (UST): Effect of emotional expression and religion on trauma adaptation and well-being

Yi-Chen Lin (UST): Are complex grapheme and non-grapheme bigrams processed differently at an early stage in visual word recognition?

Mei-Jing Lin (UST): Differential auditory SNARC effect in young adults along the spectrum of hypnotizability

Yu-Lin Tzeng (UST): Reading ability shapes the lexicality effect on N400

Zai-Fu Yao (UST): Effects of Ageing on Cognitive Control and Visual Search

Tian Hong (BJNU): The tone perception of Mandarin phonological deficit children: an ERP study

Fei Chen (SIAT): The influence of tone language experience on the contextual dependence of lexical tone perception

Xiao Wang (CUHK): Phonological processing in Mandarin speakers with congenital amusia

Manson Fong (CUHK): Feature extraction and enhancement of the auditory N1-P2 complex: Prediction of perceptual distances between synthetic vowels

Ruby Lan Ma (CUHK): Exploring EEG microstates: Microstate separation, statistics, & application to brain aging

Organization meeting (Venue: Room 220, Fung King Hey Building)

18:30 – 20:30



9 November 2014 (Sunday): Organization meeting





CUHK-PKU-UST Joint Research Centre for Language and Human Complexity, The Chinese University of Hong Kong




Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Office of Academic Links (China), The Chinese University of Hong Kong


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University System of Taiwan

-Academic Exchange Program for Top Universities of Taiwan and Hong Kong funded by Ministry of Education in Taiwan.

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Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central University





Organizing Committee:

William S-Y. Wang (Honorary Chair)

The Chinese University Hong Kong


Ovid Tzeng

Chancellor, University System of Taiwan


Virginia Yip

The Chinese University Hong Kong


Chia-Ying Lee

Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica


Denise Wu

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central University


Wen-Jui Kuo

Institute of Neuroscience, National Yang-Ming University


Gang Peng

The Chinese University Hong Kong


Chung-I Erica Su

National Chiao Tung University


Caicai Zhang

The Chinese University Hong Kong


Rose Lee

Laboratory for MEG, Academia Sinica


Shuttle Arrangements:


07 November 2014

08 November 2014

8:15 am

From Hyatt (in front of the lobby of Hyatt) to conference site

From Hyatt (in front of the lobby of Hyatt) to conference site

12:30 pm

5-minute walk to Benjamin Franklin (for lunch)

From conference site to Lee Woo Sing College (for lunch)

18:15 pm

10-minute walk to Chung Chi Staff Club

From conference site (in front of the Fung King Hey Building) to conference dinner

Note:  Free shuttles are also available in front of Exit A of University KCR Station. Please click here for detailed Bus Schedules and Routes.


Please click here for detailed Campus Map (Conference venues and lunch canteens are marked with red circles):