News from Carnot Cognition: Interview with Roxane Bertrand & two new LPL projects funded!

Roxane Bertrand interviewed by Carnot Cognition

Over the last few months, the Carnot Cognition Institute has published a series of testimonials from researchers and industrialists, highlighting partnership research initiatives in cognitive technologies. In this context, the Institute has just interviewed Roxane Bertrand, CNRS research director.

Link to the interview (in French):

Two new LPL projects have been selected in the latest Carnot Cognition call for projects in 2023
  • Social Listener - SOLIST project led by Noël Nguyen (LPL) in collaboration with Julien Diard (LPNC) and Ladislas Nalborczyk (Neurospin).
  • Projet EXPOLECT_DOM led by Stéphanie Ducrot (LPL) in collaboration with Jonathan Grainger (LPC)

LPL contributes to the Cognitive Technologies Exhibition and the Annual Scientific Convention of Carnot Cognition

On March 29, several members of the LPL took part in two national events organized by the Institut Cognition at the Cité des Sciences in Paris:

Thus, during the 2nd cognitive technologies exhibition for companies – “R&T Days Cognition” – Stéphane Rauzy and Mary Amoyal presented together the tool “SMAD: Automatic annotation of the intensity of smiles” based on a video demonstration.

For their part, Roxane Bertrand and Philippe Blache made a presentation entitled “How are conversational feedbacks processed? Description, modeling and cerebral bases” during the Annual Scientific Convention of Carnot Cognition which was organized in parallel.

Credits: Laboratoire Parole et Langage (LPL)

Listen or watch each other speaking

Marc Sato, CNRS researcher at LPL, has just published an article in the Cortex journal on the distinct influence of motor and visual predictive processes on auditory cortical processing during speech production and perception.

 Reference: Marc Sato. Motor and visual influences on auditory neural processing during speaking and listening. Cortex, 2022, 152, 21-35 (

 You will find the full text of the article under this direct link or via the AMU search interface.


Photos credits: Antoine Doinel

The LPL participates in the Kick-off event of the Carnot Cognition Institute

Labeled Carnot in February 2020 by the National Research Agency (ANR), the Cognition Institute is a nationwide Institute for developing research/business partnerships in the thematic field of cognition. It brings together 22 laboratories and research units – including the LPL – throughout France.

The official launch event was postponed due to the health situation and finally took place face-to-face on April 6-7, 2022. The LPL was represented over the two days by a delegation of several of its members (L. Prévot, N. Gala, C. Pattamadilok, C. Pichon-Starke).

The Institute’s Website: Institut Cognition (

Conversing with a virtual human to assess the consequences of head injuries

The CNRS press office has just published a press release on the latest article co-written by Maud Champagne-Lavau (CNRS research director), Noémie Moreau (neuropsychologist and researcher associated with the LPL) and Emmanuelle Taché (neuropsychologist and former doctoral student of the laboratory) and which recently appeared in the Journal of Neurospychology:

Article: Speaking with virtual humans: Assessing social cognition in traumatic brain injury with a 2nd person-perspective task. Moreau Noémie, Taché Emmanuelle and Champagne-Lavau Maud. Journal of Neurospychology.

Press release in EN: Conversing with a virtual human to assess the consequences of head injuries | CNRS

Image © Maud Champagne-Lavau / Emmanuelle Taché / Noémie Moreau

The role of cognitive neuroscience in speech production and bilingualism

In its May 2021 volume, the Journal of Neurolinguistics publishes a special issue on speech production and bilingualism, edited by Kristof Strijkers (LPL) and Arturo Hernandez (University of Houston). It is dedicated to the memory of Albert Costa, renowned specialist in cognitive science and bilingualism and co-editor of the same issue before suddenly passing away at the age of 48 in December 2018.

 Link to the full text version of the special issue via AMU ressources (connection to ENT requested):
Special Issue on Language Production and bilingualism. In memoriam of Albert Costa. - ScienceDirect (

Kristof Strijkers, Arturo Hernandez, Albert Costa. Special Issue on Language Production and bilingualism. In memoriam of Albert Costa.. Journal of Neurolinguistics, Elsevier, 2021, 58, pp.100966. ⟨10.1016/j.jneuroling.2020.100966⟩. ⟨hal-03084927⟩

Institut Cognition has obtained the Carnot label

The "Institut Cognition" (Springboard Carnot - 2016 to 2019), of which the LPL is now a member, has just obtained the Carnot label following the 4th call for applications from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and Innovation, which closed on October 18, 2019:

Press release 37 Carnot Institutes

Comprising 23 Research Units, including the IMS in Talence and the CeRCA in Poitiers, the "Institut Cognition" aims to offer its industrial partners a partnership research approach in cognitive technologies (cognitive increase, collective cognition, assessments cognitive behavior and language and cognition), based on an interdisciplinarity, and in response to their challenges of innovation and competitiveness.


European project COBRA – Call for 15 PhD projects now open!

As part of the European COBRA project, a call for applications is open for 15 doctoral contracts. Application files must be submitted before March 31, 2020 on the website

COBRA (Conversational Brains) is a project carried out within the framework of the European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks program. It brings together 14 partners in 10 countries (France, Great Britain, Italy, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Hong Kong), including 10 academic partners and 4 industrial partners. COBRA is a continuation of the European MULTI project previously carried out by the LPL, and is closely linked to the ILCB Institute. It aims to develop research and advanced training in the field of relationships between brain and language, in human-human and human-machine conversational interactions, and in a wide variety of languages. COBRA is coordinated by Noël Nguyen.