David A. NICOLAS
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CNRS researcher at Institut Jean Nicod (since 2001)
• Affiliation: Institut Jean Nicod (ENS-EHESS-CNRS)
• Address: Institut Jean Nicod - Pavillon Jardin - École Normale Supérieure - 29, rue d'Ulm - 75005 Paris - France
• Email: dnicolas AT gmx DOT net

Head of the research team Semantics, data and models at Institut Jean Nicod (since 2015)
Head of the program New Ideas in Linguistics at École Normale Supérieure (since 2014)

Invited researcher at the University of Birmingham from February to April 2017
Visiting researcher at MIT from September to December 2014

Scientific projects (organization and participation)
• 2010-2015: participation to IUF project Determiners and Inferences of Francis Corblin.
• 2008-2011: participation to ANR project Genericity, Interpretation and Uses of Alda Mari.
• 2008-2011: participation to ANR project Cognitive Origins of Vagueness of Paul Egré.
• 2002-2010: organization and participation to research group Sémantique & Modélisation (GDR 2521) of Francis Corblin.
• 2005-2006: research seminar on properties, semantics and ontology (with Alda Mari).
• 2004-2005: research seminar on the semantics of gradable expressions.
• 1999-2001: participation to Cognitique project The format of spatial representations of Roberto Casati and Jérôme Dokic.
• 1994-1997: participation to NSERCC project Category-theoretic study of cognition of Brendan Gillon, John Macnamara, Mikkai Makkai and Gonzalo Reyes.

Conferences and summer schools (organization)
• With Claire Beyssade and Alda Mari: conference New Ideas in Semantics and Modeling 2016 (September 2016, Paris, France).
• With Øystein Linnebo: conference Absolute Generality (September 2009, Paris, France).
• With Bridget Copley, Patrick Caudal, Chris Kennedy, Brenda Laca and Gerhard Schaden: International Conference on Tense, Aspect and Modality - Chronos 2009 (September 2009, Paris, France).
• With Claire Beyssade and Alda Mari: conference Genericity (May 2009, Paris, France).
• With Alda Mari: conference Semantics Beyond Set Theory (October 2007, Paris, France).
• With Alda Mari: conference New Advances on Plurality (June 2007, Paris, France).
• With Christian Rétoré: conference and school on formal semantics Journées de Sémantique et Modélisation 2006 (Bordeaux, France).
• With Lucia Tovena: conference Journées de Sémantique et Modélisation 2005 (Paris, France).
• With Roberto Casati: summer school on Reference to Objects (juin 2004, Oléron, France).

Teaching
• July 2017: Speaking of things and stuff, ESSLLI 2017, Toulouse, France.
• 2016-2017: master's course in natural language semantics, EHESS.
• 2009-2015: master's course in natural language semantics, Paris 4 University.
• April 2008: course on the semantics of plurals and mass nouns, during the Journées de Sémantique et Modélisation 2008, Toulouse, France.
• March 2006: course on the semantics of plurals during the Journées de Sémantique et Modélisation 2006, Bordeaux, France.
• From September 2000 to March 2001: introduction to the morphology and the history of English, and introduction to the study of language (Department of Linguistics, University of California at Los Angeles).
• From October 1999 to August 2000: introductory courses to phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics (University of Valenciennes, France).
• From September 1994 to December 1997: teaching assistant for the courses History of psychology, Modern psychological theories, Psychology of perception and Psychology of deafness (Department of Psychology, McGill University).

Diplomas
• June 2015: Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches in Cognitive Science from École Normale Supérieure. The jury was composed of Francis Corblin (Linguistics, Paris 4, IJN), Jenny Doetjes (Linguistics, Leiden), Brendan Gillon (Linguistics, McGill), Brenda Laca (Linguistics, Paris 8) and Agustin Rayo (Philosophy, MIT).
• December 1999: Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the École Polytechnique, obtained with the highest distinction. The jury was composed of Pierre Cadiot (Linguistics, Paris 8), Daniel Andler (thesis director, Philosophy, Paris 3), Richard Carter (Linguistics, Paris 8 ), Brendan Gillon (Linguistics, McGill) and Georges Kleiber (Linguistics, Strasbourg 2). I have done part of my thesis in co-tutelle between the École Polytechnique in France and McGill in Canada (accomplishing the first three years of the Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at McGill), and I have collaborated with John Macnamara, Brendan Gillon, Albert Bregman and Yuriko Oshima-Takane in McGill, Keith Niall in the DCIEM (Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine) and Gonzalo Reyes in University of Montreal.
• September 1994: Master's in Cognitive Science from the École Polytechnique, obtained with distinction.
• August 1993: Diploma of Engineer from the École Polytechnique.
• July 1988: Baccalauréat scientifique (France), obtained with distinction.

Training periods
• July 2017: European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information, Toulouse, France.
• June 2011: Meaning, Context, and Implicit Content (CNRS, European Science Fondation), Cerisy, France.
• July 2009: European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information, Bordeaux, France.
• September 2005: Summer school Esprit, Science, Métaphysique (CNRS, European Science Fondation), Ramatuelle, France.
• August 2002: European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information, Trento, Italy.
• August 2000: European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information, Birmingham, England.
• April-June 1993: scientific practicum in Cognitive Psychology, McGill.
• September 1991: organizing activities for elderly people in the German Canadian Care Home, Vancouver, Canada.

Languages
French: maternal tongue.
English: fluently read, spoken and written.
Chinese, German, Latin: intermediate knowledge.
Korean, French sign language (LSF): beginner.

Personal interests
• Association Les Amis de Tous (providing help notably in Egypt).
• Cinema, music, photography.
• Game of baduk / (i)go / weichi.
• Hiking, tennis.
• Old bikes.

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