Ya-Ning Chang

Postgraduate Research Student


+44(0)161 306 0451

Room T4, 3rd Floor
Neuroscience and Aphasia Research Unit (NARU)
School of Psychological Sciences
Zochonis Building
University of Manchester
Brunswick Street
Manchester M13 9PL


My main research interest is in computational modelling of cognitive processes.  Parallel Distributed Processing (PDP) models are often used to model human language function.  However, PDP models are usually simulated on serial processing hardware (PC clusters), and may take incredible time when training a large scale network.  This imposes severe limitations on the capability of PDP models.  The aim of my PhD is to build a PDP language model based on a massively parallel distributed processing hardware which is currently being developed by ATP Group, the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester.


I obtained my MSc in Cognitive Science from the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh in 2007.  My dissertation was supervised by Prof. John M. Henderson and I worked on modelling human eye fixation duration during scene perception.  I am currently in the first year of my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Welbourne and Prof. Steve Furber.


Dr. Stephen Welbourne
Prof. Steve Furber (The ATP Group, School of Computer Science)