Formal and Computational Approaches to Multimodal Communication

International Workshop on Formal and Computational Approaches to Multimodal Communication

August 6-10, 2012
Opole, Poland

held under the auspices of ESSLLI 2012

Submission deadline: March 2, 2012 (extended deadline) March 16, 2012

Invited speaker: Costanza Navarretta (University of Copenhagen)

Workshop details

Face-to-face dialogue is consistently accompanied by co-verbal behaviours playing an active role in achieving a successful communication. A non-exhaustive list of the co-verbal actions that take part in communication includes hand gestures, head movements, eye-gaze dynamics, etc. The workshop aims at collecting state-of-the-art research in the area of multimodal communication. The focus is on formal and computational approaches that bridge the gap between novel research findings and well-established methods from linguistics, human-human interaction and human-machine interaction.

The study of co-verbal components of communication is still a young research field, in particular regarding formal and computational approaches. However, the interest in the field is rapidly growing as the increasing number of researchers interested in it and the various dedicated conferences show.

The workshop is of interest for researchers of various background:

The workshop aims at providing a platform to discuss these topics among the researchers already interested in formal and computational aspects of multimodal communication, and to introduce the current state of research to the participants of ESSLLI that are not familiar with these phenomena.

A non-exhaustive list of topics covered by the workshop includes: co-verbal actions and linguistic structures resources, e.g., tools, corpora, annotation guidelines, for studying (the interplay between) the distinct modalities of communication multimodal interfaces addressing the usage of gaze, gesture, speech, etc modelling human behaviour for the purposes of human-computer interaction systems experimental design for studying multimodal behaviour

Workshop Format

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20 min talk + 10 min questions), 3 each day of the workshop. The workshop will be opened by a 60-minute main session and closed by a 30-minute session for concluding remarks and feedback.

Submission Details

Authors are invited to submit abstracts describing original and unpublished work. Abstracts detailing ongoing work will be considered within the discretion of the programme committee. Submissions should be anonymous, and must not exceed 2 pages including examples and references. All abstracts must be submitted electronically in pdf form via Easychair:

Each submission will be anonymously reviewed by three members of the program committee, and possibly by additional reviewers. The accepted papers will appear in the workshop electronic proceedings.

Important dates

Submission deadline: March 2, 2012 March 16, 2012
Notification of workshop contributors: May 1, 2012
Final submission of camera-ready copies: June 1, 2012 (extended deadline) July 1, 2012
Workshop dates: August 6-10, 2011

Practical Information

All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee. Moreover, a number of additional fee waiver grants will be made available by the ESSLLI Organising Committee on a competitive basis and workshop participants are eligible to apply for those. There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should contact the local organizing committee to ask for the possibilities for a grant.

Further Information about ESSLLI 2012:

Workshop Organisers
Gianluca Giorgolo (Carleton University)
Katya Alahverdzhieva (University of Edinburgh)

Workshop Program Committee
Alex Lascarides (University of Edinburgh)
Hannes Rieser (Bielefeld University)
Katya Alahverdzhieva (University of Edinburgh)
Gianluca Giorgolo (Carleton University)