23.372, Calls: Computational Ling, Pragmatics, Syntax, Semantics/Poland

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Subject: 23.372, Calls: Computational Ling, Pragmatics, Syntax, Semantics/Poland

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Date: 21-Jan-2012
From: Katya Alahverdzhieva [K.Alahverdzhieva at sms.ed.ac.uk]
Subject: ESSLLI 2012 Workshop on Formal and Computational Approaches to Multimodal Communication

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Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 10:24:03
From: Katya Alahverdzhieva [K.Alahverdzhieva at sms.ed.ac.uk]
Subject: ESSLLI 2012 Workshop on Formal and Computational Approaches to Multimodal Communication

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Full Title: ESSLLI 2012 Workshop on Formal and Computational Approaches to Multimodal Communication 
Short Title: FoCoMC 

Date: 06-Aug-2012 - 10-Aug-2012
Location: Opole, Poland 
Contact Person: Katya Alahverdzhieva
Meeting Email: K.Alahverdzhieva at sms.ed.ac.uk
Web Site: http://xerxes.carleton.ca/~giorgolo/gesture-workshop/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Phonology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax 

Call Deadline: 02-Mar-2012 

Meeting Description:

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 backgrounds: 
- For formal linguists working on natural language: the workshop is an opportunity for formal linguists to extend their perspective on the properties that define language. Co-verbal forms of communication are deeply connected with the structures of natural language - numerous studies have found a systematic link between co-verbal behaviour on one hand and prosodic, syntactic, semantic, and discourse structures on the other. Studying the interplay between the distinct modalities of communication not only brings up new challenging research questions related to the nature of language but it also sheds light on well-known problems in linguistics (e.g. embodied nature of meaning, aspectuality, referential 'space');
- For computational linguists and researchers interested in human-machine interaction: the possibility of exploiting the information coming from different sources is becoming an important technique in the toolkit of natural language understanding. Further to this, the increasing ubiquitousness of multimodal devices is opening up new ways of interaction between users and machines. In both cases, co-verbal behaviour is an important factor that scientists have to take into account. Collecting reliable multimodal data is becoming more and more viable (for example with the introduction of technologies like time-of-flight cameras and other similar devices) and it is a necessary condition to design human-machine interaction systems.

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 

Call for Papers:

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
Notification of workshop contributors: April 15, 2012
Final submission of camera-ready copies: May 15, 2012
Workshop dates: August 6-10, 2012

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