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Subject: [ E-CFP ] 1st European Symposium on Multimodal Communication: 2nd CFP
From: <paggio_(on)_hum.ku.dk>
Date received: 11 Jul 2013
Deadline: 31 Aug 2013
Start date: 17 Oct 2013

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Second Call for Papers The 1st European Symposium on Multimodal
Communication University of Malta, Valletta, October 17-18, 2013


Description The 1st European Symposium on Multimodal
Communication aims to provide a multidisciplinary forum for
researchers from different disciplines who study multimodality in
human communication as well as in human-computer interaction. The
multimodal communication symposium is organised by the Institute
of Linguistics at the University of Malta
<http://www.um.edu.mt/linguistics> in collaboration with the two
research projects MAMCO (Maltese Multimodal Corpora) and NOMCO
(Multimodal Corpora for the Nordic Countries).

The symposium follows up on a tradition established by the
Swedish Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 1997 till
2000, and continued by the Nordic Symposia on Multimodal
Communication held from 2003 to 2012. We are now seeking a
broader, European dimension. However, the Symposium will be of
interest to anyone studying multimodal communication, and
researchers from outside of Europe are most welcome.

Multimodal communication as a research area is growing rapidly.
There is indeed an increased interest in embodied and situated
communication D how humans interact with each other using
different modalities, as well as how technological artifacts
affect communicative activities. Work places as well as school
environments, health care and other services increasingly involve
complex multimodal communication. The development in innovative
computer interfaces, mobile media and robotics makes new
multimodal technical solutions to communicative challenges
possible while at the same creating new challenges for
communication research.

As in the preceding editions, we aim to present a broad view of
the field by accepting papers in a wide range of topics. This
year, however, a special track will be dedicated to sign language
studies, and especially why studying sign language is interesting
for gesture studies and multimodal communication in general.

Topics Topics addressed in the symposium cover all aspects of
multimodal communication, including but not limited to:

* Speech, gestures and signs in human communication
* Intercultural aspects of multimodal behaviour
* Multimodality aspects of language acquisition
* Multimodal human computer interaction and conversational agents
* Multimodal systems for sign language users
* Multimodal health communication
* Multimodal communication, communication disorders and
  communication support (AAC)
* Multimodal dialogue systems
* Multimodal corpora
* Sign language corpora
* Annotation schemes and tools for multimodal corpora
* Automatic recognition and interpretation of different
  modalities and their interaction
* Machine-learning techniques applied to multimodal data
* Evaluation methods for multimodal systems

Invited speakers

Onno Crasborn, Radboud University Nijmegen, expert in sign
language studies Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki,
expert in multimodal communication and dialogue systems

Important dates Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 August
Notification of acceptance: 27 September Revised abstract: 5
October Symposium dates: 17-18 October

Submissions Anonymous abstracts of 2 pages in pdf format must be
submitted through Easychair at:

Documentation and dissemination A booklet of abstracts will be
published online and distributed at the conference. A
post-symposium peer-reviewed publication of selected papers is
being considered.

Organising committee Patrizia Paggio Jens Allwood Elisabeth
Ahls?n Kristiina Jokinen Costanza Navarretta

Local organisers Lucienne Bugeja Albert Gatt Luke Galea Patrizia
Paggio Alexandra Vella


Patrizia Paggio Senior researcher University of Copenhagen Centre
for Language Technology (CST) Njalsgade 140, build. 25 DK-2300
Copenhagen S email: paggio_(at)_hum.ku.dk web: ww.cst.dk/patrizia
phone: +45 35329072 fax: +45 35329089

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