The 4th European and 7th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication University of Copenhagen 29-30 September 2016

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. Since 2013 the symposium has acquired a broader European dimension, with editions held in Malta, Estonia and Ireland.

Deadline for abstract submissions: 6 June
Notification of acceptance: 4 July
Revised abstract: 5 September
Symposium dates: 29-30 September

Multimodal communication as a research area is growing rapidly. There is indeed an increased interest in embodied and situated communication – how humans interact with each other using different modalities, as well as how technological artefacts affect communicative activities. Workplaces 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 time creating new challenges for communication research.
As in the preceding editions, we present a broad view of the field by accepting papers on a wide range of topics. This year, however, a special track will be dedicated to studies of cross-linguistic comparisons.
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 (both L1 and L2)
* 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
The plenary talk will be given by Prof Adam Kendon, University College of London.
Important dates
Deadline for abstract submissions: 6 June
Notification of acceptance: 4 July
Revised abstract: 5 September
Symposium dates: 29-30 September
Submissions and announcement
Authors are invited to submit anonymous abstracts of 2 pages in PDF format. Abstracts must be submitted 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 long papers will be considered.
These papers will undergo a new round of reviewing.
Organising committee
Patrizia Paggio (Universities of Copenhagen and Malta)
Costanza Navarretta (University of Copenhagen)
Jens Allwood and Elisabeth Ahlsèn (University of Gothenburg)
Kristiina Jokinen (Universities of Helsinki and Tartu)
Local organisers
Patrizia Paggio
Costanza Navarretta
Bart Jongejan
Bjørn Wessel-Tolvig
Programme committee
Elisabeth Ahlsén, University of Gothenburg
Jens Allwood, University of Gothenburg
Kirsten Bergmann, University of Bielefield
Nick Campbell, Trinity College Dublin
Loredana Cerrato, Trinity College Dublin
Alan Cienki, VU Amsterdam and Moscow State Linguistic University
Onno Crasborn, Radboud University Nijmegen
Mary Ellen Foster, University of Glasgow
Dirk Heylen, University of Twente
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Tartu
Stefan Kopp, University of Bielefield
Costanza Navarretta, University of Copenhagen
Patrizia Paggio, University of Copenhagen
Silvi Tenjes, University of Tartu


Patrizia Paggio
Senior Researcher
University of Copenhagen
Centre for Language Technology
Associate Professor
University of Malta
Institute of Linguistics

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