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LINGUIST List 23.1560

Wed Mar 28 2012

Calls: Psycholing, Cognitive Sci, Computational Ling, Phonetics/Netherlands

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Date: 27-Mar-2012
From: Marcela Charfuelan <Marcela.Charfuelandfki.de>
Subject: Workshop: Exploring Stances in Interactions
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Full Title: Workshop: Exploring Stances in Interactions
Short Title: SocialCom2012 Workshop

Date: 03-Sep-2012 - 03-Sep-2012
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact Person: Marcela Charfuelan
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://hmi.ewi.utwente.nl/socialcom2012stance/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 28-May-2012

Meeting Description:

SocialCom 2012 workshop on: Exploring Stances in Interactions: Conceptual and Practical Issues in Social Signal Processing Research

To be held as part of the 4th ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom 2012) Amsterdam (The Netherlands), September 3-6, 2012. (http://www.asesite.org/conferences/socialcom/2012)

The ability to understand stances adopted by participants during interactions is an important aspect of human social intelligence. Stances can be seen as expressions of attitudes, feelings, judgments, or evaluations concerning the propositional content of a message, (i.e., statements, assertions, or verbal and non-verbal behaviors which express judgments or opinions) that sometimes have an affective component. One can say, for example, that someone is in a calm, assertive or uncertain stance. They contrast with personality traits and emotions, in that stances are rather stable but not permanent states, they are adopted rather than elicited, they are addressed to someone or something, and are co-created by the participants during interaction. Furthermore, stance expressions are multimodal in nature and can involve linguistic, paralinguistic, facial and bodily behavior. Understanding stances during interactions allows humans to have fluent and successful conversations. One of the core aims of social signal processing (SSP) is to carry this human skill over to machines.

Allowing machines such as embodied conversational agents (ECAs) to have these human-like interactions with humans involves automatically recognizing and synthesizing stance behavior. The recognition of a user's stances during interaction will enable an ECA to identify how the user's message is to be perceived and understood, and consequently, how the interaction can be adapted to this interpretation. The synthesis of an ECA's stances improves the interaction in terms of, for example, the ECA's believability and the atmosphere of the interaction.

Hence, this workshop concentrates on studies of multimodal expressions of stances in both human-human and human-machine interaction, and on the automatic processing of stances. We aim to bring together researchers from various disciplines (e.g., phonetics, linguistics, psychology, computer science) to foster multidisciplinary discussions on stances in interaction.

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions on research related to (but by no means limited to) the following topics:

- Conceptual modeling of stance in interaction
- Development of stance-rich corpora
- Annotation of stance-related expressions
- Linguistic, paralinguistic, facial and bodily cues of stance-taking
- Automatic recognition of stance-related cues or behavior
- Automatic generation of stance-related behavior
- Co-creation (alignment) of stances in interaction

Paper Submission:

- Paper format follows the SocialCom 2012 guidelines for short papers (maximum of 6 pages, IEEE guidelines for conference proceedings, download the templates here: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html)
- Papers (pdf format) should be submitted to socialcom2012stancegmail.com and will undergo peer review by at least 2 reviewers.
- Reviews will be based on full-paper submission.
- Papers will be presented as oral or poster depending on the reviews and the overall number of acceptable submissions.
- The workshop papers will be included in the proceedings of the main conference in a separate volume.

Important Dates:

Deadline submission papers: May 28, 2012
Notification of acceptance: July 2, 2012
Camera ready paper: July 16, 2012

Program Committee:

Jens Allwood, University of Göteberg, Sweden
Elisabeth Ahlsén, University of Göteberg, Sweden
Timothy Bickmore, Northeastern University, USA
Roddie Cowie, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Hatice Gunes, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Eva Krumhuber, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
Gary McKeown, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Catherine Pelachaud, LTCI, Télécom ParisTech, France
Isabella Poggi, Roma Tre University, Italy
Ken Prepin, CNRS LTCI, Télécom ParisTech, France
Bjorn Schuller, Tech. University Munich, Germany

Workshop Organisers:

Paul Brunet, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Marcela Charfuelan, DFKI, Germany
Magalie Ochs, CNRS LTCI, Télécom ParisTech, France
Khiet Truong, University of Twente, The Netherlands



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