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Fri Jun 24 2016

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Date: 24-Jun-2016
From: Birgit Hänel <>
Subject: International Conference on Multimodal Communication
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International Conference on Multimodal Communication

Date: 09-Jun-2017 - 11-Jun-2017
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Contact: Mark Turner
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

International Conference on Multimodal Communication: Developing New Theories and Methods
Osnabrück University, 9-11 June 2017
Conference organizers: Alexander Bergs and Mark Turner

Confirmed plenary speakers:
- Harald Baayen. Alexander von Humboldt Professor, University of Tübingen.
- Thomas Hoffmann. Professor of Linguistics, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
- Jungseock Joo. Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at UCLA and Research Scientist at Facebook. “Deep learning and computer vision techniques for human gesture and facial expression analysis.”
- Irene Mittelberg. Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Semiotics at the Human Technology Centre (HumTec) at RWTH Aachen University. Mittelberg directs the Natural Media Lab and the Center for Sign Language and Gesture (SignGes). ''Crossmodal clusters: Mapping linguistic constructions and gestural patterns via motion-capture data''
- Francis Steen. Professor of Communication Studies, UCLA. Co-director of the Distributed Little Red Hen Lab.
- Eve Sweetser. Professor of Linguistics, UC-Berkeley. Coordinator, UC-Berkeley Gesture and Multimodality Group. Coordinator, UC-Berkeley Matrix Metaphor research group. Co-PI, MetaNet IARPA research project. ''Viewpoint, creativity and convention in multimodal constructions.''

In addition to plenary talks, parallel sessions, a poster session, and a conference dinner, the conference will feature, on Saturday and Sunday mornings, several plenary workshops on methods by leading methodological experts, each presenting a specific workflow, showing how specific methods can be applied to transform a research question into finished, publishable research products. These workshops will cover, among other topics, new multimodal tools developed in the Red Hen Lab (, Cinepoetics tools for analyzing film and television, tools for gesture analysis, tools for automatic computational visual analysis of facial and gestural communication, and computational tools for finding and analyzing co-speech gesture in a corpus.

Subsequent messages from the conference organizers will provide the usual logistical information, including a link to a conference website, and explain how to submit abstracts for parallel sessions and for a poster session. The conference will run from about 1:30pm 9 June to about 6:15pm 11 June 2017, Central European Summer Time.

We thank, for their generous support of the conference, Osnabrück University, Case Western Reserve University, and the Anneliese-Maier Research Award program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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