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Fri Sep 07 2018

Confs: Comp Ling, Phonetics, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics/France

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Date: 06-Sep-2018
From: Jonathan Ginzburg <>
Subject: Laughter Workshop 2018
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Laughter Workshop 2018

Date: 27-Sep-2018 - 28-Sep-2018
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Jonathan Ginzburg
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Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Following the previous workshops on laughter held in Saarbruecken (2007), Berlin (2009), Dublin (2012) and Enschede (2015), we have the pleasure to announce a forthcoming workshop in Paris, France 27-28 September 2018.

Non-verbal vocalisations in human-human and human-machine interactions play important roles in displaying social and affective behaviors and in controlling the flow of interaction. Laughter, sighs, filled pauses, and short utterances such as feedback responses are among some of the non-verbal vocalisations that have been studied previously from various research fields. However, much is still unknown about the phonetic or visual characteristics of non-verbal vocalisations (production/encoding) and their relations to their intentions and perceived meanings (perception/decoding) in interaction.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together scientists from diverse research areas and to provide an exchange forum for interdisciplinary discussions in order to gain a better understanding of laughter and other non-verbal vocalisations. The workshop consists of invited talks, oral and poster presentations of ongoing research.


ISIR, Sorbonne University


Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS - ISIR, Sorbonne University
Jonathan Ginzburg, Université Paris Diderot
Jürgen Trouvain, Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University&;
Nick Campbell, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College Dublin;
Khiet Truong, Human Media Interaction, University of Twente/Radboud University&
Dirk Heylen, Human Media Interaction, University of Twente

Contact information:

Catherine Pelachaud
CNRS - ISIR, Sorbonne University


Thursday 27 September 2018


9:45 - 10:45:
Sophie Scott, voluntary and involuntary mechanisms in laughter production and perception.

10:45 - 11:15: coffee break

11:15 - 12:45:
Session 1

11:15 - 11:45:
Richard Ogden, The actions of peripheral linguistic objects: clicks

11:45 - 12:15:
Anna Canal Garcia, Marine Collery, Velisarios Miloulis, Zofia Malisz, Classification and clustering of clicks, breathing and silences within speech pauses

12:15 - 12:45:
Jürgen Trouvain, On Breath Noises - A Short Review

12:45 - 14:15: lunch

14:15 - 15:30:
Poster session

15:30 - 16:00: coffee break

16:00 - 17:30:
Session 2

16:00 - 16:30:
Pablo Arias, Pascal Belin, Jean-Julien Aucouturier, Hearing smiles and smiling back

16:30 - 17:00:
Chiara Mazzocconi, Vladislav Maraev, Jonathan Ginzburg, Clarifying Laughter

17:00 - 17:30:
Susanne Fuchs, Tamara Rathcke, Laugh is in the air? Physiological analysis of laughter as a correlate of attraction during speed dating


Friday 28th September 2018

9:30 - 10:30:
Gary McKeown, The underdetermined nature of laughter

10:30 - 11: coffee break

11:00 - 13:00:
Session 3

11:00 - 11:30:
Reshmashree B Kantharaju, Fabien Ringeval, Laurent Besacier, Automatic prediction of affective laughter from audiovisual data

11:30 - 12:00:
Magdalena Rychlowska, Gary McKeown, Ian Sneddon, and William Curran, Not only decibels: Exploring human judgements of laughter intensity

12:00 - 12:30:
Kevin El Haddad, Hüseyin Çakmak, Thierry Dutoit, A Study of the Perception of Laughter Intensity AND Laughter Intensity Level Estimation from Acoustic Features

12:30 - 13:00:
Jan Michalsky, Heike Schoormann, Phonetic entrainment of laughter in dating conversations: On the effects of perceived attractiveness and conversational quality

13:00 - : lunch

Ilaria Torre, Emma Carrigan, Killian McCabe, Rachel McDonnell, Naomi Harte: Cooperating with a smiling avatar: when face and voice matter
Vanessa Pope, Rebecca Stewart, Elaine Chew: Audience Laughter Distribution in Live Stand-up Comedy
Isabella Poggi, Alessandro Ansani, Christian Cecconi: Sighs in everyday and political communication
Kevin El Haddad, Noé Tits, Thierry Dutoit: Annotating Nonverbal Conversation Expressions in Interaction Datasets
Michel-Pierre Jansen, Khiet Truong, Dirk Heylen: The MULAI Corpus: Multimodal Recordings of Spontaneous Laughter in Dyadic Interaction

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