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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 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 – 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.

Invited speakers

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

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

Last Updated: 15 July 2013

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