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Linguistics Circle occasional seminar series

The Institute of Linguistics organises an occasional series of seminars, where local and international speakers are invited to present the results of recent research which is of interest to both professional (computational) linguists and members of the broader public.

The seminars take place in an informal setting and their primary aim is to encourage discussion. Students and members of the public are welcome to attend!

Upcoming seminars (2016-2017): 

I am always looking for speakers in the Linguistics Circle Seminar. Please contact Lonneke van der Plas if you have something to present.


Dominique Lagorgette, Université de Savoie-Mont Blanc

Title: TBA

Date: Wednesday 15 March 2016 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: TBA



Roman Klinger, University of Stuttgart

Title: TBA

Date: Friday 17 March 2016 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: TBA



Past seminars:

(Seminars from previous years: 2015-20162014-20152013-20142012-20132011-20122010-2011

Catherine Pelachaud,  LTCI, TELECOM ParisTech

Title: Modeling conversational nonverbal behaviors for virtual characters

Date: Wednesday 26th of October at 12:00 hrs

Venue: GWHD1

In this talk I will present our on-going effort to model virtual character with nonverbal capacities.
We have been developing Greta, an interactive Embodied Conversational Agent ECA platform. It is endowed with socio-emotional and communicative behaviors. Through its behaviors, the agent can sustain a conversation as well as show various attitudes and levels of engagement.
The ECA is able to display a large variety of multimodal behaviors to convey communicative intentions. We rely on a lexicon that contains entries defined as multimodal signals temporally coordinated. At run time, the signals for given communicative intentions and emotions are instantiated and their animations realized. Communicative behaviors are not produced in isolation from one another. We have developed models that generate sequences of behaviors; that is behaviors are not instantiated individually but the surroundings behaviors are taken into account.



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