Dear colleagues,

please distribute the attached calls to your students and research communities.

The summer school provides travel and lodging refunds for students from Nordic countries.


Roman Bednarik      +358 13 251 7981
School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland

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Call for Papers

The 3rd Nordic Symposium on
27-28 May 2011

Description of the Symposium
The 3rd Nordic symposium on multimodal communication aims to provide a
multidisciplinary forum for researchers from different disciplines who
study multimodality in human communication as well as human-computer

The symposium is organised by the Nordic project on multimodal corpora
NOMCO (www. It continues a tradition
established by the Swedish symposia on multimodal communication held
in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000, and continued by the two Nordic symposia
on multimodal communication held in 2003 and 2005, and the workshop
held in Odense in 2009.

Human communication is naturally multimodal, involving the interaction
of modalities such as speech, facial expressions, hand gestures and
body posture.  The past two decades have witnessed numerous
initiatives and research efforts to improve the state of the art
concerning the way in which multimodal communication can be described
in its own right, as well as modelled and taken advantage of in
computer systems. Such efforts include i.a.  the collection and
annotation of multimodal data, the development of methods for capture
and intepretation of multimodal behaviour, and for modelling and
generation of multimodal data.

The symposium will be of interest to anyone studying multimodal
communication. Although it hopes to provide a picture of the current
state-of-the-art of multimodal research in the Nordic countries,
researchers from outside of the Nordic region are most welcome.

Invited speakers
Nick Campbell, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Topics addressed in the symposium cover all aspects of multimodal
communication, such as:

    * Speech and gestures in human communication
    * Intercultural aspects of multimodal behaviour
    * Multimodality aspects of language acquisition
    * Multimodal human computer interaction and conversational agents
    * Multimodal dialogue systems
    * Multimodal corpora
    * Annotation schemes and tools for multimodal corpora
    * Automatic recognition and interpretation of different modalities
    * Modality fusion
    * Motion capture
    * Eye-gaze recognition
    * Machine-learning techniques applied to multimodal data
    * Evaluation methods for multimodal systems

Potential participants are invited to submit one-page abstracts on the topics
outlined above. Electronic submissions in word or text format should be sent 
to Jens Allwood: jens at

There will be a peer-reviewed post-conference publication based on the 
submissions to the symposium.

Important dates
Deadline for submissions: 20 March 2011
Notification of acceptance: 20 April 2011
Symposium: 27-28 May 2011

Program Committee

Roman Bednarik, University of Eastern Finland
Nick Campbell, University of Dublin
Loredana Cerrato, Acapela Group Sweden
Jens Edlund, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Marianne Gullberg, Lund University
John Paulin Hansen, IT University Copenhagen
Dirk Heylen, University of Twente
David House, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Aulikki Hyrskykari, University of Tampere 
Michael Kipp, DFKI Germany
Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
Jean-Claude Martin, CNRS-LIMSI France
Catherine Pelachaud, University of Paris 8
Isabella Poggi, Roma Tre University
Andrei Popescu-Belis, Idiap Research Institute
Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University
Rainer Stiefelhagen, Karlsruhe University
Massimo Zancanaro, Bruno Kessler Foundation

Organizing Committee
Elisabeth Ahlsén
Jens Allwood
Kristiina Jokinen
Costanza Navarretta
Patrizia Paggio

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