Foundations of Situated and Multimodal Communication

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Date(s) - 19/09/2017
All Day

Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole

The SICSA Cyber Physical Systems Research Theme  is pleased to be sponsoring the workshop on Foundations of Situated and Multomodal Communication which is part of the 12th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS), being held on 19 September 2017 in Montpellier, France

First call for papers now for the Situated or multimodal communication, in which speakers exploit various aspects of the non-linguistic context to communicate a message, is a fact of life for face-to-face conversations. Its analysis is of fundamental importance for modelling the interpretation of everyday conversations and human-robot interactions. This workshop will bring together both linguists and computer scientists to discuss foundational, conceptual, and practical issues involving situated and multimodal communication. Relevant questions include:

  • What is the nature of the non-linguistic context?
  • What is the range of ways that gesture and speech exploit the non-linguistic context and how do they exploit it differently?
  • What are the practical and/or computational advantages in using non-linguistic context to convey meaning? 
  • How can we measure the effects of non-linguistic context on meaning?
  • How do we exploit corpora to address the task of analysing multimodal communication? How should we model agents for human-robot interactions?
  • Should we ensure that interlocutors’ vision of the external world is coherent? If so, how do we do this?
  • How do we model cases in which different interlocutors adopt different perspectives on the same non-linguistic context?
  • How do we handle the need to disambiguate a message?


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