[Elsnet-list] 1st CFP: Workshop on Multimodal Corpora, LREC-2010

Patrizia Paggio paggio at hum.ku.dk
Tue Jan 5 10:10:35 CET 2010


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			*** 1st Call for Papers ***
		   	   LREC 2010 Workshop on
Multimodal Corpora: Advances in Capturing, Coding and Analyzing  
Multimodality
       	            	*** 18 May 2010, Malta ***

		    http://www.multimodal-corpora.org

A "Multimodal Corpus" involves the recording, annotation and analysis  
of several communication modalities such as speech, hand gesture,  
facial expression, body posture, etc. As many research areas are  
moving from focused but single modality research to fully-fledged  
multimodality research, multimodal corpora are becoming a core  
research asset and an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange of  
ideas, concepts and data.

This workshop follows similar events held at LREC 00, 02, 04, 06, 08.  
There is an increasing interest in multimodal communication and  
multimodal corpora as visible by European Networks of Excellence and  
integrated projects such as HUMAINE, SIMILAR, CHIL, AMI, CALLAS and  
SSPNet. Furthermore, the success of recent conferences and workshops  
dedicated to multimodal communication (ICMI-MLMI, IVA, Gesture, PIT,  
Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication, Embodied Language  
Processing) and the creation of the Journal of Multimodal User  
Interfaces also testify to the growing interest in this area, and the  
general need for data on multimodal behaviours.

The 2010 full-day workshop is planned to result in a significant  
follow-up publication, similar to previous post-workshop publications  
like the 2008 special issue of the Journal of Language Resources and  
Evaluation and the 2009 state-of-the-art book published by Springer.


AIMS

In 2010, we are aiming for a wide cross-section of the field, with  
contributions on collection efforts, coding, validation and analysis  
methods, as well as actual tools and applications of multimodal  
corpora. However, we want to put emphasis on the fact that there have  
been significant advances in capture technology that make highly  
accurate data available to the broader research community. Examples  
are the tracking of face, gaze, hands, body and the recording of  
articulated full-body motion using motion capture. These data are much  
more accurate and complete than simple videos that are traditionally  
used in the field and therefore, will have a lasting impact on  
multimodality research. However, the richness of the signals and the  
complexity of the recording process urgently call for an exchange of  
state-of-the-art information regarding recording and coding practices,  
new visualization and coding tools, advances in automatic coding and  
analyzing corpora.


TOPICS

This LREC 2010 workshop on multimodal corpora will feature a special  
session on databases of motion capture, trackers, inertial sensors,  
biometric devices and image processing. Other topics to be addressed  
include, but are not limited to:

     * Multimodal corpus collection activities (e.g. direction-giving  
dialogues, emotional behaviour, human-avatar interaction, human-robot  
interaction, etc.) and descriptions of existing multimodal resources

     * Relations between modalities in natural (human) interaction and  
in human-computer interaction

     * Multimodal interaction in specific scenarios, e.g. group  
interaction in meetings

     * Coding schemes for the annotation of multimodal corpora

     * Evaluation and validation of multimodal annotations

     * Methods, tools, and best practices for the acquisition,  
creation, management, access, distribution, and use of multimedia and  
multimodal corpora

     * Interoperability between multimodal annotation tools (exchange  
formats, conversion tools, standardization)

     * Collaborative coding

     * Metadata descriptions of multimodal corpora

     * Automatic annotation, based e.g. on motion capture or image  
processing, and the integration with manual annotations

     * Corpus-based design of multimodal and multimedia systems, in  
particular systems that involve human-like modalities either in input  
(Virtual Reality, motion capture, etc.) and output (virtual characters)

     * Automated multimodal fusion and/or generation (e.g.,  
coordinated speech, gaze, gesture, facial expressions)

     * Machine learning applied to multimodal data

     * Multimodal dialogue modelling


IMPORTANT DATES

* Deadline for paper submission (complete paper):    12 February 2010
* Notification of acceptance:    	  	     10  March
* Final version of accepted paper:   		     26 March
* Final program:    	    			     7 April
* Final proceedings:   				     14 April
* Workshop: 					     18 May


SUBMISSIONS

The workshop will consist primarily of paper presentations and  
discussion/working sessions. Submissions should be 4 pages long, must  
be in English, and follow the submission guidelines available under http://multimodal-corpora.org/mmc10.html

Submit your paper here: https://www.softconf.com/lrec2010/MMC2010

Demonstrations of multimodal corpora and related tools are encouraged  
as well (a demonstration outline of 2 pages can be submitted).


LREC-2010 MAP OF LANGUAGE RESOURCES, TECHNOLOGIES AND EVALUATION

When submitting a paper through the START page, authors will be kindly  
asked to provide relevant information about the resources that have  
been used for the work described in their paper or that are the  
outcome of their research. For further information on this new  
initiative, please refer to
http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2010/?LREC2010-Map-of-Language-Resources


ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Michael Kipp, DFKI, Germany
Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS, France
Patrizia Paggio, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands

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