[Elsnet-list] [CFP] ICMI workshop on Multimodal Corpora for Machine Learning: deadline approaching

Dirk Heylen d.k.j.heylen at utwente.nl
Tue Aug 16 16:34:53 CEST 2011

*** Apologies for cross-postings ***

Taking Stock and Roadmapping the Future
Alicante, Spain, November 18, 2011

2nd Call for Papers

Deadline: August 22!

Workshop website: http://www.multimodal-corpora.org/mmc11.html
ICMI website: http://www.acm.org/icmi/2011/

Organizers Dirk Heylen, Patrizia Paggio, Michael Kipp

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 an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, concepts and
data. The number of publicly available multimodal corpora is constantly
growing as is the interest in studying multimodal communication by
machines and through machines. However, this does not mean that it
becomes easier to find an appropriate corpus for a task. The
construction of a corpus is consuming a high amount of resources
(timewise and moneywise) and most corpora are built for a specific
application in a specific project.

This workshop follows similar events held at LREC 00, 02, 04, 06, 08 and
10. This year the special topic of this workshop concerns taking stock
and roadmapping the future. The workshop addresses producers and users
of multimodal corpora - the ICMI community in particular - and brings
them together to take stock of the current state of affairs in the use
and production of multimodal corpora (in particular for machine
learning) and to identify needs and requirements for improvements and
for new initiatives.  Questions include: What are the major limitations
of current corpora? What are best practices? What are the major
obstacles to progress and how can they be circumpassed? How do
technologies that aid in constructing corpora (annotation software,
capturing hardware and software) need to be improved? Are there problems
with the dissemination and exploitation of corpora and if so, how can
they be solved?

Other topics to be addressed include but are not limited to:
* Machine learning applied to multimodal data
* Methods, tools, and best practices for the acquisition, creation,
management, access,
* distribution, and use of multimedia and multimodal corpora, including
* Multimodal corpus collection activities (e.g. 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
* Collaborative coding
* Evaluation and validation of multimodal annotations
* Interoperability between multimodal annotation tools (exchange
formats, conversion tools, standardization)
* 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)

Important dates:
Submissions due: Aug 22, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: Sep 21, 2011
Camera ready paper due: Oct 10, 2011
Workshop: Nov 18, 2011

Submissions should be sent to: heylen at ewi.utwente.nl
Papers can be from 4 to 6 pages long.
The paper format is the same as ICMI. The workshop papers will be
included in a USB stick. The workshop is planned to result in a
follow-up publication.

Program Committee

Elisabeth Ahlsen, Univ. of Göteborg, Sweden
Jan Alexandersson, DFKI, Germany
Jens Alwood, Univ. of Göteborg, Sweden
Hamid Aghajan, Standford Univ. USA
Elisabeth Andre, Univ. Augsburg, Germany
Philippe Blache, Univ. de Provence, France
Susanne Burger, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA
Jens Edlund, KTH, Sweden
Marianne Gullberg, Lund Univ., Sweden
Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS, France
Costanza Navaretta, Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark
Karola Pitsch, Univ. Bielefeld, Germany
Fabio Pianesi, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Italy
Andrei Popescu-Belis, Idiap Research Inst., Switzerland
Ronald Poppe, Univ. Twente, The Netherlands
Kristiina Jokinen, Univ. of Helsinki, Finland
Albert Ali Salah, Univ. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bjoern Schuller, TU Munich, Germany
Rainer Stiefelhagen, KIT, Germany
Alessandro Vinciarelli, Univ. Glasgow, UK

phone: + 45 35329072
fax:   + 45 35329089
email: paggio at hum.ku.dk
www: cst.dk/patrizia

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