[Elsnet-list] CfP 4th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech

Khiet Truong k.p.truong at UTWENTE.NL
Tue Dec 9 09:30:37 CET 2014

Apologies for cross-posting

Call for Papers for the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other
Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech
14-15 April 2015, Enschede, The Netherlands

Following the previous workshops on laughter held in Saarbruecken (2007), Berlin
(2009), and Dublin (2012), we have the pleasure to announce a forthcoming
workshop in Enschede, the Netherlands in April 2015.

Non-verbal vocalisations in human-human and human-machine interactions play
important roles in displaying social and affective behaviors and in controlling
the flow of interaction. Laughter, sighs, filled pauses, and short utterances
such as feedback responses are among some of the non-verbal vocalisations that
have been studied previously from various research fields. However, much is
still unknown about the phonetic or visual characteristics of non-verbal
vocalisations (production/encoding) and their relations to their intentions and
perceived meanings (perception/decoding) in interaction.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together scientists from diverse research
areas and to provide an exchange forum for interdisciplinary discussions in
order to gain a better understanding of laughter and other non-verbal
vocalisations. The workshop will consist of invited talks and oral presentations
of ongoing research and discussion papers.

We invite contributions concerning laughter and other non-verbal vocalisations
from the fields of phonetics, linguistics, psychology, conversation analysis,
social signal processing, and human-machine/robot interaction. In particular,
topics related to the following aspects are very much welcomed:

* Multimodal interaction: visual aspects of non-verbal vocalisations, e.g.,
smiles, relation between non-verbal vocalisations and visual behaviors
* Social and affective behavior: decoding and encoding of emotion/socio-related
states in non-verbal vocalisations
* Conversation: (pragmatic) role of non-verbal vocalisations in dialog
* Computation: automatic analysis and generation of non-verbal vocalisations

Submission procedure
Researchers are invited to submit an extended abstract of their work, including
work in progress. Please send your extended abstract of max. 3 pages, 11pt font
(including references) in PDF format to laughterworkshop2015 at gmail dot com.
Each submission should follow the ICSPhS style - the author kits (LaTeX and
Word) can be downloaded from the workshop website. In the email, please include
the name of the authors, their affiliations and the emailaddress of the
corresponding author, and a title of the abstract. Abstracts will undergo a
review process performed by at least 2 reviewers. The submissions will be made
available online.

Attendees are asked to register by sending an email to laughterworkshop2015 at
gmail dot com. A registration fee of 50 Euros has to be paid on site (in cash).

Important dates
* Abstract submission deadline: 9 February 2015
* Notification acceptance/rejection: 1 March 2015
* Registration deadline by email: 6 April 2015
* Workshop dates: 14-15 April 2015

The DesignLab at University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Please check the website http://laughterworkshop2015.wordpress.com for updated
information about the workshop!

Jürgen Trouvain, Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University
Nick Campbell, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity
College Dublin
Khiet Truong, Human Media Interaction, University of Twente/Radboud University
Dirk Heylen, Human Media Interaction, University of Twente

Contact information
Khiet Truong | k dot p truong at utwente dot nl
Human Media Interaction, University of Twente
Artificial Intelligence, Radboud University

Dr. Khiet Truong | Zilverling 2096 | Spinoza B.00.78A
Assistant Professor, Human-Media Interaction, University of Twente
Lecturer, Artificial Intelligence, Radboud University


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