The 5th European and 8th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication

International Symposium
16 October 2017 - 17 October 2017
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The 5th European and 8th 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 in human-computer interaction. The multimodal communication symposium is organized by the Cluster of Excellence on Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University and will be co-located with the 5th International Conference on Human-Agent-Interaction (HAI 2017; main program 18-20 October, 2017).

The symposium follows up on a tradition established by the Swedish Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 1997 till 2000, and continued by the Nordic Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 2003 to 2012. Since 2013 the symposium has acquired a broader European dimension, with editions held in Malta, Estonia, Ireland, and Denmark. This year the symposium will be held in Germany for the first time.

Multimodal communication as a research area is growing rapidly. There is indeed an increased interest in embodied and situated communication – how humans interact with each other using different modalities, as well as how technological artifacts affect communicative activities. Work places as well as school environments, health care and other services increasingly involve complex multimodal communication. The development in innovative computer interfaces, mobile media and robotics makes new multimodal technical solutions to communicative challenges possible while at the same time creating new challenges for communication research.


Topics addressed in the symposium cover all aspects of multimodal communication, including but not limited to:

  • Speech, gestures and signs in human communication
  • Intercultural aspects of multimodal behaviour
  • Multimodality aspects of language acquisition (both L1 and L2)
  • Multimodal human computer interaction and conversational agents
  • Multimodal systems for sign language users
  • Multimodal health communication
  • Multimodal communication, communication disorders and communication support (AAC)
  • Multimodal dialogue systems
  • Multimodal corpora
  • Sign language corpora
  • Annotation schemes and tools for multimodal corpora
  • Automatic recognition and interpretation of different modalities and their interaction
  • Machine-learning techniques applied to multimodal data
  • Evaluation methods for multimodal systems

Important dates

  • New deadline for abstract submissions: 14 July, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 07 August, 2017
  • Revised abstracts: 29 September, 2017
  • Symposium dates: 16-17 October, 2017
  • Submissions and announcement

    Authors are invited to submit anonymous abstracts of 2 pages in PDF format. Abstracts must be submitted at .

    Documentation and dissemination

    A booklet of abstracts will be published online and distributed at the conference. A post-symposium peer-reviewed publication of selected long papers will be considered.
    These papers will undergo a new round of reviewing.

    Organizing committee

  • Patrizia Paggio (Universities of Copenhagen and Malta)
  • Costanza Navarretta (University of Copenhagen)
  • Jens Allwood and Elisabeth Ahlsèn (University of Gothenburg)
  • Kristiina Jokinen (Universities of Helsinki and Tartu)
  • Local organizers

  • Kirsten Bergmann
  • Stefan Kopp
  • Provisional programme committee

  • Elisabeth Ahlsén, University of Gothenburg
  • Jens Allwood, University of Gothenburg
  • Kirsten Bergmann, Bielefeld University
  • Alan Cienki, VU Amsterdam and Moscow State Linguistic University
  • Kristiina Jokinen, University of Tartu
  • Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University
  • Costanza Navarretta, University of Copenhagen
  • Patrizia Paggio, University of Copenhagen
  • Silvi Tenjes, University of Tartu