The Cologne-Aachen Gesture Colloquium is an interdisciplinary and international lecture series about gesture established between the Institut für Bewerbungstherapie und bewegungsorientierte Prävention und Rehabilitation (Cologne) and the Natural Media and Engineering group (Aachen). Four meetings on average are planned per semester and the venue of the colloquium alternates between HumTec at RWTH Aachen University and the German Sport University in Cologne.

Research focus of colloquium: Cognition and social interaction

The Cologne-Aachen Gesture Colloquium focuses on gesture, motion, and movement behavior in cognition and communication research. It is open to anyone who is interested. Following on from last semester's focus on 'Automatic Gesture and Motion Recognition', the specific focus for the Winter semester 2011-2012 is 'Cognition and Social Interaction'.

Winter semester 2011-2012

We are very pleased to announce the schedule for this semester's colloquium:

 Date Location Speaker Title
 Monday Oct. 17, 2011   HumTec (Aachen)
ISK. Rm. 213
Leland McCleary
(Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo)
 Grammar, and Interaction, and Sign Language (Abstract)
 Monday Nov. 21, 2011 HumTec (Aachen)
Rm. 303
Anna Kuhlen
(Berlin School of Mind and Brain; Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
 Beyond the individual mind: Interactive perspectives on speaking and gesturing (Abstract)
 Monday Dec. 19, 2011 IBPR (Cologne)
Rm. Senaatss
Nick Enfield
(Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen)
Distributed agency 
 Monday Jan. 23, 2012 IBPR (Cologne)
Rm. Senaatssaal
Judith Holler
(Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen)
Gesture use in social context: the influence of common ground on co-speech gesture production in dyadic interaction


Humtec, RWTH Aachen University:
HumTec is located in the center of Aachen, right next to the theatre, at Theaterplatz 14 (neighbours with the Hochschüle für Musik und Tanz). It is only a 10-minute walk from Aachen Hauptbahnhof in the direction of the Aachen Dome. Rm. 303 is on the third floor (take elevator just after entrance).

German Sport University Cologne:
The German Sport University is located in the west of Cologne and very close to the "Rhein-Energie Stadion". If you arrive at the Hauptbahnhof, take tram lines 18 or 16 to "Neumarkt" (two stops) and then switch to line 1 in the direction of either "Weiden West" or "Junkersdorf" and get off at "Junkersdorf".
The lecture room "Senatssaal" is located in building II which is opposite the student dormitory tower (the highest tower), ground floor.


For further information or if you wish to participate in the Cologne-Aachen Gesture Colloquium, please contact:
Harald Skomroch (Cologne) h.skomrochATdshs-koeln.de
Simon Harrison (Aachen) harrisonAThumtec.rwth-aachen.de (webmaster)


Video of research activities within the Natural Media and Engineering group

Natural Media & Engineering:Cross-Disciplinary Research on Cognition, Language and Gestures

The gesture used by Aacheners to greet each other: