Overview

Situated or multimodal communication, in which speakers exploit various aspects of the non-linguistic context to communicate a message, is a fact of life for face-to-face conversations. Its analysis is of fundamental importance for modelling the interpretation of everyday conversations and human-robot interactionsThis workshop will bring together both linguists and computer scientists to discuss foundational, conceptual, and practical issues involving situated and multimodal communication. Relevant questions include: 


1. What is the nature of the non-linguistic context?

 

2. What is the range of ways that gesture and speech exploit the non-linguistic context and how do they exploit it differently?


3. What are the practical and/or computational advantages in using non-linguistic context to convey meaning? 


4. How can we measure the effects of non-linguistic context on meaning?


5. How do we exploit corpora to address the task of analysing multimodal communication?


6. How should we model agents for human-robot interactions?


7. Should we ensure that interlocutors' vision of the external world is coherent? If so, how do we do this?


8. How do we model cases in which different interlocutors adopt different perspectives on the same non-linguistic context?


9. How do we handle the need to disambiguate a message?



The workshop will be held in Montpellier, France on the 19th of September 2017 as a part of 


We are very grateful for sponsorship from the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) for holding this workshop.