2012 - Verbal and Non-verbal Interaction: From Experiments to Implementation


Humans, as well as animal, artificial, or human-virtual agents are continuously confronted with the problem of understanding. What are the mechanisms that shape communicative behavior, what makes it so efficient in natural environments, and what are the keys for the improvement of it in artificial contexts? Dialogue coordination (alignment) in normal and noisy environments, intention understanding (pragmatic and joint attention), non-verbal cues (gestures and facial expressions decoding), and asymmetric communication are some common challenges for interactive systems, and they require efficient verbal and non-verbal mechanisms. The CITEC Summer School 2012 will focus on such mechanisms from the perspective of experimental psychology, computational modeling, gestures studies, animal communication and human-machine interactions, and will offer keynote lectures and discussions with world-renowned experts in these fields, along with hands-on tutorial streams for deepening and practicing theoretical notions and experimental skills.

Invited Keynotes by

  • Martha Alibali | University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
  • Kerstin Dautenhahn | University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
  • Hiroshi Ishiguro | Osaka University, Japan
  • Katja Liebal | FU Berlin, Germany
  • Ivan Toni | Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Herbert Clark | Stanford University, USA



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