MMSYM 2023


MMSYM 2023

1st International Multimodal Communication Symposium

Organised by the GrEP Research Group (Prosodic Studies Group, Dept of Translation and Language Sciences, UPF) and the GEHM Research Network (GEstures and Head Movements in Language)

The 1st International Multimodal Communication Symposium, MMSYM 2023, aims to provide a multidisciplinary forum for researchers from different disciplines who study multimodality in human communication as well as in human-computer interaction. This 2023 edition of the MMSYM symposium is organised by the GrEP Research Group (Prosodic Studies Group), from the Department of Translation and Language Sciences of the University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Catalonia, in conjunction with the GEHM research network (e.g., GEstures and Head Movements in Language)

The symposium follows up on a tradition established by the Swedish Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 1997 until 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, Denmark, Germany and Belgium. This year the symposium will be held in Spain for the first time and has a truly international ambition, hence the new name.

This year we focus on three research themes, which are of particular interest to the GEHM network. The first is language-specific characteristics of gesture-speech interaction, which seeks to account for how speakers’ ability to process and produce gesture and speech is affected and changed by their language profile.  The second is multimodal prominence, which investigates the theoretical question of how linguistic prominence is expressed through combinations of kinematic and prosodic features. The third is conceptual and statistical modelling of multimodal contributions, with particular regard to head movements and the use of gaze.



The MMSYM program will run over three days: from April 26 to April 28.


Registration is now open

At least one author per abstract participating in the symposium must be registered before February 27.

Abstracts must be resubmitted before February 27.

Check out the resubmission guidelines here.


Invited Speakers

Alan Cienki

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Jelena Krivokapić

University of Michigan

Catherine Pelachaud

Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics


This symposium is generously supported by the International Research Network on Gestures and Head Movements in Language (GEHM) and by the Department of Translation and Language Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

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