Topics and Submission Guidelines


The 2019 edition of the MMSYM Symposium zooms in on the theme of Multimodal Interaction, with a specific focus on corpus-based and experimental approaches to multimodal interaction in spoken and signed language. Recent corpus-linguistic as well as experimental work has provided evidence for multimodal patterns in face-to-face communication as the most basic form of human interaction. The MMSYM aims to provide a forum for this particular line of research.

Apart from this specific theme, the symposium is open for contributions covering 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 
  • 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

Submission guidelines
We invite proposals for paper presentations of up to 500 words, including references. If relevant, links to multimedia clips that are made available online can be included in the abstract. All references to authors should be omitted for purposes of blind review.
Abstracts should be submitted as pdf files and sent to before 10th May 2019. Please make sure to add the following information in the body of that e-mail:

  • names of authors
  • title
  • preferred presentation format (i.e. presentation or poster)