MMSYM 2023

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.

Invited Speakers

Alan Cienki

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Jelena Krivokapić

University of Michigan

Catherine Pelachaud

Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be written in English and should not exceed 2 A4 pages (max. 700 words) including examples, figures and references. The format should comply with the MS Word model provided here.
  • Add at least three keywords to your submission.
  • Abstracts should be anonymous and submitted in pdf format. All references to authors should be omitted for purposes of blind review.
  • Authors may submit one abstract as first author and up to three abstracts as a co-author.

Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered. Accepted abstracts will be allocated as either oral talk or poster presentation, and will be published in the book of abstracts. 

Abstract submission: September 30, 2022 October 7, 2022

Notification of acceptance: approximately December 15, 2022


Resubmission Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be resubmitted non-anonymized and in editable format before February 27.
  • To check the guidelines for abstract resubmission click the button below.


Presentation Guidelines

Oral talks

  • Please aim at a 15-minute presentation plus a 5-minute Q-A period.
  • Your slides, sound, and video files should be tested in the conference computer before your session. You can do this during the coffee breaks preceding the session or before the first session in the morning.
  • Slides must be provided in an external USB.


  • Poster format: A0 portrait (vertical layout).
  • Poster sessions are scheduled after a coffee break. However, if you wish, you can start presenting the poster during the break.

Registration Fees

RegistrationWith conference dinnerWithout conference dinner
  • Please take into account that we have a maximum number of 100 places for the conference dinner, and that we will take dinner reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Registration is non-refundable.


Local Organising Committee

Program committee

Florence Baills (Universitat Pompeu Fabra-University of Cologne)
Geert Brône (KU Leuven)
Jens Edlund (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Celia Gorba (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Marianne Gullberg (Lund University)
David House (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Maria Koutsombogera (Trinity College Dublin)
Patrizia Paggio (University of Copenhagen and University of Malta, coordinator)
Pilar Prieto (ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, coordinator)
Patrick L. Rohrer (Radboud University)
Carl Vogel (Trinity College Dublin)
Margaret Zellers (Kiel University)


At a glance

Detailed Program

Poster Sessions

Book of abstracts

Download the book of abstracts here


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.