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ICMI 2012 : International Conference on Multimodal Interaction


Conference Series : International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces
When Oct 22, 2012 - Oct 26, 2012
Where Santa Monica
Submission Deadline May 4, 2012
Notification Due Jul 23, 2012
Final Version Due Aug 20, 2012
Categories    multimodal   interfaces

Call For Papers

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2012 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2012)
October 22nd-26th, 2012
Santa Monica, California, USA


The International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012, will
take place in Santa Monica, California (USA), October 22nd-26th, 2012. ICMI
is the premier international forum for multidisciplinary research on
multimodal human-human, human-robot, and human-computer interaction,
interfaces, and system development. The conference focuses on theoretical
and empirical foundations, component technologies, and combined multimodal
processing techniques that define the field of multimodal interaction
analysis, interface design, and system development. ICMI 2012 will feature a
single-track main conference which includes: keynote speakers, technical
full and short papers (including oral and poster presentations), special
sessions, demonstrations, exhibits and doctoral spotlight papers. The
conference will be followed by workshops. The proceedings of ICMI 2012
will be published by ACM as part of their series of International
Conference Proceedings.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* Multimodal Interaction Processing

Machine learning, pattern recognition and signal processing approaches
for the analysis and modeling of multimodal interaction between people
and among the different modalities within people; adaptation and
multimodal input fusion and output generation, addressing any
combination of: vision, gaze, audio, speech, smell/olfaction, taste,
gestures, e-pen, haptic and tangible, bio-signals such as brain, skin
conductivity, etc.

* Interactive systems and applications

Mobile and ubiquitous systems, automotive and navigation systems,
human-robot and human-virtual agent interaction, virtual and augmented
reality, education, authoring, entertainment, gaming, telepresence,
assistive and prosthetic systems, brain-computer interfaces, universal
access, healthcare, biometry, intelligent environments, meeting analysis
and meeting spaces, indexing, retrieval and summarization, etc.

* Modeling human communication patterns

The modalities and the applications named above lead to a need for
multimodal models of human-human and human-machine communication,
including verbal and nonverbal interaction, affordances of different
modalities, multimodal discourse and dialogue modeling, modeling of
culture as it pertains to multimodality, long-term multimodal
interaction, multimodality in social and affective interaction,
multimodal social signal processing, and technical approaches for
enabling autonomous robots to robustly interact with human partners.

* Data, evaluation and standards for Multimodal Interactive systems

Design issues, principles and best practices, and authoring techniques
for human-machine interfaces using any combinations of input and/or
output multiple modalities. Architectures; assessment techniques and
methodologies; corpora; annotation and browsing of multimodal
interactive data; W3C and other standards for multimodal interaction and
interfaces, evaluation techniques for multimodal systems.

Submissions in these areas are invited for workshop topics, special
session topics, full papers, short papers, demos, and for the doctoral

Important Dates:

Grand challenge proposals due: December 22nd, 2011
Workshop proposals due: March 1st, 2012
Special session proposals due: March 7th, 2012
Main conference paper submission: May 4th, 2012
Demo proposals due: June 22nd, 2012
Main conference author notification: July 23rd, 2012
Camera-ready copy (long, short, demo): August 20th, 2012
Exhibit proposals due: September 26th, 2012
Main Conference: October 23rd-25th, 2012
Workshops: October 22nd,26th, 2012

Full papers, short papers, and doctoral consortium papers should be
submitted through the ICMI 2012 website at: --) SUBMISSION

For details on submission of Multimodal Grand Challenges, Special Sessions,
Workshop proposals, Demonstrations and Exhibits please see the specific
calls for participation below.


For up-to-date information on the technical and social program for
practical arrangements, please visit the conference website.

Multimodal technologies are fundamentally changing the ways people
interact with each other and with computers. Multimodal systems -
that recognize language and nonverbal behavior exchanged among people or
as input to interfaces in physical environments or mobile devices - or
that generate multimodal behaviors - may facilitate and enrich social
interactions and allow people to naturally interact with computer
systems with minimal training, for domains such as communications,
education, entertainment, and robotics.

Developing systems that can robustly understand human-human
communication or respond to human input requires identifying the best
algorithms and their failure modes. In fields such as computer vision,
speech recognition, and computational linguistics, the availability of
datasets and common tasks have led to great progress. We invite the
ICMI community to collectively define and tackle the scientific Grand
Challenges in our domain for the next 5 years. Multimodal Grand
Challenges are driven by ideas that are bold, innovative, and
inclusive. They should inspire new ideas in the ICMI community and
create momentum for future collaborative work. Analysis, synthesis,
and interactive tasks are all possible.

We are seeking organizers to propose and run Grand Challenge
events. Both academic and corporate organizers are welcome. We are
looking for three types of challenges:

* Dataset-driven challenge:

This challenge will provide a dataset
that is exemplary of the complexities of current and future
multimodal problems, and one or more multimodal tasks whose
performance can be objectively measured. Participants in the
Challenge will evaluate their methods against the challenge data in
order to identify areas of strengths and weakness.

* User case challenge:

This challenge will provide an interactive
problem/system (e.g. dialog-based) and the associated resources,
which can allow people to participate through the integration of
specific modules or alternative full systems. Proposers should also
establish systematic evaluation procedures.

* Concept challenge.

This challenge proposes new ideas (e.g. involving
new sensors) that, while not fully tested now, could lead to
breakthroughs if our community decided to tackle them together or

Prospective organizers should submit a proposal (five pages max)
containing the following information:

* Title
* Abstract appropriate for possible Web promotion of the Challenge
* Detailed description of the challenge and its relevance to
multimodal interaction.
* Plan for soliciting participation
* Proposed schedule for releasing datasets and receiving submissions.
* Short bio of the organizers
* Funding source (if any) that supports or
could support the challenge organization.
* Preference (if any) for special session or workshop format.

Proposals will be evaluated based on originality, ambition,
feasibility, and implementation plan. The ICMI organizers offer
support with basic logistics and with the identification of additional
funding sources (e.g. for awards). Proposals should be emailed to the
ICMI 2012 Challenge Co-Chairs. Prospective organizers are also
encouraged to contact them in case of questions. More information is
available on the ICMI website:

Important dates:

We will evaluate proposals on a rolling basis. Proposals can be
submitted as soon as possible, no later than December 22nd, 2011.
Notifications will be sent on January 10th, 2012.
ICMI 2012 Conference: October 22nd-26th, 2012.

ICMI 2012 Multimodal Grand Challenge Chairs:

* Daniel Gatica-Perez (Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland):
* Stephanie Tellex (MIT, USA):

The ICMI 2012 Organizing Committee invites submissions of proposals
for Special Sessions at the International Conference on Multimodal
Interaction, to be held in Santa Monica, California (USA), October 22nd-26th, 2012.
Special sessions should cover interdisciplinary topics and/or important
new emerging areas of interest related to the main conference topics.

Each special session proposal should contain the following information:

* Title of the proposed Session
* Names/affiliation of organizers (including brief bio and contact
* An introduction (maximum 1 page) stating the importance of the
topic and the objectives of the proposed Session
* Tentative/confirmed list of papers (up to 4); the organizers can
present an introduction to the topic of the special session but
should not submit other research work to the special session.

Proposals should clearly describe the topic and explain why the topic
cannot be covered appropriately in regular sessions.

Papers for approved Special Sessions should follow the long paper format
(8 pages) and should be submitted following the same schedule/procedure
as for regular papers, and will undergo the same reviewing process by
anonymous and independent reviewers as regular papers.

Proposals will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee based on the
relevance/significance of the topic and potential interest to the
conference attendees.

Important Dates:

Prospective organizers are invited to submit a proposal to the program
chairs before March 7th, 2012.

* Justine Cassell (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
* Anton Nijholt (University of Twente, Netherlands)

Notification of acceptance of proposals is scheduled for March 14th, 2012.

ICMI 2012 will host workshops in emerging areas of multimodal interaction and
multimedia processing. The ICMI 2012 workshop program aims to provide
researchers with a more informal and discussion oriented forum to discuss
emerging topics in multimodal interaction or old ones from a new angle.
We are eliciting workshop proposals that break away from traditional
conference-style presentation formats.

Workshops will be held on Monday October 22nd, 2012 and Friday October
26th, 2012, the days before and after the main conference. Workshop
organizers may express preferences, but the workshop chairs will decide
on the final schedule. Workshops that run for anywhere between half a
day and a full day are possible.

Accepted workshops will be given an ISBN number for inclusion of the
proceedings in ACM Digital Library. The page limits for accepted regular
workshop papers are 6 pages, including all figures, tables, and

The conference organizer will take care of facilities, coffee breaks,
and registration for all workshops. To enable this, breaks must be
coordinated across workshops.

Workshop proposals for ICMI 2011 should include:

* The title, goals of the workshop
* The specific topics that will be addressed by the workshop
* The relevance and significance of this workshop
to the main conference
* The history of the workshop if it is not the first occurrence
* The estimated paper submission volume and paper acceptance rate
* Full day or half day workshop program
* If there is a journal special issue arrangement
for the published workshop papers
* A draft workshop call for papers with:
The names, affiliations, addresses, phone numbers and email
addresses of the workshop organizers, who should be experts in the
related topics and preferably from multiple institutions
* The paper selection process
* A list of potential program committee members and their affiliations

Organizers are encouraged to recruit good quality invited speakers.
The workshop proposal should comply with SIGX Co-Located Workshops:

Workshop proposals should not exceed 5 pages. Evaluation criteria for
workshop proposals will include the quality and level of details of the
proposal, the theme of the workshop, its relevance to the main
conference, and the overall balance of the conference workshop program.

Important dates:

Workshop proposal submission deadline: March 1st, 2012
Notification to workshop organizers: April 2nd, 2012
Workshop organizers publish call before: April 14th, 2012
Workshop papers due: ~June 4th, 2012
Workshop camera-ready paper due: Sept 20th, 2012
ICMI Workshops: Oct 22nd, Oct 26th, 2012

The organizers of accepted workshops are required to announce the
workshop and call for papers, solicit submissions, conduct the reviewing
process, and decide upon the final workshop program.

Please send ICMI workshop proposals and questions to:

ICMI 2012 Workshop Chairs:

* Rainer Stiefelhagen (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany):
* Toyoaki Nishida (Kyoto University, Japan):

The ICMI 2012 Demonstrations & Exhibits session is intended to
provide a forum to showcase innovative implementations, systems and
technologies demonstrating new ideas about interactive multimodal
interfaces. They can also serve to introduce commercial products not
published in previous scientific publications. Demonstrations & Exhibits
should be short, so that they can be presented several times. We
particularly encourage demonstration of interactive systems and
multimodal recognizers and sensors. The main difference between
demonstrations and exhibit is that demonstrations include a 2 page paper
which will be included in ICMI proceedings. We encourage both the
submission of early research prototypes and interesting mature systems.

Proposals may be of two types:

* Demonstrations:

Demo proposals can be submitted at any time until June 22, 2012. A 1-2
page short description of the demonstration is required, which must be
submitted electronically. Demo description(s) must be in PDF format,
according to ACM publication format. Demo proposals should include a
description with photographs and/or screen captures of the demonstration
and, if possible, the URL of a site where a live version or video of the
proposed demo is available. Please note that the accepted descriptions
will be included in ICMI proceedings.

* Exhibits:

Exhibits proposals can be submitted at any time until September 26,
2012, and does not require a paper submission. Hence, exhibits won't
have a paper published in the ICMI 2012 proceedings. To submit an
exhibit proposal, please fill out the form available on ICMI 2012

There will be a Best Demonstration & Exhibit Award for the
best contribution (where the contribution is the demonstration/exhibit
itself, and not its description on paper).

Important Dates:

Submission of demo proposal:
June 22nd, 2012
Demo notification of acceptance: July 27th, 2012
Camera-ready copy due: August 20th, 2012
Submission of exhibit proposal: September 26th, 2012
Exhibit notification of acceptance: October 10th, 2012
ICMI Conference: October 22nd-26th, 2012

Please send any questions regarding demonstration and exhibits to:

ICMI 2012 Demonstration and Exhibit Chairs:

* Wolfgang Minker (Ulm University, Germany):
* Ramón López-Cózar Delgado (University of Granada, Spain):

General Chairs:
Louis-Philippe Morency (University of Southern California, USA)
Dan Bohus (Microsoft Research, USA)
Hamid Aghajan (Stanford University, USA)

Program Chairs:
Justine Cassell (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Anton Nijholt (University of Twente, Netherlands)

Workshop Chairs:
Rainer Stiefelhagen (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Toyoaki Nishida (Kyoto University, Japan)

Demo Chairs:
Wolfgang Minker (Ulm University, Germany)
Ramón López-Cózar Delgado (University of Granada, Spain)

Publication Chairs:
Ginevra Castellano (University of Birmingham, UK)
Kenji Mase (Nagoya University, Japan)

Doctoral Spotlight Chairs:
Carlos Busso (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
Bilge Mutlu (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

Multimodal Grand Challenge Chairs:
Daniel Gatica-Perez (IDIAP, Switzerland)
Stefanie Tellex (MIT, USA)

Publicity Chairs:
Kazuhiro Otsuka (NTT, Japan)
Michael Johnston (AT&T Research, USA)

Sponsorship Chairs:
Nicu Sebe (University of Trento, Italy)
Patrick Ehlen (AT&T Labs, USA)

Local Organization Chair and Treasure:
Alesia Egan (University of Southern California, USA)

Web Chair:
Chih-Wei Chen (Stanford University, USA)

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Santa Monica in October 2011!


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