University of Glasgow


Nonverbal communication is a natural phenomenon that takes place in face-to-face
interactions. However, an increasingly significant fraction of our social exchanges takes
place in technology mediated settings where natural nonverbal cues (facial expressions,
vocalisations, gestures, posture, etc.) are partially or totally impossible to display and access.
For example, phones make it possible to use vocal cues (fillers, laughter, pauses, etc.),
but not facial expressions or gestures and, in the case of online textual chats, the use
of nonverbal cues is simply not possible. The question at the core of this talk is whether
nonverbal communication still plays a role in these settings and, if yes, what are the nonverbal
cues and their functions


Alessandro Vinciarelli is with the University of Glasgow where he is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the School of Computing Science and Associate Academic at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology (http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/vincia ). His main research interest is Social Signal Processing, the domain aimed at modelling analysis and synthesis of nonverbal behaviour in social interactions. In particular, Alessandro has investigated approaches for role recognition in multiparty conversations, automatic personality perception from speech, and conflict analysis and measurement in competitive discussions. Overall, Alessandro has published more than 100 works, including one authored book, five edited volumes, and 28 journal papers. Alessandro has participated in the organization of the IEEE International Conference on Social Computing as a Program Chair in 2011 and as a General Chair in 2012, he has initiated and chaired a large number of international workshops, including the Social Signal Processing Workshop, the International Workshop on Socially Intelligent Surveillance and Monitoring, the International Workshop on Human Behaviour Understanding, the Workshop on Political Speech and the Workshop on Foundations of Social Signals. Furthermore, Alessandro is or has been Principal Investigator of several national and international projects, including a European Network of Excellence (the SSPNet, http://www.sspnet.eu ), an Indo-Swiss Joint Research Project (http://www.idiap.ch/project/ccpp/ ) and an individual project in the framework of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research IM2 (http://www.im2.ch) . Last, but not least, Alessandro is co-founder of Klewel (http://www.klewel.com ), a knowledge management company recognized with several awards.


Date: 2017-Sep-05     Time: 11:00:00     Room: Room 1.38 – IST Taguspark

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