2nd CFP: Laughter Workshop, Sorbonne University, Paris, 27-28 September, 2018

Non-verbal vocalisations in human-human and human-machine interactions play important roles in displaying social and affective behaviors and in controlling the flow of interaction. Laughter, sighs, filled pauses, and short utterances such as feedback responses are among some of the non-verbal vocalisations that have been studied previously from various research fields. However, much is still unknown about the phonetic or visual characteristics of non-verbal vocalisations (production/encoding) and their relations to their intentions and perceived meanings (perception/decoding) in interaction.

Following previous workshops on laughter held in Saarbruecken (2007), Berlin (2009), Dublin (2012) and Enschede (2015), we have the pleasure to announce a forthcoming workshop in Paris, France in September 2018.

We invite contributions concerning laughter and other non-verbal vocalisations from the fields of phonetics, linguistics, psychology, conversation analysis, social signal processing, and human-machine/robot interaction.
In particular, topics related to the following aspects are very much welcomed:

Multimodal interaction: Visual aspects of non-verbal vocalisations, e.g., smiles, relation between non-verbal vocalisations and visual behaviors.

Social and affective behavior: Decoding and encoding of emotion/socio-related states in non-verbal vocalisations.

Conversation:(Semantic/Pragmatic) role of non-verbal vocalisations in dialog.

Computation:Automatic analysis and generation of non-verbal vocalisations

Invited Speakers:

Sophie Scott (University College, London)

Gary McKeown (Queen’s University, Belfast)

Organizing Committee:

Catherine Pelachaud
CNRS – ISIR, Sorbonne University

Jonathan Ginzburg
LLF, Université Paris Diderot

Jürgen Trouvain
Computational Linguistics and Phonetics,
Saarland University

Nick Campbell
School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences,
Trinity College, Dublin

Khiet Truong
Human Media Interaction,
University of Twente

Dirk Heylen
Human Media Interaction,
University of Twente


Researchers are invited to submit an extended abstract of their work, including work in progress. Please send your extended abstract of max. 4 pages, 11 pt font (including references) in PDF format to:


Each submission should follow the ACM style – the author kits (LaTeX and Word) can be downloaded from the conference website for LATEX and for WORD.

In the email, please include:

– The name of the authors
– Their affiliations
– The email address of the corresponding author(s)
– Title of the abstract.

Abstracts will undergo a review process performed by at least two reviewers. The submissions will be made available online.

Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline 26 May 2018
Notification 29 June 2018
Registration deadline 14 September 2018
Workshop dates 27-28 September 2018

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