Call: MOG 2010 Workshop on Multimodal Output Generation

MOG 2010
July 5-6, 2010 at Trinity College Dublin, co-located with the
INLG 2010 in Ireland


An important aspect of the new generation of intelligent systems is the possibility to employ more than one output modality when interacting with the user. A quick and successful interaction is expected when, for instance, the system’s output is presented to the user via multimedia/hypermedia in which text and graphics are merged, or by a conversational agent that combines the use of speech and gesture. In such multimodal systems sophisticated specifications are needed to combine the different output modalities in such a way that each bit of information is presented in the most appropriate manner.

The MOG 2010 workshop will be held at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and is a follow-up of the workshops on Multimodal Output Generation organized in 2008 and 2007. The workshop aims to bring work on multimodal output generation from different disciplines together to establish common ground and discuss possible future collaborations.

We invite contributions from research fields such as multimodal language generation and embodied conversational agents as well as contributions in the area of human communication, such as cognitive models of multimodal communication and interaction. In this way we hope to combine an AI/engineering perspective with input from other disciplines such as linguistics and psychology, providing a forum where international researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds can exchange ideas on multimodal output generation and engage in scientific research collaboration.


The workshop will take place in two consecutive days (5 and 6 July 2010). Note that this is provisional depending on the number of submissions. There will be short and long paper presentations, as well as the possibility to demo systems. The workshop will include plenty of time for discussion.


We aim to have a varied programme that reflects the different research fields involved in multimodal output generation. Possible topics are listed below, but this list is not intended to be exhaustive.

* Task-based modality choice (domain and data dependencies)
* User-based modality choice (constraints, preferences and expertise)
* Cross-references between modalities (e.g., text and graphics)
* Dependencies between modalities (e.g., speech, mimics and gestures)
* Relation between input and output modalities
* Integration of modalities (models, levels, dependencies)
* Cognitive models for processing multimodal information
* Computational models for multimodal output generation
* Models of modality integration based on multimodal discourse analysis
* Usability and evaluation of existing models
* Knowledge representation for multimodal output generation
* Evaluation of (methods for generating) multimodal output
* Development of multimodal corpora from a generation perspective
* Affective Computing, evoking and expressing emotion
* Input formats and representations for multimodal output generation, e.g. FML


We invite both long papers describing mature research (max. 12 pages) and short papers (max. 6 pages) describing plans, ideas and demos, which could invoke discussion and questions to be addressed in the future. Accepted papers will be published in the MOG proceedings, with an ISSN number.

Papers can be submitted via the EasyChair conference system. The submission process requires registration to create an EasyChair account prior to submission. Paper formatting instructions and templates are available at the MOG 2010 website:


* Submission of papers: March 14, 2010
* Notification of papers: May 2, 2010
* Final paper deadline: May 23, 2010
* Workshop dates: July 5-6, 2010

(Note that the workshop dates are provisional, subject to the number of final accepted papers.)


* Ielka van der Sluis, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
* Kirsten Bergmann, Bielefeld University, Germany
* Charlotte van Hooijdonk, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Mariet Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (not complete yet)

* Ellen G. Bard, University of Edinburgh, UK
* John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
* Christian Becker-Asano, ATR (IRC), Japan
* Timothy Bickmore, Northeastern University, USA
* Harry Bunt, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands
* Jan de Ruiter, University of Bielefeld, Germany
* David DeVault, USC ICT, USA
* Mary Ellen Foster, Heriot-Watt University, UK
* Markus Guhe, University of Edinburgh, UK
* Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
* Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland
* Michael Kipp, DFKI, Germany
* Stefan Kopp, University of Bielefeld, Germany
* Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
* James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
* Alfons Maes, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
* Mark Maybury, MITRE, USA
* Paul McKevitt, University of Ulster, UK
* Mike McTear, University of Ulster, UK
* Louis-Philippe Morency, USC ICT, USA
* Radoslaw Niewiadomski, TELECOM ParisTech, France
* Paul Piwek, Open University, UK
* Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
* Thomas Rist, University of Augsburg, Germany
* Zsofia Ruttkay, University of Twente, The Netherlands
* Matthew Stone, Rutgers, USA
* Kristina Striegnitz, Union College, USA
* Marc Swerts, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
* Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen, UK
* Sandra Williams, Open University, UK


More details about the workshop can be found at the MOG2010 website, at: MOG 2010 e-mail contact:

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