Forskerkurs: Feedback, Communicative Gesturing, and Gazing

This training course focuses on multimodal and multilingual human-human and human-machine interactions.

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Helsinki, Finland 23.05.2011 til 28.05.2011



The aim of the school is to provide an opportunity for research students to discuss methodological challenges related to multimodal research and data collection, and to study a number of multimodal interaction phenomena related especially to gesturing and gazing.

The approach in the course is multidisciplinary, and the issues will be addressed both from a theoretical and from a practical point of view, including hands-on exercises on data analysis. The participants will also have an opportunity to present their own work.

Who should participate?

The course is intended first of all for Nordic postgraduate students and young researchers, but students and researchers from outside the region are also welcome to attend. Preference will be given to those working on multimodality or related topics for their thesis, but the organisers will also consider applicants who are in the final phase of their graduate studies. The course will focus on the Nordic languages, but there will also be material concerning English, Estonian, and Japanese conversations.


The focus of the course is on multimodal feedback and the various verbal and non-verbal expressions that are used to give and elicit feedback in social communication. Issues that will be addressed concern the function and combinations of different modalities, such as hand gestures, body posture, head movement, eye-gaze, and facial expressions, as communicative means in conversational interactions. The course can also provide material for the comparison of communicative behaviour and for the categorisation of multimodal strategies in different languages.


To apply for participation, send a completed application form and a short abstract (max. 1 page) describing your research work or PhD project to:

Questions? Contact Kristiina Jokinen: with the subject line “NordForsk Training Course”.


The course can be taken for credit, and the recommendation is 3 ECTS. The students will be given a certificate of attendance.

Important dates

Application deadline: 15 March 2011
Registration confirmation: 30 March 2011
Reading material announced: 15 April 2011
Research training course: 23-28 May 2011

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