An LLIer in Action

LLI member Gianluca Giorgolo gave us an update on what he’s been up to this summer.

1. “Gestures explained without (too much) handwaving”, DIP Colloquium, April 29, 2011.

The DIP is a bi-weekly colloquium of the Logic and Language group at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, University of Amsterdam (from their website). In this talk, I presented the more formal and logically related aspects of my work on the semantic interaction between verbal language and hand gestures. The best comment from the audience was: “At first I thought that it was just a joke, but I see that there is something to it”.

2. Guest lecture for the “Ethnolinguistics” course at Universita’ degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (I got my bachelor from this university), May 3, 2011.

I was asked to give a general introduction to the study of co-speech gestures and more specifically to my work on the topic.

3. Presentation for the Embots group (Embodied Agents research group), May 13, 2011.

The Embots group is doing very interesting work on building animated 3D agents and collecting large amount of annotated data about spontaneous gestures and sign languages. I visited them to discuss a possible collaboration. I gave a presentation of my work and got some really interesting comments on it.

4. “A formal framework for the integration of gesture and verbal language”, GW 2011: The 9th International Gesture Workshop
Gesture in Embodied Communication and Human-Computer Interaction, May 26, 2011.

The International Gesture Workshop is an interdisciplinary event, where researchers interested in understanding gesture and using it for human-computer interaction meet to present and exchange their ideas and newest research (taken from the workshop website). At the workshop I presented the general framework for speech and gesture I worked on during my PhD. It was one of the few theoretical presentations at the conference.

About Ash

I am an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at Carleton University and Professor of Semantics at Oxford University, where I'm also a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College.
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