Queen Mary University of London (UK) – Premier séminaire le 13 mai 2016

Professor Patrick Healey – Professor of Human Interaction at School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary, University of London (UK) is our next invited professor in the frame of the EFL International Chair 2016.

More information about professor Patrick Healey here.

You will find hereafter the detail of his lectures starting in May 2016 :

Empirical Foundations of Dialogue

Venue / Lieu : Université Paris Diderot – bâtiment « Olympe de Gouges » 8, place Paul Ricoeur 75013 Paris – Salle 267

ATTENTION le séminaire du vendredi 17 juin aura lieu salle 255

Lecture 1: Language processing and dialogue  – date :  Friday 13th May 2016  / 10h-12h

Language is first encountered, acquired and used in interaction. What challenges does language processing in interaction pose for psycholinguistics? We will consider some characteristic features of interaction including turn-taking, interruptions, overlaps, collaborative completions, clarifications and repair. These phenomena are not easily accomodated by conventional psycholinguistic models and methods. Alternative approaches will be explored including experimenting with free dialogue using text-based chat-tool methods.

Lecture 2: Communication and Miscommunication  – date :  Friday 20th May 2016  / 10h-12h

What is successful communication? The answer to this question defines our concepts of meaning and representation in natural language. This lecture will explore these interrelationships in the context of the different lines of empirical investigation that they suggest. We will review some important contemporary empirical models of language processing in conversation including accomodation and priming, « simulation » and « mimicry » and grounding and collaboration. I will argue that cycles of repair and clarification are key to successful communication.

Lecture 3: Embodied interactions – date :  Friday 10th June 2016  / 10h-12h

Human interaction is typically embodied and involves the integrated use of speech and non-speech resources for communication. How are these combined resources co-ordinated accross multiple participants? More than visual contact is involved. Shared physical space also provides an important resource for co-ordinated interaction. For example, we use it to help define who is interacting, the character of our interaction and our respective conversational roles. We also use shared space as a « virtual » resource for managing, editing and amending contributions. The increasing availability of motion capture technology and immersive three-dimensional displays creates new opportunities to analyse and instrument these aspects of human interaction.

Lecture 4: Audiences – date :  Friday 17th June 2016  / 10h-12h

Performances are shaped by their audiences. In the context of dyadic conversation, utterance production is shaped by the concurrent responses -verbal and non-verbal- of the person being addressed. When there are multiple addressees they co-ordinate with both the speaker and each other in the interactive production of each turn. These basic patterns of interaction and engagement also operate with larger audiences such as lectures and stand-up comedy and are arguably what distinguishes the experience of live performance. Contemporary sensing technologies including motion capture and expression recognition have made it possible to track these large-scale interactional dynamics. It also suggests possibilities for richer and more expressive forms of human interaction.

1st Seminar

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2nd seminar :

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