Call for Papers: Multimodal2017

***The deadline has been extended to July 16!***
We are organizing a workshop on the design, implementation and evaluation of mid-air gestures and speech-based interaction, on September 18 at CHItaly 2017 in Cagliari (Italy). Cagliari is the capital of our beautiful Sardinia, a very nice city with fascinating architecture, surrounded by stunning landscapes, a charming place for a conference!

Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Mid-Air Gestures and Speech-Based Interaction

Cagliari, Italy, September 18, 2017

Objectives & Topics

The main goal of this half-day workshop is to investigate effective ways to leverage the recent advances in the automatic recognition of mid-air gestures and speech commands. In particular, the workshop invites academic researchers and industry practitioners to submit position papers demonstrating research, design, innovative solutions, concepts and hardware and/or software solutions in areas related to mid-air gestures, speech-based and multimodal interaction with an emphasis on (but not limited to) mobile applications and inclusive design for older adults and people with special needs.
The workshop aims to investigate these issues from a multidisciplinary perspective by bringing together experts on interaction design, user experience, usability, accessibility, innovative hardware and software solutions related to technology based on mid-air gestures, speech and multimodal interaction.
Position papers focusing on mid-air gestures, speech-based and multimodal interaction are solicited. They should be related but not limited to the following topics:
  • Design of mobile interaction
  • Design of interaction for people with special needs (e.g., older adults and people with visual impairments)
  • Design challenges, user experience, usability and accessibility
  • Feedback and feedforward for mid-air gestures
  • Machine learning and algorithms for mid-air gestures and/or speech recognition
  • System components for mid-air gestures, speech-based and/or multi-modal platforms
  • Showcase of systems, technologies, prototypes  and/or interactive applications
  • Datasets, validation
  • Evaluation of mid-air gestures, speech-based and/or multimodal interaction

Important Dates

July 16 (extended): Position paper submission
July 24: Position paper acceptance notification
August 4: Camera-ready
August 11: Registration
September 18: Multimodal2017 Workshop
September 19-20: Main conference


All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. All paper submission must be in English and should not exceed four (4) pages in length, including references. Position papers must be submitted to the EasyChair website as .pdf file formatted according to the ACM SIGCHI Proceedings Format. All the papers will be subjected to a double review process by the members of the Programme Committee.

Please notice that at least one author of each accepted paper must register to the workshop by the early registration deadline (August 11, 2017). The workshop registration fee includes two half-day workshops: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. For further information please see the CHItaly registration page.

Workshop Organizers

Michela Ferron, Nadia Mana, Ornella Mich (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy)
Leonardo Badino (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy)
Ryad Benosman (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France)

Program Committee

Leonardo Badino, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy
Ryad Benosman, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
Arthur Theil Cabreira, University of Reading, UK.
Antonella De Angeli, University of Lincoln, UK
Michela Ferron, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy
Silvia Gabrielli, e-health Unit, FBK, Italy
Hessam Jahani, Department of Computing at Macquarie University, Sidney, AU
Nadia Mana, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Ornella Mich, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Gianluca Schiavo, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Nicu Sebe, University of Trento, Italy
Massimo Zancanaro, i3 Unit, FBK, Italy


The workshop will be held in Cagliari, Italy, in conjunction with the 12th Edition of CHItaly, the biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter, which will be held between the 18th and the 20th of September 2017 in Cagliari.


If you have questions regarding the workshop, please do not hesitate to contact the workshop chairs at multimodal2017 [at]

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