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*Call for Papers *

*MHMC 2015 – 1-st International Workshop on Multimodal Interaction in
Industrial Human-Machine Communication*

*In connection with  20th IEEE International Conference on Emerging
Technologies and Factory Automation*

*September 8, 2015, Luxembourg*

*Aims and scope*

Nowadays, industrial environments are full of sophisticated
computer-controlled machines. In addition, pervasive and ubiquitous
computing provide a further support for advanced activity control. Even if
their exploitation is very often committed to specialized workers, who have
been purposely trained to use the available advanced equipment, easy and
effective interaction is a key factor that can bring many benefits – from
faster task completion to error prevention, cognitive load reduction and
higher employee satisfaction.

Multimodal interaction means using “non-conventional” input and/or output
tools and modalities to communicate with a device. Multimodal contents are
built/organized/displayed through more sensory channels at the same time,
however, the main feature of multimodal interfaces is to combine both
multiple input modes — usually more “natural” than traditional input
devices, such as touch, speech, hand gestures, head/body movements and eye
gaze — and solutions in which different output modalities are used in a
coordinated manner — such as visual displays (e.g. virtual and augmented
reality), auditory cues (e.g. conversational agents) and haptic systems
(e.g. force feedback controllers). Besides handling input fusion,
multimodal interfaces can also handle output fission, in an essentially
dynamic progress. Sophisticated multimodal interfaces can integrate
complementary modalities to get the most out of the strengths of each mode,
and overcome weaknesses. In addition, they can support handling different
environmental situations as well as different user (sensory/motor)

Although multimodal interaction is becoming more and more common in our
everyday life, industrial applications are still rather few, in spite of
their potential advantages. For example, a camera could allow a machine to
be controlled through hand gesture commands, or the user might be monitored
in order to detect potential dangerous behaviors. On the other side, an
augmented or virtual reality system could be employed to provide an
equipment operator with sophisticated visual cues, where auditory/olfactory
displays might be used as an additional alerting mechanism in risky
environments. Besides being used in real working situations to increase the
amount and quality of available information, augmented/virtual reality
interaction can be also used to implement an effective and safe training
plan. Being relieved by the anxiety related to the use of real equipment,
often expensive and/or dangerous, can improve trainees experience, increase
their proficiency and provide better achievements.

This workshop aims at gathering works presenting different forms of
multimodal interaction in industrial processes, equipment and settings with
a twofold purpose:

·         Taking stock of the current state of multimodal systems for
industrial applications.

·         Being a showcase to demonstrate the potential of multimodal
communication to those who have never considered its application in
industrial settings.

Both proposals of novel applications and papers describing user studies are

*Important dates*

Deadline for submission of workshop papers: *May 15*

Notification of acceptance of workshop papers: *June 20*

Deadline for submission of final workshop papers: *July 1*

*Summary of topics*

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

*1.    **Multimodal Input*

·         *Vision-based input*

·         *Speech input*

·         *Tangible interfaces*

·         *Motion tracking sensors*

*2.    **Multimodal Output*

·          *Virtual Reality*

·          *Augmented Reality*

·          *Auditory displays*

·          *Haptic (or tactile) interfaces*

·          *Olfactory displays*

*3.    **Combination of “traditional” input and output modalities and
multimodal solutions*

Any form of integration of conventional input and output modalities (e.g.
keyboard, mouse, buttons, standard LCD monitors, audiovisual content, etc.)
with multimodal communication.

*Submission of papers*

The working language of the workshop is English. Papers are limited to 8
double column pages in a font no smaller than 10-points. Manuscripts must
be submitted electronically in PDF format, PDF version from 1.4 (Acrobat 5)
thru 1.7 (Acrobat 9). Guidelines for preparing proceedings-style
manuscripts are available for Microsoft Word, Open Office and LaTeX users
in a specific template.

You can find information about the formatting specifications for IEEE
Xplore at the following places:

·         Creating manuscripts for IEEE IES conferences

·         Instruction on how to convert Microsoft Word .doc format to an
IEEE conform PDF (

*Paper Acceptance*

Each accepted paper must be presented at the workshop by one of the
authors. Workshops papers will be included in the IEEE Xplore. The final
manuscript must be accompanied by a registration form and a registration
fee payment proof. All conference attendees, including authors and session
chairpersons, must pay the conference registration fee, and their travel

*No-show Policy*

The ETFA 2015 Organizing Committee reserves the right to exclude a paper
from distribution after the conference at IEEE Xplore if the paper is not
presented at the workshop.

*Workshop Co-Chairs:*

·         Maria De Marsico, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy
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·         Giancarlo Iannizzotto, University of Messina, Italy
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·         Marco Porta, University of Pavia, Italy
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More information on conference website ( and on
workshop page (

Maria De Marsico
Assistant professor
Sapienza University of Rome
Department of Computer Science
Via Salaria 113 - 00198 Rome - Italy
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tel: +39 06 49918312

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