Natural and technology mediated gesture communication in the workplace

RWTH Aachen Impulse Workshop,
Friday May 4, 2012, 9:00h
Human Technology Centre, Theaterplatz 14, R.303

RWTH Aachen is home to a thriving community of researchers examining the communicating body in interaction. Studies of gestures, sign language, facial expression, eye-gaze, and other aspects of multimodal communication are being conducted around campus in fields as diverse as linguistics, semiotics, engineering, human-computer interaction, clinical neuroscience and architecture. Often based on interdisciplinary collaborations, the various research teams involved are using a rich array of methods to study the body’s signs and gestures, ranging from ethnography and fieldwork in real-world settings to eye tracking, motion capture, computer modelling and fMRI studies in the lab. RWTH Aachen emerges prominently on the international scene of research into gesture and sign language, helping to broaden the field’s scientific and cultural impact.

The general goal of GESTURES@WORK is to bring together researchers at RWTH Aachen conducting gesture/sign studies to present their ongoing research and strengthen links in our community. The theme GESTURES@WORK also offers a focus for discussions on the specific topic of natural and technology mediated gesture communication in the workplace.


08:30-09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00-09:10 Welcome
Simon Harrison & Irene Mittelberg
(Natural Media, HumTec)
09:10-09:50 Simon Harrison (Humboldt Fellow, Natural Media, HumTec)
Applied gesture research in two European food factories
09:50-10:30 Anette Rose (Artist, Berlin)
IN-SYNC: On the coordination of hands, eyes, and materials in manual and industrial production processes and their aesthetic representation
10:30-11:00 Coffee & snack
11:00-11:40 Juliane Klann, Walter Huber, & Ferdinand Binkofski (Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences, Dept. of Neurology, UK Aachen)
Gestures@clinical work and the neurofunctional correlates of sign language. An overview of the gesture and sign language related projects at the Dept. of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences
11:40-12:20 Jens Forster, Yannick Gweth, Oscar Koller, Christoph Schmidt & Hermann Ney (Human Language Technology and Pattern Recognition, Informatics 6)
SignSpeak. Bridging the gap between signers and speakers
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Jean-Rémi Lapaire (Université de Bordeaux)
Show me your hands: Gesture observation and interpretation as performance. (Invited lecture/performance in cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln/Aachen)
15:10-15:50 Hannah Groninger, Thomas Schmitz (Lehrstuhl für Bildnerische Gestaltung) & Irene Mittelberg (Natural Media, HumTec)
Gestural drawings and models: Motion capture technologies in architectural design processes
15:50-16:15 Coffee & cake
16:15-17:15 Ralf Hendriks (Air Traffic Services expert, Eurocontrol Maastricht)
Anja Feldmann (BASF, Ludwigshafen)
Discussion: Perspectives on communication in industry – A possible arena for applied gesture research?
Evening program:
18:00-20:00 Reception at Franz (Franzstraße 74)
20:00-22:00 ‘Zuviel Appeal’ Concert by Trio Ohrenschmalz (Berlin)

To view the poster, click on the image.



Dr. Simon Harrison
Building 6070 | Room 402
Theaterplatz 14
52062 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 8025483
Fax: +49 241 8022493

Illustration by Gareth Branscombe

The workshop is funded by the RWTH Interdisciplinary Forenfonds, the Natural Media Group (HumTec) and the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation.