Our inter-divisional team of Oxford researchers led by Dr Anna Wilson (OSGA) has won a special “large grant” from the John Fell OUP Research Fund to create a major interdisciplinary research hub “International Multimodal Communication Collaboration”

This 18-month project (15/10/2021-15/03/2023) will catalyse interdisciplinary research on mass media. It will build upon the foundation laid by the International Multimodal Communication Centre (IMCC) – a research programme hosted by OSGA, which represents an exciting constellation of research links between OSGA, the Oxford Internet Institute, Department of Engineering Science, the Faculty of Linguistics, the Oxford Text Archive, and the Defence and Science Technology Laboratory. This project aims to formalise and cement these links and do collaborative interdisciplinary research on multimodal depictions of futures in media.

IMCC researchers are co-mentoring Red Hen Google Summer of Code 2021 student projects

We are delighted to announce that Red Hen Lab – IMCC’s collaborative partner – has won funding from Google for Red Hen Lab Google Summer of Code 2021 (GSoC) for the 7th year in a row.

IMCC key researchers have been part of the Red Hen GSoC funding applications and mentoring teams for many years, and indeed this year three members of the IMCC research team – Dr Anna Wilson, Dr Peter Uhrig, and Professor Mark Turner – are co-mentoring 9 out of 12 fully-funded Google GSoC 2021 student projects:

Dr Anna Wilson (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies) is co-mentoring:

Nitesh Mahawar: Multimodal TV Show Segmentation

Yunfei Zhao: Gesture temporal detection pipeline for news videos

Nickil Maveli: Detecting Joint Meaning Construal by Language and Gesture

Mohamed Mokhtar: Red Hen Rapid Annotator

Dr Peter Uhrig (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) is co-mentoring:

Mohamed Mokhtar: Red Hen Rapid Annotator

Swadesh Jana: Create a Red Hen OpenDataset for gestures with performance baselines

Hannes Leipold: Utilizing Speech-to-Speech Translation to Facilitate a Multilingual Text, Audio, and Video Message Board and Database

Prof. Mark Turner (Red Hen Co-Director; Case Western Reserve University) is co-mentoring:

Yash Khasbage: Anonymizing Audiovisual Data

Nickil Maveli: Detecting Joint Meaning Construal by Language and Gesture

Tarun Nagdeve: Development of a Visual Recognition model for Aztec Hieroglyphs

Ankiit Gupta: Simulating Multimodal Communication in Vervet Monkeys with Braitenberg Vehicles