Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition 2006
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Workshop on Psychology of Face and Gesture Recognition

Chairs: Frank Pollick and James Haxby

A parallel workshop will be held at FG2006 on the psychology of human movement on Tuesday 11 April 2006.

Despite many advances in automatic recognition systems, humans retain a peculiar excellence in their ability to understand the significance of movements and facial expressions. How humans can achieve this feat has been the subject of intense research in many areas of psychology including visual perception, visual cognition, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. In this workshop we bring together experts from these various domains to discuss the visual information humans extract from face and gesture and the neural systems that underlie their abilities to decode this information. The backdrop of the IEEE Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition Conference provides an excellent opportunity for the exchange of ideas between researchers investigating human recognition and those investigating automatic recognition. We are very grateful for EPSRC support for this workshop.


  • Michael Beauchamp, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, See me, Hear me, Touch Me: Multisensory Aspects of Face and Gesture Perception
  • Andy Calder, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Adaptation of Eye Gaze Perception
  • Ruth Campbell, University College London, Cortical dissociations and associations for the perception of mouth and hand actions in and out of sign language.
  • Antonio Camurri, University of Genova, Computational models and techniques for multimodal analysis of expressive gesture
  • Yiannis Demiris, Imperial College London, Motor theories of perception: computational models, robotic implementations and open challenges
  • Tamar Flash, Weizmann Institute, Motor primitives and laws of motion in action perception and production
  • Alan Johnston UCL, Recognition of facial movement across changes in pose
  • Aina Puce, West Virginia University, Neural and hemodynamic responses to facial gestures generated by real and synthetic faces
  • Edmund Rolls, Oxford University, Neurophysiology of face perception and gesture, and a new computational mechanism for the invariant recognition of gesture.
  • Thomas Shipley, Temple University, When action meets word: Event parsing, representation, and verb learning
  • Rufin Vogels, KU Leuven Medical School, Neural mechanisms of action recognition in macaque temporal cortex

The final programme is now available.

The workshop is free to FG2006 delegates. The cost for 1 Day registration (includes attendance for FG2006 on Tue 11th April) is UK£80. Delegates may also choose to purchase FG2006 conference Proceedings or to attend the FG2006 conference banquet. The cost of staying Monday 10th night in Highfield Hall is 55£ for a standard room, including dinner (we regret our en-suite rooms have now all been reserved). To register for the workshop alone, please fill out the workshop registration form, available as doc or as pdf, and payment form and fax them to us. If you have registered already for FG2006 you do not need to register for this workshop.

For more details, please contact Frank Pollick.

Image, Speech and Intelligent Systems research group
School of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom
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