Knowledge Transfer Meeting
One of the strengths of the ILHAIRE project is that it is inter-disciplinary with 9 partners spread across 6 European countries. Although this significantly broadens the knowledge base of the project, it also throws up some challenges to ensure that knowledge is disseminated to all partners. This was the aim of the knowledge transfer meeting on the 11th and 12th of January in Zurich, hosted by the University of Zurich, department of psychology.
The meeting allowed for each of the work package leaders to share information about their own area of expertise and to show how this fit to meeting the objectives of the ILHAIRE project. As the majority of partners had worked together on the previous FP7 projects, this time also allowed the new members to join in discussion, which passed on the knowledge gained from previous projects too. As the meeting was well represented at all levels, it was mutually beneficial for all.
The highly productive first day started at 8am and after the morning coffee and a discussion of points raised from the Genoa meeting, Willibald Ruch led a presentation on the psychology of laughter, explaining the origin and physiology of laughter. Harry Griffin gave an update on the progress made at University Colleague London, and who brought film clips of actors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts performing different laughter. Following lunch, Gary McKeown held a talk on the database of different laughter with annotation and technical issues being discussed. A change in schedule next had a tutorial on the Facial Action Coding System and how this can be applied to the study of laughter. This session also dealt with responding to the many questions that arose in the first talk of the morning. The engaging talks lasted well into the evening, finishing with an interesting and informative workshop hosted by the University of Ausburg team, Florian Lingenfelser and Johannes Wagner on behalf of Elisabeth Andre demonstrating the technical abilities of the Social Signal Interpretation tool.
Day two brought talks and discussion lead by Thierry Dutoit, Olivier Pietquin, Elisabeth Andre, Laurent Ach in the morning sessions and Catherine Pelachaud, Willibald Ruch and an open board meeting finishing off the afternoon where Stéphane Dupont chaired a discussion and introduced Titanpad- a way of enabling the documenting of ILHAIRE meetings in real time, as well as a new WIKI format.