The International Gesture Workshop is an interdisciplinary event, where researchers interested in understanding gesture and using it for human-computer interaction meet to present and exchange their ideas and newest research. Initiated in 1996, the Gesture Workshops have been held roughly every second year, with fully reviewed post-proceedings typically published by Springer-Verlag. GW 2009 is the 8th workshop in the GW series and will be held at the ZiF - Center for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University, Germany.

Gesture in Embodied Communication and Human-Computer Interaction

GW 2009 aims to bring together people from different research strands that concern themselves with gesture-based communication, but tend to take different perspectives in doing so. For researchers in computer science, engineering, or human-computer interaction, the workshop will provide a well-known forum to present recent approaches to using gesture or sign language as a means of interacting with machines. In addition, GW 2009 addresses researchers from Linguistics as well as the cognitive, neuro and computer sciences to bring to bear their new theoretical insights into the embodied bases of human verbal and nonverbal communication. We thus invite researchers from both realms to come and meet at GW 2009 in order to exchange ideas, connect discoveries, and further the advancement of gesture-based human-machine interaction.

  • Proceedings book out now: The proceedings book appeared as Springer LNAI 5934 and can be accessed online here!
  • Post-Proceedings: The post-proceedings will be Volume no. 5934 in Springer's LNAI series.
  • EasyChair: The review process for the GW 2009 proceedings will be managed through the EasyChair system. This is for review and program committee purposes only, authors still submit their papers as announced directly via email to
  • Post-Proceedings: Guidelines for contribution to the Workshop Proceedings Book are available at this webpage
  • Pictures online: Pictures of the workshop are now available in the pictures section
  • Abstracts online: Abstracts of all presentations and posters are available at this webpage
  • Post-proceedings: The GW 2009 post-proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the prestigious LNCS/LNAI series (Lecture Notes in Computer Science/Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence).
  • Registration: We expect about 70 participants from 16 countries! Besides all invited and active participants, people intending to participate passively can indicate their interest until Jan, 30th at this web form.
  • Program: The detailed program including all presentations and posters is now available at this webpage
  • Presentations: Each oral presentation has a slot of 30 minutes made up of 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Speakers are kindly asked to keep an eye on time when preparing their presentation.
  • Posters and Demos: All active participants of the GW 2009 are encouraged to present their work also in form of a technical demonstration during the poster & demo session (Wednesday, February 25th). If you would like to give a technical demonstration, please contact our demo chair.
  • Travel Information: Travel information including maps can be found at the ZiF-website

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