International Workshop on Movement and Computing MOCO14

Intersecting Art, Meaning, Cognition, Technology – June 16-17 2014, Paris France

June 16-17 2014
Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Paris France

MOCO is the first International Workshop on movement and computing. MOCO aims to gather academics and practitioners interested in the computational study, modelling, representation, segmentation, recognition, classification, or generation of movement information. We welcome research that models movement, technology and computation, and is positioned within emerging interdisciplinary domains between art & science. We invite participants interested in exploring how movement experience can contribute to computational knowledge through movement modeling and representation. The workshop references the challenge of representing embodied movement knowledge within computational models, yet it also celebrates the inherent expression available within movement as a language. While human movement itself focuses on bodily experience, developing computational models for movement requires abstraction and representation of lived embodied cognition. Selecting appropriate models between movement and its rich personal and cultural meanings remains a challenge in movement interaction research. Many fields, including Interaction Design, HCI, Education and Machine Learning have been inspired by recent developments within Neuroscience validating the primacy of movement in cognitive development and human intelligence. This has spawned a growing interest in experiential principles of movement awareness and mindfulness, while simultaneously fueling the need for developing computational models that can describe movement intelligence with greater rigour. This conference seeks to explore an equal and richly nuanced epistemological partnership between movement experience and movement cognition and computational representation.

MOCO will bring together people working in interdisciplinary intersections of Human Computer Interaction, Computer Graphics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Affective Computing, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Artists from Media Art, Choreography, Composition, Dance and Design. The workshop aims at promoting scientific and artistic collaborations within this inter-disciplinary boundary. It will offer opportunities to disseminate emerging research works through presentations, demonstrations, and group discussions.

Keynote Speakers:
  • David Kirsh, Professor at University of California San Diego
  • Celine Latulipe, Associate Professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Suggested Topics
  • Expressive movement-based interaction
  • Machine learning for movement
  • Modeling movement qualities
  • Gestural control
  • Movement generation
  • Movement and sound interaction
  • Sensori-motor learning with audio/visual feedback
  • Embodied cognition and movement
  • Visualizing movement
  • Modeling kinesthetic empathy
  • Somatic practice and design
  • Whole-body interaction
  • Expressive movement analysis and synthesis
  • Design for movement in digital art
  • Semantic models for movement representation
  • Laban Movement Studies and computation
  • Dance and neuroscience
  • Biosensing and movement
  • Movement expression in avatar, artificial agents, virtual humans or robots.
  • Music and movement
Participation to the workshop

The workshop is an opportunity to present a research or a collaborative work. Participants will have the possibility to make a presentation of the results of their research on one of the themes of the workshop, and to interact with their scientific, artistic peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.
If you are interested in an oral presentation of your work with an optional demonstration, please submit a paper.

Submission date and format

Technical papers with optional demo, 4 to 6 pages: 15th February 2014.
Notifications: 16 March 2014.
All submission will be peer-reviewed .

Please use the ACM template (alternate style):

All submissions must be done through EasyChair:


Ircam – Centre Pompidou, 1 Place Igor Stravinsky, 75004 Paris, France,

MOCO14 will be co-located with the Manifeste Festival (, 2014 website under construction)

Workshop Chairs

Frederic Bevilacqua, Ircam, Paris, France
Sarah Fdili Alaoui, SIAT, SFU, Vancouver, Canada
Thecla Schiphorst, SIAT, SFU, Vancouver, Canada
Philippe Pasquier, SIAT, SFU, Vancouver, Canada
Jules Françoise, Ircam, Paris, France

Contact email:

Local Organization Commitee

Ircam – STMS joint research unit with CNRS and Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris

Sylvie Benoit, Ircam, Paris, France
Frederic Bevilacqua, Ircam, Paris, France
Eric Boyer, Ircam, Paris, France
Emmanuel Fléty, Ircam, Paris, France
Jules Françoise, Ircam, Paris, France
Norbert Schnell, Ircam, Paris, France
Diemo Schwarz, Ircam, Paris, France
Hugues Vinet, Ircam, Paris, France

The call for paper is out !