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[ONLINE] Sylvie Gibet - Gesture: A language to sense, express, control

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The rebroadcast of Sylvie Gibet's (IRISA, France) Distinguished Lecture, followed by an online live discussion with Prof. Gibet herself.

  • Distinguished Lecture
When Apr 29, 2021
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Online (WebEx link below)
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*Please note that the start time of this event has been moved to 4:00 p.m. EST *

About the event

This session will feature the rebroadcast of the lecture presented by Sylvie Gibet on March 15, 2018 followed by a one-hour live discussion with Prof. Gibet herself. The main goal is to revisit the topic, and then, in the discussion that will follow, evaluate what has changed since the research was first presented. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions and comments in the chat of the platform used.

To access the event:

CIRMMT FUNDING ELIGIBILITY REMINDER: CIRMMT student members should note that attendance at Distinguished Lectures is necessary to fulfill the eligibility requirements for funding opportunities. Attendance will be tracked via sign-up sheets for in-person events, and the chat of the online meeting platform used. 


Research on gesture and movement very often dissociates linguistic issues from sensorimotor theories underlying the production of movement. Linguistics studies propose to identify units of action as linguistics components that can be combined to form the sense of movement. Conversely, sensorimotor studies tend to model movement by simulating the combined action of motor control and sensory information (visual cues, force feedback, etc.). In this talk, I will show that movement is also language, characterized by a set of meaningful actions, by the timing of the sequencing actions, and by the way the atomic elements are organized into patterns. Different examples of skilled and expressive gestures will illustrate this presentation, from physical theater, to sign languages and musical gestures.


Sylvie Gibet graduated with a PhD in Computer Science in 1987 from the “Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble” (INPG) in France, where she studied haptic gesture for controlling sound synthesis. She then held a research position at the University of Geneva in 1989 in Cognitive Science, and a postdoctoral position at the University of California, San Diego (Computer Music Experiment lab.) in 1990. She became an assistant professor at the University of Paris Sud in France between 1992 and 2000, before becoming a professor at the University of South Brittany, where she joined the IRISA Laboratory.

Her research focuses on the modeling, analysis and generation of expressive gesture, with a focus on sensorimotor representations and time-shape motion descriptors. She has mainly studied expert gestures with strong semantics such as sign language gestures, but also musical gestures such as percussing or conducting gestures, or emotional theatrical movements. Sylvie has obtained numerous funding (CNRS, ANR, Programme d'Investissement d'Avenir) that have supported her research.

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APA video citation:

Gibet, S. (2018, June 12). Gesture: a language to sense, express, control -
CIRMMT Distinguished Lectures in the Science and Technology of Music. [Video file].
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