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Workshops and tutorials

The Discursis training workshop
AVML2014 Conference, University of Tübingen, September 2014
University of Macau, December 2013
The University of Queensland, September 2012
San Diego State University, July 2012
The University of Queensland, April 2012

This workshop comprises theoretical and practical sessions, delivered over a single day, aimed at a post-graduate level.

Visualising health discourse with Discursis
4th New Zealand Discourse Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2013. 

Delivered by Emeritus Professor Cindy Gallois and Dr Daniel Angus, this workshop introduced participants to health discourse analysis using Discursis.

Discursis: An Interactive Visual Discourse Analysis System
Advances in Visual Methods for Linguistics conference, York, UK, September, 2012.

This workshop contains practical examples of Discursis applied to health conversations and interactive practical demonstrations using the Discursis software.

Time Series Analysis using Recurrence Plotting
World Congress on Computation Intelligence, Brisbane, June 2012

This workshop was designed for the premier conference for researchers in computational intelligence.

Visual Discourse Analysis
13th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, The Netherlands, June 2012.

This tutorial comprises both theoretical and practical demonstrations of visual discourse analytic techniques.

 

Invited talks

Visual Text Analytics: Computational Methodologies for Analysing Communication
The University of Sydney, June 2014. Presentation sponsored by Media@Sydney and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney.

Discursis, A technology for visual analysis of discourse
Griffith University Media Symposium, Griffth University, May 2014.

Discursis: a Visual Discourse Analysis Technique
Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales, June 2013. Presentation hosted by Prof. William Housley.  

Discursis: Computational Discourse Analysis for Health Communication
Thirteenth Annual Gathering in Biosemiotics, Castiglioncello, Italy, June 2013.  

Visual discourse analysis
Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics, June 2012. Presentation hosted by Dr. Alex Gillespie.  

Discursis: A new tool for discourse visualisation and analysis
Australian National University, May 2012. Presentation hosted by Prof. Nicholas Evans.  

Discursis: Seeing the Conversation 
IEEE VisWeek 2011, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

 

Conference abstracts

The ghettoization of the layperson: analyzing audience discussion shows using visual text analytic methods
Angus, D., Fitzgerald, R., Rintel, S., Wiles, J.
4th New Zealand Discourse Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2013.

Using visual text analytics to examine hybrid forms of broadcast interviewing
Angus, D., Fitzgerald, R., Rintel, S., , Knuepffer, C., Wiles, J.
4th New Zealand Discourse Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2013.

Visualizing Conversations Between Care Home Staff and Residents With Dementia
Baker, R., Angus, D., Smith-Conway, E., Baker, K., Gallois, C., Smith, A., Wiles, J., Chenery, H.
International Communication Association Conference, London, June 2013.

Using Recurrence Plots to Visualize the Temporal Dynamics of Tutor/Student Interactions
Brian, S., Salamanca, L., Whitehill, J., Reilly, J., Bartlett, M., Angus, D., Wiles, J.
IEEE Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, San Diego, USA, November 2012.

Non-verbal behavior is a mode of human interaction that is critical to communication, especially in situations where speech is sparse. In this study, we developed novel visualizations (called behavioral recurrence plots) to reveal the non-verbal behavior patterns of a tutor instructing a thirteen year old student in a mathematical problem, and the time-locked responses of the student solving a series of problems. In the first phase of analysis, video recordings were manually annotated to document the participants' speech, behavior, gesturing, fidgeting, and eye gaze over time, and automatic detection of movement was used to extract gross human motion. In a second phase of analysis, recurrence plots were used to visualize the interaction dynamics between the tutor's behaviors and between the tutor and student. The recurrence plots reveal the global structure of the tutoring session, points of interest and transitions, as well as interactions between the many modes of non-verbal communication.

Using Conceptual Recurrence Plots to Visualize Hidden Patterns in Neural Data
Gibson, T-T., Angus, D., Nitz, D., Wiles, J.
IEEE Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, San Diego, USA, November 2012.

Characterizing the Temporal Dynamics of Student-Teacher Discourse
Salamanca, L., Carini, A., Lee, M., Dykstra, K., Whitehill, J., Angus, D., Wiles, J., Reilly, J., Bartlett, M. 
IEEE Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, San Diego, USA, November 2012.

Student-teacher verbal communication contributes to successful learning outcomes. In this study we explore the use of conceptual-based recurrence plots to characterize the dynamics of student-teacher interaction. The results indicate: 1) Individual differences in teachers' speech styles 2) Teacher speech may reflect strategies that are sensitive to student performance and 3) Student-teacher discourse dynamics may influence learning outcomes. Findings have educational implications, particularly in classroom settings where teachers depend on verbal interaction to communicate to students; they also provide the foundation for modeling student-teacher interaction and creating automated tutoring systems that respond sensitively and effectively.

Visualizing Doctor and Patient Communication: Insights into Elective Doctor-Patient Consultations
Angus, D., Watson, B., Smith, A.E., Gallois, C., Wiles, J.
Thirteenth International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, June 2012.

Visualising Conversations between People with Dementia and Residential Care Staff
Gallois, C., Baker, R., Angus, D., Conway, E., Smith, A., Wiles, J., Chenery, H.
Thirteenth International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, June 2012.

Open Disclosure Analysis using Discursis
Watson, B., Angus, D., Farmer, J., Wiles, J., Smith, A.
Thirteenth International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, June 2012. 

Evaluating Elective Open Disclosure Through Visualisation: What Works and for Whom?
Watson, B., Angus, D., Farmer, J., Wiles, J., Smith, A.E.
Sixty-first Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Boston, USA, May 2012.