7th International Conference on Movement and Computing

7th International Conference on Movement and Computing

15-17th July, 2020 

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA


Website: https://moco20.movementcomputing.org/

This year’s theme is Movement Sensations

In collaboration with our hosts, Mana Contemporary, organizing institutions Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology are pleased to announce the seventh international conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO).

We would like to invite submissions for paper presentations, performances, workshops and more to the MOCO which will be held 15-17th July 2020 in Jersey City, NJ.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 19 February 2020

  • Notification of Acceptance: 15 April 2020
  • Early registration starts: 15 April 2020

Information about previous conferences can be found here.


MOCO is open to a wide range of ways to present your work. In addition to papers for oral and poster presentations, we invite submission of practice work such as demos, performances, games, artistic works and movement workshops (in which participants take part in a guided movement activity). We encourage creative proposals for practice sessions and are open to novel formats.

Topics include but are not limited to (bold topics indicate those that are new this year):

  • Dance and technology

  • Interactive dance
  • Music and movement
  • Gesture and sound
  • Entrainment and movement
  • Sensory augmentation of movement
  • Sensorimotor learning
  • Embodied cognition and movement
  • Embodied interaction
  • Full body interaction
  • Technique analysis
  • Individual and group movement capture in sports
  • Mechanisms of coordination dynamics
  • Learning detection through the movement
  • Non-linear analysis to predict performance and learning process
  • Non-linear analysis as a tool for diagnosis
  • Movement in social interaction
  • Movement and computing for autism and other nervous disorders
  • Movement analysis and analytics
  • Bio-sensing, biocontrol and movement
  • Digital biomarkers for tracking the peripheral nervous system
  • Movement as a proxy of human brain
  • Machine learning for movement
  • Movement computation for entrainment
  • Movement computation in education
  • Movement computation in ergonomics, sports, and health
  • Movement expression in virtual humans and robots
  • Theoretical approaches to movement understanding
  • Philosophical perspectives on movement and computing
  • Movement Notation Systems (e.g. Laban or Eshkol-Wachman)

We encourage submission of a wide range of formats, the submission categories are:

Papers and posters

  • Long paper with oral presentation (8 pages maximum)

  • Short paper with oral presentation (4 pages maximum)
  • Extended abstract with poster presentation (6 pages maximum in the extended abstract format)

The conference is an opportunity to present original research and details of collaborative work. Participants will have the chance to offer a presentation of the results of their research on one of the themes of the conference and to interact with their scientific/artistic peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

All papers submissions must be anonymous and will be peer-reviewed. The proceedings of the MOCO conference  are published on the ACM Digital library under the International Conference Proceedings Series.

Practice Works

The term “practice work” refers to practice-based works in the area of movement and computing. These can either be artistically-oriented descriptions/demonstrations of specific performances or systems, or descriptions of a particular computationally-oriented application. We suggest the following as examples of what a practice work might be, but also stress that the list is not exhaustive, the only criteria being excellence of the work and whether it is possible to present the work given the resources, time, and space available to the conference.

Suggested practice work topics include:

  • Technology demos

  • Performances (e.g., dance, physical performance, music)
  • Artworks
  • Interactive Installations
  • Games
  • Video presentations

Practice works may either be submitted for presentation as posters or demos. Poster submissions will detail a specific approach to the practice of movement and computing. Selected posters will be presented at the conference, and an accompanying extended abstract will be published in the conference proceedings. 

Demo submissions will outline a live demonstration/performance that will take place at the conference. Demos will take place during dedicated sessions at the conference. Performances may be submitted in the Demo category, in which case a dedicated time will be given for the performance (generally up to 10 minutes), however due to the configuration of Mana Contemporary and the conference schedule, Demo performances will take place in a shared gallery space (and not on a proscenium stage). Practitioners submitting in the Demo category will have the option of including an ACM-formatted extended abstract for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

Poster Practice Works submissions consist of the following items combined into one pdf document. Please note, all submissions must be anonymous--this includes external media:

  1. An extended abstract in appropriate ACM formatting (2-pages maximum, see below) for inclusion in the conference proceedings

  2. A document with links to supporting media (videos, pictures, audio, etc.)

Demo Practice Works submissions consist of the following items combined into one pdf document. Please note, all submissions must be anonymous--this includes external media:

  1. A 200-word abstract to be included in conference program

  2. A 1-2 page (maximum) project description, including links to supporting media (videos, pictures, audio, etc.) 
  3. A 1-2 page (maximum) technical rider detailing all necessary equipment, furniture, and space requirements for the Demo. This document should indicate what equipment the submitter is providing, and what equipment is expected to be provided by the organizers. The organizers will make every effort to provide standard equipment as needed for Demo submissions (e.g. sound reinforcement, projection, displays, etc.), however specialized equipment required for performance will be the responsibility of the submitter. 
  4. (optional) An extended abstract in appropriate ACM formatting (2-pages maximum, see below) for inclusion in the conference proceedings. 

Please note that we are an academic conference with a low fee which means we cannot pay for commissioned work or provide any financial compensation to submitters in this category. All accepted submissions will require at least one author to register for the conference. 

Graduate Consortium

Submissions in this category represent an opportunity for graduate students to share and develop their research ideas in a supportive environment and with the participation of experts in the field. Students will have the opportunity to establish a community with other graduate students at a similar stage of their research. Accepted papers will be presented as posters in a dedicated “poster tour” session where authors will have an opportunity to orally present a short elevator pitch to experts in the field. We encourage students to submit a paper even if they are early in their graduate career.

Papers should not be longer than 4 pages including references in the appropriate ACM format (see below). The first author must be a current graduate student (at the time of submission). Graduate Consortium papers will be indexed and published in the conference proceedings. Videos and other supplementary materials are welcomed. Students accepted to present their work at the Graduate Consortium must plan to attend it.

Organizing Committee

• General conference chair:         Antonia Zaferiou, Stevens Institute of Technology 

                                                     Vilelmini Kalampratsidou, Rutgers University

• General scientific chair:             Elizabeth B. Torres, Rutgers University

                                                     Antonia Zaferiou, Stevens Institute of Technology

• Demo and artistic chair:             Vilelmini Kalampratsidou, Rutgers University

• Workshops & tutorials chair:      Carla Caballero Sánchez, Miguel Hernandez University of Elche

• Graduate consortium chair:       Steven Kemper, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

• Finance chair:                            Sara Pixley, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University

Steering Committee

• Frédéric Bevilacqua, IRCAM

• Sarah Fdili Alaoui,  LRI-Université Paris-Sud 11

• Thecla Schiphorst, Simon Fraser University

• Cumhur Erkut, Aalborg University Copenhagen

• Sofia Dahl, Aalborg University Copenhagen

• Grisha Coleman, Arizona State University

• Gualtiero Volpe, University of Genova

• Marco Gillies, Goldsmiths, University of London

• Sotiris Manitsaris, MINES ParisTech

• Jules Françoise, LIMSI-CNRS, Université-Paris Saclay