Graphical expressions such as pictograms and avatars are used in various online intercultural communication applications to supplement or reinforce intercultural communication. While graphical expressions carry certain semantics at first sight, cultural differences in interpretation are observed in some cases.

The following are the major research topics of this special interest group:
  • Field study on intercultural interpretation of graphical expression
  • Study on computational methods of handling graphical expression and its semantics
  • Study on standardization of graphical resources as Language Grid Resources

Related Research Papers

  • Heeryon Cho, Toru Ishida, Toshiyuki Takasaki, and Satoshi Oyama. 2008. "Assisting Pictogram Selection with Semantic Interpretation." In: Proc. of the 5th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2008).
  • Heeryon Cho, Naomi Yamashita, and Toru Ishida. 2007. "Towards Culturally-Situated Agent Which Can Detect Cultural Differences." In: Proc. of the 10th Pacific Rim International Workshop on Multi-Agents (PRIMA2007).
  • Heeryon Cho, Toru Ishida, Rieko Inaba, Toshiyuki Takasaki, and Yumiko Mori. 2007. "Pictogram Retrieval based on Collective Semantics." In: HCI Intelligent Multimodal Interaction Environments, Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 4552, Springer, pp. 31-39.
  • Heeryon Cho, Toru Ishida, Naomi Yamashita, Rieko Inaba, Yumiko Mori, and Tomoko Koda. 2007. "Culturally-Situated Pictogram Retrieval." In: Intercultural Collaboration, Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 4568, Springer, pp. 221-235.

SIG (Special Interest Group)

Type-2 SIG


Leader Tomoko Koda
(Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Osaka Institute of Technology)
Vice Leader Toshiyuki Takasaki
(NPO Pangaea)
Members Shogo Kamiya
(Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Osaka Institute of Technology)

Past Members

  • Heeryon Cho
    (Member in 2008. She belonged to Ishida and Matsubara Lab. Department of Social Informatics, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University)