The symposium followed up on a tradition established by the Swedish Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 1997 till 2000, and continued by the Nordic Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 2003 to 2012. Since 2013 the symposium has acquired a broader European dimension, with editions held in Malta, Estonia and Ireland. In 2016 the symposium returned to the University of Copenhagen.
As in the preceding editions, we aimed to present a broad view of the field by accepting papers on a wide range of topics and employing different methodologies in order to reflect the largely interdisciplinary nature of this research filed. This breadth is also maintained in the choice of papers presented here, which span from modelling and automatic detection of different kinds of communicative movement to the use of non-verbal signals for specific purposes in different communicative situations and different languages. The methods adopted also vary a great deal, encompassing quantitative analyses, experimental and neurocognitive investigations, and semiotic taxonomies.