Özge ALAÇAM (Dr. rer. nat.)


Contact Info

Address: University of Hamburg
Department of Informatics
Vogt Koelln Str. 30
22527 Hamburg, Germany
Office: F-435
Phone: +49 40 42883-2392
Email: alacam at informatik.uni-hamburg.de

Short Biography

  • Ph.D. Departments of Informatics, University of Hamburg, Germany.
  • M.Sc. Cognitive Science, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
  • B.Sc. Computer Education and Instructional Technologies, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Research Interests

  • Multimodal Communication (Language, graphical representations and gesture)
  • Spatial and Embodied Cognition
  • Haptic & Visual Perception
  • Representation of Information
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Eye tracking methodology

Publication List

  • Alaçam, Ö. (2019-accepted). Enhancing natural language understanding through cross-modal interaction: Meaning recovery from acoustically noisy speech. In Proceedings of the 22nd Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NoDaLiDa) (Turku, Finland: Association for Computational Linguistics)
  • Alaçam, Ö., Menzel, W., and Staron, T. (2019-accepted). How does visual complexity influence predictive language processing in a situated context? In Proceedings of the 15th KONVENS – Bridging the gap between NLP and human understanding (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
  • Alaçam, Ö., Menzel, W. and Staron, T. (accepted). Syntactic and Semantic Disambiguation in a Situated Language Setting. EuroCogsci, 2019. Bochum.
  • Salama, A. R., Alaçam, Ö and Menzel, W. (2018) Text Completion using Context-Integrated Dependency Parsing. In the Proceedings of 3rd Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP, ACL 2018.
  • Staron, T., Alaçam, Ö., Menzel, W.: Incorporating Contextual Information for Language-Independent, Dynamic Disambiguation Tasks. Proceedings of the 11th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), (2018)
  • Alaçam, Ö ., Staron, T., and Menzel, W. (2017). A multimodal data-set for systematic analyses of linguistic ambiguities in situated contexts. In Juan Antonio Lossio- Ventura et al., editors, Information Management and Big Data, Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer. (106-122), 10.1007/978-3-319-90596-9.
  • Alaçam, Ö., Staron, T. and Menzel, W. (2017). Towards a Systematic Analysis of Linguistic and Visual Complexity in Disambiguation and Structural Prediction. In the Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Management and Big Data 4-6 September 2017. Lima, Peru.
  • Alaçam, Ö. and Habel, C. (2017). Negation in Gesture Accompanying Speech: A Cross-Modal Study. Journal of Multimodal Communication Studies. Vol. 4, issue 1-2.

  • Alaçam, Ö. (2015). Verbally Assisted Haptic-Graph Comprehension: Multi-Modal Empirical Research Towards a Human Computer Interface. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Hamburg.
  • Alaçam, Ö., Habel, C. and Acartürk, C. (2015). Switching Reference-frame Preferences during Verbally Assisted Haptic-graph Comprehension. In the Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Spatial Cognition (Cognitive Processing: DOI:10.1007/s10339-015-0730-9)
  • Alaçam, Ö., Acartürk, C. and Habel, C. (2015). Haptic exploration patterns in virtual line-graph comprehension. In A. Marcus (Ed.): Design, User Experience and Usability (DUXU/HCII 2015) , Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • Alaçam, Ö., Acartürk, C. & Habel, C. (2014). Referring Expressions in Discourse about Haptic Line Graphs . In Proceedings of the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue . (pp. 7-17). SemDial 2014 – DialWatt. Verena Rieser & Phillipe Muller (eds.)
  • Acartürk, C., Alaçam, Ö., & Habel, C. (2014). Developing a Verbal Assistance System for Line Graph Comprehension. In A. Marcus (Ed.): Design, User Experience and Usability (DUXU/HCII 2014), Part II, LNCS 8518 . (pp. 373–382). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • Kerzel, M., Alaçam, Ö., Habel, C., & Acartürk, C. (2014). Producing Verbal Descriptions for Haptic Line-Graph Explorations. In Proceedings of the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue . (pp. 205-208). SemDial 2014 – DialWatt. Verena Rieser & Phillipe Muller (eds.)
  • Alaçam, Ö., Habel, C. & Acartürk, C. (2014). Verbally Assisted Haptic Graph Comprehension: The Role of Taking Initiative in a Joint Activity. In the Proceedings of the 2st European Symposium on Multimodal Communication, University of Tartu, Estonia, August 6-8, 2014.
  • Alaçam, Ö., Habel, C. & Acartürk, C. (2014). Perspective Alignment during the Course of Verbally Assisted Haptic Graph Comprehension. In the online Proceedings of the RefNet Workshop 2014 on Psychological and Computational Models of Reference Comprehension and Production. Edinburgh, UK. 31 August 2014.
  • Alaçam, Ö., Habel, C., Acartürk, C. (2013). Investigation of Haptic Line-Graph Comprehension Through Co-Production of Gesture and Language. Tilburg Gesture Research Meeting , Tilburg
  • Alaçam, Ö., Habel, C., Acartürk, C. (2013). Towards designing audio assistance for comprehending haptic graphs: A Multimodal Perspective. In C. Stephanidis & M. Antona (Eds.), Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction . Heidelberg: Springer
  • Habel, C., Alaçam, Ö., Acartürk, C. (2013). Verbally assisted comprehension of haptic line graphs: referring expressions in a collaborative activity. In Proceedings of the CogSci 2013 Workshop on Production of Referring Expressions , Berlin.
  • Alaçam, Ö., Habel, C., Acartürk, C. (2013). Gesture and Language Production in Communication through Bar Graphs. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society , Austin, TX. pp. 1714–1719. Cognitive Science Society
  • Acartürk, C., Alaçam, Ö. (2012). Gestures in Communication through Line Graphs. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society , Austin, TX. pp. 66–71. Cognitive Science Society.
  • Alaçam, Ö., Acartürk, C. (2012). Work in Progress: Annotating Gestures in Communication through Graphs. Proceedings of the Graduate Symposium of 7th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams, Canterbury, UK. pp. 5–7.
  • Alaçam Ö. and Çakır, M. P. (2011). An investigation of the effect of event, task and visualization structures on graph comprehension using fNIR and eye tracking methodology. Front. Hum. Neurosci . Conference Abstract: XI International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON XI). doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2011.207.00481
  • Alaçam Ö., Hohenberger A., and Çağıltay, K. (2010). Effects of Graph Type in the Comprehension of Cyclic Events. In A. Goel, M. Jamnik, N. Narayanan (Eds.), Diagrammatic Representation and Inference. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6170 (pp. 279-281): Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. Presented at Graduate Symposium and Poster Session at Diagram 2010, Portland, USA.
  • Alaçam Ö., Hohenberger A., and Çağıltay, K.(2010) .The Effect of Graph Design Type on Word Preferences In the Description of Trend and Cyclic Events. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society , Portland, USA.
  • Alaçam Ö. (2010). Comparison Strategies of Different Event Types in Different Graph Types (MS. Thesis – The Department of Cognitive Science, Informatics Institute, Middle East Technical University, Ankara)
  • Alaçam, Ö., Hohenberger, A. E. and Çağıltay, K. .(2009). Comparison Strategies of Different Event Types in Different Graph Types. In Proceedings of 15th European Conference on Eye Movements, p.94 , Southampton, UK, 2009. University of Southampton.
  • Alaçam, Ö., and Dalcı, M.(2009). A Usability Study of Web Maps with Eye Tracking Tool: The Effects of Iconic Representation of Information. In Lecture Notes In Computer Science ; Vol. 5610, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Part I: New Trends, San Diego, CA )
  • Acartürk, C., Habel, C., Cagiltay, K., and Alaçam, Ö. (2008). Multimodal comprehension of language and graphics: Graphs with and without annotations. Journal of Eye Movement Research , 1(3):2, 1-15. Also presented as a poster at ECEM 2007, 14th European Conference on Eye Movements,19-23 2007, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Acartürk, C., Habel, C., Cagiltay, K., & Alaçam, Ö. (2008). Learning from text and graphs: The role of annotations and sensory modality. In A. Maes & S. Ainsworth (Eds.), Proceedings EARLI Special Interest Group Text and Graphics. Exploiting the Opportunities Learning with Representations (pp. 13-16).
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