Synchronization in Communication Systems

Important Dates   | Lodging | Schedule | Information for Presenters| Registration

Welcome to the Annual International Summer School conference, this year hosted by the Department of Communication at Michigan State University! The theme for 2017 is Synchronization in Communication Systems.

Here you can find general information about the conference as well as instructions on how to submit your work and register for the conference.

For updates and to connect with other attendees:

Twitter: @SyncMSU
Facebook: Sync @ MSU

Questions should be directed to: syncMSU@gmail.com. Questions may also be directed to Lindsay Hahn (Lshahn4@gmail.com), and Eric Novotny (novotnyeric716@gmail.com), the graduate student coordinators for the 2017 Sync @ MSU conference.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: April 17 at 5pm EST
  • Early registration deadline: Sunday, April 30 at 5pm EST (to guarantee dinner ticket for the Michigan Riverboat, and dormitory lodging)
  • Last day to book hotels: Sunday, April 30 at 5pm EST
  • Conference dates: May 31 - June 4 (directly following ICA in San Diego) with a pre-conference welcome dinner on May 30th.

The purpose of this summer school is to provide an opportunity for young scholars and students to engage and collaborate with a group of international scholars who are driving state of the art research on the role of synchronization in communication systems. The five-day event affords burgeoning scholars with the opportunity to present proposed or completed research projects, receive feedback, and socialize with peers and established scholars.

This year's conference will take place on Michigan State University's campus.

Previous hosts of the International Summer School include:

2016 - Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
2015 - University of Cologne (Cologne, Germany)

Lodging

Dormitory reservations are now closed and the deadline to reserve a hotel at the conference rate has passed. However, there are many hotels located very close to our conference location. We will provide shuttle service to and from the Residence Inn East Lansing (2841 Hannah Blvd.) and Marriott TownePlace Suites (2855 Hannah Blvd.)

Daily schedule

Sync @ MSU - International Summer School - May 30 - June 4
Tuesday-May 30 - Day 1
12:00-5:00pm
Registration Location: Owen Hall Lobby
5:00pm
Van transport from hotels and dormitories to venue. Vans will make continuous trips back and forth.  Last van will depart hotels/dormitories at 5:15pm
5:30pm - 9:30pm
Opening reception: Welcome lecture
John Sherry
(Michigan State University)
Synchronization as a Communication Construct
Location: Jim Dearing's house (address provided in registration packet)
Wednesday - May 31- DAY 2
Theme: SYNCHRONY IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
Moderator: Prof Jung Younbo (Nanyang Technological University)
7:15-8:00am
Van transport from hotels and dormitories to venue. Vans will make continuous trips back and forth. Last van will depart hotels/dormitories at 7:40am
8:00-8:10am
Welcoming Address by Department Chair,
Professor James Dearing
(Michigan State University)
Location: CAS 145
8:10-9:10am
Plenary 1: Prof Gary Bente (University of Cologne)
Location: CAS 145
9:10-10:10am
Plenary 2: Prof Kai Vogeley (University of Cologne) - Neural Correlates of Communication & Interaction
Location: CAS 145
10:10- 10:25am
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
10:25-11:25am
Plenary 3: Prof Devin McAuley  (Michigan State University)
 A Lifespan Perspective on Entrainment and Attentional Dynamics     
Location: CAS 145
11:25-12:25pm
Plenary 4: Matt O'Donnell (University of Pennsylvania) - Examining Linguistic Synchronization using Tools from Natural Language Processing and Social Neuroscience
Location: CAS 145
12:25-2pm
Lunch in downtown East Lansing
Meet outside the CAS building (by the parking garage)
2 -3pm
Student Presentations and Posters
Paek, Scholz, Zhou, Wasserman, Szczuka
Location: CAS 148
3-3:15pm
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
3:15-5pm
Breakout sessions (groups 2,3,4) VR/Motion Capture Demo
(group 1)
Group 1: Rooms 28/29                                                                                                  Group 2: Room 476                                                                                                Group 3: Room 191                                                                                           Group 4: Room 470
5pm
Van transport from CAS to hotels/dormitories
Meet outside the CAS building (by the parking garage)
5:15pm
Van transport depart from hotels and dormitories to Riverboat
6:00-10:00pm
Dinner on the Michigan Princess Riverboat
Thursday - June 1 - DAY 3
Theme: Synchrony in Human Technology Systems
Moderator: Prof Jung Younbo (Nanyang Technological University)
8:15- 9am 
Van transport from hotels and dormitories to venue. Vans will make continuous trips back and forth. Last van will depart hotels/dormitories at 8:40am
9-10am
Plenary 1: Prof Nicole Kraemer (University of Duisburg-Essen) Processes of Mimicry and Alignment with Robots and Agents
Location: CAS 145
10-10:15am
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
10:15-11:15am
Plenary 2: Prof Grace Ahn (University of Georgia)
Immersive Virtual Environments: Synchronization of Human, Virtually, and Reality Factors
Location: CAS 145
11:15-am 12:15 pm
Plenary 3: Prof Ralf Schmalzle (Michigan State University)
Engaged listeners and tuned in viewers: How media messages synchronize their audience
Location: CAS 145
12:30-2pm
Lunch
Lunch at Brody Square (Meet outside CAS by the parking garage)
2-3pm
Student Presentations and Posters
Xu,  Zimmerman/Kruger, Waldow, Earle
Location: CAS 148
3-3:15pm
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
3:15-5pm
Breakout sessions (groups 1,3,4) VR/Motion Capture Demo (group 2)
Group 1: Room 474                                                                                                 Group 2: Rooms 28/29                                                                                                 Group 3: Room 191                                                                                           Group 4: Room 470
5pm
Van transport from CAS to hotels/dormitories
Meet outside the CAS building (by the parking garage)
Friday - June 2 - Day 4
Theme: Synchronization in Interpersonal and Computer Mediated Communication
8:15-9am
Van transport from hotels and dormitories to venue. Vans will make continuous trips back and forth. Last van will depart hotels/dormitories at 8:40am
9-10am
Plenary 1: Prof Edson Tandoc (Nanyang Technological University)
From Letters to Numbers: How Audience Quantification Affects News Construction
Location: CAS 145
10-10:15am
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
10:15-11:15am
Plenary 2: Catalina Toma (University Wisconsin-Madison) - Asynchrony and Self-presentation in Online Spaces
Location: CAS 145
11:15am-12:15pm
Plenary 3: Jingbo Meng (Michigan State University)
Synchrony in online health social networks for behavior change
Location: CAS 145
12:30-2pm
Lunch
Walk to MSU International Center
2-3pm
Student Presentations and Posters
Kryston, Vogel, Kullmann, Sng, Kleinbeck
Location: CAS 148
3-3:15pm
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
3:15-5pm
Breakout sessions (groups 1,2,4) VR/Motion Capture Demo (group 3)
Location:
Group 1: Room 474                                                                                               Group 2: Room 476                                                                                                 Group 3: Rooms 28/29                                                                                            Group 4: Room 470
5pm
Van transport from CAS to hotels/dormitories
Meet outside the CAS building (by the parking garage)
5:30-6:30pm
Van transport depart from hotels and dormitories to Patriarche Park. Last van will depart from hotels/dormitories at 6:20pm
6pm-?
BBQ: Hosted by the Department of Communication
Location: Patriarche Park
Saturday - June 3 - Day 5
Theme: Synchronizing the Audience
8:15-9:00am
Van transport from hotels and dormitories to venue. Vans will make continuous trips back and forth. Last van will depart hotels/dormitories at 8:40am
9:00-10am
Plenary 1: Prof Prof Josh Introne (Michigan State University)
Causal coherence and narrative convergence in online social networks
Location: CAS 145
10-10:15am
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
10:15-11:15am
Plenary 2: Prof Richard Huskey (Ohio State University))
The Synchronization Theory of Flow: Taking Stock of the Past and Looking to the Future
Location: CAS 145
11:15-12:15am
Plenary 3: Prof Robert Lewis (University Texas - Austin) Observations and guidelines for media theory on synchrony and morality.
Location: CAS 145
12:30-2pm
Lunch 
Catered lunch in room TBD
2-3:00pm
Student Presentations and Posters
Bloch, Klebig, Novotny, Jording, Hussain
Location: CAS 148
3:00-3:15pm
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
3:15-5:00pm
Breakout sessions (groups 1,2,3) VR/Motion Capture Demo (group 4)
Location:
Group 1: Room 474                                                                                                 Group 2: Room 476                                                                                                 Group 3: Room 191                                                                                              Group 4: Rooms 28/29
5:00pm
Van transport from CAS to hotels/dormitories
Meet outside the CAS building (by the parking garage)
Sunday - June 4 - Day 6
Theme: Synchrony in Social Networks
8:15-9am
Van transport from hotels and dormitories to venue. Vans will make continuous trips back and forth. Last van will depart hotels/dormitories at 8:40am
9-10am
Plenary 1: Prof Santo Fortunato (Indiana University)
Location: CAS 145
10-11am
Plenary 2: Prof Winson Peng (Michigan State University)
Convergence and Divergence of Public Attention on Social Media
Location: CAS 145
11-11:15am
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
11:15-12:30pm
Plenary 3: Closing roundtable discussion
Prof Joe Walther (Nanyang Technical University)
Location: CAS 145
12:30pm
Van transport from CAS to hotels/dormitories
Meet outside the CAS building (by the parking garage)

Information for Speakers and Poster Presenters

Plenary Speakers

Invited scholars will present 45 minute talks, followed by 15-minute question/answer periods. A detailed, finalized agenda will be emailed to you as it becomes available.

Speakers should plan to bring their PowerPoint presentation (if using one) on a USB drive that we will load to our host computer at the beginning of each day to minimize transition time between speakers. No laptop is needed.

Poster Presenters

The submission window for presenters is now closed. We are excited to announce that we have an impressive lineup of 20 graduate students from all around the world who will present their research at this year's conference!

Registration

To register for the summer school, please click the link below. We ask that all those attending please register before Sunday, April 30 at 5PM EST. This is the only way to guarantee that attendees receive a dinner ticket for the Michigan Riverboat and dormitory lodging (if requested).

Register for the conference

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