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 lodging

We have reserved a block of rooms in on-campus dormitories. These are private, single dormitories with shared bathrooms. The cost of a single room without amenities is $35 USD a night. The cost of a single room with amenities (refrigerator, air conditioning, microwave, and television) is $46 a night.

If you would like to stay in one of these rooms, please indicate this on the online form when you register for the conference. We will then contact you with more information.

To reserve a dormitory room, please indicate that you want dormitory lodging on the online form when you register for the summer school. The deadline to register if you want dormitory lodging is April 30th at 5pm.

Hotel lodging

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Marriott TownePlace Suites and Residence Inn Suites, which are both located near campus.

Guests staying in the dormitories or at one of our two preferred hotels will have access to our van service each day. Vans will transport guests to the conference each morning and bring them back each evening.

Rates for the Towneplace Suites are $90 USD/night for a room with one queen-sized bed.
Rates for the Residence Inn are $115 USD/night for a room with one king-sized bed, or $155 for a 2 bedroom suite (which includes one king-sized bed, one-queen-sized bed, and a sofa bed).

To book either of these hotels, please click here.

The deadline to book a hotel room is April 30th, 2017. After this, the rates mentioned above cannot be guaranteed.

Daily schedule

Sync @ MSU - International Summer School - May 30 - June 4
Tuesday-May 30 - Day 1
12:00-5:00pm
Registration Location: TBD
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 5:40pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Opening reception: Welcome lecture
John Sherry
(Michigan State University)
Synchronization as a Communication Construct
Location: Jim Dearing's house (address to follow)
Wednesday - May 31- DAY 2
Theme: SYNCHRONY IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
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)      
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)
2-3:00pm
Student Presentations and Posters
Location: CAS 148
3:00-3:15pm
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
3:15-5pm
Breakout sessions (groups 1-3) VR/Motion Capture Demo (groups 4&5)
Location: TBD
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
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 Nicole Kraemer (University of Duisburg-Essen)
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)
Location: CAS 145
11:15-am 12:15 pm
Plenary 3: Prof Ralf Schmalzle (Michigan State University) 
Location: CAS 145
12:30-2pm
Lunch
Catered lunch in Room TBD
2-3:00pm
Student Presentations and Posters
Location: CAS 148
3:00-3:15pm
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
3:15-5:00pm
Breakout sessions (groups 2-5) VR/Motion Capture Demo (group 1)
Location: TBD
5:00pm
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
8:15-9:00am
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 Edson Tandoc (Nanyang Technological University)
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)
Location: CAS 145
12:30-2pm
Lunch
Walk to MSU International Center
2-3:00pm
Student Presentations and Posters
Location: CAS 148
3:00-3:15pm
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
3:15-5:00pm
Breakout sessions (groups 1,3,4,5) VR/Motion Capture Demo (group 2)
Location: TBD
5:00pm
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
6:00-?
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)
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 in downtown East Lansing
Meet outside the CAS building (by the parking garage)
2-3:00pm
Student Presentations and Posters
Location: CAS 148
3:00-3:15pm
Coffee Break
Location: Hallway outside CAS 145
3:15-5:00pm
Breakout sessions (groups 1,2,4,5) VR/Motion Capture Demo (group 3)
Location: TBD
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
8:15-9:00am
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 Santo Fortunato (Indiana University)
Location: CAS 145
10-11am
Plenary 2: Prof Winson Peng (Michigan State University)
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

Those interested in participating in the summer school must submit an extended abstract (including 4-5 keywords) of 800-1000 words (plus tables, figures, and references) that broadly relates to synchronization in communication systems. Funding support will be provided to young scholars whose abstracts are selected for presentation.

Abstract submission deadline is Monday, April 3 at 5pm. After submission, abstracts will be evaluated and presenters will be notified of acceptance by late April. Those interested in presenting their work are encouraged to submit their work as early as possible, as acceptance decisions (as well as notification of acceptance and funding) will be made on a rolling basis.

If your submission is accepted, you will prepare a poster of your work that will be presented during one of the thematic interactive poster sessions.

Poster printing instructions will be added here and sent out with abstract acceptance notices.

Please see the call for submissions, which details how to submit your work.

Call for Submissions can be found here

To submit an abstract, please send a Word file containing your abstract and keywords to syncMSU@gmail.com. In your email, please include your name, school, title (e.g., master's student, doctoral student, post-doc), and keywords associated with your abstract.

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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