ZiF Research Group

Multimodal Rhetoric in Online Media Communications

May 2020 - September 2020

Convenors: Kay O'Halloran (Liverpool, GBR), John Bateman (Bremen, GER), Mehul Bhatt (Örebro, SWE)


Foto John Bateman
Universität Bremen (Bremen, GER)
John Bateman, professor of Applied Linguistics, Bremen University, Germany, specializes in functional, computational and multimodal linguistics. His research interests include functional linguistic approaches to multilingual and multimodal document design, semiotics, and theories of discourse.
Foto Mehul Bhatt
Örebro University (Örebro, SWE)
Mehul Bhatt's research addresses the confluence of Cognition, Artificial Intelligence, Interaction, and Design Science for the development of human-centred cognitive assistive technologies and interaction systems; main focus is on formal, cognitive, and computational foundations for AI technologies with a principal emphasis on knowledge representation, semantics, integration of commonsense reasoning & learning, explainability, spatial representation and reasoning, and cognitive vision.
Foto Kay O'Halloran
University of Liverpool (Liverpool, GBR)
Professor Kay O'Halloran is an internationally recognized leading academic in the field of multimodal analysis, involving the study of the interaction of language with other resources in texts, interactions and events. In particular, a key focus of her work is the development of digital tools and techniques for multimodal analysis. Kay is developing mixed methods approaches that combine multimodal analysis, data mining and visualisation for big data analytics.
Foto John Mohr
Foto Gautam Pal
University of Liverpool (Liverpool, GBR)
Gautam Pal's work focuses on content analysis of the text, image, and video data; Multimodal analysis of social and news media; Interactive digital approaches to multimodal analysis using Splunk and Python.
Foto Vasiliki Kondyli
Örebro University (Örebro, SWE)
Vasiliki Kondyli's research work is developing in the interface of design computing, spatial cognition, and environmental psychology.

Foto Ronald L. Breiger
University of Arizona (Tucson, USA)
Ronald Breiger works on network theory and methods, networks and culture (with Robin Wagner-Pacifici), analyzing national security language, and multivariate analysis as a network problem.
Foto Kevin Chai
Curtin University (Bentley, Perth, AUS)
Dr. Chai is currently working as the Lead Data Scientist at the Curtin Institute for Computation. He has a background in data mining, machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision and has experience applying these techniques to research domains such as social sciences, the Humanities, health, medicine, engineering, astronomy and planetary sciences.
Foto Devin Cornell
Duke University (Durham, USA)
Devin Cornell uses computational methods to study cultural processes through which organizations and individuals produce and are shaped by meaning.
Ralph Ewerth
TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, and Leibniz University of Hannover
Ralph Ewerth's research focuses on the understanding of multimodal information from a computational perspective; In particular, on computational models that are able to identify cross-modal relationships on different levels, be it on the entity or status level, but especially on an interpretative level.
Foto Katharina Lobinger
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) (Lugano, SUI)
Katharina Lobinger is Senior Assistant Professor for online communication at the Institute of Digital Technologies for Communication (ITDxC). Her main research interests include networked photography, online communication, digital (visual) culture, ethics for the digital age, and creative and visual research methods.
Foto Robin Wagner-Pacifici
The New School for Social Research (New York, USA)
Robin Wagner-Pacifici has developed the framework of political semiosis to analyze the forms and flows of events. A long-term collaboration with John W. Mohr and Ronald L. Breiger analyzing national security language has generated several publications incorporating both close and distant readings.