The Practice of Showing ‘Who I am’: A Multimodal Analysis of Encounters between Science Communicator and Visitors at Science Museum

  • Mayumi Bono
  • Hiroaki Ogata
  • Katsuya Takanashi
  • Ayami Joh
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8514)


In this paper, we try to contribute to the design of future technologies used in science museums where there is no explicit, pre-determined relationship regarding knowledge between Science Communicators (SCs) and visitors. We illustrate the practice of interaction between them, especially focusing on social encounter. Starting in October 2012, we conducted a field study at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Japan. Based on multimodal analysis, we examine various activities, focusing on how expert SCs communicate about science: how they begin interactions with visitors, how they maintain them, and how they conclude them.


Multimodal Interaction Analysis Social encounter Science Communicators (SCs) Science Museum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mayumi Bono
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hiroaki Ogata
    • 3
  • Katsuya Takanashi
    • 4
  • Ayami Joh
    • 1
  1. 1.Digital Content and Media Sciences Research DivisionNational Institute of InformaticsJapan
  2. 2.Department of Informatics, School of Multidisciplinary SciencesThe Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI)Chiyoda-kuJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical EngineeringKyushu UniversityShishi-kuJapan
  4. 4.Academic Center for Computing and Media StudiesKyoto UniversitySakyo-kuJapan

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