Call: ICMI 2020 Workshop on Modeling Socio-Emotional and Cognitive Processes from Multimodal Data in the Wild

Call for Papers

Workshop on Modeling Socio-Emotional and Cognitive Processes from Multimodal Data in the Wild
At ICMI 2020: The 22nd International Conference on Multimodal Interaction
25-29 October 2020
To be held remotely due to COVID-19
ICMI 2020 website:
Workshop website:

Submission deadline: 17 August 2020

This workshop is part of the 22nd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) to be held remotely due to COVID-19.

Machine Learning (ML) on sensor data of human users in the wild poses numerous technical, theoretical, and ethical challenges. Modeling of intelligent adaptive systems in human-computer or human-robot interaction (HCI, HRI) can be based on a broad spectrum of multimodal signals. For example, eye gaze or EEG may reveal cues about a person’s focus of attention, and multimodal data from posture, voice, or facial expressions are frequently examined to predict user engagement, affective responses, or impending breakdown of the interaction. In short, multimodal signal processing is essential for the design of more intelligent, adaptive, or even empathic applications and systems in the wild. However, important issues remain largely unresolved: Starting from low-level processing and integration of noisy data streams, over theoretical pitfalls (e.g., concerning the role of context), up to increasingly pressing ethical questions about what artificial systems and ML can and should do. In this workshop, we will provide a forum for discussion of the state-of-the-art in modeling user states from multimodal signals in the wild.

Invited Speaker:
Tony Belpeame, Ghent University, Belgium


We welcome the presentation of evaluation studies, field research, theoretical and interdisciplinary contributions, novel modeling approaches, and insights on the ethical design of intelligent adaptive systems in the wild, including:

  • Multimodal modeling of emotions and social action tendencies
  • Multimodal engagement, attention, stress, memory, and workload estimation
  • Modeling and response estimation with biological signals (e.g., EEG, EDA, EMG, HR)
  • Eye tracking and shared attention
  • Studies bridging multimodal research between the laboratory and the wild
  • Case studies involving rich and dynamic signal modeling
  • Cognition-adaptive human-computer interfaces
  • Experiment design for cognitive processes
  • Ethical perspectives on current Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations to understand the underpinnings of multimodal data


Submissions of short (4 pages) and long (8 pages) should follow the ACM conference proceedings format. Links to the templates are available on the ACM website ( Each paper will be sent to at least two expert reviewers and will have one of the organizers assigned as editor. Review will be double-blind. Papers should be submitted via the Microsoft Conference Management Toolkit (CMT; Workshop proceedings will be separate from the main conference proceedings.

Workshop papers will be indexed by ACM.


Submission deadline: 17 August 2020
Notifications of acceptance: 7 September 2020
Camera-ready versions 30 September 2020
Workshop date: TBD (either 25 or 29 October 2020)


Dennis Küster , University of Bremen, Germany
Felix Putze, University of Bremen, Germany
Patrícia Alves-Oliveira, University of Washington, USA
Maike Paetzel, Uppsala University, Sweden
Tanja Schultz, University of Bremen, Germany

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