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The First International Workshop on Modeling INTERPERsonal SynchrONy - INTERPERSONAL@ICMI2015

@the17th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2015) (


Understanding human behavior through computer vision and signal processing has become of major interest with the emergence of social signal processing and affective computing andtheir applications to human-computer interaction. With few exceptions, research has focusedon detection of individual persons, their nonverbal behavior in the context of emotion and related psychosocial constructs. With advances in methodology, there is increasing interest inadvancing beyond the individual to social interaction of multiple individuals. This level of analysis brings to the fore detection and understanding of interpersonal influence and interpersonal synchrony in social interaction.

Interpersonal synchrony in social interaction between interactive partners is the dynamic andreciprocal adaptation of their verbal and nonverbal behaviors. It affords both a novel domain for computer vision and machine learning, as well as a novel context with which to examine individual variation in cognitive, physiological, and neural processes in the interacting members. Interdisciplinary approaches to interpersonal synchrony are encouraged. Investigating these complex phenomena has both theoretical and practical applications.

The proposed workshop will explore the challenges of modeling, recognition, and synthesis of influence and interpersonal synchrony. It will address theory, computational models, and algorithms for the automatic analysis and synthesis of influence and interpersonal synchrony. We wish to explore both influence and interpersonal synchrony in human-human and human-machine interaction in dyadic and multi-person scenarios. Expected topics include definition of different categories of interpersonal synchrony and influence, multimodal corpora annotation of interpersonal influence, dynamics of relevant behavioral patterns, and synthesis and recognition of verbal and nonverbal patterns of interpersonal synchrony and influence.The INTERPERSONAL workshop will afford opportunity for discussing new applications such as clinical assessment, consumer behavior analysis, and design of socially aware interfaces.

The INTERPERSONAL workshop will identify and promote research challenges relevant tothis exciting topic of synchrony.

We encourage papers and demos addressing, but not limited to, the following research topics:

- Theoretical approaches to interpersonal synchrony in human/human and human/machine interaction
- Analysis and detection of non-verbal patterns of interpersonal synchrony/influence
- Models taking into account the relatioship between influence and synchrony
- Analysis and detection of physiological signals
- Modeling interpersonal synchrony in dyadic and in multi-party social interaction
- Psychological correlates of interpersonal synchrony/influence
- Analysis and detection of functional roles, persuasion, trust, dominance and so on
- Recording and annotation of corpora that vary in degree of experimental control
- Qualitative and quantitative evaluation
- Design of social agents and dialog systems.


Long paper:  8 pages maximum in the two-column ACM format as the main conference. Accepted long papers will be presented as long talk or a poster.
Short paper: 4 pages maximum in the two-column ACM format as the main conference. Accepted short papers will be presented as either a short talk or a poster.

Submissions should include: title, author(s), affiliation(s), e-mail address(es), tel/fax number(s), and postal address(es).

The papers have to be submitted at the following link:

All the contributions will be subject to a peer-review by at least three reviewers from the Program Committee.

INTERPERSONAL review is double blind, that is the authors do not know the name of the reviewers and the reviewers do not know the names of the authors. As a consequence, each submission should be anonymised: please, remove the authors names and all the information that could identify the authors.


July 20th, 2015: Submission deadline

August 4th, 2015: Notification of acceptance

August 17th, 2015: Camera ready version due to electronic form

November 13th, 2015: 2015 INTERPERSONAL@ICMI2015 Workshop


Mohamed Chetouani,
Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics,
University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
(mohamed.chetouani at

Giovanna Varni,
Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics,
University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
(varni at

Hanan Salam,
Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics,
University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
(salam at

Zakia Hammal
The Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
(zakia_hammal at

Jeffrey F. Cohn
University of Pittsburgh
Robotic Institute
Carnegie Mellon Univeersity

(jeffcohn at


This workshop is partially supported by the Laboratory of Excellence SMART (

Zakia Hammal, PhD
The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Human-Machine Interaction
Facial Expression Recognition
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