Workshop on Insights into Group & Team Dynamics

@ICMI October 18 2021, Montreal Canada

Keynote speakers

Giovanna Varni

Giovanna Varni

LTCI, Telecom Paris, Institut polytechnique de Paris, France

Marshall Scott Poole

University of Illinois Urbana Champagne, USA: Communication Scholar

Call for Participation

Insights on Group & Team Dynamics

To capture temporal group and team dynamics, both social and computer scientists are increasingly working with annotated behavioral interaction data. Such data can provide the basis for developing novel research lines that capture dynamic, often "messy" group phenomena and at the same time provide intriguing challenges for the automated analysis of multimodal interaction. For example, what can the behavioral patterns of social signals in group interactions tell us about complex, often difficult to grasp emergent group constructs such as conflict, cohesion, cooperation, or team climate? Technological advances in social signal processing allow for novel ways of group analysis to tackle these types of questions. At the same time, a growing number of group researchers with a background in the social sciences are embracing more behavioral approaches to group phenomena. This workshop is part of a timeline of initiatives starting from a 2016 Lorentz Workshop which aimed to bring group scholars and researchers in the social and affective computing community together.

Important dates

  • Submission date: August 2
  • Notification by August 30 September 1 (subject to early bird registration deadline)
  • Workshop date: October 18


For attending the workshop, please register through the ICMI 2021 webpage here when registration opens:

How to submit

For your paper, please use the single column format template provided here:
Please note that submissions are double blind so all information giving away who the authors are must be eliminated from the submitted paper.
To submit to the workshop,  please upload your paper to our EasyChair submission website here

In light of the new ACM TAPS format, the old double column page limits correspond to the following:

– 8 pages in two column -> 13~14 pages in one column

– 4 pages in two column -> 7 pages in one column




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4TU Humans and Technology

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research


GRACE Project




As in previous years, we will have a mixture of computer scientists and also social scientists.

Hayley Hung ( is an Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. She leads the Socially Perceptive Computing Lab. Specifically her research focuses on devising novel pattern recognition and machine learning methods to automatically interpret group social and affective behavior during face-to-face interactions. She contributes regularly to organizational roles at both the content and logistical level: Examples include Program Co-chair of ACM MM ‘19 & ACII’17; Workshop organizer at ICMI ‘18, ACM MM ‘13.

Joann Keyton ( is Distinguished Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University. She specializes in group communication and organizational communication. Her current research examines the collaborative processes and relational aspects of interdisciplinary teams, participants’ use of language in team meetings, and the multiplicity of cultures in organizations. She is editor of Small Group Research. She is a founder of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research. She co-organized the Group Interaction Frontiers in Technology (GIFT) at ICMI 2018.

Giovanna Varni ( is an Associate Professor at LTCI, Télécom Paris, Institut polytechnique de Paris, France. She is an interdisciplinary researcher mainly investigating on Social Signal Processing (SSP) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). She was involved in several EU FP7-FP6 projects and she is currently PI of the national French project ANR JCJC GRACE (2019-2022) on the automated analysis of cohesion in small groups of humans. She was one of the organizers of the workshop on Emotions and Emergent States in Groups at ACII’19 and of the workshop Insights on Groups and Team Dynamics at ICMI 2020.

Catharine Oertel ( is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Intelligent Systems at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. Her research interests lie in the areas of conversational agents, multi-modal social signal processing, speech and machine learning. She was nominated for best paper at ICMI (2015). She has been involved in the organization of several workshops amongst others the Group Interaction Frontiers in Technology (GIFT) at ICMI 2018 and she will also be involved in the organisation of ICMI in 2020.

Gabriel Murray ( is an Associate Professor in Computer Information Systems at the University of the Fraser Valley, and an Affiliate Professor in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (both BC, Canada). His background is in computational linguistics and multimodal speech and language processing. His recent research also focuses on predicting group performance and participant affect in conversational data. He was the lead organizer of the Group Interaction Frontiers in Technology Workshop at ICMI 2018, and co-organizer of the workshop Insights on Group & Team Dynamics at ICMI 2020.

Joe Allen ( is a Professor of Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology at the University of Utah. His research focuses on three major areas of inquiry including the study of workplace meetings, organizational community engagement, and occupational safety and health. He directs the Center for Meeting Effectiveness housed in the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. His research has attracted internal and external grant funding of more than $5 million since 2010. He was one of the organizers of the workshop on Emotions and Emergent States in Groups at ACII’19. Dr. Allen’s recent work can be found at