Workshop on Multimodal Interaction in Psychopathology

In conjunction with ICMI 2020, Utrecht

October 25th 2020



Millions of people worldwide are affected by mental disorders that span depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia. Reliable assessment, monitoring, and evaluation are important to identify individuals in need of treatment, evaluate treatment response, and achieve remission or moderate impact. Many indicators of presence or severity of mental disorders are observable. Indicators include psychomotor agitation (inability to sit still, pacing, hand wringing) or retardation (slowed speech and body movements, speech that is decreased in volume or vocal quality), changes in facial expression, gaze, body movements, and cognition. Attempts at diagnosis, screening and evaluation of treatment response from behavioral indicators have focused primarily on the individual alone and individual modalities. Yet, disorders strongly impact social interaction and relationships in family members, work settings, and on social media and are multimodal as well as interpersonal. For these reasons, it is critical to use multimodal indicators in a variety of interpersonal contexts.

Multimodal Interaction in Psychopathology workshop aims to bring together computer scientists, psychologists, behavioral scientists, neuroscientists, and clinicians with a focus on multimodal interaction in psychopathology. This workshop will provide an opportunity to present recent advancements for diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, to share knowledge, and generate interdisciplinary networking and collaborations.


We are soliciting original contributions that address advancements and challenges in multimodal interaction in psychopathology including but not limited to the following topics:

  • Assessment of psychopathology (detection of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dementia, autism, suicidal ideation or behavior, and other conditions)

  • Monitoring psychopathology

  • Evaluation of treatment response

  • Interpersonal indicators and mechanisms

  • Patient-clinician interaction

  • Family interaction

  • Group therapy

  • Human interaction on social media (e.g., detection of early signals of psychopathology, suicidal behavior)

  • Multimodal behavioral indicators of psychopathology occurrence and severity, especially those concerned with change over time

  • Speech and language processing for psychopathology

  • Wearable sensors for monitoring psychopathology