Maria Tsfasman and Catharine Oertel publish paper and video
When working in a group, it is essential to understand each other’s viewpoints to increase group cohesion and meeting productivity. This can be challenging in teams: participants might be left misunderstood and the discussion could be going around in circles. To tackle this problem, previous research on group interactions has addressed topics such as dominance detection, group engagement, and group creativity. Conversational memory, however, remains a widely unexplored area in the feld of multimodal analysis of group interaction. The ability to track what each participant or a group as a whole fnd memorable from each meeting would allow a system or agent to continuously optimise its strategy to help a team meet its goals. In the present paper, we therefore investigate what participants take away from each meeting and how it is refected in group dynamics. As a frst step toward such a system, we recorded a multimodal longitudinal meeting corpus (MEMO), which comprises a frst-party annotation of what participants remember from a discussion and why they remember it. We investigated whether participants of group interactions encode what they remember non-verbally and whether we can use such non-verbal multimodal features to predict what groups are likely to remember automatically.
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