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CoFI 2024 : Multimodal Banquet: Exploring Innovative Technology for Commensality and Human-Food Interaction (CoFI 2024) @ICMI2024


When Nov 4, 2024 - Nov 8, 2024
Where San José, Costa Rica
Submission Deadline May 27, 2024
Notification Due Jun 24, 2024
Final Version Due Jul 12, 2024
Categories    multimodal interaction   commensality   affective computing   human-computer interaction

Call For Papers

Commensality, the act of eating together, offers rich opportunities for multisensory and social experiences that can be enhanced through technology. Dining involves interactions with food, where smells, colors, sounds, and textures contribute to a multisensory experience; likewise, the table becomes a focal point for social interaction, with non verbal cues and conversations being indispensable elements of the event.

This workshop aims to explore how interactive, immersive, and otherwise emergent technology can enrich eating experiences. The other aim is to build an interdisciplinary community around the topics of related to commensality and human-food interaction, with special focus on the role of multimodal interaction among commensal partners sharing food, being humans or artificial dining companions (such as social robots). We aim to collect novel contributions that explore how technology can enhance, facilitate, or make these experiences more enjoyable.

Topics of Interest include but are not limited to:

• Multimodal interaction in commensal setting

• Commensal activity recognition

• Cultural aspects of commensality

• Artificial agents (social robots, virtual companions) in commensality setting

• Interactive technology for sustainable. healthy eating and well-being

• Tele- and remote dining

• Food and eating as playful experience

• Commensality and food interaction in digital (VR/AR) spaces

• Critical human-food interaction design and research

• Food, interactive tech, and sustainability

• Multimodal food perception

• Tracking edible objects

• Designing cross-cultural food and commensal interactions

• Sensory augmentation for novel eating experience

• Gamification in Human-Food Interaction (HFI) and commensality

• Personalizing eating experiences

• Eating as a multisensory experience

• Computational models of commensals interaction

• Commensality and Food in Social Media

• Social AI and commensal practices


We encourage the submission of original contributions, investigating novel methodologies to build creative systems and algorithms for commensality and HFI. The call is open for both complete and ongoing works, research ideas and the position papers, especially interdisciplinary contributions in line with the main goals of the workshop. In particular, authors can submit:

(A) Long papers (max. 7 pages + references – ACM format);

(B) Short/Position/Discussion papers (max 4 pages + references – ACM format);

Submission Site

ACM formats:

All submitted papers will be evaluated by at least two members of the program committee, based on originality, significance, relevance, and technical quality. Submissions should be single blinded, i.e. authors names should be included in the submissions.

At least one of the authors should register and take part at the workshop to make the presentation.

*Paper submission (long and short): May 27, 2024

*Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2024

*Camera-ready version: July 12, 2024

*Workshop date: November 4 or 8, 2024


All accepted papers will be published in the ACM companion proceedings of ICMI2024.


Radoslaw Niewiadomski, University of Genoa

Ferran Altarriba Bertran, Escola Universitària ERAM

Christopher Dawes, University College London

Marianna Obrist, University College London

Maurizio Mancini, Sapienza University of Rome

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