Emotions in Organizational and
Social Media Communication

Pre-Conferece at ISRE 2022

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Finally the location and time have been set: July 15, 2022 from 10:00 am to 4:15 pm in Room SCI L114 (in the School of Cinematic Art)

Welcome to the pre-conference workshop Emotions in Organizational and Social Media Communication at the ISRE 2022 conference!

We are excited to organize this pre-conference for the first time at ISRE. Communication is central in organization and social media. Emotions play a large role within the communication processes. This pre-conference will shed light on how contemporary research investigates emotions in organizational and social media communication with the help of innovative digital technologies often called affective computing. They allow researching emotions in dynamic organizations from new perspectives and in a scalable way.

We want to build a bridge of theoretical findings to the origin of happening, the organizations, and social media. Hence, we will highlight possibilities and results from research of emotions in organizational communication from different perspectives in organizations (e.g., customer service, human resources, internal collaboration) and disciplines (e.g., psychology, computer science, communication research, organization science).

The pre-conference will take place on July 15, 2022 from 10:00 am to 4:15 pm in Room SCI L114 (in the School of Cinematic Art) and will consist of several presentations and open discussions about new findings on research on emotions in organizations.

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Pre-Conference Focus

Emotions and the effort to regulate emotions are inevitably present in organizations, organizational communication, and social media interaction. The advent of digital technology for virtual communication facilitates collaborations and avails automatically accrued data and traces of such emotions. Simultaneously, affective computing technologies provide new tools for scalable analyzing this data for research. This offers new opportunities and perspectives for the study and management of emotions in organizations and social media.

This pre-conference workshop will discuss and demonstrate the implementation of digital technologies for researching emotions in these settings. Potential questions discussed in this workshop include:

  • How can new technologies for analyzing affect enrich emotion science, including research of emotion regulation, emotional labor, or emotional conflicts?

  • What are state-of-the-art theories and methods for the computational study of emotions in organizations, organizational communication, and social media interaction?

  • How to design future organizational systems and processes leveraging affective computing technologies and findings from such theories and methods?


To register for the pre-conference you have to register via the ISRE2022 website where you find all relevant information.


Presentations are continuously updated.

Studying Emotion in Service Operations Using Digital Traces

Prof. Anat Rafaeli, PhD - Technion Isreal Institute of Technology

Emotion - which is integral to service delivery - is studied predominantly using traditional tools of surveys, interviews and experiments. I will describe a new research program that relies on Digital Traces and sentiment analysis data to study emotions of customers and of service agents. The new research offers a more objective picture of customer emotion, its dynamics within service conversations, and its effects on customer satisfaction and on agent behavior. We find, for example, far less negative customer emotion than agents seem to recall, and that prevailing research presumes. We also find emotion displays of service agents to be different from what research on emotional labor suggested. And we show influences of customer emotion on agent response time and agent availability to customers that were not identified in previous research. This new research program opens up questions of why agents recall and report much more customer negative emotion than objectively occurs and call for research on how this can be addressed by further research and by service management.

Improving Emotion Regulation in Organizational Learning and Collaboration

Ivo Benke, PhD - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

In a digitalized, remote, and, potentially, hybrid world it becomes more and more complex for individuals to understand and regulate their emotions. For organizations, this has a crucial impact. For example, video communication via Zoom and MS Teams aggravates the connection to peers or Slack shortens and accelerates the exchange of text messages. In the future, the desired scenario of mixed reality collaboration will prevail with uncertain and unknown emotional experiences for the users. Therefore, it is important to develop solutions to support emotion regulation in situ or develop emotion regulation capabilities in organizations. This talk will present two studies in which emotional regulation is studied and developed through the help of AI-enabled artifacts. The talk focuses on two areas of organizational communication, a tool for emotional competence development in video meeting collaboration and a dataset development of emotional regulation dynamics with biosignals in learning.

Multimodal Behavioral Machine Intelligence

Prof. Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan, PhD - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory

The convergence of sensing, communication and computing technologies — most dramatically witnessed in the global proliferation of smartphones, and IoT deployments — offers tremendous opportunities for continuous acquisition, analysis and sharing of diverse, information-rich yet unobtrusive time series data that provide a multimodal, spatiotemporal characterization of an individual’s behavior and state, and of the environment within which they operate. This has in turn enabled hitherto unimagined possibilities for understanding and supporting various aspects of human functioning in realms ranging from health and well-being to job performance.

This talk will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the domain of human-centered signal processing and machine learning using example use cases drawn from interdisciplinary research in the broad area of behavioral machine intelligence, including conducted in complex workplaces like hospitals.

Predicting Customer Sentiment in Real-Time to Guide Customer Service Agents through Text-Based Conversations

Seth Levine -

Loris offers an AI assistant for customer service agents in text-based conversations (e.g., chat, text and email). A central component of our agent-assist software is our real-time, message-level customer sentiment score predictor. Every customer message is assigned a score from -2 to +2, which corresponds to the range from very dissatisfied to very satisfied. Each score is mapped to an emoji to help the agent identify the customer’s current level of satisfaction. Based on the incoming score, Loris guides the agent through suggested de-escalation techniques. Each message’s score is plotted to show the agent a trajectory of the customer’s sentiment throughout the conversation. The development and deployment of this real-time, five-tier sentiment analysis across multiple business domains provides a unique perspective to examine text-based conversations.

Designing Flow-Adaptive Systems for Digital Workplaces

Prof. Alexander Maedche, PhD - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Flow refers to the holistic sensation that people feel when they act with total involvement. Promoting flow in the context of work is desirable, because it leads to increased workers' performance and well-being. However, with the continously growing number of interruptions at work, it is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve the desirable flow state. The talk will present results of a series of lab and field experiments investigating flow-adaptive systems for the digital workplace. In order to recognize flow states, we leverage supervised machine learning on a dataset combining recorded electrical biosignals (ECG) with self-reported flow states collected through an experience sampling method (ESM) procedure. Using this flow classifier, we design and experimentally evaluate several workplace applications, e.g. a mobile flow awareness app and a flow-adaptive notification system embedded into the collaboration tool Slack.

A Prosocial Explanation of Antisocial Behavior and Affordances of Social Media

Prof. Joseph B. Walther, PhD - University of California, Santa Barbara

Previous research into online hate - racist, religious, anti-immigrant, misogynistic, and similar comments - assumes that it is intended to harm its targets. A new perspective suggests that online hate is primarily motivated by social approval in online relationships. This perspective offers several hypotheses: First, hate messages increase as individuals garner signals of admiration and friendship through social media’s affordances. Second, online hate is socially organized in certain sequences. While anecdotal and limited empirical research support these assertions, new methods and research ideas are sought to investigate these processes.

A Longitudinal Study of Group Emotional Dynamics in Daily Virtual Communications using OliverAPI

Nassos Katsamanis, PhD - CTO, Behavioral Signals Inc.

We will discuss how Behavioral Signals' emotion recognition engine, OliverAPI, can be used to track group interaction patterns and emotions longitudinally in virtual communication environments. As a case study, we will present the corresponding analysis of the daily scrum meetings of an agile software development team over the course of multiple consecutive sprints. OliverAPI processes the intonation and other vocal qualities of all participants in a conversation and employs deep models to provide a robust assessment of the speakers' emotional state. The proposed, fully automated processing pipeline offers emotion researchers a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding and derive insights related to the complex emotional dynamics occurring in virtual multi-party communication setups in real-life conditions.

Flash-Talk Presentations

We have two flash-talk presentations for the workshop.

Beyond words: Using emoji faces to measure emotion

Nathan Jones, PhD candidate - University of Adelaide

Understanding Failure, and Adaptability in Resilience using ARGs

Reza Habibi, PhD candidate - University of California at Santa Cruz

Call for Submissions - Flash-Talk Presentations

We are currently accepting abstract submissions for in-person flash-talk presentations. We encourage submissions from researchers of all levels and from all disciplines.

In-person flash-talk presentations are short presentations of ~10 min in which you can present an interesting research study, a topic of yours, or raise and describe a thrilling question in the area of emotions in organizational and social media communication.

The submission deadline is extended: June 27th, 2022 (AoE) (prev. June 20th ). For submission, we require a 250 word abstract of your planned flash-talk presentation.

Please send your submission to the workshop organizers (


Please contact Ivo Benke or Anat Rafaeli for further information via email: or


Prof. Anat Rafaeli holds the Yigal Alon Chair for the Study of People at Work in the Technion. She completed her PhD studies at the Ohio State University in 1984 and was a post-doctorate visiting fellow at Stanford University.
Anat researches emotions in organizations, symbols and artifacts in organizations, dynamics of service interactions, and the connection of psychological dynamics to service operations through analyses of big data archives.

Ivo Benke is a postdoctoral researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He leads the research department Emotion-adaptive systems in hybrid work and learning.
In his research, he focuses on the design of emotion-adaptive systems to improve emotional competence of workers and students in their digital environment.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Mädche is a full professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He heads the research group “Information Systems I” at the Institute of Information Systems and Marketing (IISM).
Alexander's research focuses on designing interactive intelligent systems. Current research topics include Human-AI Interaction, Cognitive Interaction Technologies, Physiological Computing Systems, Interactive Business Intelligence & Analytics Systems, and Interactive Systems Engineering.