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> TV'03: the 3rd Workshop on Personalization in Future TV
> in conjunction with User Modeling 2003
> Pittsburgh, PA, USA
> June 22nd, 2003 (date to be confirmed)
> Background and motivation
> There are large differences in types of users (e.g., ages, languages,
> backgrounds) and ranges of viewing purposes (e.g., enjoyment, business,
> education and learning, etc.) witness speciality stations in sports,
> business, economics, biography/history, etc.
> The diffusion of digital TV and the availability of hundreds of TV
> are exciting challenges for the design, development and exploitation
> user modeling, personalization and adaptive user interfaces
> First of all, personalized Electronic Program Guides (EPGs) are needed
> support the TV viewer in the selection of the interesting programs.
> the presence of Set-top boxes running complex programs facilitates
> development of user modeling systems that monitor the viewer's
> each time (s)he watches TV, acquiring long-term user models. At the
> time, however, there are important issues to be solved: for
> viewers typically do not watch TV alone; therefore, household models
> to be acquired and efficient unobtrusive identification techniques have
> be developed to make the explicit identification unnecessary. Moreover,
> viewer's interests have to be acquired without bothering her/him
> questions and, as such interests may abruptly change, the system has
> promptly react to such changes to provide suitable
> Finally, privacy issues have to be addressed to make such
> Another important challenge for digital TV is the development of
> user interfaces for TV services. For instance, the transition from
> passive type of interaction to an active one and the need to use
> remote control devices constrains the types of actions that the TV
> can perform. Moreover, as the TV is located far away from its
> there are special constraints on the layout of the user
> Finally, increasingly sophisticated and interactive games will
> additional challenges. And new forms of interactive television promise
> place the viewer in the drivers/design seat.
> The previous TV workshops
> The 3rd workshop on Personalization in Future TV follows TV'01, held
> association with the 8th Int. Conf. on User Modeling (Sonthofen, 2001),
> TV'02, organized in conjunction with the 2nd Int. Conf. on
> Hypermedia and Adaptive Web Based Systems (Malaga, 2002). Both TV
> have been organized as forums in which researchers from diverse areas
> as machine learning, knowledge engineering, cognitive sciences,
> user interfaces, and business intelligence could share their experiences
> the design, development and exploitation of user interfaces for future
> services. After the success of such workshops, which attracted
> attention of academic and industrial researchers and provided an
> overview of the current international work in the area of digital TV,
> propose the third edition of such event, to be held in Pittsburgh
> conjunction with the UM 2003 Conference.
> Call for papers
> For this workshop, we will consider contributions devoted to user
> and user-adaptive systems in the field of Personalized TV
> available on the Web and on new generation TV-sets. In order to focus
> themes addressed during the workshop, the submitted papers should try
> address at least one of the following questions:
> 1. Will users prefer personalized television over traditional
> 2. What are the unknown usability problems for digital TV applications?
> What testing methods could be applied to assess the usability of TV
> 3. What are the most effective algorithms for selecting shows relevant
> viewers' personal interests?
> 4. What is the most intuitive personalized interface for users to browse
> and select programs?
> 5. How can privacy be managed and balanced against needs for
> personalization of massive television data?
> 6. What is the best way to convey user preferences to the computer?
> 7. Are stereotypes more effective than individualized models of users'
> television interests and preferences?
> Workshop format
> This workshop is intended to provide a forum in which researchers
> diverse fields such as machine learning, knowledge engineering,
> cognitive sciences, adaptive user interfaces, user modeling and
> intelligence can examine the personalization aspects of the user
> in interactive TV.
> During the workshop, the authors presenting their work should try to
> at least one of the previously listed questions. Notes will be taken, in
> order to produce a summary of the contributions. At the end of
> workshop, a discussion session will be held to summarize the results of
> All contributions will be made available in a Web site before the
> Conference, so that people can read them in advance. If possible, th
> proceedings will also be published as an informal Annex to the
> Conference Proceedings.
> In order to participate to this workshop, one of the following is
> * present a contribution to the workshop (long paper, short paper
> demonstration, see below)
> * submit a short interest statement describing current work and
> as related to the workshop topics.
> Important Dates:
> * Submission of contributions: March 2, 2003
> * Notification of acceptance: March 25, 2003
> * Submission of final contributions: May 10, 2003
> Submission instructions:
> The following types of submission are solicited:
> * Long paper submissions, describing substantial contributions of novel
> ongoing work. Long papers should be at most 10 pages long.
> * Short paper submissions, describing work in progress. These papers
> should be at most 5 pages long.
> * Demonstration abstracts: software demonstrations are wellcome and
> should be described in a short abstract outlining the key features of
> the system to be demonstrated. The abstracts should be at most two
> pages long. Notice that the authors are expected to bring their own
> equipment for running the systems during the workshop.
> All the submissions should be formatted according to the guidelines
> for the papers of the main conference (see
> Suitable templates (LaTex2e | LaTex | Tex | MS Word (PC)) may be
> from the LNCS Web site at the following URL:
> Electronic submission of the URL address of the paper is preferred,
> although e-mail submissions of the Postscript/PDF files will be accepted.
> Send your submission to [log in to unmask]
> Liliana Ardissono
> Dipartimento di Informatica
> Universita` di Torino
> Corso Svizzera 185
> 10149 Torino
> [log in to unmask]
> Mark Maybury
> Information Technology Division
> The MITRE Corporation
> MS K312
> 202 Burlington Road
> Bedford, MA, USA
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> Program Committee Members:
> Liliana Ardissono (University of Torino, Italy)
> Patrick Baudisch (Microsoft Research, USA)
> Fabio Bellifemine (Telecom Italia Labs, Italy)
> Judith Masthoff (University of Brighton, UK)
> Mark Maybury (MITRE Corporation, USA)
> Barry Smyth (ChangingWorlds Ltd., Ireland)
> Howard Wactlar (CMU, USA)