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Ingrid Zukerman <[log in to unmask]>
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Ingrid Zukerman <[log in to unmask]>
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                    *****Apologies for multiple postings*****
             **** NOTE: Submission Deadline is Oct. 31, 2003 ****

                           CALL FOR PAPERS
                          Special Issue on
          Language-Based Interaction: User Modeling and Adaptation

                 User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction:
                   The Journal of Personalization Research
               (an international journal published by Kluwer)

It is recognized that intelligent systems can increase their
effectiveness by adapting to their individual users.  This is also true
for language-based interaction, where language is broadly defined as any
signal (words, prosody, gesture, gaze, etc.)  that conveys the intent of
the agent transmitting the signal.  Such systems may acquire a model of
the user along some dimension based on the form, style, and/or content
of the user's language, employ the model to effectively interpret the
user's subsequent language, or utilize the model to respond appropriately
and effectively to the user.

Papers presenting original contributions pertinent to language-based
interaction are sought for a special issue of the journal "User Modeling
and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization Research"
published by Kluwer.  We solicit papers that address theoretical issues
relevant to adaptation in language-based systems as well as application
papers that present a novel implemented system.  Theoretical papers
should present new techniques, formalisms, or empirical studies relevant
to language-based adaptation.  Application papers should present an
adaptive language-based system that has been implemented and evaluated,
clearly presenting the advances offered by the system.

Submissions to the special issue should follow the UMUAI submission
instructions which are obtainable from the Web site
Electronic submissions are preferred.  Each submission should note
that it is intended for the special issue on language-based
interaction.  UMUAI is an archival journal that publishes mature and
substantiated research results on the (dynamic) adaptation of computer
systems to their human users, and the role that a model of the system
about the user plays in this context. Many articles in UMUAI are quite
comprehensive and describe the results of several years of
work. Consequently, UMUAI gives "unlimited" space to authors (so long
as what they write is important).

Potential authors are asked to notify the guest editors (Sandra
Carberry, email: [log in to unmask], and Ingrid Zukerman, email:
[log in to unmask]) as soon as possible of their intent to
submit an article.  Sometime thereafter (but preferably a month prior
to the submission deadline), they should submit a tentative title and
short abstract (which can be altered for the actual submission) to
assist in the formation of a panel of appropriate reviewers.

Submissions will undergo the normal review process, and will be
reviewed by three established researchers selected from a panel of
reviewers formed for the special issue.  Barring unforeseen problems,
authors can expect to be notifed regarding the review results within
two months of submission.

   Notification of Intent to Submit: as soon as possible
   Deadline Date for Submissions: October 31, 2003

Please address any questions to the guest editors:
Sandra Carberry                        Ingrid Zukerman
Dept. of Computer Science              Computer Science and Software Eng.
University of Delaware                 Monash University
Phone: +1 (302) 831-2711               Phone: +61 3 9905-5202
Email: [log in to unmask]           Email: [log in to unmask]