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Anthony Jameson <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 24 Dec 2008 03:04:07 -0800
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Dear subscribers to the SIGCHI General Interest Announcements
mailing list,

The general UMAP 2009 Call for Submissions was circulated
earlier, and detailed information is available on the conference
web site (

This message updates potential authors briefly on
1. the recently added invited speakers, workshops, and tutorials
2.  the submission categories whose deadlines are approaching:
   - Research Papers (January 19th; abstracts: January 12th)
   - Industry Papers (January 30th)

Some general information about the conference will be found at
the end of the message.

                  Happy holidays!
                  Anthony Jameson


UMAP 2009
First and Seventeenth International Conference on
User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization

Trento, Italy, 22-26 June, 2009


Invited speakers:

   Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research, USA
   Alessandro Vinciarelli,  Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland
   Vincent Wade, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


   Adaptation and Personalization for Web 2.0 (half-day)
       Carlo Tasso, Antonina Dattolo, Rosta Farzan, Styliani
       Kleanthous, David Bueno Vallejo, and Julita Vassileva

   Lifelong User Modelling
       Judy Kay and Bob Kummerfeld

   Personalization in Mobile and Pervasive Computing
       Doreen Cheng, Kinshuk, Alfred Kobsa, Kurt Partridge, and
       Zhiwen Yu

   Ubiquitous User Modeling
       Shlomo Berkovsky, Francesca Carmagnola, Dominikus Heckmann,
       and Tsvi Kuflik

   User-Centred Design and Evaluation of Adaptive Systems
       Stephan Weibelzahl, Judith Masthoff, Alexandros Paramythis,
       and Lex van Velsen


   Constraint-Based Tutoring Systems
     Presenters: Antonija Mitrovic and Stellan Ohlsson

   New Paradigms for Adaptive Interaction (half-day)
     Presenters: Krzysztof Gajos and Anthony Jameson


Research Papers (January 19th; abstracts: January 12th):

Long (12-page) research papers should present original reports
about substantive new research. They should place the work within
the field, cite related work, and indicate the innovative aspects
of the work and its contribution to the field.

Short (6-page) research papers should present original and
unpublished highly promising research, whose merit will be
assessed in terms of originality and importance rather than
maturity and technical validation.

Each research paper submission will be reviewed according to
the criteria of relevance, originality, significance, soundness,
and clarity. These reviews will be integrated by a metareviewer
and by the program chairs to ensure they meet the standards of
this premier conference.

Accepted research papers will be published by Springer in the
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Long papers will
be presented orally at the conference; short papers will be
presented either orally or as posters, depending on the program
committee's decision.

Industry Papers (January 30th):

In recent years, user modeling, adaptation, and personalization
technologies have moved increasingly from the realm of research
to industrial and government-related applications. To support
this trend, a special Industry Track is being organized as part
of UMAP 2009. The goal of the Industry Track is to foster the
exchange of ideas between industry and academia, to publicise
successful UMAP applications, and to highlight research issues
(such as customer privacy or issues of scale) that arise in a
corporate setting. The Industry Track program committee solicits
submissions covering innovative commercial implementations or
applications of UMAP technologies and experience in applying
recent research advances to practical situations. Industry Track
submissions may be either long papers (12 pages), whose technical
density should be comparable to that of research track
submissions, or short papers (6 pages).

Industry Track submissions must describe work performed in
industry or concerning specific industrial applications. They
will typically include at least one industry author.

The submissions will be reviewed by a dedicated Industry Track
program committee. Accepted papers will be published in the
Springer proceedings volume and presented at the conference in
the same way as Research Track papers.


The annual conference series User Modeling, Adaptation, and
Personalization (UMAP) integrates the two biennial series User
Modeling (UM, 1986-2007) and Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive
Web-based Systems (AH, 2000-2008).

UMAP is the most important conference for those interested in
any aspect of (interaction with) systems that acquire information
about a user (or group of users) and use this information to
adapt their behavior to that user or group.

Conference Committee:

General Chairs
   Massimo Zancanaro and Fabio Pianesi FBK-irst, Trento, Italy

Program Chairs
   Geert-Jan Houben, Delft University of Technology, the
   Gordon McCalla, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Industry Track Chairs
   Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
   Alejandro Jaimes, Telefonica R&D, Madrid, Spain

Doctoral Consortium Chairs
   Sandra Carberry, University of Delaware, U.S.A.
   Brent Martin, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
   Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan

Workshop, Tutorial, and Demonstration Chairs
   Milos Kravcik, Open University of the Netherlands
   Antonio Krüger, University of Münster, Germany

Publicity Chairs
   Anthony Jameson and Chiara Leonardi, FBK-irst, Trento, Italy


The northern Italian town of Trento (110,000 inhabitants),
known as the "painted city", offers many beautiful buildings
within its compact historical center, which is immediately
accessible from the conference facilities.

The mountains that surround the town, a few minutes away by bus
or cableway, offer pleasant walks and spectacular views.

UMAP Topics:

1. Application domains for UMAP:
Electronic commerce; E-learning and intelligent learning
environments; Cultural heritage; Health care; Assistive
technologies; Digital libraries; Office work; Telecommunication;
Customer support; ...

2. Platforms on which UMAP can run:
Adaptive hypermedia; Other web-based systems (including Web 2.0);
Desktop systems for individuals; Groupware systems; Mobile and
wearable systems; Smart environments; Digital TV; ...

3. Functions that UMAP can serve:
Recommending products; Supporting information retrieval;
Tailoring information presentation to the user; Setting up and
mediating collaboration and communication; Supporting learning
and reflection; Taking over routine tasks; Adapting aspects of an
interface; Conducting spoken or multimodal dialogs; Tailoring
natural language processing; Giving help in a personalized way;

4. Aspects of users that are modeled and adapted to:
Knowledge and skills; Interests and preferences; Special needs;
Affective states; Goals and plans; Contexts of use; ...

5. Computational methods used for realizing UMAP:
Methods for acquiring information about users; Methods for
constructing and representing user models; Methods for exploiting
user models; Architectures for UMAP; ...

6. Usability issues that can arise with UMAP systems:
Ensuring adequate control, understanding, and predictability;
Preserving privacy; Avoiding excessive narrowing of experience;

7. Methods for designing and testing UMAP systems:
Analysing requirements for UMAP; Prototyping and iterative
testing of UMAP systems; Demonstrating the value of UMAP systems;

8. Practical experience with the application of UMAP:
Cost-justifying the application of UMAP in an organizational
context; Integrating UMAP methods with other types of software;
Convincing users of the added value of UMAP; Learning from users'
responses to a UMAP system; ...

Reasons to Submit to UMAP 2009:

1. As the combination of the two leading conference series in
this area, UMAP is now the single "place to be" for anyone
involved in user modeling, adaptation, and personalization.

2. The conference proceedings will be widely available in both
electronic and printed form (in the Springer LNCS series), and
they will be the first place that people look to find the latest
results in this area.

3. Those who have substantial results to present will benefit
from (a) the long-standing reputation of the UM and AH conference
series for selectivity and quality; and (b) the thorough
reviewing process, including metareviewing, which ensures
balanced and constructive feedback from relevant experts from
around the world.

4. The wide range of conference events offers a suitable
opportunity for participation no matter what type of contribution
you have to make or even if you are mainly interested in learning
more about the field.

5. The organizers are making special efforts to provide
opportunities for economical participation. (For example, the
date of UMAP 2009 was coordinated with that of Hypertext 2009 in
nearby Torino - June 29th through July 1st - so that authors can
attend both conferences in a single trip.)

6. The town of Trento and its environs offer architectural and
natural beauty that is quickly accessible even to the most
diligent conference participant.

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