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SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

2nd ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems
(RecSys'08)

October 23-25, 2008
Lausanne, Switzerland

http://recsys.acm.org

Submission Deadline: May 18th, 2008

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IMPORTANT NEWSFLASH!!! Someone attending RecSys08 will walk away with  
a start-up investment of $100,000 !!!! For further details read on…

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We are pleased to invite you once again to participate in this  
premier annual event on research and applications of recommender  
technologies.

The 2nd ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems, builds  
on the success of the Recommenders06 School in Bilbao, Spain; and the  
1st International Conference in Minneapolis, USA. In these events  
many members of the practitioner and research communities valued the  
rich sharing of ideas made possible by the shared plenary sessions.  
The 2nd International conference will combine the same close  
interaction among practitioners and researchers with a fully refereed  
published collection of papers. The proceedings, which are available  
both as a bound volume and via the ACM Digital Library, are expected  
to be widely read and cited.

In addition to a regular technical program, there will be tutorials  
covering the state-of-the-art of this domain, an industrial program  
comprising of panel discussions and a practice/industry-paper track.   
We also expect to have one keynote speaker who will address the major  
applications of recommendation technologies in industry. Also, the  
RecSys08 Doctoral Symposium provides an opportunity for doctoral  
students to explore and develop their research interests in an  
interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of  
distinguished research faculty. We invite students who feel they  
would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work  
to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with  
students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the  
field. Additional Information will be available at: http:// 
recsys.acm.org


IMPORTANT DATES

Paper Submission Deadline: May 18, 2008
Author Notification: June 29, 2008
Conference Dates: October 23-25, 2008



TOPICS OF INTEREST

We construe recommenders broadly, including applications ranging from  
E-Commerce to cell phones, and a wide variety of technologies ranging  
from collaborative filtering to case-based reasoning. Therefore,  
topics of interest for RecSys’08 include:

•	The impact of recommenders in practice
•	The algorithms behind recommenders
•	Theory of recommender systems
•	Recommender interfaces
•	Security and privacy in recommender systems
•	Innovative recommender applications group recommenders
•	Personalization using recommenders
•	User modelling
•	User studies of recommenders
•	Recommenders and communities


PAPER FORMAT & SUBMISSION

All submissions and reviews will be handled electronically in PDF  
format. RecSys08 submissions should be prepared according to the  
standard ACM SIG proceedings format. For your convenience, we provide  
paper templates in Microsoft Word and LaTeX on the conference website  
at: http://recsys.acm.org/cfp.html. There are two paper categories:

- LONG PAPER submissions should report on substantial contributions  
of lasting value. Each accepted long paper will be presented in a  
plenary session of the main conference program. The maximum length is  
8 pages in the standard ACM SIG proceedings format.

- SHORT PAPER submissions typically discuss exciting new work that is  
not yet mature enough for a long paper. Each accepted short paper  
will be presented in a poster/demo session. The presentation may  
include a system demonstration. The maximum length is 4 pages in the  
standard ACM SIG proceedings format.

RecSys '08 will not use blind review, so please include authors'  
names and affiliations on your submission. Each submission will be  
reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Papers  
should be submitted in PDF format via the EasyChair submission  
system: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=recsys08. If you  
have used EasyChair before, you may use your existing username and  
password. Otherwise please create a new EasyChair account.


STANDS $100,000 CALL FOR RECOMMENDER START-UPS

MyStands has recently announced the above call which seeks to  
identify the best early stage project in the area of recommendation  
technologies. As part of RecSys08 five finalists will be invited to  
present their projects to the judging panel. The winner will be  
announced at the RecSys gala dinner and they will receive a $100,000  
investment in the form of a convertible loan! Further details  
relating the eligibility and submission procedure for this call are  
available at: http://recommender-startups.strands.com.

SPONSORING THE CONFERENCE

The success of this conference depends on your generous support. EPFL  
Lausanne has taken the lead in sponsoring this conference. As an  
official sponsor of Recommenders Systems 2008, you will have the  
opportunity to reach a unique audience composed of leading  
researchers in the dynamic field of Recommender Systems. We highly  
encourage potential sponsors to contact Pearl Pu (email:  
[log in to unmask]). More details about the different forms of  
sponsorship can be found at: http://recsys.acm.org/sponsor.html.




ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Pearl Pu, General Chair,
Ecole Polytechnique Fèdèrale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Bamshad Mobasher, Program Co-Chair,
DePaul University, USA

Francesco Ricci, Program Co-Chair,
Free University Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Derek Bridge, Short Papers Chair,
University College Cork, Ireland

Francisco Martin, Industry Program Co-Chair,
Strands, Inc.

Shail Patel, Industry Program Co-Chair,
Unilever UK

Lorraine McGinty, Publicity Chair,
UCD Dublin, Ireland

Yuan Chun Shi, Asia Liaison,
Tsinghua University, China

Alexander Felfernig & Joseph Konstan, Doctoral Consortium Chairs,
Klagenfurt University, Austria & University of Minnesota, United States

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