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Call for Papers

Workshop on Architectures and Building Blocks of Web-Based User-Adaptive Systems

Monday June 21, 2010 | Big Island of Hawaii

In conjunction with 2nd and 18th Conference on User Modeling,
Adaptation and Personalization


Important dates

* Submissions due             March 29, 2010
* Notification of acceptance  May    3, 2010
* Camera-ready versions due   May   24, 2010
* Workshop held               June  21, 2010


* All  papers  should  represent  original  and  unpublished  work  that  is not
    currently under review
* Submission types
    - Full paper (up to 12 pages)
    - Short paper (up to 6 pages)
    - Demo (up to 3 pages)
* Format
    LNCS instructions for authors can be found here
* Submission procedure
    Submit via EasyChair
* Review
    Each  submission  will be reviewed by at least three members of
the workshop
    program committee. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance,
    originality,  technical  content,  style,  clarity,  and  relevance  to  the

There  will  be  no  separate  workshop  registration  fees. At least one of the
authors  of  an  accepted  submission  must  register to the main
conference and
participate to the workshop with paper presentation.


User-adaptive  systems have evolved from small-scale stand-alone
applications to
interactive  Web-based  applications  that are often deployed on a larger scale.
Consequently, the need has arisen to move from prototypical systems to scalable,
deployable  solutions.  At  the  same time, a shift can be seen from rule-based,
mentalistic  user  modeling  approaches  to  'Web  2.0'  approaches that involve
machine learning, data mining, and collaborative techniques.

Past  research  provided a large body of methods for adaptation/personalization,
and  techniques  for  user  modeling, usage mining, and collaborative filtering.
Conceptual  frameworks  splitting  the  adaptation  process  into various layers
provide guidance for implementing user-adaptive systems. Based on these building
blocks,  various  groups  have  created their own frameworks, among others AHA!,
APELS,  and  Personal  Reader. Framework design provides an opportunity to reuse
components  or  even whole layers of the adaptation process. Reuse of components
such as user behavior observation and logging tools, user model storage promotes
faster development, better feature selection, and more robust systems.

Although,  system  fragmentation  enables  component  reuse  and  speeds  up the
development  of  the new systems, there are several issues. First, decomposition
of  a  monolithic  system  should  result  in a good abstraction of the data and
process  model to provide a convenient basis for reuse. Second, the data traffic
between  the  separated system components may intensify. As the number of system
users  increases  issues  related to scalability might arise. This is especially
true   for   user-adaptive   and   cognitive  systems  where  the  modeling  and
personalization components are traditionally computationally and data intensive.

Existing  work  on  the Web-based user-adaptive and cognitive systems, including
work  on frameworks, shown that there exists a strong overlap between conceptual
models  of  the  decomposed adaptation process and the practical implications of
its  design.  In  this  situation,  a logical step is to compare already working
systems  with  emerging  approaches  and  models.  In  this  workshop we seek to
identify  current  practices  and  experiences  with concrete implementations of
user-adaptive  and  cognitive  systems  or  specific  components  - varying from
experimental,  small-scale  prototypes  to systems that are deployed on a larger


Topics include but are not limited to:
* user behavior observation and user data collection: embedded into the adaptive
    system or available as standalone components or add-ons,
* user  data  management:  data  storage  platforms and formats, the
use of open
    standards, querying techniques or APIs, interoperability issues,
* reusing reasoning and adaptation techniques,
* scalability and performance issues of user modeling and adaptation,
* generalizable techniques for adaptation, personalization and recommendation,
* translations of conceptual designs into concrete implementati

Organizing Commitee

* Abel, Fabian (University of Hannover)
* Geert-Jan Houben (Delft University of Technology)
* Herder, Eelco (University of Hannover)
* Pechenizkiy, Mykola (Eindhoven University of Technology)
* Yudelson, Michael (University of Pittsburgh)

Program Committee

* De Bra, Paul (Technical University of Eindhoven)
* Brusilovsky, Peter (University of Pittsburgh)
* Conlan, Owen (Trinity College Dublin)
* Davis, Hugh (University of Southampton)
* Heffernan, Neil (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
* Henze, Nicola (University of Hannover)
* Knutov, Evgeny (Technical University of Eindhoven)
* Koidl, Kevin (Trinity College Dublin)
* Krause, Daniel (University of Hannover)
* O'Keeffe, Ian (Trinity College Dublin)

Contact Information

Michael V. Yudelson
School of Information Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
Email: [log in to unmask]
Tel: +1 (412) 624-9437

Michael V. Yudelson,
PhD candidate
School of Information Science, University of Pittsburgh.
Email: [log in to unmask]   Tel: +1 (412) 624-9437

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