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Dietmar Jannach <[log in to unmask]>
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     WI/IAT'09 Workshop on Explicit Knowledge Models for
     Web Personalization and Adaptation 
     September, 15, 2009 - Milano, Italy
     Submission Deadline:  April 30, 2009
In personalized web applications, different strategies for implementing 
the desired adaptive behavior are possible. Personalization can either be 
achieved by self-adaptation and learning based strategies, or through the 
interpretation of explicit knowledge models (for instance personalization 
rules or constraints).   

Learning-based and collaborative approaches are most widely used, 
especially in the Web context. However, in some domains the second 
option is more appropriate, for instance when initially not enough 
interaction data is available for learning, when the desired personalized 
behavior is too complex to be learned or when the personalization 
behaviour needs to be exhaustively validated. 

In the past, several forms of describing (or modeling) knowledge required 
for personalizing applications along the dimensions content, presentation, 
and structure have been proposed. Common techniques include rule-based 
systems, knowledge-based selection of predefined personalization 
strategies, finite-state automata and dialogue grammars for modeling 
interactive preference elicitation processes in recommender systems, 
grammars for authoring adaptive Web applications or hybrids that aim to 
extract rules from interaction logs, see for an example in the domain of 
recommender systems. Up to now, however, no general-purpose mechanism or 
agreement of how to acquire and represent such explicit personalization 
knowledge has been found. 

The proposed workshop should therefore bring together researchers working 
on explicit knowledge models for personalized and adaptive Web 

TOPICS OF INTEREST include, but are not limited to, the following:
Knowledge Acquisition
* Explicit modeling approaches, environments and tools
* Learning-based approaches
* Hybrid approaches, conflict resolution
* Personalization rules and knowledge mining
* Exploiting Web2.0 and the Semantic Web

Knowledge Representation Approaches
* Domain-specific and visual modeling languages
* Dialogue grammars
* Personalization rule languages
* Learning-based techniques

Software Engineering issues
* Integration with industrial software engineering practices and tools
* Web Engineering approaches
* Automated code generation
* Testing and debugging of explicit knowledge models

Applications / Case studies
* Decision Support Systems
* Recommender Systems
* e-Learning applications
* Other fielded systems and experimental evaluations.

Papers have to be submitted via the WI-IAT 2009 Cyberchair system,

All submitted papers will be reviewed on the basis of technical quality, 
relevance, significance, and clarity by at least two reviewers.
The length of accepted papers should not exceed 4 pages in IEEE-CS format;
extra payment is only possible for one more extra page.

The workshop will be open to everyone interested in attending. There will 
not be a separate workshop registration fee this year (i.e., WI/IAT 
registration covers everything).

Accepted workshop papers will be published in the Proceedings of WI-IAT'09 
Workshops, IEEE-CS Press.
Submission of papers      April 30, 2009
Acceptance notification   June 11, 2009
Camera-ready version due  June 27, 2009
Workshop day              September 15, 2009  

Dietmar Jannach, Technische Universitšt Dortmund, Germany
Markus Zanker, Universitšt Klagenfurt, Austria

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