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UMAP 2012 -- 20th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
USER MODELING, ADAPTATION, AND PERSONALIZATION
Montreal, Canada, 16-20 July, 2012
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and
practitioners working on systems that adapt to their individual users,
or to groups of users, and collect and represent information about
users for this purpose. UMAP is the successor to the biannual User
Modeling and Adaptive Hypermedia conferences that were merged in 2009.
It is organized under the auspices of User Modeling Inc.
The conference will take place at the UQAM university campus, situated
in the very heart of the arts and entertainment district of Montreal.
The city offers a wide array of attractions and a unique blend of
North American and European culture.
The conference spans a wide range of topics related to user modeling
and personalization, including but not restricted to the following:
- Purposes of UMAP: personalizing information, recommending products,
tailoring search results, enhancing learning outcomes, adapting
interfaces, personalizing support, assuming routine tasks
- User characteristics for UMAP: knowledge and skills, interests and
preferences, special needs, affective states, personality, goals and
plans, contexts of use, roles, cultural characteristics
- Computational methods for UMAP: data collection, user model
extraction and representation, algorithms for personalization and
adaptation, architectures for UMAP
- Usability issues for UMAP: ensuring adequate control, understanding,
and predictability, preserving privacy and security, avoiding
excessive narrowing of experience
- Methods for design and evaluation of UMAP: requirements gathering,
formative evaluation, user testing, validation, performance tests
- Application domains for UMAP: e-commerce, e-learning, cultural
heritage, healthcare, assistive technologies, digital libraries,
office work, recommender systems, targeted advertisement, digital TV
- Environments for UMAP: web-based systems (including the
semantic/social Web), desktop systems, groupware systems, mobile and
wearable systems, smart environments, smart objects, virtual
WORKSHOP PROPOSALS (due 17 Jan. 2012)
Workshop proposals (3 pages) should outline the area, goals, scope,
format and expected outcomes of the workshop, and also introduce the
members of the organizing team and their backgrounds. Workshops
provide an efficient forum for community building and sharing of ideas
on emerging topics or specific research questions. We strongly
encourage innovative workshop formats as opposed to
'mini-conferences'. We are looking for well structured workshop
programs that aim to produce answers, artefacts and/or strategic
directions for the field. And why not think differently and accept
demos, videos or even blogs as elements of workshop submissions?
TUTORIAL PROPOSALS (due 17 Jan. 2012)
Do you have an advanced topic that you are excited about and want to
share? Or do you like to teach young researchers about fundamental
topics or necessary skills? You have 3 pages to describe what your
tutorial is about, why it is important, why you are the right person
to give the tutorial and how you will organize the tutorial.
RESEARCH PAPERS (abstracts due 24 Jan. 2012; full papers 31 Jan. 2012)
- Long research papers (12 pages maximum) should present original
reports of substantive new research. They should place the work within
the field, and clearly indicate its innovative aspects and its
- Short research papers (6 pages) should present original and
unpublished highly promising research, whose merit will be assessed in
terms of originality and importance rather than maturity and technical
Both categories will be strictly kept apart in the review process.
Only in extremely unusual circumstances can long papers be relegated
to the short paper category.
INDUSTRY PAPERS (abstracts due 24 Jan. 2012; full papers 31 Jan. 2012)
The Industry Track solicits submissions covering innovative commercial
implementations or applications of UMAP technologies, and experience
in applying recent research advances to practical situations.
Submissions may be either long papers (12 pages maximum) 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 concern industrial
applications, and will typically include at least one industry author.
DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM PAPERS (due 7 Feb. 2012)
The Doctoral Consortium is a forum for Ph.D. students to get feedback
and advice from the Doctoral Consortium committee. Submissions (4
pages) should include original and unpublished descriptions of the
student's topic, proposed contributions, and results achieved so far.
They should clearly indicate the work that remains to be done and the
questions on which the student would especially like to receive advice.
DEMONSTRATIONS (due 13 May 2012)
Demonstrations will showcase research prototypes of UMAP-based systems
at the conference. Descriptions of demonstrations (3 pages) should be
original and unpublished accounts of such systems. They should be
accompanied by a specification of the system requirements, and by a
draft poster of up to 9 slides or a single slide of about 24"x36" /
POSTERS (due 13 May 2012)
Descriptions of posters (3 pages) should be original and unpublished
accounts of innovative research ideas, projects, or results. They
should be accompanied by a draft poster of up to 9 slides or a single
slide of about 24"x36" / ISO A1.
SUBMISSION FORMAT AND REVIEW PROCESS
All submissions must adhere to the Springer LNCS format
(http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0), and be
made through the EasyChair
system. They will be reviewed for relevance, originality,
significance, validity and clarity.
Accepted research, industry and doctoral consortium papers will be
published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LNCS) series, both in hardcopy and electronically through
SpringerLink. They will also be indexed in the ACM Digital Library.
Accepted descriptions of posters, demonstrations, workshops and
tutorials will be published in the UMAP Adjunct Proceedings.
Significantly enhanced versions of research papers can be submitted to
User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of
Personalization Research (UMUAI) after the conference.
This conference series has awarded considerable travel support to
students in the past, and it is expected that there will also be
student funds available for UMAP 2012. Authors of accepted technical
and doctoral consortium papers will receive highest priority.
Michel Desmarais, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Roger Nkambou, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Judith Masthoff, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Bamshad Mobasher, DePaul University, USA
Industry Track Co-Chairs
Ido Guy, IBM Research, Israel
Diego Zapata-Rivera, ETS, USA
Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs
Eelco Herder, L3S Research Center, Germany
Kalina Yacef, University of Sydney, Australia
Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs
Lora M. Aroyo, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Demo and Poster Co-Chairs
Li Chen, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
Stephan Weibelzahl, National College of Ireland, Ireland
Local Arrangements Chair
Jacqueline Bourdeau, Tele-University, Canada
Cristobal Romero, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain
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