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                                          UM 2003

              9th International Conference on User Modeling


                                   June 22 to June 26, 2003
                       University of Pittsburgh Conference Center
                               Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA


November 11, 2002 - preliminary workshop proposals
November 18, 2002 - papers
November 25, 2002 - posters
November 25, 2002 - final workshop proposals
November 25, 2002 - tutorial proposals
January 25, 2003 -     Doctoral Consortium submissions


Michael Pazzani, Information and Computer Science, University of California,
Rosalind Picard, MIT Media Laboratory
Kurt VanLehn, Computer Science Department, University of Pittsburgh


The International User Modeling Conferences are the events at which research
foundations are
being laid for the personalization of computer systems. In the last 15
years, the field of User
Modelling has produced significant new theories and methods to analyze and
model computer
users in short and long-term interactions. A user model is an explicit
representation of properties
of individual users or user classes. It allows the system to adapt its
performance to user needs and
preferences. Methods for personalizing human-computer interaction based on
user models have
been successfully developed, applied and evaluated in a number of domains,
such as information
filtering, e-commerce, adaptive natural language and hypermedia presentation
and tutoring
New trends in HCI create new and interesting challenges for User Modeling.
While consolidating
results in traditional domains of interest, the User Modeling field now also
addresses problems of
personalized interaction in mobile, ubiquitous and context-aware computing
and in user
interactions with embodied, autonomous agents. It also considers adaptation
to user attitudes and
affective states.
Previous successes in User Modeling research reflect the cooperation of
researchers in different
fields, including artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction,
education, cognitive
psychology and linguistics. The International User Modeling Conferences are
characterized by
active participation of people from these areas and by lively discussions in
a pleasant
environment. UM'03 is the latest in a conference series begun in 1986, and
follows recent
meetings in Sonthofen (2001), Banff (1999), Sardinia (1997), Hawaii (1996)
and Cape Cod
(1994). As in past conferences, UM03 offers the following forms of
participation: tutorials,
invited talks, paper and poster sessions, a doctoral consortium, workshops
and system


include, but are not limited to:
     *theoretical issues of user modeling: inference techniques (neural
networks, numerical
uncertainty management, logic-based formalisms, machine learning);
consistency checking;
     *construction of user models: contents of user and student models
(including knowledge,
beliefs, goals, plans, attitudes, personalities and emotions); observation
of users' behavior,  user
modeling agents; user modeling in mobile systems;
     *exploitation of user models to achieve: adaptive information filtering
and retrieval,
personalized natural language understanding and generation, delegation of
tasks from user to
system, adaptation of tutorial strategies;
     *applications of user modeling techniques: teaching systems, on-line
help environments, e-
commerce, adaptive NL and hypermedia generation, embodied conversational
agents, support of
collaboration, support of users with special needs;
     *practical issues of user modeling: privacy, security, evaluation.


Papers and Posters:

Submissions are invited that describe original academic or industrial
research on some aspect of
user modeling. Following the past User Modeling conferences the proceedings
of UM'2003 will
be published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
paper and poster submissions should follow as close as possible the Springer
LNCS format and
should be submitted electronically as PDF or Postscript files. For
instructions on the LNCS paper
format, see The page limit is
10 pages for paper
submissions and 3 pages for posters. Please indicate whether the first (or
main) author is a student
to qualify for the best student award. Detailed submission instructions will
be available from the
conference web site.

Workshops and Tutorials

The purpose of the workshops is to provide an informal forum for
practitioners and researchers to
discuss novel applications and techniques of user modeling. The formats of
the workshops will be
determined by their organizers, who are encouraged to foster discussion and
exchange of ideas by
including mechanisms other than traditional paper presentations,
differentiating their workshops
clearly from typical conference sessions. All workshops will last either
one-half day or
(preferably) a full day.

The purpose of a tutorial is either to offer an introduction to a fairly
broad topic for newcomers to
user modeling or to enable experienced participants to deepen their
knowledge of a more specific
topic. Each tutorial will last one-half day. Detailed submission
instructions for workshop
proposals and tutorials will be available from the conference web site

Doctoral Consortium

Continuing a tradition that started in 1994, the UM Doctoral Consortium aims
to provide
qualified Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present their on-going
research to the UM
community. The Doctoral Consortium is a great forum to receive useful
feedback from a
knowledgeable audience, to exchange ideas, compare approaches and meet
fellow researchers in
the field.  Submissions should describe Ph.D. research that is at a stage
where feedback from the
broader UM community might be of value.  Thus, we expect students to be
close to make their
research proposal, or to have made it but have at least a year of work
remaining before
completion of their thesis.  Submissions must be a maximum of three pages
references) and should clearly specify: (i) the problem(s) that the proposed
research is addressing
(ii) the main contribution(s) of the research to the UM field (iii) the
proposed solution(s),
including a brief description of work already done and a tentative plan for
future work. Detailed
submission instructions will be available from the conference web site


Following UM conference series practice, UM'03 conference will be held at
the Conference
Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
( The center is
tucked into 650 acres of beautiful woodlands in the Laurel Highlands of
Pennsylvania, a region
well known for its hiking, biking, and whitewater opportunities as well as
for several world-class
attractions such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.


Conference Chair:
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Program Co-Chairs:
Albert Corbett, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Fiorella de Rosis, University of Bari, Italy

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs:
Sandra Carberry, University of Delaware, USA
Cristina Conati, University of British Columbia, Canada

Workshop Co-Chairs:
Frank Wittig, Saarland University, Germany
Anthony Jameson, DFKI, Germany

Program Committee:
David Albrecht, Australia
Liliana Ardissono, Italy
Mathias Bauer, Germany
Sandra Carberry, USA
Noelle Carbonell, France
Keith Cheverst, UK
David Chin, USA
Cristina Conati, Canada
Piotr Gmytrasiewicz, USA
Brad Goodman, USA
Haym Hirsh, USA
Kristina Höök, Sweden
Eric Horvitz, USA
Anthony Jameson, Germany
Judy Kay, Australia
Alfred Kobsa, USA
Antonio Krüger, Germany
Diane Litman, USA
Gordon McCalla, Canada
Kathleen McCoy, USA
Antonija Mitrovic, New Zealand
Riichiro Mizoguchi, Japan
Helen Pain, UK
Cécile Paris, Australia
Barry Smyth, Ireland
Constantine Stephanidis, Greece
Carlo Tasso, Italy
Julita Vassileva, Canada
Gerhard Weber, Germany
Ingrid Zukerman, Australia

Local Advisory Committee:
Christian Lebiere, Carnegie Mellon University
Ken Koedinger, Carnegie Mellon University
Jack Mostow, Carnegie Mellon University

Publicity Chair:
Ayse Goker, The Robert Gordon University, UK


Chair: Peter Brusilovsky
School of Information Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
135 North Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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Tel.: +1 (412) 624 9404

UM03 is being organized under the auspices of User Modeling, Inc. The list
of sponsors currently
includes Microsoft, Kluwer Academic Publishers, and James Chen Family.