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Special Issue on Ubiquitous User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction

User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization
Research (UMUAI)

  *** Extended abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2013

  *** Paper submission deadline (for accepted abstracts): July 15, 2012

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As ubiquitous and pervasive computing becomes a reality, there is both the
opportunity and need to create a solid foundation for personalization
research in this area. Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) and Pervasive
Computing are now synonymous for many, and represent a new model of
computing in which computation is everywhere and computer functions are
integrated into everything. For UbiComp, Weiser postulated that ``It will be
built into the basic objects, environments, and the activities of our
everyday lives in such a way that no one will notice its presence''. Such a
model of computation will “weave itself into the fabric of our lives, until
it is indistinguishable from it”. Everyday objects will be places for
sensing, input, processing along with user output (Greenfield, 2006). In
practice, this means the ubiquitous availability of many computing devices
that are carried or embedded in our homes, cars, offices, in walls and
tables, or worn as part of smart clothing. To realise this, we need to
provide personalized services to users, individuals as well as groups,
wherever they are and whenever they need it. Notably, UbiComp introduces the
potential for context-aware personalisation. Context includes information
from the person (physiological state), the sensed environment (environmental
state), and computational environment (computational state) that can be
provided to alter an applications behaviour.

Ubiquitous and Pervasive User Modelling (UPUM) has a key role to play in the
visions for personalisation that are central to ubiquitous and pervasive
computing. The large amounts of personal data that are increasingly being
captured across each individual’s personal digital ecosystem have the
potential to contribute to a user model, which, in turn, can drive
personalised services. The multi-faceted challenges of achieving this have
been recognised as critical for the progress towards ubiquity and
pervasiveness. For example, Caceres and Friday, in reflecting on 20 years of
research, point to the importance of dealing with issues such as pervasive
ubiquitous data, support for users to control their own data and the
personalisation based on it, particularly in terms of privacy, but also in
ensuring people control their own smart environments.

Rapid technological changes, such as widespread smarter and cheaper devices
providing personal sensing and services, has brought important progress in
the field of UPUM. Many of these changes have occurred over the past seven
years, since the previous UMUAI special issue on user modeling in UbiComp.
It makes this a timely opportunity to call for an update of the state of the
art in the field. Such updates can provide a critical review of what was
central research then and is now on the periphery, or what new challenges
and gaps have emerged or remained present. Overall, this issue will focus on
the scientific challenges of ubiquitous user modelling in today’s dynamic

This UMUAI special issue builds on recent activities in this area and is
designed to solicit papers that report on recent significant advances, carry
out innovative explorations, and establish foundations for further research.
It interprets the notion of context broadly, as any additional conditions
and circumstances beyond user profile and item content information that may
affect user preferences for items.  It is intended to reflect the changes in
the domain in the past seven years (since the previous special issue) and
therefore, a wide range of topics are included. Those topics include (but
are not limited to):

● Infrastructure for Ubiquitous User Modelling

○ Information storage for easy access and reasoning

○ Information fusion from multiple sources

○ Standardization in user modeling

○ Privacy as an infrastructure component

○ Communicating user modeling data

■ Between user models and environments

■ Between applications

■ Back to the user model

○ User model architectures

■ Distributed, in the cloud

■ Local

■ Synchronization of user models (connected/disconnected modes)

● Lifelong Ubiquitous User Modelling

○ Storing personal information

-- Application domains for Lifelong Ubiquitous User Modelling

■ How to deal with current versus historical data

○ Reasoning and abstraction of personal information

○ Remembering and forgetting personal information

● Application domains for Lifelong Ubiquitous User Modelling

○ Cultural Heritage

○ Mobile recommenders

○ Mobile learning

○ Ubiquitous User Modelling with Situated Public Displays

○ Health and Wellness

● Privacy aspects of Ubiquitous User Modeling

○ Representing the user’s privacy policy

○ Keeping the user in control and aware

● User control and intelligibility in Ubiquitous User Modeling


The prospective authors must first submit an extended abstract of no more
than 4 single-spaced pages, formatted with 12 pt font and 1 inch margins, by
email directly to the special issue editors by *** March 1, 2013 ***.

All submitted abstracts will receive an initial screening by the special
issue editors.  Authors of abstracts will be notified about the results of
the initial screening by *** March 15, 2013 ***.  Abstracts that do not pass
this initial screening (i.e., the abstracts that are deemed not to have a
reasonable chance of acceptance) will not be considered further.

Authors of abstracts that pass the initial screening will be invited to
submit the full version of their paper by *** July 15, 2013 ***.  Authors
will be given initial feedback by the editors by ***August 15, 2013*** with
suggestions about possible improvements to their papers. The formatting
guidelines and submission instructions for full papers can be found at http:
//  The special issue papers should not
exceed 40 pages in journal format.  Each paper submission should note that
it is intended for the Special Issue on Ubiquitous User Modeling and be
submitted via email to the address mentioned in the submission instructions
above ([log in to unmask]).

The further tentative timeline for the special issue is as follows:

* September 15, 2013                         Initial feedback from the
editors with suggestions for improvements

* October 15, 2013:                            Submission deadline for
improved versions

* November 15, 2013                         Notification to authors

* January 15, 2014:                             Revisions of papers due

* March 15, 2014:                               Final notifications due

* April  15, 2014:                                Camera ready papers due

* June 1, 2014:                                    Publication of special


Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia

Tsvi Kuflik, University of Haifa, Israel

Aaron Quigley, University of St Andrews, UK

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