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International Workshop at Haifa, Israel

Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation


June 25th – 28th, 2012

University of Haifa, Israel



Email: upworkshop.2012(at)gmail(dot)com

========== Summary and Theme ==========


In today's world, computer systems are part of almost every service we
receive; we either interact directly with them (as in: ATMs,
movies/transportation tickets purchasing kiosks, medical information kiosks,
etc.) or they operate in the background (e.g., food ordering, medical
treatment, flight boarding, shopping, etc.). Such services have the
potential to be personalized to users' preferences and needs in ways that
will make them more friendly and useful. However, in order to do that,
knowledge about the target user is required. Asking users each time for
their preferences and needs can be time consuming for the user, inefficient
and irritating. Beyond that, services are delivered everywhere and in
changing environments; this means that the context varies too (with/without
internet connectivity, local/abroad, etc.). Recent developments in
technology (e.g., ubiquity of smart mobile devices) and social trends (e.g.,
online social networking) bring us closer to ubiquitous personalization, a
situation where no matter where we go we will be able to receive services
tailored to our personal preferences. In order to make ubiquitous
personalization available to the masses, researchers need to draw upon
knowledge that is multidisciplinary. Future personalized ubiquitous
solutions need to address topics such as: communication interfaces, user
interfaces, ubiquitous user modeling, lifelong user modeling and more. The
workshop is intended to bring together researchers, graduate students and
industry people in the area of ubiquitous user modeling (and related areas).
The workshop will be an opportunity for researchers to share and collaborate
on ideas related to ubiquitous user modeling, lifelong user modeling,
personalization and other related topics. It will be a great opportunity for
graduate students to present their work, get feedback, learn and meet
leading researchers in this area.


========== List of Topics ==========


•             Personalization 

                o             Personalization in mobile and ubiquitous

                o             Location based personalization

                o             Semantic Web approaches and ontologies for

                o             Social Web approaches for personalization

                o             Spatial and temporal reasoning for ubiquitous

                o             Integrated reasoning and inferences with user
and context models

                o             Personalization in intelligent environments
like smart homes or smart cars

                o             User Interfaces personalization

                o             Lifelong aspects in personalization

•             User Modeling 

                o             User modeling interoperability

                o             Distributed and externalized user modeling

                o             Construction and acquisition of distributed
user models

                o             Conflict resolution for ubiquitous user

                o             Lifelong user modeling

•             Privacy 

                o             Privacy, security and trust in ubiquitous
personalization - How to store, transfer and share user model parts while
preserving the users privacy and anonymity.

•             Infrastructure 

                o             Interfaces and architectures for supporting
personalization in changing states of connectivity (online vs. offline)

                o             Ubiquitous communication interfaces for
transferring user models


========== Format  ==========


The workshop will be divided into thematic sessions. Every session will be
lead by an invited speaker and include an invited talk, a few position
papers and a concluding discussion.


========== Important Dates  ==========

April 22nd, 2012                Position papers submission

April 29th, 2012 Notification of acceptance

June 25th, 2012 Workshop Day


========== To Participate  ==========


If you wish to present at the workshop, please submit a four-page position

paper related to your experience with respect to the workshop’s theme by

April 22nd, 2012. Demos and Videos are also welcome. Following the workshop,

submissions may be solicited to submit a full paper for a potential special

issue on the topic. Industry and academia people who simply wish to

participate may register by email. Submissions and

registrations should be sent to: upworkshop.2012(at)gmail(dot)com.


=======  Organizers =========


Judy Kay, Sydney University, 


Tsvi Kuflik, University of Haifa,


Bob Kummerfeld, Sydney University,


Amit Tiroshi, University of Haifa

=======  Invited speakers ===========


Shlomo Berkovsky - CSIRO, Australia

Dominikus Heckmann - DFKI, Germany 


Geert-Jan Houben - TU Delft, The Netherlands 


Alfred Kobsa – the University California, Irvine, CA, USA 


Antonio Kuger – DFKI and Saarland university, Germany


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