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           associated with UM 2001
  8th International Conference on User Modeling


            July 13 to July 17, 2001
      AlpenCongressCentrum in Sonthofen,
              Bavaria, Germany

The User Modeling '01 Conference will include, as usual,
a Doctoral Consortium Session.  This has been a tradition
of User Modeling Conferences since 1994.  In DC
sessions lively and useful discussions have enabled
students to receive suggestions about their on-going
research and have allowed more experienced participants
to hear some fresh ideas and view some of the new trends
in the field.

Students will benefit in several different ways by
participating in the consortium, primarily by presenting
work to a knowledgeable audience, but also by meeting
established researchers and other graduate students doing
similar work.

Suggested Topics:

Graduate research in user modeling may cover a wide
range of topics.  Topics include (but are not limited to)
the following topic areas: user model acquisition, plan
and intention recognition, user stereotypes, representation
and inference techniques for user modeling, consistency
of user models, user modeling shell systems, explanation
generation, intelligent/adaptive user interfaces, adaptation
to users with special needs, learner modeling and
adaptive systems to support human learning, navigational
aids, adaptive hypertext and hypermedia, personalized
information retrieval and information filtering,
knowledge-based information presentation, adaptive
natural-language systems, customer and user profiling for
e-commerce, privacy issues, agent-based user modeling,
machine learning and data mining techniques for user
modeling.  Innovative projects can focus either on the
theory of user modeling or innovative applications or

Format of the Consortium:

Doctoral students are invited to submit short papers
describing their current research directions (see
submission guidelines below).  In this short paper,
students are expected to document their thesis topic, the
approach being taken, and the work that has already been
completed, if any.  These papers will be reviewed by the
DC Committee, and feedback will be provided to all
authors. Authors of high quality applications will also
be invited to present their research at the UM'2001
Conference to scholars and researchers in the field who
will provide constructive comments about their work.
This presentation may include a demonstration if
appropriate.  After the presentation the committee
members, and other members of the audience, will comment
on the student's work in order to provide constructive
feedback.  The consortium will be a separate session,
two to three hours in length.

We expect that a limited number of fellowships will be
available to enable students who are going to present their
work to participate in the meeting.


Plain text versions of submissions should be sent to the
DC Chair, Gord McCalla, at [log in to unmask] by

!!!!!!!!!!!!!    January 15, 2001.  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Authors will be provided with feedback and notified of
acceptance (or not!) of their submissions by February 28,

Final submissions for inclusion in the UM '01
Proceedings will be due by March 31, 2001.


Doctoral Consortium Submission Guidelines

Students are asked to submit, by e-mail, a 3-page abstract
of their doctoral research in plain ASCII text.  Students
are expected to include as the first item of their
submission a thesis synopsis statement, stating the main
contributions that the thesis aims to achieve.  Other
requirements include describing the thesis topic area, the
approach being taken, any work that has already been
completed, and, finally, a tentative plan for future work.
Students may also include a brief description of their
background in order to enable the committee to "adapt"
their assistance to each student.

Send submissions in plain ASCII text to:
Gord McCalla  at: [log in to unmask]

Good quality submissions will be chosen by the
consortium committee.  Authors of accepted papers will
be invited to present their work at the conference in a
short (15 to 20 minute) presentation.  This presentation
may include a demonstration if appropriate.  Students that
have been selected to present their work will also be
asked to submit a short list of questions to the committee
to help identify areas where the student feels that the
committee can be of assistance.  After the presentation
the committee members, and other members of the
audience, will comment on the student's work and
attempt to address the questions that the student has
identified.  The aim will be to provide constructive
feedback that can be used by the student as the thesis
topic continues to evolve.

Accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings of
the conference. The Proceedings of UM'2001 will be
published as a book by Springer-Wien.  In addition, the
Proceedings will be made available on the World Wide
Web.  Authors of accepted papers will be provided with
formatting instructions at the time of acceptance.

Chair of DC Committee:

Gordon Mc Calla
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Members of DC Committee:

Leila Alem
CSIRO, Australia

Paul Brna
University of Leeds, United Kingdom

David Chin
University of Hawai'i, U.S.A.

Robin Cohen
University of Waterloo, Canada

Cristina Conati
University of British Columbia, Canada

Helen Gigley
Office of Naval Research, U.S.A.

Isabel Fernandez de Castro
UPV/EHU, Spain

Judy Kay
University of Sydney, Australia

Frank Linton
The Mitre Corporation, U.S.A.

Riichiro Mizoguchi
University of Osaka, Japan

Fiorella de Rosis
University of Bari, Italy

Gerhard Weber
Pedagogical University of Freiburg, Germany