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24th ACM International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and
13-16 July 2016 - Halifax, Canada
Regular Registration Deadline: 12 July 2016

ACM UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and
practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users or to
groups of users. UMAP is the successor of the biennial User Modeling (UM)
and Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-based Systems (AH) conferences
that were merged in 2009. It has been organized traditionally by the
auspices of User Modeling Inc. This year (2016) UMAP became an ACM
conference, sponsored by ACM SIG CHI and SIG WEB.

The conference spans a wide scope of topics related to user modeling,
adaptation, and personalization. UMAP 2016 is focused on bringing together
cutting-edge research from user interaction and modeling, adaptive
technologies, and delivery platforms. It includes high-quality
peer-reviewed long and short papers in five research areas, each featuring
substantive new research on user modeling, adaptation, and/or
personalization, and chaired by leaders in the field:

* User Modelling for Recommender Systems (chairs: Alexander Felfernig &
Pasquale Lops)
* Adaptive & Personalized Educational Systems (chairs: Antonija Mitrovic &
Kalina Yacef)
* Personalization in the Social Web & Crowdsourcing Era (chairs: Alessandro
Bozzon & Harith Alani)
* Adaptive, Intelligent, & Multimodal User Interfaces (chairs: Julien Epps
& Hatice Gunes)
* Architectures, techniques & methodologies for UMAP (chairs: Stephan
Weibelzahl & Mihaela Cocea)

This year we received 123 submissions. We accepted 21 long papers (23.9%
acceptance rate) and 13 short papers (27.6% acceptance rate) for oral
presentation and an additional 17 extended abstracts for poster
presentation and inclusion in the proceedings. Additionally, the conference
also included extended abstracts, posters, demos, and late breaking
results, which showcase the wide spectrum of novel ideas and latest results
in user modeling, adaptation and personalization.

The full program can be found here:

We invited three distinguished speakers for keynote talks, illustrating key
issues and prospective directions for the field.
* Hossein Derakhshan (shared keynote speaker with Hypertext 2016) is
credited with starting the blogging revolution in Iran. He is called the
father of Persian blogging by many journalists and has helped to promote
podcasting in Iran. His talk, “Killing the Hyperlink, Killing the Web: the
Shift from Library-Internet to Television-Internet,” will reflect his views
on the Internet today.
* Dr. Lada Adamic leads the Product Science group within Facebook's Data
Science Team. She is also an adjunct associate professor at the University
of Michigan's School of Information and Center for the Study of Complex
Systems. Her talk “The Life and Times of Information in Networks”  centers
on information dynamics in networks: how information diffuses, how it can
be found, and how it influences the evolution of a network's structure.
* Prof. Sandra Carberry is a well known researcher in the areas of
computational linguistics, dialogue systems, and explanation generation,
and one of the founders of the User Modeling research area at the first
workshop in Maria Laach in 1986. As appropriate for the 30th anniversary,
her talk “User Modeling: The Past, The Present and The Future” discusses
how the field evolved, insights into where the field is headed, and the
hottest topics for exploration.

The conference includes a doctoral consortium that provides an opportunity
for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under
the guidance of a panel of distinguished scholars. This track received 18
submissions of which nine were accepted as full papers and eight as

The program includes seven workshops.
* PALE: Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments (full-day)
* EvalUMAP: Towards comparative evaluation in the user modelling,
adaptation and personalization space (full-day)
* IFUP: Workshop on Multi-dimension Information Fusion for Modeling and
Personalisation (half-day)
* INRA: News Recommendation and Analytics (half-day)
* SOAP: Workshop on Surprise, Opposition, and Obstruction in Adaptive and
Personalized Systems (half-day)
* HAAPIE: Human Aspects in Adaptive and Personalised Interactive
Environments (half-day)
* FuturePD: The future of personal data: envisioning new personalized
services enabled by Quantified Self technologies (half-day)

The program features two half-day tutorials:
* Semantics-Aware Techniques for Social Media Analysis, User Modeling, and
Recommender Systems by Pasquale Lops and Cataldo Musto (University of Bari
Aldo Moro, Italy), and
* Games, Gamification and Personalization by Amon Rapp (University of
Torino, Italy).

We would like to acknowledge the excellent work and help from the UMAP 2016
Organizing Committee including:
* Workshop and tutorial chairs: Jie Zhang (NTU, Singapore) and Federica
Cena (University of Torino, Italy),
* Doctoral Consortium chairs: Vania Dimitrova (University of Leeds, UK) and
Maria Bielikova (Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia),
* Poster, Demo and Late-Breaking Results chairs: Darina Dicheva (Winston
Salem University, USA) and Michel Desmarais (Polytechnique Montreal,
* Publicity chairs: Christoph Trattner (Know-Center, Austria) and Dennis
Parra (PUC, Chile)
* Student funding committee: Cristina Gena (University of Torino, Italy),
Vania Dimitrova (University of Leeds, UK), Bamshad Mobasher (DePaul
University, USA), and Sidney D’Mello (University of Notre Dame, USA).
* Website design and maintenance: Eelco Herder (L3S Center, University of
Hannover, Germany), Emmanuel Kaku and Julita Vassileva (University of
Saskatchewan, Canada)
* Conference management. Finally, we want to acknowledge the use of
EasyChair for the management of the submissions and review process.

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Christoph Trattner BSc
Research Center for Big Data Analytics & Data Driven Business
Graz University of Technology, Austria
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Tel: +43 650 2402801
New book: Mining, Modeling, and Recommending 'Things' in Social Media*
by M. Atzmueller, A. Chin, C. Scholz, C. Trattner (eds.)

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