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Marko Tkalcic <[log in to unmask]>
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2nd Workshop on Surprise, Opposition, and Obstruction in Adaptive and 
Personalized Systems (SOAP)
held in conjunction with UMAP 2017, 9-12th July, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia

Submission deadline: *20. April, 2017*

Call for Papers

The phenomenon often referred to as the "filter-bubble," i.e., the 
effect that collaborative, as well as content-based recommender systems 
keep making obvious, uninspiring, and therefore disengaging suggestions 
based on previous interactions, has emphasized the value of system 
qualities beyond pure accuracy, e.g., diversity, novelty, serendipity, 
or unexpectedness, to keep the user satisfied. In fact, these approaches 
to kicking the user out of his or her "comfort zone" seem to be highly 
promising methods to increase satisfaction with a system in the long 
run. To go even one step further, we also want to explore concepts along 
three qualities we refer to as surprise, opposition, and obstruction. 
Surprise relates to existing concepts like serendipity in complex 
scenarios. Opposition, as an extreme form of variation, is highly 
subjective and context-dependent. Obstruction refers to the intentional 
restriction of functionality through the machine in an active manner by 
"embodying opposition". We are interested in these aspects in the 
context of personalized and adaptive systems, such as recommender 
systems, user modeling, e.g., through personality-based preference 
models, and creative processes that are facilitated through 
collaborations with intelligent machines.

Topics of Interest:

- Unexpectedness in retrieval and recommender systems
- Serendipity, diversity, and novelty
- User-centric evaluation studies on aspects of diversity and serendipity
- Approaches to content discovery
- Inspirational recommender systems
- Aspects of personalization in inspirational systems
- User models facilitating imitation, subversion, and opposition in 
creative and cooperative systems
- Learning to variate
- Systems and user models promoting self-awareness and/or self-growth
- Anti-communal reinforcement
- Anti-confirmation bias
- Anti-polarization
- Chance and randomness in intelligent systems
- Case studies of intelligent systems in creative domains, e.g., music 

Important Dates and Format

Workshop paper submission deadline: April 20, 2017
Notification to authors: May 20, 2017
Camera-ready paper: May 28, 2017

The SOAP workshop will be held in a mini-conference style. Based on the 
recency of the above mentioned developments in recommender systems, 
music creation, and even computational creativity research, we consider 
this to be a breaking topic highly relevant to the UMAP community and 
beyond. We ask prospective participants to submit a paper detailing 
their position or technical contribution with regard to the questions 
discussed above prior to the workshop. To this end, we allow for 
different types of paper entries (non-anonymized):

- position paper (extended abstract, up to 4 pages)
- technical short paper (up to 4 pages)
- technical full paper (up to 6 pages)

Submissions are to be made through the SOAP submission website on EasyChair:

Submission ACM Standard (SIGCONF) templates:­-template .

Submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the program 
committee to select participants. Authors of accepted submissions will 
be required to give a short presentation at the workshop.

All accepted papers will be published by ACM as a joint volume of 
Extended UMAP 2017 Proceedings and will be available via the ACM Digital 
Library. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for 
the particular workshop and present the paper there. We encourage the 
authors to register for the whole conference.


Program Chairs

- Peter Knees, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
- Kristina Andersen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
- Alan Said, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden
- Marko Tkalčič, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Program Committee

- Alejandro Bellogín – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
- Robin Burke – DePaul, USA
- Berardina De Carolis – University of Bari, Italy
- Julia Neidhardt – TU Wien, Austria
- Matevz Pesek – University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Markus Schedl – Johannes Kepler University, Austria
- Iván Cantador – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
- Marco De Gemmis – University of Bari, Italy
- Michael Ekstrand – Boise State University, USA
- Alexander Felfernig – TU Graz, Austria
- Pasquale Lops – University of Bari, Italy
- Bruce Ferwerda – Johannes Kepler University, Austria
- Panagiotis Adamopoulos – University of Minnesota, USA
- Matthias Braunhofer – BMW, Germany
- Mehdi Elahi – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
- Mouzhi Ge – TU Dortmund, Germany
- Giovanni Semeraro – University of Bari, Italy
- Julián Urbano – Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
- Saul Vargas – Mendeley, England
- Martijn Willemsen – TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Contact: soap2017-0 AT easychair DOT org

Dr. Marko Tkalcic
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