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CFP SociUM Workshop

International Workshop on Adaptation and Personalisation in Social
Systems: Groups, Teams, Communities

in conjunction with UM'2007

Some of the most vigorous computing applications currently are social
software environments. Collaborative work and learning technologies
support social interaction, knowledge sharing, and collaboration in
multi-user environments ranging from working in small groups or
closely-knit teams to participating in online communities and forums.

Social software is rapidly becoming an important part of mass culture by
engaging users in creating, sharing, tagging, downloading, remixing, and
rating content as well as in virtual worlds populated with other users. 
Social environments unified by the Web 2.0 idea are highly dynamic; span
across a broad range of users, and produce rapidly changing collections
of resources. The difficulties that arise for individuals in such
volatile environments are manifold: cognitive overload, unawareness of
current trends in the community, or inability to find one.s place and
role in the group,  ultimately reducing the effectiveness of the
community to create, share, evaluate and evolve knowledge.

Therefore, in such environments, personalisation and adaptation are
paramount to facilitating effective knowledge construction and
information sharing and creating a trusting and motivating atmosphere
for members of groups, teams and communities to share and work together
Nevertheless, issues regarding how personalization and adaptation can
augment social software environments are still open.

Web 2.0 and related aspects will certainly play a major role for UM
research in the near future, and we believe it is about the time for
this workshop. It follows a trail of successful workshops in the general
the User and Group Models for Web-based Adaptive Collaborative
Environments Workshop at UM2003, the UMUAI Special Issue on user
modeling to support groups, communities and collaboration and the
AH.2006 Workshop on Social Navigation and Community-Based Adaptation
Technologies. It will bring together researchers and practitioners
working in the areas of social computing, online communities, user and
group modelling, personalisation and adaptation and usability to discuss
opportunities and challenges for personalisation and adaptation in
social computing.

Workshop Topics

The Socium Workshop will be open to all aspects relevant to adaptation
and personalization in social systems. Suggested topics include but are
not limited to:

* Adaptation goals in social systems
* Adaptation models in social systems
* User identities in social systems: evolution, stigmergy impact
* User and participation awareness
* Modelling teams, groups and communities in social systems
* Theoretical foundations of virtual teams, groups and communities
* Modelling the evolution of individual participation and social
* Team, group and community awareness
* Modelling reputation and trust
* Personalization based on team, group and community models
* Evaluation of personalization and adaptation in social systems


Full papers - 10 pages
Short papers - 5 pages

Papers should be formated according to Springer-Verlag LNCS format
described in the "For Authors" instructions webpage

The papers will undergo a peer-review by the members of the program
committee. Workshop proceedings will be published by the User Modelling
Conference. Electronic preproceedings will be available at the workshop

Important dates

Paper submission:    February 7, 2007
Paper notification:  March 12, 2007
Camera-ready papers: May 1, 2007

Early registration:  March 19, 2007
Workshop date:       June 25, 2007

Workshop Program Committee

Pragya Agarwal, University College London, UK 
Anupriya Ankolekar, Institut AIFB, Karlsruhe, Germany 
Mathias Bauer, mineway GmbH, Germany 
Mark Bernstein, Eastgate Systems, USA 
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA 
Tom Erickson, IBM Research, USA 
Christina Evangelou, University of Patras, Greece 
Rosta Farzan, University of Pittsburgh, USA 
Elena Gaudioso, UNED, Madrid, Spain 
Jim Greer, University of Saskatchewan, Canada 
Max Harper, University of Minnesota, USA 
Tom Heath, Open University, UK 
Nicola Henze, University of Hannover, Germany 
Anthony Jameson, University of Saarbrucken, Germany 
Nikos Karacapilidis, University of Patras, Greece 
Ralf Klamma, RTWH Aachen University, Germany 
Cameron Marlow, Yahoo! Research 
Judith Masthoff, University of Aberdeen, UK 
Amy Soller, Institute for Defense Analyses, USA 
Christoph Schmitz University of Kassel, Germany

Workshop Organizers

Julita Vassileva ( University of Saskatchewan,
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Manolis Tzagarakis ( Computer Technology
Institute, Greece
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Vania Dimitrova ( University of
Leeds, UK
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Tom Heath
PhD Student
Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1908 653565
Fax: +44 (0)1908 653169
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