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*Apologies for multiple postings*
                     CALL FOR PAPERS
  International Workshop on Health Recommender Systems,
**Deadline (EXTENDED)  July 15th, 2019* *
                to be held in Copenhagen (Denmark)
co-located with ACM RECSYS 2019 (

Important Dates:

***July 15th, 2019*: Paper submission deadline (EXTENDED)
** July 29th, 2019: Author notification
** August 27th, 2019: Camera-ready version deadline
** September 20th, 2019: HealthRecSys workshop
** September 16-20, 2019: RecSys conference

Workshop Organizers:
David Elsweiler (University of Regensburg, Germany)
Bernd Ludwig (University of Regensburg, Germany)
Alan Said (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Hanna Schaefer (University of Konstanz, Germany)
Helma Torkamaan (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Christoph Trattner (University of Bergen, Norway)

Objectives & Topics:
Recommendations are becoming evermore important in health settings with 
the aim being to assist people live healthier lives. Three previous 
workshops on Health Recommender Systems (HRS) have incorporated diverse 
research fields and problems in which recommender systems can improve 
our awareness, understanding and behaviour regarding our own, and the 
general public's health. At the same time, these application areas bring 
new challenges into the recommender community. Recommendations that 
influence the health status of a patient need to be legally sound and, 
as such, today, they often involve a human in the loop to make sure the 
recommendations are appropriate. To make the recommender infallible, 
complex domain-specific user models need to be created, which creates 
privacy issues. While trust in a recommendation needs to be explicitly 
earned through, for example,  transparency, explanations and 
empowerment, other systems might want to persuade users into taking 
beneficial actions that would not be willingly chosen otherwise. 
Multiple and diverse stakeholders in health systems produce further 
challenges. Taking the patient's perspective, simple interaction and 
safety against harmful recommendations might be the prioritized concern. 
For clinicians and experts, on the other hand, what matters is precise 
and accurate content. Healthcare and insurance providers and clinics all 
have other priorities. This workshop will deepen the discussions started 
at the three prior workshops and will work towards further development 
of the research topics in Health Recommender Systems.

Our aim is to enhance the results of the last two workshops in the 
following areas:

** Elaborate discussion topics of the previous workshops on health 
promotion, health care as well as methods
** Strengthen the community of researchers working on Health in RecSys
** Attract representatives from e.g. health, psychology, medicine, 
nutrition, fitness
** Find cross-domain collaboration projects and funding targets
** Exchange and share infrastructure (datasets and tools)

We invite submissions that may include the following topics but are not 
limited to:

** Algorithms and Recommendation Strategies
** Domain Knowledge Representation
** Regulations and Standards
** Medical Evaluation Techniques
** User Profiling
** Pervasive Systems
** Personalization
** Behavioral Interventions
** Persuasion/Nudging/Behavioral Change
** Gamification and Serious Games
** Adherence
** Empowerment
** Trust
** Explanations
** Patient Needs/ Satisfaction
** User Interaction Design
** Human/ Expert-in-the-Loop
** Privacy

The goal of this workshop is to share and discuss research and projects 
that reach beyond classic recommender techniques and discuss health 
domain related challenges of recommender systems.

We solicit research papers (up to 6 pages) and short position papers (2 
pages), both in the ACM conference paper style. Participants can decide 
between a research focused submission, resulting in a workshop 
presentation, and a project focused submission, resulting in a workshop 
poster. A selection of best papers will be presented in a flash talk. 
Further papers will be presented in the form of a poster. Papers should 
be submitted in 

** Submission category research: innovative research ideas, preliminary 
results or system prototypes

** Submission category project: funded research projects, industry and 
research collaborations or health-care and research collaborations

Submission guidelines:
All submitted papers must:

** Be written in English;
** Contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
** Be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Template with a 
font size no smaller than 9pt;
** Be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and 
formatted for US Letter size;

Link or demo in attachment are preferred in both cases. All papers will 
be peer-reviewed, must not be under review in any other conference, 
workshop or journal (at the time of submission), and must contain novel 
contributions. Accepted papers will be published according to the ACM 
RECSYS 2019 WS publication rules. Please use the workshop's EasyChair 
submission page for submitting your paper.

A Few Remarks
** The title of the paper, authors, and the author order cannot be 
changed after the acceptance
** Major changes to the text of the reviewed and accepted papers are not 
permitted after the review
** At least one of the authors should participate in the workshop, 
register in the RecSys conference, and personally present the paper in 
the workshop.

RecSys 2019 will be hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the Scandic 
Falkoner hotel from September 16-20, 2019. Please visit the RecSys 2019 
website for more information about this 

If you have questions regarding the workshop, do not hesitate to contact 
the workshop chairs: [log in to unmask]

Helma Torkamaan

University of Duisburg-Essen
Interactive Systems Group

Room LF 288, Forsthausweg 2, 47057 Duisburg, GERMANY
[log in to unmask] / +49 203 379-2276

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