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                    - PIA 2005 -

Workshop on New Technologies for Personalized Information Access
                at User Modeling 2005
        July 25, 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

                Call for Papers

Information access is one of the hottest topics of information society and it has become even more important since the advent of the Web. On one side, our society relies more and more on information, both for professional and personal goals. Information is nowadays considered as one of the most valuable and strategic goods: knowing the right information, at the right moment, as soon as it is available is a "must" for all of us. On the other side, the amount of available information, especially on the Web and in modern Digital Libraries, is tremendously increasing over time.

In this context, the importance and role of user modeling and personalized information access are increasing. Equipped with user modeling tools capable of comprehending specific user information needs, new retrieval tools will be able to effectively filter out irrelevant information, to rank information in the most suitable way, to compare the contents of different documents, to personalize information presentation, and to adequately tailor man-machine interaction.

The new challenges motivated a range of new technologies for personalized information access within all information access paradigms - from classic "ad-hoc" information retrieval to information filtering, browsing, and visualization. New creative ideas emerged in a number of old and new research communities including user modeling, machine learning, adaptive hypermedia, digital libraries, semantic Web, human-computer interaction, and information visualization.

The goals of the workshop are to intensify the exchange of innovative ideas between the different research communities involved, to provide an overview of current activities in the area of personalized information access, and to point out connections between them. The workshop focuses especially on researchers that are working on ontologies, computational linguistics, user modeling and profiling, user adaptive interfaces, digital libraries, and their combination.

The workshop invites paper submission on a range of innovative technologies for personalized information access. The list of relevant topics includes, but is not limited to:
- Ontologies for personalized information retrieval and presentation
- Personalized access to digital libraries
- Open Corpus adaptive hypermedia systems
- Integrated systems for personalized information access
- Socially-based technologies for information access
- New approaches for user profiling
- Methods for adaptive information visualization
- Hybrid approaches for personalized information access
- Group modeling for information access
- Personalized information access in mobile, ubiquitous and context-aware computing
- Personalized presentation methods for people with disabilities and reading difficulties

Submissions are accepted electronically in PDF format. When preparing your submission, please, follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LNCS) format of Springer-Verlag that is also used by the main User Modeling conference. For detailed formatting instructions, please see All submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee on the basis of relevance, originality, significance, soundness and clarity.

Workshop Format
The workshop is planned as a full day workshop with about 10 talks. 
For each talk 30 to 40 minutes will be allotted with at least 10 minutes for discussion. The proceedings will be published by the
UM'2005 Organizing Committee and also will be available on the workshop Web site.

Important Dates
- Deadline for paper submission:        March 7th, 2005
- Notification of acceptance:           April 7th, 2005
- Camera-ready paper submission:        Mai 15th, 2005
- Camera-ready workshop notes:          June 21th, 2005
- Workshop day:                         July 25th, 2005

Workshop Organizers

Peter Brusilovsky
University of Pittsburgh
School of Information Sciences
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
Tel: +1 412 624 9404

Charles Callaway
HCRC, University of Edinburgh
2 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh, UK EH8 9LW
Tel:  +44 (0)131 651-1724

Andreas Nürnberger
University of Magdeburg
FIN IWS - IR Group
Universitätsplatz 2
39106 Magdeburg, Germany
Tel.:   + 49 391 67 18718

Program Committee (to be expanded)
- Conati, Cristina - University of British Columbia, Canada
- Conlan, Owen - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- De Luca, Ernesto William - University of Magdeburg, Germany
- Detyniecki, Marcin ­ Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6, France
- Dumais, Susan - Microsoft Research, USA
- Gangemi, Aldo - Laboratory for Applied Ontology (ISTC-CNR), Rome, Italy (
- Gauch, Susan - University of Kansas, USA (
- Hotho, Andreas -  University of Kassel, Germany
- Krüger, Antonio - University of Saarbrücken, Germany
- Leuski, Anton - University of Southern California, USA
( Magnini, Bernardo - ITC/IRST, Trento, Italy (
- McCoy, Kathleen F. - University of Delaware, USA
- Papatheodorou, Christos - Ionian University in Greece,
- Smeaton, Alan - Dublin City University, Ireland
- Smyth, Barry - University College Dublin, Ireland (
- Soller, Amy - Institute for Defense Analyses, USA
- Strapparava, Carlo - ITC/IRST, Trento, Italy
- Streiter, Oliver - University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
- Witt, Andreas - University Bielefeld, Germany