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**                       Fifth Workshop on                      **


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**               Held in conjunction with the                   **

**             4th International Conference on                  **

**  Adaptive Hypermedia & Adaptive Web-based Systems (AH2006)   **

**             Dublin, Ireland, June 20-23 2006                 **

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Second Call for Papers



You are kindly invited to contribute to the Fifth Workshop on
User-Centred Design and Evaluation of Adaptive Systems (UDEAS), which
follows in the tracks of four very successful workshops held in
conjunction with UM2001, UM2003, AH2004 and UM2005.


The workshop's guiding perspective is that novel design approaches,
adequate evaluation methods, and reliable assessment criteria and
metrics are prerequisites for improving the quality and usability of the
next generations of adaptive systems. This workshop expands upon the
scope of its predecessors to explicitly focus on issues related to the
user-centred design of adaptive systems in general, and the
identification of usability engineering methods that can be reused /
modified to support design activities, and evaluate concepts and
prototypes in early phases of adaptation design. This shift of focus is
reflected both in the new title and in a new paper submission category
as outlined below.


Workshop web site:


Web sites and proceedings of the four previous workshops:



Thematic Areas



The workshop, continuing in the steps of its predecessors, will focus on
the following general themes:


* How can the development of adaptive systems be facilitated

   through user involvement?

   - Which usability engineering methods can be reused or need to

     be adapted to inform different development stages of adaptive


   - How can we ensure early user involvement in requirements

     gathering and design activities?

   - How can early prototypes of adaptive systems be user tested?

   - How can potential trade-offs of adaptivity and usability be

     resolved (e.g., consistency vs. context-sensitivity)?


* Which criteria and methods can be used to evaluate adaptivity?

   - Which of the existing criteria and methods are appropriate for

     the evaluation of user models and adaptive systems?

   - What new criteria need to be introduced to specifically cater

     for the presence of user modelling and adaptation in the

     evaluated systems?

   - What empirical methods are appropriate (or, how do existing

     methods need to be modified, so as to be suitable) for

     assessment against the new sets of criteria?


* How can user-centred design practices and evaluation studies be


   - How can we encourage exploratory work in user involvement in

     adaptation design?

   - How can we foster an increase in the volume and quality of

     empirical evaluations of adaptive systems?

   - What are the most common pitfalls that can be identified in

     previous studies?




Workshop Format and Solicited Contributions



We plan to apply a format that facilitates goal-oriented group
discussions (among the workshop participants) in addition to the
standard paper presentations. The workshop will have two general
sessions (to be held in succession), as outlined below.


The first session will be organized around the general research themes
discussed earlier, i.e., submissions are to be evaluated in regard to
their relevance to / contribution towards the themes, and the discussion
during the workshop will be structured around the themes. Participants
of the workshop are expected to share their experiences and discuss the
issue of what constitutes good and bad practice in studies targeting
adaptive systems. Two types of submissions will be solicited to achieve
this goal: studies and position-papers. Each study will be discussed in
terms of experience gathered. The submission of "unsuccessful studies"
is explicitly encouraged, as these can be very informative for other
participants. Position-papers will be solicited on all three of the
workshop research themes. Authors of such papers are expected to build
upon related experience to discuss and propose either new (or, reworked
existing) metrics / approaches for user-centred design or evaluation of
adaptation, or, address the issue of why related studies in the
literature are so few and mostly uninformative. The topics to be raised
by the authors will be integrated in (and, hopefully, enrich) the
aforementioned study- based workshop discussions.


The second session will be devoted to the "planned work" category of
papers. The format envisaged for this session involves rather short
presentations of plans (or problems encountered in devising adequate
plans) for user involvement in the design activities of, or for the
evaluation of, adaptive systems. The presentations will serve as a
starting point for discussions among the workshop's participants.
Depending on the number of submissions in this category, we will
consider: (a) the assembly of a panel of experts to facilitate and guide
the discussions, and (b) the division of workshop participants into
groups, each of which addresses a smaller number of plans in detail, and
reports results (e.g., identified issues, suggestions / solutions for
overcoming those,

etc.) back to the workshop's closing plenary session.


The workshop will also include an invited talk on the topic of using
"traditional" approaches to design and evaluate adaptive systems. This
talk is intended as a condensed overview of existing knowledge in the
field, as well as a basis for further discussion among participants, and
a stepping stone for the definition of future work in the field.



Submission Format



Submissions should not exceed 10 pages for studies / position papers and
4 pages for "planned work" papers, and should be formatted according to
the Springer LNCS guidelines. Please refer to the submission section of
the workshop's web site for more information on the submission format.


Workshop papers will be published in full length in the workshop
proceedings and presented in talks at the workshop.


Please, submit your paper on-line at the workshop's conference
management site (refer to the "Submission" section of the workshop's
site for details). If you encounter problems in using the site's tools,
you can also submit the paper by e-mail to [log in to unmask]
until Monday, March 31st, 2006.


Portable Document Format (*.pdf) and Postscript (*.ps) files are



Important Dates



March 31st, 2006: Submission of papers (studies, position papers

                   and "planned work")

April 28th, 2006: Notification of authors

May   26th, 2006: Delivery of camera-ready copy

June  20th, 2006: Workshop day; the conference lasts from

                   June 20th to 23rd 2006.



Programme Committee



  1. David Chin, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

  2. Betsy van Dijk, Twente University, The Netherlands

  3. Christina Gena, University of Turin, Italy

  4. Anthony Jameson, DFKI, Germany

  5. Judith Masthoff, University of Aberdeen, UK

  6. Alexandros Paramythis, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

  7. Theofanis Tsandilas, University of Toronto, Canada

  8. Gerhard Weber, University of Education Freiburg, Germany

  9. Stephan Weibelzahl, National College of Ireland, Ireland 10. Frank
Wittig, SAP, Germany






Dr.Stephan Weibelzahl

National College of Ireland Dublin

Mayor Street IFSC

Dublin 1


+353 1 4498 579

sweibelzahl at


Alexandros Paramythis

Institute for Information Processing and Microprocessor Technology (FIM)
Johannes Kepler University Linz Altenbergerstr. 69 A-4040 Linz, AUSTRIA

+43 732 2468 8442

alpar at


Dr.Judith Masthoff

Department of Computing Science

University of Aberdeen

Aberdeen AB24 3UE

Scotland, UK

+44 1224 272299

jmasthoff at  <>




Dr. Judith Masthoff

Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen
Meston Building, King's College     Aberdeen AB24 3UE
Scotland, UK

Phone +44 (0)1224 272299                 Fax +44 (0)1224 273422
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