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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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First 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
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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


Alexandros Paramythis

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

Tel: +43 (0) 732 2468 8442
Fax: +43 (0) 732 2468 8599
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