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Ubiquitous User Modeling 2009 (UbiqUM'09)
      co-located with  UMAP'09 

UbiqUM 2009 will be the 7th International Workshop on Ubiquitous User Modelling.
It will take place in Trento, Italy on June 22nd, 2009, as part of UMAP 2009.

Background and Motivation:
In today's information world, small personal computerized devices, such as PDAs, smart phones and other smart appliances, become widely available and essential tools in many situations. The ongoing penetration of computers into everyday life leads to so-called ubiquitous computing environments, where computational power and networking capabilities are available (and used) everywhere to support the environment's "inhabitants". The strive of providing personal services to users made user modeling capability an essential part of any ubiquitous application. Ubiquitous user modelling (UbiqUM) describes ongoing modeling and exploitation of user behaviour with a variety of systems that share their user models. These shared user models can either be used for mutual or for individual adaptation goals. UbiqUM differs from generic user modelling by three additional concepts: ongoing modeling, ongoing sharing and ongoing exploitation. Systems that share their user models will improve the coverage, the level of detail, and the reliability of the integrated user models and thus allow better functions of adaptation. UbiqUM implies new challenges of interchangeability, scalability, scrutability and privacy. 

The workshop will focus on 2 topics:
1. User modelling in mobile and ubiquitous computing - collecting user information in a ubiquitous environment and converting it into meaningful user modelling data. This includes sub-topics, such as acquisition of distributed and context-aware user models; user modeling in intelligent environments; ubiquitous user modeling for entertainment and cultural heritage; pervasive and wearable user interfaces; privacy, security and trust in ubiquitous user modelling.
2. User model integration - combining the data acquired by various ubiquitous devices and systems. This includes topics, such as overcoming syntactic and semantic heterogeneity of distributed user models; conflict resolution in ubiquitous user modeling; user model representation, inferences with user and context models; spatial and temporal reasoning for ubiquitous user modeling; semantic web approaches and ontologies for ubiquitous user modelling, ontology mapping and alignment.

1. To foster interaction and exchange of ideas within the UbiqUM Community.
2. To establish a research agenda in the area of UbiqUM by mutual discussion of the challenges for UbiqUM research issues by the research community.
3. To provide an opportunity for information exchange and possible future research collaboration within the UbiqUM Community

Submitted papers should be up to 4 pages long, in LNCS format, by email, to [log in to unmask] They should suggest novel research ideas in the workshop areas of interest, and preferably describe initial research results (if there are any). 
Important Dates:
- Paper submission deadline:  March 30th, 2009
- Notification of acceptance:  April 30th, 2009
- Camera-ready papers due:  May 15th, 2009
- UbiqUM 2009 workshop:  June 22nd, 2009

Workshop Format:
The suggested workshop will be a full day workshop in the following format:
09:00 - 10:00 An invited talk about state of the art in ubiquitous user modelling
10:30 - 12:30 First session with short presentations of papers/ideas (about 10 minutes per speaker),
12:30 - 14:00 Demonstration and posters session of ubiquitous user modelling applications 
14:00 - 15:30 Second session discussion of the 1st session papers, forming list of research topics, breaking to small groups discussions of the selected topics,
15:45 - 17:00 Closing discussion about research directions of ubiquitous user modelling and possible collaboration among the workshop participants in pursuing the defined research directions.

Previous Workshops:
- 6th International Workshop on Ubiquitous and User Modelling - User Model Integration @ AH-2008, Hannover, Germany.
- 5th International Workshop on Ubiquitous and User Modeling @ IUI-2008 Gran Canaria, Spain.
- Workshop on Ubiquitous and Decentralized User Modeling @  UM-2007, Corfu, Greece.
- Workshop on Ubiquitous User Modeling @ ECAI 2006, Riva del Garda, Italy.
- Workshop on Decentralized, Agent-Based and Social Approaches to User Modelling @ UM-2005, Edinburgh, UK.
- Workshop on User Modelling for Ubiquitous Computing @ UM-2003, Pittsburgh, PA.

Workshop Co-Chairs:
- Shlomo Berkovsky, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Hobart, Australia. [log in to unmask]
- Francesca Carmagnola, the University of Torino, Torino Italy. [log in to unmask]
- Dominikus Heckmann, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH), Saarbrucken, Germany. [log in to unmask]
- Tsvi Kuflik, the Management Information Systems Department, the University of Haifa. Haifa, Israel. [log in to unmask]
E-Mail address to contact the co-organizers:  [log in to unmask]

Program Committee 
- Liliana Ardissono, University of Torino, Italy
- Lora Aroyo, Free University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Jörg Baus, DFKI GmbH, Germany
- Fabian Bohnert, Monash University, Australia.
- Federica Cena, University of Torino, Italy
- Nadja De Carolis, University of Bari, Italy
- Cristina Gena, University of Torino, Italy
- Alexander Kröner, DFKI GmbH, Germany
- Francesco Ricci, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
- Sergey Sosnovsky, Universitiy of Pitsburgh, USA
- Ilaria Torre, University of Torino, Italy
- Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan , Canada
- Andreas Zimmermann, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
- Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University, Australia.
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