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                              UM 2001

             8th International Conference on User Modeling


                      July 13 to July 17, 2001
          AlpenCongressCentrum in Sonthofen, Bavaria, Germany

                           CALL FOR PAPERS

The field of user modeling (UM) has resulted in significant amounts of
theoretical work, as well as practical experience, in developing
UM-based applications in traditional areas of human-computer
interaction and tutoring systems. Further, it promises to have an
enormous impact on recent developments in areas like information
filtering, e-commerce, adaptive presentation techniques, and interface
A user model is an explicit representation of properties of a particular
user, which allows the system to adapt diverse aspects of its performance
to individual users. Techniques for UM have been developed and evaluated
by researchers in a number of fields, including artificial intelligence,
education, psychology, linguistics, human-computer interaction.
UM01 follows UM99 (Banff), UM97 (Sardinia), UM96 (Hawaii),
UM94 (Hyannis), UM92 (Dagstuhl), UM90 (Hawaii) and UM86 (Maria Laach).
It will provide for tutorials, invited talks, paper and poster sessions,
a doctoral consortium, workshops, and system demonstrations.

AREAS OF INTEREST include, but are not limited to:
   * construction of user models:  knowledge, beliefs, and
misconceptions, preferences, goals and plans, cognitive styles, user
modeling agents and brokers
   * exploitation of user models to achieve: adaptive information
filtering and retrieval, tailored information presentation, transfer
of task performance from user to system, selection of instructional
actions, interface adaptation
   * inference techniques for UM including neural networks, numerical
uncertainty management, epistemic logic or other logic-based formalisms,
stereotype or task hierarchies
   * applications of UM techniques in various areas, like adaptive
learning and on-line help environments, e-commerce, interface agents,
explanation of system actions,  adaptive hypermedia and multimodal
interaction, support of collaboration, of users with special needs
   * practical issues of UM, like privacy, consistency, evaluation,


   * Alfred Kobsa
         "User Modeling and Expert Finding"

   * Joseph A. Konstan
         "Heavyweight Applications of Lightweight User Models:
          a look at collaborative filtering, recommender systems,
          and real-time personalization"

   * Sandra Marshall
         "Eye Tracking:  A rich source of information for user modeling"

UM01 is being organized under the auspices of User Modeling, Inc.


Submissions are invited that describe original academic or industrial
research on some aspect of user modeling. Since Springer Verlag is the
conference proceedings publisher, it is required that the submissions
follow as close as possible to the Springer Lecture Notes format.
The page limit for paper submissions is 10 pages and for posters - 3 pages.
Detailed submission instructions (including for workshops and tutorials)
are available from the conference web site .


Nov 4, 2000  - abstracts
Nov 11, 2000 - PAPERS
Nov 11, 2000 - informal workshop proposals
Nov 18, 2000 - tutorial proposals
Nov 18, 2000 - posters
Nov 25, 2000 - workshop proposals


The AlpenCongressCentrum is part of the Allgu Stern Hotel, located in
Sonthofen, the southernmost city of Germany in the Bavarian Alpes. It
is easily accessible from several major European airports, for
example, Munich, Zurich, Frankfurt.


Conference Chair:
    Mathias Bauer, German Research Center for AI (DFKI)

Program Co-Chairs:
    Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
    Piotr Gmytrasiewicz, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Organizing Chair:
    Marc Roessel, Atrada Trading Network AG

Program Committee:
    Liliana Ardissono, Italy
    David Benyon, UK
    Ben du Boulay, UK
    Peter Brusilovsky, USA
    Susan Bull, Canada
    Sandra Carberry, USA
    David Chin, USA
    Gerhard Fisher, USA
    Abigail Gertner, USA
    Brad Goodman, USA
    Russ Greiner, Canada
    Eric Horvitz, USA
    Anthony Jameson, Germany
    Paul Kamsteeg, Netherlands
    Judy Kay, Australia
    Alfred Kobsa, Germany
    Neal Lesh, USA
    Diane Litman, USA
    Mark Maybury, USA
    Michael McTear, UK
    Antonija Mitrovic, New Zealand
    Riichiro Mizoguchi, Japan
    Ann Nicholson, Australia
    Toshikazu Nishimura, Japan
    Cecile Paris, Australia
    Charles Rich, USA
    Fiorella de Rosis, Italy
    John Self, UK
    Adelheit Stein, Germany
    Carlo Tasso, Italy
    Loren Terveen, USA
    Wolfgang Wahlster, Germany
    Ingrid Zukerman, Australia


Alfred Kobsa is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information and
Computer Science of the University of California, Irvine, and a Professor of
Computer Science at the University of Essen, Germany. Before he was a
Director of the Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) at the
German National Research Center for Information Technology (GMD). Dr Kobsa's
research focuses on user-adaptive information environments, user modeling,
expert finders, multimedia educational software, information visualization,
and user interfaces for handicapped and elderly people. He is the editor of
User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, editorial board member of World-
Wide Web and Universal Access in the Information Society, and was the
founding president of User Modeling Inc. Dr. Kobsa edited several books and
authored over a hundred publications in the areas of user-adaptive systems,
human-computer interaction and knowledge representation.

Joseph A. Konstan is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches and conducts research on
user interfaces and UI software systems.
Together with colleague John Riedl, he leads the GroupLens Research Project,
which is best known for its research on collaborative filtering recommender
systems and for its MovieLens research system (
Dr. Konstan is a co-founder of Net Perceptions, a leader in real-time
personalization software, and he serves as an advisor or consultant to many
software firms exploring user interfaces, user models, and personalization.

Dr. Sandra Marshall is President & CEO of EyeTracking, Inc., Professor of
Psychology at San Diego State University, and Director of the SDSU Cognitive
Ergonomics Research Facility.  Her research in cognition and assessment has
received federal funding for the past twenty years and has had important
theoretical and practical impact.
Her recent work has focused on the use of eye tracking in understanding
cognitive activity in training and performance. In research sponsored by
the Office of Naval Research and Air Force Office of Scientific Research,
she developed new methods for assessing cognitive strategies and cognitive
workload based on eye measures.

    Mathias Bauer, DFKI
    Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
    66123 Saarbrcken, Germany
    email: [log in to unmask]
    Tel.:(+49 681) 302-5260
    Fax: (+49 681) 302-5341

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