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UMAP 2012 Second Call for Papers

<apologies for cross-postings>



Montreal, Canada, 16-20 July, 2012


UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and  
practitioners working on systems that adapt to their individual users,  
or to groups of users, and collect and represent information about  
users for this purpose. UMAP is the successor to the biannual User  
Modeling and Adaptive Hypermedia conferences that were merged in 2009.  
It is organized under the auspices of User Modeling Inc.

The conference will take place at the UQAM university campus, situated  
in the very heart of the arts and entertainment district of Montreal.  
The city offers a wide array of attractions and a unique blend of  
North American and European culture.


The conference spans a wide range of topics related to user modeling  
and personalization, including but not restricted to the following:

- Purposes of UMAP: personalizing information, recommending products,  
tailoring search results, enhancing learning outcomes, adapting  
interfaces, personalizing support, assuming routine tasks

- User characteristics for UMAP: knowledge and skills, interests and  
preferences, special needs, affective states, personality, goals and  
plans, contexts of use, roles, cultural characteristics

- Computational methods for UMAP: data collection, user model  
extraction and representation, algorithms for personalization and  
adaptation, architectures for UMAP

- Usability issues for UMAP: ensuring adequate control, understanding,  
and predictability, preserving privacy and security, avoiding  
excessive narrowing of experience

- Methods for design and evaluation of UMAP: requirements gathering,  
formative evaluation, user testing, validation, performance tests

- Application domains for UMAP: e-commerce, e-learning, cultural  
heritage, healthcare, assistive technologies, digital libraries,  
office work, recommender systems, targeted advertisement, digital TV

- Environments for UMAP: web-based systems (including the  
semantic/social Web), desktop systems, groupware systems, mobile and  
wearable systems, smart environments, smart objects, virtual  


WORKSHOP PROPOSALS (due 17 Jan. 2012)

Workshop proposals (3 pages) should outline the area, goals, scope,  
format  and expected outcomes of the workshop, and also introduce the  
members of the organizing team and their backgrounds. Workshops  
provide an efficient forum for community building and sharing of ideas  
on emerging topics or specific research questions. We strongly  
encourage innovative workshop formats as opposed to  
'mini-conferences'. We are looking for well structured workshop  
programs that aim to produce answers, artefacts and/or strategic  
directions for the field. And why not think differently and accept  
demos, videos or even blogs as elements of workshop submissions?

TUTORIAL PROPOSALS (due 17 Jan. 2012)

Do you have an advanced topic that you are excited about and want to  
share? Or do you like to teach young researchers about fundamental  
topics or necessary skills? You have 3 pages to describe what your  
tutorial is about, why it is important, why you are the right person  
to give the tutorial and how you will organize the tutorial.

RESEARCH PAPERS (abstracts due 24 Jan. 2012; full papers 31 Jan. 2012)

- Long research papers (12 pages maximum) should present original  
reports of substantive new research. They should place the work within  
the field, and clearly indicate its innovative aspects and its  

- Short research papers (6 pages) should present original and  
unpublished highly promising research, whose merit will be assessed in  
terms of originality and importance rather than maturity and technical  

Both categories will be strictly kept apart in the review process.  
Only in extremely unusual circumstances can long papers be relegated  
to the short paper category.

INDUSTRY PAPERS (abstracts due 24 Jan. 2012; full papers 31 Jan. 2012)

The Industry Track solicits submissions covering innovative commercial  
implementations or applications of UMAP technologies, and experience  
in applying recent research advances to practical situations.  
Submissions may be either long papers (12 pages maximum) whose  
technical density should be comparable to that of research track  
submissions, or short papers (6 pages). Industry Track submissions  
must describe work performed in industry or concern industrial  
applications, and will typically include at least one industry author.


The Doctoral Consortium is a forum for Ph.D. students to get feedback  
and advice from the Doctoral Consortium committee. Submissions (4  
pages) should include original and unpublished descriptions of the  
student's topic, proposed contributions, and results achieved so far.  
They should clearly indicate the work that remains to be done and the  
questions on which the student would especially like to receive advice.

DEMONSTRATIONS (due 13 May 2012)

Demonstrations will showcase research prototypes of UMAP-based systems  
at the conference. Descriptions of demonstrations (3 pages) should be  
original and unpublished accounts of such systems. They should be  
accompanied by a specification of the system requirements, and by a  
draft poster of up to 9 slides or a single slide of about 24"x36" /  

POSTERS (due 13 May 2012)

Descriptions of posters (3 pages) should be original and unpublished  
accounts of innovative research ideas, projects, or results. They  
should be accompanied by a draft poster of up to 9 slides or a single  
slide of about 24"x36" / ISO A1.


All submissions must adhere to the Springer LNCS format  
(, and be  
made through the EasyChair  
( conference  
system. They will be reviewed for relevance, originality,  
significance, validity and clarity.


Accepted research, industry and doctoral consortium papers will be  
published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
(LNCS) series, both in hardcopy and electronically through  
SpringerLink. They will also be indexed in the ACM Digital Library.  
Accepted descriptions of posters, demonstrations, workshops and  
tutorials will be published in the UMAP Adjunct Proceedings.  
Significantly enhanced versions of research papers can be submitted to  
User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of  
Personalization Research (UMUAI) after the conference.


This conference series has awarded considerable travel support to  
students in the past, and it is expected that there will also be  
student funds available for UMAP 2012. Authors of accepted technical  
and doctoral consortium papers will receive highest priority.


General Co-Chairs

    Michel Desmarais, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada

    Roger Nkambou, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Program Co-Chairs

    Judith Masthoff, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

    Bamshad Mobasher, DePaul University, USA

Industry Track Co-Chairs

    Ido Guy, IBM Research, Israel

    Diego Zapata-Rivera, ETS, USA

Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs

    Eelco Herder, L3S Research Center, Germany

    Kalina Yacef, University of Sydney, Australia

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

    Lora M. Aroyo, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Demo and Poster Co-Chairs

    Li Chen, Hong Kong Baptist University, China

    Stephan Weibelzahl, National College of Ireland, Ireland

Local Arrangements Chair

   Jacqueline Bourdeau, Tele-University, Canada

Publicity Chair

    Cristobal Romero, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain

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