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UM 2003: 9th International Conference on User Modeling

http://www2.sis.pitt.edu/~um2003/


June 22 to June 26, 2003
University of Pittsburgh Conference Center
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

CALL FOR PAPERS

The International User Modeling Conferences are the events at which
research foundations are being laid for the personalization of
computer systems. In the last 15 years, the field of User Modelling
has produced significant new theories and methods to analyze and
model computer users in short and long-term interactions. A user
model is an explicit representation of properties of individual users
or user classes. It allows the system to adapt its performance to
user needs and preferences. Methods for personalizing human-computer
interaction based on user models have been successfully developed,
applied and evaluated in a number of domains, such as information
filtering, e-commerce, adaptive natural language and hypermedia
presentation and tutoring systems.
New trends in HCI create new and interesting challenges for User
Modeling. While consolidating results in traditional domains of
interest, the User Modeling field now also addresses problems of
personalized interaction in mobile, ubiquitous and context-aware
computing and in user interactions with embodied, autonomous agents.
It also considers adaptation to user attitudes and affective states.
Previous successes in User Modeling research reflect the cooperation
of researchers in different fields, including artificial
intelligence, human-computer interaction, education, cognitive
psychology and linguistics. The International User Modeling
Conferences are characterized by active participation of people from
these areas and by lively discussions in a pleasant environment. UM
2003 is the latest in a conference series begun in 1986, and follows
recent meetings in Sonthofen (2001), Banff (1999), Sardinia (1997),
Hawaii (1996) and Cape Cod (1994). As in past conferences, UM03
offers the following forms of participation: tutorials, invited
talks, paper and poster sessions, a doctoral consortium, workshops
and system demonstrations.


AREAS OF INTEREST  include, but are not limited to:

*  theoretical issues of user modeling:
    inference techniques (neural networks, numerical uncertainty
management, logic-based formalisms,
    machine learning); consistency checking;
*  construction of user models:
    contents of user and student models (including knowledge, beliefs,
    goals, plans, attitudes, personalities and emotions);
    observation of users' behavior,  user modeling agents; user
modeling in mobile systems;
*  exploitation of user models to achieve:
    adaptive information filtering and retrieval, personalized natural
language understanding
    and generation,    delegation of tasks from user to system,
adaptation of tutorial strategies;
*  applications of user modeling techniques:
    teaching systems, on-line help environments, e-commerce, adaptive
NL and hypermedia generation,
    embodied conversational agents, support of collaboration, support
of users with special needs;
*  practical issues of user modeling: privacy, security, evaluation.


DEADLINES

November 11, 2002 - preliminary workshop proposals
November 18, 2002 - papers
November 25, 2002 - posters
November 25, 2002 - final workshop proposals
November 25, 2002 - tutorial proposals
January 25, 2003 - Doctoral Consortium submissions


SUBMISSIONS:

Papers and Posters:

Submissions are invited that describe original academic or industrial
research on some aspect of user modeling. Following the past User
Modeling conferences we expect that the proceedings of UM2003 will
be published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Artificial
Intelligence (LNAI/LNCS). The paper and poster submissions should
follow as close as possible the Springer LNCS format and should be
submitted electronically as PDF or Postscript files. For instructions
on the LNCS paper format, see
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html. The page limit is 10
pages for paper submissions and 3 pages for posters. Please indicate
whether the first (or main) author is a student to qualify for the
best student award. Detailed submission instructions will be
available from the conference web site.

Workshops and Tutorials

The purpose of the workshops is to provide an informal forum for
practitioners and researchers to discuss novel applications and
techniques of user modeling. The formats of the workshops will be
determined by their organizers, who are encouraged to foster
discussion and exchange of ideas by including mechanisms other than
traditional paper presentations, differentiating their workshops
clearly from typical conference sessions. All workshops will last
either one-half day or (preferably) a full day.

The purpose of a tutorial is either to offer an introduction to a
fairly broad topic for newcomers to user modeling or to enable
experienced participants to deepen their knowledge of a more specific
topic. Each tutorial will last one-half day. Detailed submission
instructions for workshop proposals and tutorials will be available
from the conference web site http://www2.sis.pitt.edu/~um2003.

Doctoral Consortium

Continuing a tradition that started in 1994, the UM Doctoral
Consortium aims to provide qualified Ph.D. students with the
opportunity to present their on-going research to the UM community.
The Doctoral Consortium is a great forum to receive useful feedback
from a knowledgeable audience, to exchange ideas, compare approaches
and meet fellow researchers in the field.  Submissions should
describe Ph.D. research that is at a stage where feedback from the
broader UM community might be of value.  Thus, we expect students to
be close to make their research proposal, or to have made it but have
at least a year of work remaining before completion of their thesis.
Submissions must be a maximum of three pages (including references)
and should clearly specify: (i) the problem(s) that the proposed
research is addressing (ii) the main contribution(s) of the research
to the UM field (iii) the proposed solution(s), including a brief
description of work already done and a tentative plan for future
work. Detailed submission instructions will be available from the
conference web site http://www2.sis.pitt.edu/~um2003/


CONFERENCE SITE:

Following UM conference series practice, UM'03 conference will be
held at the Conference Center at the University of Pittsburgh at
Johnstown (http://www.pitt.edu/~ccupj/). The center is tucked into
650 acres of beautiful woodlands in the Laurel Highlands of
Pennsylvania, a region well known for its hiking, biking, and
whitewater opportunities as well as for several world-class
attractions such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.
(http://www.paconserve.org/).


ORGANIZATION:

Conference Chair:
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Program Co-Chairs:
Albert Corbett, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Fiorella de Rosis, University of Bari, Italy

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs:
Sandra Carberry, University of Delaware, USA
Cristina Conati, University of British Columbia, Canada

Workshop Co-Chairs:
Frank Wittig, Saarland University, Germany
Anthony Jameson, DFKI, Germany

Program Committee:
David Albrecht, Australia
Liliana Ardissono, Italy
Mathias Bauer, Germany
Sandra Carberry, USA
Noelle Carbonell, France
Keith Cheverst, UK
David Chin, USA
Cristina Conati, Canada
Piotr Gmytrasiewicz, USA
Brad Goodman, USA
Haym Hirsh, USA
Kristina Hk, Sweden
Eric Horvitz, USA
Anthony Jameson, Germany
Judy Kay, Australia
Alfred Kobsa, USA
Antonio Krger, Germany
Diane Litman, USA
Gordon McCalla, Canada
Kathleen McCoy, USA
Antonija Mitrovic, New Zealand
Riichiro Mizoguchi, Japan
Helen Pain, UK
Ccile Paris, Australia
Barry Smyth, Ireland
Constantine Stephanidis, Greece
Carlo Tasso, Italy
Julita Vassileva, Canada
Gerhard Weber, Germany
Ingrid Zukerman, Australia

Local Advisory Committee:
Jack Mostow, Carnegie Mellon University
Kurt VanLehn, University of Pittsburgh
Christian Lebiere, Carnegie Mellon University
Ken Koedinger, Carnegie Mellon University


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Chair: Peter Brusilovsky
School of Information Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
135 North Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
email: [log in to unmask]
Tel.: +1 (412) 624 9404
http://www2.sis.pitt.edu/~peterb/

UM03 is being organized under the auspices of User Modeling, Inc. The
list of sponsors currently includes Microsoft, Kluwer Academic
Publishers, and James Chen Family.

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