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Stephan Lukosch - TBM <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:35:28 +0000
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                       CALL FOR PAPERS
                      Special Issue on
Context-Adaptive Collaboration Support for Knowledge-intense Work
            User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction:
              The Journal of Personalization Research
       (An international journal published by Springer Verlag)
              Web site:

Knowledge work in modern organizations is to a large extent collaborative.
Free riding, dominance, group think, hidden agendas, and especially
ill-structured tasks that emerge in the course of the collaborative process
are but a few phenomena in group work that make it a non straight-forward
effort. Users participating in a collaborative project may find themselves
in different physical environments or settings and may use a variety of
different devices. Also, users are often involved in more than one project
at a time, raising the need for frequent task or tool switches and for
cognitive adjustments to the subject at hand. For a successful
collaboration, these challenges need to be addressed.
A promising approach to solving these challenges are collaboration support
systems that can flexibly adapt themselves to the context of knowledge
workers. Context can here be understood in the widest sense: it comprises
external factors such as location, device used or time, but also factors
derived from the user¹s interaction behavior such as interest profiles or
tasks the user is engaged in. Considering both external (exogenous) and
interaction-based (endogenous) factors creates an interesting intersection
between conventional, sensor-based context-adaption and adaptation based on
user models.
The proposed special issue aims at attracting use-oriented contributions
that discuss models, methods, techniques and empirical studies related to
collaborative context in this wide sense as well as to adaptation
for collaboration environments. Furthermore, we aim to discuss resulting
implications regarding the technical design of interfaces as well as soft-
and hardware architectures. Special attention is given to context modeling
and implementation of the various application scenarios as well as to the
issues related to manual (adaptability) or automatic (adaptivity)
We would like to invite in particular researchers and practitioners to
contributions dealing with the following questions:
- What practical experiences - positive as well as negative - have been
with regard to the usage of context-adaptive computing and collaboration in
real organizational settings? What experiences have been made with
adaptation mechanisms (automatic as well as interactive) of such systems in
these settings?
- What are different forms of adaptations for groups? How can this design
space be structured?
- How can relations between context descriptions/models, context sensors
context-based services be described in a way that they can be understood
used by end users? What framing conditions apply for interfaces that aim to
achieve this?
- What are suitable models for context management? How can context concepts
be represented and retrieved? How can privacy issues be dealt with?
- How can individual contexts dynamically aggregated into group context?
- How can context architectures be effectively designed for sustainable
usages (context evolution, context adaptation, traceability for end-users)?
- What are appropriate architectures for context-adaptive collaboration
support systems? How can such architectures be designed to support context
evolution, context adaptation, and traceability for end-users?


Submissions to the special issue should follow the UMUAI formatting
guidelines and submission instructions available at:
Each submission should note that it is intended for the Special Issue on
Context-Adaptive Collaboration Support for Knowledge-intense Work.
Potential authors are asked to submit a tentative title and short abstract
(which can be altered for the actual submission) to assist in the formation
of a panel of appropriate reviewers.
UMUAI is an archival journal that publishes mature and substantiated
research results on the (dynamic) adaptation of computer systems to their
human users, and the role that a model of the system about the user plays
this context. Many articles in UMUAI are quite comprehensive and describe
the results of several years of work. Consequently, UMUAI gives "unlimited"
space to authors (so long as what they write is important). Authors whose
paper exceeds 40 pages in journal format (including illustrations and
references) are however requested to supply a short justification upon
submission that explains why a briefer discussion of their research results
would not be advisable.


Notification of tentative intent to submit: as soon as possible
Title and abstract submission deadline: February 28, 2011
Paper submission deadline: March 31, 2011


Submissions will undergo the normal review process, and will be reviewed by
three established researchers selected from a panel of reviewers formed for
the special issue. Barring unforeseen problems, authors can expect to be
notified regarding the review results within three months of submission.


Stephan Lukosch
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
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Mark W. Newman
University of Michigan, USA
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Jürgen Ziegler
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
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Dr. rer. nat. Stephan G. Lukosch
Associate Professor
Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management
Systems Engineering Section
Postal address: PO box 5015, 2600 GA Delft
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