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3rd Workshop on Affective and Attitude User Modeling

Assessing and Adapting to User Attitudes and Affect: Why, When and How?

In conjunction with User Modeling 2003

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
June 22, 2003

Call for Papers

*    Background and Motivation
*    Suggested Topics and Specific Questions to Address
*    Workshop Format
*    Important Dates
*    Submission Details and Contact Information
*    Publication
*    Organizers and Program Committee
*    Registration

Background and Motivation:

User modeling has traditionally focused on what is generally considered
'cognitive' and 'rational' aspects of user behavior;  typically the user's
knowledge and belief state. While useful, models focusing strictly on
these aspects of user state often miss critical components of user mental
  state and behavior: affective states (e.g., basic affect such as
like/dislike reactions; emotions such as frustration, fear, happiness,
anger, etc.; moods), and attitudes (e.g. trust, doubt, etc.). These factors
have also been referred to as 'extrarational' and shown to strongly
influence both reasoning and communication.

Over the past 5 years much progress has been made in a number of areas
relevant to the assessment and modeling of these factors. This third
workshop addressing affective and attitude user modeling issues follows
the first and second workshops, held in Banff, BC (1999)
( and  Sonthofen, Germany (2001)
(s As before, the main goal is to
provide an opportunity for a focused exchange of ideas about this
emerging subfield of user modeling.  To this end, this 3rd one day
workshop will address a variety of issues related to assessing user
attitudes, affective states, and personality traits. The overall aim will be
to explore core issues regarding the assessment, modeling, and adaptation
to these states, across a range of applications (e.g., decision support
systems,  training and tutoring, telehealth and VR applications).
These issues will include the following:

*    Why is it important to assess these factors? What can be gained by
       augmenting current user models to include these factors?

*    When should these factors be assessed (and adapted to), and when is it
       safe to ignore them?  Are there situations when this type of
      and adaptation might interfere with the human-machine interaction and
      the task at hand?

*    What are the best methods available to accomplish this assessment,
       modeling, and adaptation? Can existing user modeling methods be
       adapted to include these factors, or must new methods and
       techniques be developed?

By addressing these issues in an mixed-mode, informal set of interactions,
we hope to explore the feasibility and utility of attitude, affect, and
personality user modeling, identify key problems to address, and
contribute to advancing the state of the art of this
emerging area of research.

Suggested Topics and Specific Questions to Address

The workshop aims to address both theoretical and methodological issues, and
applied issues in this broad research area. Examples of specific topics of
include the core issues outlined above, and the following:

1.   Methods for effective recognition of user emotional states and
       attitudes, with particular emphasis on multi-modal techniques.
2.   Methods for modeling user emotional states and attitudes.
3.   Methods and techniques for displaying and visualizing user emotional
       states and attitudes, and the use of these visualizations to promote
       iterative and accurate identification of these states in real-time.
4.   Criteria for determining when user emotions and attitudes should be
       modeled and how this information should be used to enhance HCI.
5.   Approaches to validating emotion and attitude user models and their
       effectiveness in HCI.

Participants are encouraged to refer to the proceedings of the previous two
workshops, and to build on existing results in the field.  To assure focused
interaction, participants should explicitly address one or more of the
questions below in their submissions.

1: Taxonomy of Circumstances Requiring Affective and Attitude User Modeling

Can we begin to develop a taxonomy of circumstances under which affective /
attitude user modeling is critical or useful, and identify a mapping between
taxonomy and the most appropriate level of modeling resolution?

2:  Existing Methods of Constructing Affective / Attitude User Models

What are the available means of constructing user affective / attitude
models and what is the state of the art in applying these means to
accurately identify user's affective states, attitudes, personality
traits and associated behavioral patterns?

3: Validation and Evaluation

What are the best means of evaluating the effectiveness of an affective /
attitude user model?

4: Guidelines for Model Use

What are the possible ways of using an affective / attitude user model, and
how can we map these uses onto the taxonomy of situations where
affect / attitude modeling is important?

Workshop Format:

The exact workshop format and structure will be determined based on the
submitted contributions.  However, we will aim to provide a mix of
interaction formats to stimulate discussion among participants, and to
accommodate the presentation of both novel work-in-progress
and more established state-of-the-art ideas and methods.  To
this end, the workshop will include a mix of the following:

*    Traditional paper presentations with opportunities for questions and
*    Breakout sessions and presentation of session summaries to the entire
       workshop audience. (These sessions may be organized around the key
       questions listed above)
*    Poster and demo sessions
*    Keynote speaker
*    One moderated panel discussion, with active encouragement of audience
*    Concluding moderated panel discussion focusing on the key questions

Important Dates:

Deadline for paper submission         March 10, 2003
Notification of acceptance            April 15, 2003
Deadline for camera ready version    May 31, 2003
Workshop date                           June 22, 2003

Submission Details and Contact Information:

The workshop organizers welcome submissions of high-quality papers
describing completed or on-going research addressing theories, methods,
techniques and results in user emotion and attitude modeling.  Both papers
and posters may be submitted. Submission of interactive demonstrations
is particularly encouraged.

All submissions should include an abstract, list of keywords, and full
author contact information. All submissions must be in English. Papers
not exceed 2000 words  (excluding figures and tables). Authors should use
the APA style of citations, two-column format, and a font no smaller than
10 point.  Submissions should be made in PDF or postscript formats.

Submissions should be sent electronically to
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by March 10, 2003.


All contributions will be available on the workshop web site and published
as part of an informal annex to the main UM 03 conference proceedings.


Cristina Conati, Department of Computer Science,
University of British Columbia,
2366 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 14Z, Canada
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Eva Hudlicka, Psychometrix Associates, Inc.
1805 Azalea Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
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Christine Lisetti, Department of Computer Science,
University of Central
Orlando, FL
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Program Committee:

Fiorella de Rosis
University of Bari, Italy
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Jonathan Gratch
USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Marina del Rey, CA, USA

Kristina Hk
SICS, Kista

Lewis Johnson
USC Information Sciences Institute
Marina del Rey, CA, USA

Jack Mostow
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Ana Paiva
IST - Technical University of Lisbon and  INESC-ID
Lisboa, Portugal

Helen Pain
University of Edinburgh, UK

Helmut Prendinger
University of Tokyo, Japan

Jeff Rickel
USC Information Sciences Institute
Marina del Rey, CA, USA

Julita Vassileva
University of Saskatchewan, Canada


Participants will need to register for the main conference
(UM 03
Please consult the main conference website for details regarding
registration and accommodations.