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                            CALL FOR PAPERS
             7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON USER  MODELING
                          June 20 - 24, 1999
                  Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada
                      http://www.cs.usask.ca/UM99

User modeling has been found to enhance the effectiveness and/or usability
of software systems in a wide variety of situations. 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 user modeling have been developed and evaluated by
researchers in a number of fields, including artificial intelligence,
education, psychology, linguistics, and  human-computer interaction and
information science. The 7th International  Conference on User Modeling
will provide a forum in which academic and industrial researchers from all
of these fields can exchange their complementary insights. The size and
format of the meeting support intensive  discussion, which often continues
long after the conference has ended.

FORMS OF PARTICIPATION
 - tutorials,
 - invited talks,
 - research papers,
 - application papers,
 - poster sessions,
 - doctoral consortium,
 - workshops,
 - system  demonstrations.

AREAS OF INTEREST
 - theoretical  foundations,
 - techniques for UM (e.g. adaptive testing, machine learning, and
   uncertainty management),
 - construction of user models,
 - modeling  user cognitive processing resources (memory, motor and
   perceptual processing etc.),
 - user modeling agents,
 - interface adaptation,
 - personalized and adaptive information filtering and retrieval,
 - tailored  knowledge-based information presentation,
 - adaptive teaching and learning environments,
 - adaptive hypermedia, information management on the Internet,
 - multi-modal adaptive systems,
 - adaptive support of collaboration,
 - innovative applications of UM techniques and new media,
 - practical issues  of UM (privacy, access, consistency, evaluation
   standardization).

BEST PAPER AWARDS

 - Best Research Paper prize sponsored by Kluwer Publishers
 - Best Application Paper prize sponsored by humanIT, Germany.

SUBMISSIONS

Electronic submission is preferred. For formatting and other details see
the web site: http://www.cs.usask.ca/UM99

Submissions and queries should be mailed to the Program Chair:
    Judy Kay   <[log in to unmask]>
    Basser Dept  of Computer  Science      Tel: +61-2-9351-4502
    Madsen F09, University of  Sydney      Fax: +61-2-9351-3838
    Australia  2006

IMPORTANT DATES:

 Nov 14, 1998 - paper deadline (abstracts due 1 week earlier, Nov 7)
              - workshop proposals deadline
              - tutorial proposals deadline
 Nov 21, 1998 - posters deadline
 Jan 31, 1999 - workshop paper deadline
              - doctoral consortium paper deadline

UM99 is being organized under the  auspices of User Modeling, Inc.

CONFERENCE SITE

The Banff Centre is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies near
Calgary.

PROCEEDINGS

The proceedings of UM99 will be published as a book by Springer-Wien-New
York. This book will appear in time for the conference. In addition, the
proceedings will be made available indefinitely on the World Wide Web. The
electronic version of the proceedings of UM97, which were published in the
same way, is available at: http://um.org/um_97/proceedings-overview.html
These proceedings should be useful to authors who are considering
submitting to UM99. In particular, the detailed hypertext indexing of the
papers will help them to identify related previous research.

BRIEF SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  (for detailed instructions see the conference website):
  http://www.cs.usask.ca/UM99

Submissions are invited that describe original academic or industrial
research on some aspect of user modeling.

   *Papers* should describe significant, mature research; they will be
            published in full length in the proceedings and presented in
            talks at the conference. Paper submissions must fit within
            10 single-spaced pages printed with a 12-point font. These 10
            pages must include all elements of the submission. Page 1
            must include the title of the  paper, a short abstract (150
            words), a list of keywords, and the authors' postal and
            e-mail addresses and fax and phone numbers. (Page 1 can also
            include the beginning of the main text of the manuscript.)
            The abstract and the author information on Page 1 must also
            be included in an e-mail message that is sent to the program
            chair one week before the submission of the  manuscript.
            Papers may either describe important research contributions
            in user modelling or significant applications of user
            modeling is real systems.

    *Posters* typically describe research which does not yet represent a
            substantial advance but which can stimulate the exchange of
            ideas. The accepted posters will be included in the
            proceedings. Poster submissions must fit within 3 pages. The
            formatting requirements described above apply. A manuscript
            can be submitted either electronically (as a PostScript file
            or an MS Word attachment) or as a hard copy.

    All authors of paper or poster submissions should consult the full
    submission instructions on the conference web-page.

     *Doctoral Consortium.* The doctoral  consortium will offer PhD
            students a chance to discuss their plans and the intermediate
            results of their research with a diverse and knowledgeable
            international audience. Summaries of the accepted
            presentations will be included in the proceedings volume. For
            further information, see the doctoral consortium page.

     *Workshops.* Half-day workshops will permit discussion and debate on
            topics of current interest. The format for each half-day
            workshop will be determined by the proposer of that workshop.
            Workshop proposals must include a rationale for holding the
            workshop, a description of proposed organization and content
            of the workshop, and an organizing committee of at least 3
            researchers. Before submitting a proposal, please obtain
            detailed instructions from the conference web site and advice
            by e-mail from the Program Chair.

     *Tutorials.* Half-day tutorials will introduce attendees to new
            topics of current interest. The format for each half-day
            tutorial will be determined by the proposer of that tutorial.
            Proposals must include a rationale for holding the tutorial,
            a description of proposed organization and content of the
            tutorial, and a description of the credentials of the
            proposer. Before submitting a proposal, please obtain
            detailed instructions from the conference web site and advice
            by e-mail from the Program Chair.

     *System Demonstrations.* Various platforms will be available for
            unrefereed system demonstrations. Prospective presenters
            should contact the Demonstration Coordinator by e-mail and
            specify their hardware and software requirements.

CONFERENCE CHAIR: Jim Greer  (University of Saskatchewan)
                  <[log in to unmask]>

PROGRAM CHAIR: Judy Kay (University of Sydney)
               <[log in to unmask]>

LOCAL ORGANIZATION: Julita Vassileva (University of Saskatchewan)
                    <[log in to unmask]>

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:
  Peter  Brusilovsky (USA)
  Sandra Carberry (USA)
  Tak-Wai Chan (Taiwan)
  David Chin (USA)
  Mary Czerwinski (USA)
  Kristina H÷÷k  (Sweden)
  Gerhard Fischer (USA)
  Brad Goodman (USA)
  Eric Horvitz (USA)
  Anthony Jameson (Germany)
  Bonnie John  (USA)
  Alfred Kobsa (Germany)
  Diane Litman  (USA)
  Robert Mislevy (USA)
  CÚcile Paris (Australia)
  Gordon McCalla (Canada)
  Riichiro Mizoguchi (Japan)
  Reinhard Oppermann (Germany)
  Helen Pain (UK)
  Fiorella de Rosis (Italy)
  John Self (UK)
  Costas Stephanidis (Greece)
  Carlo Tasso (Italy)
  Gerrit van  der Veer (Netherlands)
  Wolfgang Wahlster (Germany)
  Geoffrey Webb (Australia)
  Ingrid Zukerman (Australia)

CONTACT INFORMATION:
  UM99 (Jim  Greer)
  Dept of Computer Science
  University of Saskatchewan
  Saskatoon,  SK, S7N 5A9
  CANADA
  Tel: +1 (306) 966-7922
  Fax: +1 (306)  966-4884
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