7th International Conference on User Modeling
                                                June 20 - 24, 1999
                                        Banff Centre, Banff, Canada

                                                   -- APRIL 15, 1999 --
RAPIDLY approaching!

User modelling has been found to enhance the effectiveness and/or usability
of software systems in a wide variety of situations. A system that constructs
and consults user models can adapt diverse aspects of its performance to
individual users. Techniques for user modelling have been developed and
evaluated by researchers in a number of fields, including artificial
intelligence, education, psychology, linguistics, human-computer interaction,
and information science.
The 7th International Conferences on User Modelling, UM99 will provide a
forum in which academic and industrial researchers from all of these fields
can exchange their complementary insights on user modelling issues. The
size and format of the meetings support intensive discussion, which often
continues long after the conference has ended.

Some of the HIGHLIGHTS of UM99 are:

Two pre-conference TUTORIALS  on Sunday, 20 June:
-- Anthony Jameson: User Adaptive Systems: An Integrative Overview
-- David Chin: Evaluating The Effectiveness of User Models by

-- Alan Biermann (Duke University, USA)
-- Gerhard Weber (University of Freiburg, Germany)
-- Gerhard Fischer (University of Boulder, CA, USA)
-- Pat Langely (Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise,
                          Palto Alto, CA, USA)

We have received 103 high quality submissions. The competition was
intense, with only 27 of the papers (26%) being accepted as full papers.
Five (4.5%) of these papers have been proposed for best paper awards,
which speaks for the high quality of the conference submissions! :

The BEST PAPER award nominees are:
-- Zukerman, Albrecht and Nicholson: Predicting Users' Requests on
   the WWW
-- Encarnacao and Stoev: An Application-Independent Intelligent User
   Support System Exploiting Action-Sequence Based On User Modelling
-- Petrelli, De Angeli and Convertino, A User Centered Approach to
    User Modelling
-- Berthold and Jameson: Interpreting Symptoms of Mental Load and
   Time Pressure in Speech Input
-- Winter and McCalla: The Emergence of Student Models from an
    Analysis of Ethical Decision Making in a Scenario-Based Learning

To allow more authors present their promising ideas, the program of UM99
will provide for:
-- Eleven SHORT PAPER presentations
-- Twenty  POSTERS.
-- DEMOnStrations of software.

UM99 will feature also:
-- Doctoral Consortium where 8 Ph.D. students will have the chance to
    present their work.
-- Four post-conference WORKSHOPS:
      Workshop 1: Machine Learning for User Modelling
      Workshop 2: Standards for Learner Modelling
      Workshop 3: Attitude, Personality and Emotions in User-Adapted
      Workshop 4: Second Workshop on Adaptive Systems and User
                             Modelling on the WWW

The preliminary program of UM99 is available at:

It is important to REGISTER EARLY for UM99 for the following reasons:
-- The early (by April 15) registration fee is significantly lower
     ($450 versus $600)!
-- Those who register early will be entered in a draw for attractive prices.
-- There is only a limited amount of rooms reserved for UM99 attendees.
    They are booked on first come-first serve principle. After April 21, the
    remaining rooms will be freed for general booking. It will be hard to find
    any other accommodation in Banff, since usually everything in this
    season is booked usually months in advance.
The REGISTRATION FORM is available at:

Banff in June is one of the World's most desired travel destinations.
So, please, MAKE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS EARLY! Detailed travel
information is available at

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Banff!

Judy Kay
Jim Greer
Julita Vassileva