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2nd CALL FOR PAPERS- UM 2003: 9th International Conference on User Modeling

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    Please forward to those you think may be interested. Apologies for cross-posting. ... UM 2003: 9th International Conference on User Modeling
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      Please forward to those you think may be interested.
      Apologies for cross-posting.

      UM 2003: 9th International Conference on User Modeling


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


      The International User Modeling Conferences are the events at which
      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
      adapt its performance to user needs and preferences. Methods for
      personalizing human-computer interaction based on user models have
      successfully developed, applied and evaluated in a number of domains,
      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
      While consolidating results in traditional domains of interest, the
      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
      and affective states. Previous successes in User Modeling research
      the cooperation of researchers in different fields, including
      intelligence, human-computer interaction, education, cognitive
      and linguistics. The International User Modeling Conferences are
      characterized by active participation of people from these areas and
      lively discussions in a pleasant environment. UM 2003 is the latest
      in a
      conference series begun in 1986, and follows recent meetings in
      (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
      workshops and system demonstrations.

      AREAS OF INTEREST include, but are not limited to:

      * theoretical issues of user modeling:
      inference techniques (neural networks, numerical uncertainty
      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.


      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


      Michael Pazzani, Information and Computer Science, University of
      Rosalind Picard, MIT Media Laboratory
      Kurt VanLehn, Computer Science Department, University of Pittsburgh


      Papers and Posters:

      Submissions are invited that describe original academic or industrial
      research on some aspect of user modeling. Following the past User
      conferences, the proceedings of UM'2003 will be published by Springer-
      in Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI/LNCS). The paper and
      poster submissions should follow as close as possible the Springer
      format and should be submitted electronically as PDF or Postscript
      For instructions on the LNCS paper format, see

      The page limit is 10 pages for paper submissions and 3 pages for
      Please indicate whether the first (or main) author is a student to
      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
      of user modeling. The formats of the workshops will be determined by
      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
      All workshops will last either one-half day or (preferably) a full

      The purpose of a tutorial is either to offer an introduction to a
      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
      on-going research to the UM community. The Doctoral Consortium is a
      forum to receive useful feedback from a knowledgeable audience, to
      ideas, compare approaches and meet fellow researchers in the field.
      Submissions should describe Ph.D. research that is at a stage where
      from the broader UM community might be of value. Thus, we expect
      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)
      should clearly specify: (i) the problem(s) that the proposed research
      addressing (ii) the main contribution(s) of the research to the UM
      (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
      web site http://www2.sis.pitt.edu/~um2003


      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
      known for its hiking, biking, and whitewater opportunities as well as
      several world-class attractions such as Frank Lloyd Wright's


      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 H=F6=F6k, 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
      Cecile Paris, Australia
      Barry Smyth, Ireland
      Constantine Stephanidis, Greece
      Carlo Tasso, Italy
      Julita Vassileva, Canada
      Gerhard Weber, Germany
      Ingrid Zukerman, Australia

      Local Advisory Committee:
      Ken Koedinger, Carnegie Mellon University
      Christian Lebiere, Carnegie Mellon University
      Jack Mostow, Carnegie Mellon University

      Publicity Chair:
      Ayse Goker, The Robert Gordon University, UK


      Chair: Peter Brusilovsky
      School of Information Sciences
      University of Pittsburgh
      135 North Bellefield Avenue
      Pittsburgh, PA 15260
      email: peterb@...
      Tel.: +1 (412) 624 9404

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

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