LINGUIST List 10.478

Tue Mar 30 1999

Confs: User Modelling

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  1. Julita Vassileva, UM99 Registration Deadline Approaching!

Message 1: UM99 Registration Deadline Approaching!

Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 12:15:17 -0600
From: Julita Vassileva <>
Subject: UM99 Registration Deadline Approaching!


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

 -- APRIL 15, 1999 --
 is 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 Experiments

- Alan Biermann (Duke University, USA)
- Gerhard Weber (Department of Psychology,
 University of Education Freiburg, Germany)
- Pat Langely (Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise,
 Palto Alto, CA, USA)
- Gerhard Fischer (University of Boulder, CO, 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.
- FIVE 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
 Workshop 5: User Models in TeleLearning

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.
Detailed travel information is available at

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Banff!

Judy Kay
Jim Greer
Julita Vassileva
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