LINGUIST List 11.2152

Fri Oct 6 2000

Calls: Himalayan Languages, User Modeling

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  1. Anju Saxena, 7th Himalayan Languages Symposium
  2. Julita Vassileva, User Modeling (UM 2001)

Message 1: 7th Himalayan Languages Symposium

Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2000 21:57:41 +0200
From: Anju Saxena <>
Subject: 7th Himalayan Languages Symposium

***** Call for Papers *****


Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden

September 7-9, 2001

The Himalayan Languages Symposium brings together scholars working on 
languages and language communities of the greater Himalayan region: 
north-western and north-eastern India, Nepal, Bhutan and the Tibetan 
Plateau, northern Burma and Sichuan, and Nuristan, Baltistan and the 
Burushaski-speaking area in the west.

The Seventh Himalayan Languages Symposium will be held at Uppsala 
University. We invite abstracts for presentations on topics including, but 
not limited to:

-	Descriptions of lesser-known languages
-	Language change and variation
-	Multilingualism and language contact
-	Historical-comparative studies
-	Typological studies
-	Field reports
-	Corpus-based analysis
-	Language death and language preservation
-	Language policy and language planning
-	Ethnology and folklore
-	Himalayan languages and new technologies

Abstracts should be no longer than one page with one-inch margins using at 
least an 11-point font. Along with the abstract, please enclose a separate 
page specifying the affiliation, address, and e-mail address of the 
author(s). Abstracts may be submitted electronically (as an attached file 
in RTF, postscript, PDF or MS Word format).

* Abstract due: 1 February, 2001
* Acceptance notification: 1 March, 2001
* Symposium: 7-9 September, 2001

Pre-registration (before June 30): $45 (faculty), $25 (students)
Registration at conference site: $50 (faculty), $30 (students)

�sten Dahl, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University
Gunilla-Gren Eklund, Department of African and Asian Languages, Uppsala 
Anju Saxena, Department of Linguistics, Uppsala University

For any information related to the HLS-7, please contact:
Anju Saxena
Department of Linguistics
Uppsala University
Box 527
SE-744 51 Uppsala

tel. +46-18-471 14 57
fax. +46-18-471 14 16

News about the symposium will be posted on the symposium Web page: 

The Permanent Secretariat for this annual Symposium is maintained at Leiden 
University in the Netherlands.

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Message 2: User Modeling (UM 2001)

Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2000 16:48:34 -0600
From: Julita Vassileva <>
Subject: User Modeling (UM 2001)

********** Please, excuse cross-postings! **********************


 UM 2001

 8th International Conference on User Modeling

 July 13 to July 17, 2001
 AlpenCongressCentrum in Sonthofen, Bavaria, Germany

The field of user modeling (UM) has resulted in significant
amounts of theoretical work, as well as practical experience, in
developing UM-based applications in traditional areas of
human-computer interaction and tutoring systems. It also promises
to have an enormous impact on recent developments in areas like
information filtering, e-commerce, adaptive presentation
techniques, and interface agents.

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 UM have
been developed and evaluated by researchers in a number of
fields, including artificial intelligence, education, psychology,
linguistics, human-computer interaction. UM01 follows UM99
(Banff), UM97 (Sardinia), UM96 (Hawaii), UM94 (Hyannis), UM92
(Dagstuhl), UM90 (Hawaii) and UM86 (Maria Laach). It will offer
tutorials, invited talks, paper and poster sessions, a doctoral
consortium, workshops, and system demonstrations.

AREAS OF INTEREST include, but are not limited to:

 * construction of user models: knowledge, beliefs and
 misconceptions, preferences, goals and plans, cognitive styles,
 user modeling agents and brokers

 * exploitation of user models to achieve: adaptive information
 filtering and retrieval, tailored information presentation,
 transfer of task performance from user to system, selection of
 instructional actions, interface adaptation

 * learning and inference techniques for UM, including: neural
 networks and other machine learning techniques, numerical
 uncertainty management, epistemic logic or other logic-based
 formalisms, stereotype or task hierarchies

 * applications of UM techniques in various areas, such as:
 adaptive learning and on-line help environments, e-commerce,
 interface agents, explanation of system actions, adaptive
 hypermedia and multimodal interaction, support of
 collaboration, and support of users with special needs

 * practical issues of UM, such as privacy, consistency,
 evaluation, standardization.


 * Alfred Kobsa
 "User Modeling and Expert Finding"

 * Joseph A. Konstan
 "Heavyweight Applications of Lightweight User Models:
 A Look at Collaborative Filtering, Recommender Systems,
 and Real-Time Personalization"

 * Sandra Marshall
 "Eye Tracking: A Rich Source of Information for User

UM01 is being organized under the auspices of User Modeling, Inc.


Submissions are invited that describe original academic or
industrial research on some aspect of user modeling. Since
Springer Verlag is the conference proceedings publisher, it is
required that the submissions follow as closely as possible the
Springer Lecture Notes format. The page limit for paper
submissions is 10 pages and for posters - 3 pages. Detailed
submission instructions (including those for workshops and
tutorials) are available from the conference web site:


Nov 4, 2000 - abstracts
Nov 11, 2000 - PAPERS
Nov 11, 2000 - informal workshop proposals
Nov 18, 2000 - tutorial proposals
Nov 18, 2000 - posters
Nov 25, 2000 - workshop proposals


The AlpenCongressCentrum is part of the Allgaeu Stern Hotel,
located in Sonthofen, the southernmost city of Germany in the
Bavarian Alps. It is easily accessible from several major
European airports, for example, Munich, Zurich, and Frankfurt.


Conference Chair:
 Mathias Bauer, German Research Center for AI (DFKI)

Program Co-Chairs:
 Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
 Piotr Gmytrasiewicz, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Organizing Chair:
 Marc Roessel, Atrada Trading Network AG

Program Committee:
 Liliana Ardissono, Italy
 David Benyon, UK
 Ben du Boulay, UK
 Peter Brusilovsky, USA
 Susan Bull, Canada
 Sandra Carberry, USA
 David Chin, USA
 Gerhard Fisher, USA
 Abigail Gertner, USA
 Brad Goodman, USA
 Russ Greiner, Canada
 Eric Horvitz, USA
 Anthony Jameson, Germany
 Paul Kamsteeg, Netherlands
 Judy Kay, Australia
 Alfred Kobsa, Germany
 Neal Lesh, USA
 Diane Litman, USA
 Mark Maybury, USA
 Michael McTear, UK
 Antonija Mitrovic, New Zealand
 Riichiro Mizoguchi, Japan
 Ann Nicholson, Australia
 Toshikazu Nishimura, Japan
 Cecile Paris, Australia
 Charles Rich, USA
 Fiorella de Rosis, Italy
 John Self, UK
 Adelheit Stein, Germany
 Carlo Tasso, Italy
 Loren Terveen, USA
 Wolfgang Wahlster, Germany
 Ingrid Zukerman, Australia


Alfred Kobsa is an Associate Professor at the Department of
Information and Computer Science of the University of California,
Irvine, and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of
Essen, Germany. Before he was a Director of the Institute for
Applied Information Technology (FIT) at the German National
Research Center for Information Technology (GMD). Dr Kobsa's
research focuses on user-adaptive information environments, user
modeling, expert finders, multimedia educational software,
information visualization, and user interfaces for handicapped
and elderly people. He is the editor of User Modeling and
User-Adapted Interaction, editorial board member of World-Wide
Web and Universal Access in the Information Society, and was the
founding president of User Modeling Inc. Dr. Kobsa edited several
books and authored over a hundred publications in the areas of
user-adaptive systems, human-computer interaction and knowledge

Joseph A. Konstan is Associate Professor of Computer Science and
Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches and
conducts research on user interfaces and UI software systems.
Together with colleague John Riedl, he leads the GroupLens
Research Project, which is best known for its research on
collaborative filtering recommender systems and for its MovieLens
research system ( Dr. Konstan is a co-founder
of Net Perceptions, a leader in real-time personalization
software, and he serves as an advisor or consultant to many
software firms exploring user interfaces, user models, and

Dr. Sandra Marshall is President & CEO of EyeTracking, Inc.,
Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, and
Director of the SDSU Cognitive Ergonomics Research Facility. Her
research in cognition and assessment has received federal funding
for the past twenty years and has had important theoretical and
practical impact. Her recent work has focused on the use of eye
tracking in understanding cognitive activity in training and
performance. In research sponsored by the Office of Naval
Research and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, she
developed new methods for assessing cognitive strategies and
cognitive workload based on eye measures.

 Mathias Bauer, DFKI
 Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
 Tel.:(+49 681) 302-5260
 Fax: (+49 681) 302-5341

MORE INFORMATION is available at the (user-adaptive) conference
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