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Mon Jan 15 2001

Calls: Syntax-Semantics Journal, Adaptive Systems

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  2. Julita Vassileva, Empirical Evaluations of Adaptive Systems (UM2001)


Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2001 18:36:48 +0100
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The puzzle of Bangla Comp-internal clauses 

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Against the two types of _tough_ gaps: a response to Jacobson 

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Wh- and Focus are not the same projection 

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(Only) some crossover effects repaired 

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Back to the future

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Message 2: Empirical Evaluations of Adaptive Systems (UM2001)

Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 18:53:16 -0600
From: Julita Vassileva <>
Subject: Empirical Evaluations of Adaptive Systems (UM2001)

 Call for Papers
 Workshop on Empirical Evaluations of Adaptive Systems
 in conjunction with UM2001
 July 13, 2001
 Sonthofen, Germany

Empirical evaluations of adaptive systems are hard to find, e.g., only
a quarter of the articles published in UMUAI are reporting significant
empirical evaluations. Several reasons have been identified to be
responsible for this lack. These include both structural as well as
adaptivity specific reasons. However, user modeling systems are
designed for human-computer interaction and thus, an empirical
approach is absolutely necessary if we want to justify the enormous
efforts which are needed to make systems adaptive. The aim of this
full-day workshop is to systematize, coordinate and encourage research
on evaluation issues by bringing together people who are interested in
comparing research in different domains, identifying common problems,
and discussing possible solutions.

Workshop Format 

Each session focuses on a few exemplary evaluations in a specific
domain: participants are required to bring along a description of a
finished or planned empirical evaluation. Each evaluation will be
introduced by a talk of 5-10 minutes (depending on the total amount of
participants). Evaluations that have been completed will be discussed
in terms of what worked well, what went wrong, and how it might be
done better next time, etc. Discussions on planned evaluations will
identify strengths, weaknesses, pitfalls, and possible methods of
analysis based on the experience of the group members with similar
cases. This workshop format will help encourage discussion, since the
participants will be discussing specific empirical evaluations that
they have done or plan to do rather than evaluations in the abstract.

The topics of interest include, but are not
limited to, the following list:
 - evaluation frameworks for user-modeling systems
 - introduction, comparison or, discussion of evaluation criteria
 - influence of adaptations on behavioral or cognitive variables
 - evaluation of the accuracy or correctness of either user models 
 or inference techniques
 - effectiveness of user adaptations for task accuracy, task 
 completion time, task quality
 - evaluation methods and techniques (experimental design vs. 
 field studies; transfer of usability techniques; questionnaire 
 design; behavior observation; eye-tracking; etc.)
 - qualitative methods applied to user modeling
 - design-guidelines or heuristics inferred from empirical evaluations
 - solutions of problems that are specific for the evaluation of adaptivity
 - investigation of evaluation strategies

Submission and Information 

 Due to the workshop format there are several
 submission requirements. Please, refer to the
 workshop web page for detailed information and
 submission instructions:

Important Dates 

 March 1, 2001: submission of abstract (recommended)
 March 8, 2001: submission deadline for workshop papers
 April 1, 2001: notification of authors
 July 13, 2001: workshop

Workshop Organizers 

 Stephan Weibelzahl
 PH Freiburg, Germany 

 David Chin
 University of Hawaii, USA 

 Gerhard Weber
 PH Freiburg, Germany


Stephan Weibelzahl
Institute of Psychology
Pedagogical University Freiburg
++49 761 682-523
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