LINGUIST List 7.1656

Sat Nov 23 1996

Calls: Sixth International Conference On User Modeling

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  1. Cecile Paris, UM97 CfP -- ***** Reminder -- deadline Nov 25 *****

Message 1: UM97 CfP -- ***** Reminder -- deadline Nov 25 *****

Date: Tue, 19 Nov 1996 13:15:22 +1100
From: Cecile Paris <>
Subject: UM97 CfP -- ***** Reminder -- deadline Nov 25 *****

 You can obtain full information on UM97 from either of the two
mirrored Web sites ( in Germany and in Italy). For your convenience,
two parts of this information are included below:
the text of the Call for Papers and a list of "Reasons to submit to UM97".


 UM97 Call for Papers

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 Chia Laguna, Sardinia, Italy, June 2-5 1997 or

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 Conference Topics
 Conference Organization
 Brief Submission Instructions
 Contact Addresses
 Important Dates

- ------------------------ BACKGROUND ----------------------------

User modeling has been found to enhance the effectiveness
and/or usability of software systems in a wide variety of
situations. A user model is an explicit representation of
properties of a particular user. A system that constructs and
consults user models can adapt diverse aspects of its performance
to individual users.

Techniques for user modeling 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 International Conferences on User Modeling provide a forum
in which academic and industrial researchers from all of these
fields can exchange their complementary insights on user modeling
issues. The size and format of the meetings support intensive
discussion, which often continues long after the conference has

UM97 follows the Fourth and Fifth International Conferences on
User Modeling, which took place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in
August 1994 and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in January 1996,
respectively. UM97 will include tutorials, invited talks, paper
and poster sessions, a doctoral consortium, workshops, and system

Accepted papers, as well as summaries of other conference
contributions, will be published in a proceedings volume.
Information about the form of this publication will be made
available via the conference World Wide Web site. The Web site
will also provide access to electronic versions of contributions
to the conference.

The journal "User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction" is
reserving space for expanded versions of the best papers of UM97.
A $500 Best Paper Award is being sponsored by Kluwer Academic

- --------------------- CONFERENCE TOPICS ------------------------

The following nonexhaustive list gives some examples of topics
that are relevant to UM97:

Construction of models of users' ...

 * knowledge, beliefs, and misconceptions,
 * preferences,
 * goals and plans,
 * typical behaviors,
 * cognitive styles, ....

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 interventions,
 * interface adaptation, ....

Inference techniques involving ...

 * neural networks,
 * psychometric methods,
 * numerical uncertainty management,
 * epistemic logic or other logic-based formalisms,
 * default reasoning and truth maintenance,
 * stereotype hierarchies, ....

Practical issues of ...

 * privacy and user model inspectability,
 * user model consistency,
 * empirical evaluation,
 * standardization of user modeling shell systems, ....

Systems for adaptive ...

 * tutoring and provision of learning environments,
 * explanation of system actions,
 * on-line aiding,
 * hypermedia and multimodal interaction,
 * knowledge-based presentation design,
 * product presentation,
 * information management on the Internet,
 * support of end-user programming,
 * accommodation of users with special needs,
 * support of collaboration, ....

- ------------------ CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION ---------------------

General Chair:
 Carlo Tasso University of Udine, Italy

Organizing Chair:
 Alessandro Micarelli University of Rome 3, Italy

Program Co-Chairs:
 Anthony Jameson University of Saarbruecken, Germany
 Cecile Paris University of Brighton, UK

Program Committee:
 Nicholas J. Belkin Rutgers University, USA
 Beatrice Cahour CNRS Rouen, France
 Sandra Carberry University of Delaware, USA
 Albert Corbett Carnegie Mellon University, USA
 Fiorella de Rosis University of Bari, Italy
 Oren Etzioni University of Washington, USA
 Gerhard Fischer University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
 Helen M. Gigley Office of Naval Research, USA
 Brad Goodman The MITRE Corporation, USA
 Eric Horvitz Microsoft Research, USA
 Judy Kay Sydney University, Australia
 Alfred Kobsa GMD FIT, Germany
 Diane Litman AT&T Research, USA
 Pattie Maes MIT Media Lab, USA
 Uwe Malinowski Siemens Corporate R&D, Germany
 Gordon McCalla University of Saskatchewan, Canada
 Michael McTear University of Ulster, UK
 Alessandro Micarelli University of Rome 3, Italy
 Robert J. Mislevy Educational Testing Service, USA
 Riichiro Mizoguchi Osaka University, Japan
 Edie M. Rasmussen University of Pittsburgh, USA
 John Self University of Leeds, UK
 Julita Vassileva Federal Armed Forces Univ., Germany
 Wolfgang Wahlster DFKI, Germany
 Geoff Webb Deakin University, Australia
 Ingrid Zukerman Monash University, Australia

Doctoral Consortium Organizers:
 Nadja De Carolis University of Bari, Italy
 Fiorella de Rosis University of Bari, Italy

Workshop Coordinator:
 Christoph G. Thomas GMD FIT, Germany

Demonstration Organizer:
 Giorgio Brajnik University of Udine, Italy

UM97 is being organized jointly by the Department of
Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Udine, the
Department of Scientific Disciplines of the University of Rome 3,
the Department of Informatics of the University of Bari, and CRS4
(Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in
Sardinia), under the auspices of User Modeling, Inc.
UM97 is sponsored by AI*IA - Italian Association for Artificial

- --------------- BRIEF SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS ------------------


Submissions are invited that describe original academic or
industrial research on some aspect of user modeling.

Papers should describe significant, mature research; they will
be published in full length in the proceedings and presented in
talks at the conference.

Posters typically describe research which does not yet
represent a substantial advance but which can stimulate the
exchange of ideas. Summaries of posters will be included in the

The timetable and the length requirements for poster and paper
submissions are the same. Submissions to the poster category may
make more use of graphics and tables than is usual for paper
submissions, but they must be self-explanatory. If the authors do
not indicate a preference for the paper or poster category, the
program committee will judge which category is more appropriate.

Submissions must fit within 12 single-spaced pages printed with
a 12-point font. These 12 pages must include all elements of the
submission. Page 1 must include the title of the paper, a short
abstract (150 words), a list of keywords, and the authors' postal
and e-mail addresses and fax and phone numbers. The abstract and
the author information on Page 1 must also be included in an
e-mail message that is sent to the program co-chairs one week
before the submission of the manuscript.

A manuscript can be submitted either electronically (as a
PostScript file) or as hard copy. Details of the procedure for
electronic submission will be found in the full submission
instructions for UM97, which authors can obtain via the
conference Web site or by e-mail from the program co-chairs.

All authors should obtain these full submission instructions,
which will also contain information about style files designed to
facilitate manuscript preparation and general tips on how to
maximize the likelihood of acceptance.


The doctoral consortium will offer PhD students a chance to
discuss their plans and the intermediate results of their
research with a diverse and knowledgeable international audience.

Summaries of the accepted presentations will be included in the
proceedings volume.

Further information on the doctoral symposium, including
information about possible sources of funding, can be obtained
via the UM97 Web site and by e-mail from the doctoral consortium


Half-day workshops will permit discussion and debate on topics
of current interest. The format for each workshop will be
determined by the proposer of that workshop, who will also set
any necessary deadlines for participants. Before submitting a
proposal, each proposer should obtain instructions and advice via
the conference Web site and/or by e-mail from the UM97 workshop


Various platforms will be available for unrefereed system
demonstrations. Prospective presenters should contact the
demonstration organizer by e-mail and specify their hardware and
software requirements.

- --------------------- CONTACT ADDRESSES ------------------------

Up-to-date conference information and detailed submission
instructions can be obtained via either of the following World
Wide Web sites: (site in Germany) or (site in Sardinia)

The following addresses can be used for queries and (where
applicable) for submissions:


 Fax: Alessandro Micarelli, +39-6-5573030


 Hard-copy submissions:
 Anthony Jameson
 Department of Computer Science
 University of Saarbruecken
 Stuhlsatzenhausweg, Building 36.1
 66125 Saarbruecken, Germany
 Phone: +49-681-302-2474




- ---------------------- IMPORTANT DATES -------------------------


 Monday, Receipt by e-mail of abstracts and
 25 November 1996 author information

 Monday, Receipt of electronic submissions
 2 December 1996 (optional)

 Tuesday, E-mail notification to authors if the
 3 December 1996 requirement of hard-copy submission is

 Friday, Receipt of 5 hard copies of each
 6 December 1996 manuscript (except where the hard-copy
 requirement was waived on 3 December)

 Wednesday, Notification of authors by e-mail about
 26 February 1997 acceptance or rejection of submissions

 Monday, Receipt of electronic versions of
 31 March 1997 camera-ready papers and summaries of


 Wednesday, Receipt by e-mail of 3-page submissions
 5 February 1997 as ASCII text

 Wednesday, Notification to authors by e-mail about
 5 March 1997 acceptance or rejection of submissions

 Monday, Receipt of electronic versions of
 31 March 1997 camera-ready summaries of presentations


 Monday, Receipt by e-mail of 3-page workshop
 20 January 1997 proposals as ASCII text

 Friday, Notification by e-mail to workshop
 14 February 1997 proposers about acceptance or rejection
 of proposals

 Friday, Submission, by proposers of accepted
 21 February 1997 workshops, of final calls for

 Tuesday, Availability via the UM97 Web site
 25 February 1997 and by e-mail of calls for participation
 in workshops


 Tuesday, Registration of system demonstrations
 15 April 1997 by e-mail

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 As a potential author, you may now be wondering whether to
write up your work for UM97 or for a journal or another conference.
Here are some points to bear in mind:
 1. A paper that appears in the proceedings will have the status of a
peer-reviewed publication in an internationally distributed
edited volume, which will be published by SpringerWien-New York.
 2. As an additional means of ensuring accessibility of the
proceedings, electronic versions of the papers will remain
available on the World Wide Web site of User Modeling, Inc.
for a long time after the conference.
 3. Publication in the proceedings volume can be viewed as a
step along the way to the production of a major journal article
about your research. The deadline will encourage you to produce
an initial version; the comments of the members of the international
program committee will help you to improve it; and the feedback
that you get on the final conference paper will help you to
produce a strong full journal manuscript. Journal editors will
not in general be bothered by the fact that a related
conference-length paper has been published, as long as your
journal submission is sufficiently longer, more detailed, and
otherwise expanded relative to the conference paper. (The journal
"User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction" is already reserving
space for articles of this sort.)
 4. Experience with previous conferences in the UM series has
shown that they provide an exceptionally good environment for
exchanging ideas and making new contacts. There is a sharp
contrast with broader conferences, at which it is often hard to
find someone who is interested in the same topics as you are.
 5. Finally, people who have visited Sardinia often claim that
it is one of the most beautiful places the world. There is
nothing wrong with enjoying this beauty for a few days before or
after UM97.
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