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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   ** Deadline Extension ** UM
From:   Julita Vassileva
Email:   jiv_(on)_cs.usask.ca
Date received:   11 Jan 2001
Deadline:   22 Jan 2001
Start date:   13 Jul 2001

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM associated with UM 2001 8th International Conference on User Modeling http://www.dfki.de/um2001/ July 13 to July 17, 2001 AlpenCongressCentrum in Sonthofen, Bavaria, Germany The User Modeling '01 Conference will include, as usual, a Doctoral Consortium Session. This has been a tradition of User Modeling Conferences since 1994. In DC sessions lively and useful discussions have enabled students to receive suggestions about their on-going research and have allowed more experienced participants to hear some fresh ideas and view some of the new trends in the field. Students will benefit in several different ways by participating in the consortium, primarily by presenting work to a knowledgeable audience, but also by meeting established researchers and other graduate students doing similar work. Suggested Topics: Graduate research in user modeling may cover a wide range of topics. Topics include (but are not limited to) the following topic areas: user model acquisition, plan and intention recognition, user stereotypes, representation and inference techniques for user modeling, consistency of user models, user modeling shell systems, explanation generation, intelligent/adaptive user interfaces, adaptation to users with special needs, learner modeling and adaptive systems to support human learning, navigational aids, adaptive hypertext and hypermedia, personalized information retrieval and information filtering, knowledge-based information presentation, adaptive natural-language systems, customer and user profiling for e-commerce, privacy issues, agent-based user modeling, machine learning and data mining techniques for user modeling. Innovative projects can focus either on the theory of user modeling or innovative applications or both. Format of the Consortium: Doctoral students are invited to submit short papers describing their current research directions (see submission guidelines below). In this short paper, students are expected to document their thesis topic, the approach being taken, and the work that has already been completed, if any. These papers will be reviewed by the DC Committee, and feedback will be provided to all authors. Authors of high quality applications will also be invited to present their research at the UM'2001 Conference to scholars and researchers in the field who will provide constructive comments about their work. This presentation may include a demonstration if appropriate. After the presentation the committee members, and other members of the audience, will comment on the student's work in order to provide constructive feedback. The consortium will be a separate session, two to three hours in length. !!!! We expect that a number of fellowships will be available to enable students who are going to present their work to participate in the meeting. !!!! Deadlines: Plain text versions of submissions should be sent to the DC Chair, Gord McCalla, at mccalla_(on)_cs.usask.ca by !!!!new!!!!! January 22, 2001. !!!!!!new!!!!!! Authors will be provided with feedback and notified of acceptance (or not!) of their submissions by February 28, 2001. Final submissions for inclusion in the UM '01 Proceedings will be due by March 31, 2001. ----------------------------------------------------------- Doctoral Consortium Submission Guidelines Students are asked to submit, by e-mail, a 3-page abstract of their doctoral research in plain ASCII text. Students are expected to include as the first item of their submission a thesis synopsis statement, stating the main contributions that the thesis aims to achieve. Other requirements include describing the thesis topic area, the approach being taken, any work that has already been completed, and, finally, a tentative plan for future work. Students may also include a brief description of their background in order to enable the committee to "adapt" their assistance to each student. Send submissions in plain ASCII text to: Gord McCalla at: mccalla_(on)_cs.usask.ca Good quality submissions will be chosen by the consortium committee. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the conference in a short (15 to 20 minute) presentation. This presentation may include a demonstration if appropriate. Students that have been selected to present their work will also be asked to submit a short list of questions to the committee to help identify areas where the student feels that the committee can be of assistance. After the presentation the committee members, and other members of the audience, will comment on the student's work and attempt to address the questions that the student has identified. The aim will be to provide constructive feedback that can be used by the student as the thesis topic continues to evolve. Accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings of the conference. The Proceedings of UM'2001 will be published as a book by Springer-Wien. In addition, the Proceedings will be made available on the World Wide Web. Authors of accepted papers will be provided with formatting instructions at the time of acceptance. Chair of DC Committee: Gordon Mc Calla University of Saskatchewan, Canada Members of DC Committee: Leila Alem CSIRO, Australia Paul Brna University of Leeds, United Kingdom David Chin University of Hawai'i, U.S.A. Robin Cohen University of Waterloo, Canada Cristina Conati University of British Columbia, Canada Helen Gigley Office of Naval Research, U.S.A. Isabel Fernandez de Castro UPV/EHU, Spain Judy Kay University of Sydney, Australia Frank Linton The Mitre Corporation, U.S.A. Riichiro Mizoguchi University of Osaka, Japan Fiorella de Rosis University of Bari, Italy Gerhard Weber Pedagogical University of Freiburg, Germany

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