The 24th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
13­-17 July 2016

UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users, to groups of users, and that collect, represent, and model user information. UMAP is the successor to the biennial User Modeling (UM) and Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web­based Systems (AH) conferences that were merged in 2009. It is sponsored by ACM SIG CHI and SIG WEB, and organized under the auspices of User Modeling Inc. 
ACM UMAP 2016 covers a wide variety of research areas where adaptation may be applied. This include (but is in no way limited to) a number of domains in which researchers are engendering significant innovations based on advances in user modeling and adaptation: recommender systems; adaptive educational systems; intelligent user interfaces; eCommerce; advertising; digital humanities; social networks; personalized health; entertainment, and many more. 

UMAP 2016 will explore, study and shape a broad range of dimensions faced by modern user adaptive systems, covering the following Key Areas chaired by leading researchers.

User Modelling for Recommender Systems

Area Chairs: Alexander Felfernig & Pasquale Lops

Semantic recommenders
Social recommenders
User Experience, Explanations, Trust, Control
Context-aware recommender systems
Conversational recommender systems
Implicit and explicit user feedback
Preference elicitation
Machine learning for recommender systems
Case studies of real-world implementations

Adaptive & Personalized Educational Systems

Area Chairs: Antonija Mitrovic & Kalina Yacef

Learner modeling
Intelligent tutoring systems
Adaptive and personalized learning support
Collaborative and group learning
Emerging environments such as MOOCs and educational games
Educational data mining and learning analytic modeling techniques
Learning at scale
Modeling affective, motivational, and metacognitive aspects of learning
Case studies of real-world implementations

Personalization in the Social Web & Crowdsourcing Era

Area Chairs: Alessandro Bozzon & Harith Alani

Data-driven approaches and big data techniques
Deep learning for personalization with social and crowd-generated data
Social network analysis
Modeling individuals, groups, and communities
Engagement & sustainability for personalization
User awareness and control
Privacy, perceived security, and trust
Adaptations based on personality, society, and culture
Mining of social media and crowd-generated data
Human computation and machine intelligence for personalization
Harnessing wisdom of the crowd for personalization
Case studies of real-world implementations

Adaptive, Intelligent, & Multimodal User Interfaces

Area Chairs: Julien Epps & Hatice Gunes

Multimodal user models
Natural interaction (speech, language, gestures)
Brain-computer interfaces
Adaptive information visualization
Adaptive hypermedia systems
Adaptive collaboration support
User modeling for special needs
Case studies of real-world implementations

Architectures, techniques & methodologies for UMAP

Area Chairs: Stephan Weibelzahl & Mihaela Cocea

Models of perception, action, cognition, and affect
Neurobiological and physiological models
User experience
Ongoing continuous modeling
Life wide modeling
Data-driven approaches
Non-standard database representations (networks, graphs)
Sensor networks
Handheld and mobile devices
Standards and specifications
Interoperability, semantics
Evaluation methodologies and metrics
Case studies of real-world implementations

Submission Categories and Review Process

UMAP 2016 will include high quality peer-­reviewed papers related to the above key areas. We welcome original and principled research papers addressing both the theory and practice of UMAP and papers showcasing innovative use of UMAP and exploring the benefits and challenges of applying UMAP technology in real­life applications and contexts. Authors will be asked to indicate one or more key areas (from the five listed above) at the time of submission. Submissions should be made into one of two categories ­ long and short papers as defined below.

Long papers (8 pages + references) should present original reports of substantive new research techniques, findings, and applications of UMAP. They should place the work within the field and clearly indicate innovative aspects. Research procedures and technical methods should be presented in sufficient detail to ensure scrutiny and reproducibility. Results should be clearly communicated and implications of the contributions/findings for UMAP and beyond should be explicitly discussed.

Short papers (4 pages + references) should present original and highly promising research or applications. Merit will be assessed in terms of originality and importance rather than maturity,extensive technical validation, and user studies, although some form of validation is desirable.

Maintaining the high quality and impact of the UMAP series, each paper will have three reviews by program committee members and a meta­review presenting the reviewers’ consensual view; the review process will be coordinated by the program chairs in collaboration with the corresponding area chairs. Separation of long and short papers will be strictly enforced, so papers will not compete across

Submission Details and Publication

Page limits: Long papers ­ 8 pages + references; Short pages: 4 pages + references.

Note that the references do not count towards page limits. Papers that exceed the page limits or formatting guidelines will be returned without review.
Submissions should be single blinded, i.e. authors names should be included in the submissions.
Papers must be formatted using the ACM SIG proceedings template and submitted via EasyChair. 

Submission templates:­-template

Easychair submission site:

Accepted papers will be published by ACM and will be available via the ACM Digital Library. At least
one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference by May 1, 2016 for the paper to
be included in the proceedings. Authors are expected to attend the conference and present the paper

Important Dates

23 28 February 2016: Abstracts for Full and Short Papers (mandatory)
6 March 2016: Full and Short Papers due
25 March 2016: NEW! ! April1,  2016: Doctoral consortium papers

15 April 2016: Notification for Full and Short papers

NEW! April 22, 2016 Notification for  DC papers
1 May 2016: Camera-­ready version due for Full, Short, and DC papers (main proceedings)

7 May 2016: Workshop papers, Posters & demos, Late-­Breaking Results papers due
1 June 2016: Notification of workshop papers,Posters & Demos, Late-­Breaking Results papers
7 June 2016: Camera­-ready version due for Workshop papers, Posters & Demos, Late-­Breaking Results papers (extended proceedings)

1 May 2016: ­ Author registration deadline for main proceedings
7 June 2016:  ­ Early registration deadline and author registration for extended proceedings
12 July 2016: Regular registration
13­-17 July 2016: UMAP 2016 Conference

The submissions times are 11:59 pm Hawaii time.


24th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization

13-16 July 2016 - Halifax, Canada

Collocated with Hypertext 2016


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Important Dates

12 July 2016: Regular registration cutoff at 00:00 Atlantic time 
12 July onwards -On-site registration only

13-16 July 2016: UMAP 2016 Conference


15 January 2016: Workshop Proposals
23 / 28 February 2016: Abstracts for Full and Short Papers (mandatory)
1 / 6 March 2016: Full and Short Papers due
25 March / 1 April 2016: Doctoral consortium papers
15 April 2016:Notification for full and short papers
22 April 2016: Notification for DC papers
1 May 2016: Author's Registration Deadline for Full, Short, Extended Abstracts, DC Papers (main proceedings)
1  9 May 2016: Camera-Ready Deadline for Full, Short, Extended Abstracts & DC papers (main proceedings)
7 May 2016: Posters, Demos, Late-Breaking Results papers due
16 May 2016 (extended!): Workshop papers due 
1 June 2016: Notification of Workshop Papers, Posters & Demos, Late-Breaking Results papers
7 June 2016: Camera-ready for Workshop papers, Posters & Demos, Late-Breaking Results papers (extended proceedings)
                     + Early registration and author registration deadline for extended proceedings
13 June 2016: Student funding application deadline;
                      + Cut-off date for booking student residence accommodations and the Lord Nelson Hotel (June 14)


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