List of workshops that will take place at UMAP 2017:
- EdRecSys: Educational Recommender Systems
- EvalUMAP: Towards Comparative Evaluation in User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization
- HAAPIE: Human Aspects in Adaptive and Personalized Interactive Environments
- HUM: Holistic User Modeling – Merging Quantified Self and Semantic Content Analytics
- PALE: Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments
- PATCH: Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage
- SOAP: Surprise, Opposition, and Obstruction in Adaptive and Personalized Systems
- UMTempAspects: Workshop on Temporal Aspects in User Modelling
- WPPG: Fifty Shades of Personalization – Workshop on Personalization in Serious and Persuasive Games and Gameful Interactions
EvalUMAP: Towards Comparative Evaluation in User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization
Research in the areas of User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization faces a number of significant scientific challenges. One of the most significant of these challenges is the issue of comparative evaluation. It has always been difficult to rigorously compare different approaches to personalization, as the function of the resulting systems is, by their nature, heavily influenced by the behaviour of the users involved in trialling the systems. To-date this topic has received relatively little attention. Developing comparative evaluations in this space would be a huge advancement as it would enable shared comparison across research, which to-date has been very limited.
HAAPIE: Human Aspects in Adaptive and Personalized Interactive Environments
State-of-the-art approaches in adaptation and personalization research consider user models that mostly maintain information regarding the “traditional” user characteristics (i.e., experience, knowledge, interests, context), and related contextual or technology aspects (i.e., displays, connectivity, processing power). While modeling these factors has shown significant improvements and benefits to the end-users in terms of usability and user experience, still the needs of today’s epoch signify the further engagement into research that will produce more holistic human-centered practices. The vision is to bring more inclusively the “human-in-the-loop”, considering intrinsic user characteristics and abilities, like perceptual, personality, visual, cognitive and emotional factors as expressed by the theories of individual differences. In addition, recent studies show the need of broadening the scope of diversity parameters to include characteristics such as motivation, self-actualization, and socio-cultural differences.
HUM: Holistic User Modeling – Merging Quantified Self and Semantic Content Analytics
The recent spread of social network and self-tracking devices has totally changed the rules for personalization. On one side, the spread of social network platforms fueled the research in the area of user modeling, since a lot of new data are continuously available and can be gathered and exploited to build richer and more complete user models. At the same time, self-tracking devices are becoming more and more pervasive, and a plethora of data is today available by exploiting such tools.
As a consequence, it is very important to think about a new generation of user models that are able to effectively merge the information coming from both information sources. The main goal of the workshop is to stimulate the discussion around problems, challenges and research directions regarding the exploitation of content-based information sources (Big, Social and Linked Data) along with Personal Information sources (gathered through personal devices) for personalization and adaptation task and to foster the design of a new generation of intelligent user-centered systems.
PALE: Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments
The 7th International Workshop on Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments (PALE) is to be held on July 9th, 2017 in Bratislava. We would like to share and discuss the new trends in current research on how user modeling and associated artificial intelligent techniques are able to contextualize and manage the increasing amount of information coming from the task at hand and its surrounding environment in order to provide the personalization support in a wide range of learning environments, which are increasingly more sensitive to the learners and their context.
PATCH: Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage
The workshop is aimed at bringing together researchers and practitioners who are working on various aspects of cultural heritage and are interested in exploring the potential of state of the art of mobile technology (onsite as well as online) to enhance the CH visit experience. The expected result of the workshop is a multidisciplinary research agenda that will inform future research directions and hopefully, forge some research collaborations.
SOAP: Surprise, Opposition, and Obstruction in Adaptive and Personalized Systems
The phenomenon often referred to as the “filter-bubble,” i.e., the effect that collaborative, as well as content-based recommender systems keep making obvious, uninspiring, and therefore disengaging suggestions based on previous interactions, has emphasized the value of system qualities beyond pure accuracy, e.g., diversity, novelty, serendipity, or unexpectedness, to keep the user satisfied. In fact, these approaches to kicking the user out of his or her “comfort zone” seem to be highly promising methods to increase satisfaction with a system in the long run. To go even one step further, we also want to explore concepts along three qualities we refer to as surprise, opposition, and obstruction. Surprise relates to existing concepts like serendipity in complex scenarios. Opposition, as an extreme form of variation, is highly subjective and context-dependent. Obstruction refers to the intentional restriction of functionality through the machine in an active manner by “embodying opposition”.
UMTempAspects: Workshop on Temporal Aspects in User Modelling
Important aspects and topics to be discussed evolve around (and not limited to): Specific applications and case studies (evaluation) ; Specific methods and techniques for integrating temporal aspects into the user modelling; Considering temporal aspects in group modelling; Lifelong user modelling; Concept drift in user modelling; Temporal-based Personalization; Cross domain temporal patterns; Temporal aspects of conversational interfaces; Interaction concepts with personal (mobile or desktop) and group (on-site public or desktop) displays; Information needs, information access (incl. visualization) and search patterns; Personalized explanations (in recommendation systems: movies, people, e-commerce products etc.)
WPPG: Fifty Shades of Personalization - Workshop on Personalization in Serious and Persuasive Games and Gameful Interactions
Personalization of serious and persuasive games, as well as gameful interactions has become more important than ever in a wide range of areas (e.g., health, sustainability, education, and security). Thus, this full-day workshop at UMAP will mark an important milestone in this field by bringing together a specialized community of participants to explore new scientific contributions and consider the future of personalization. The workshop’s special focus will be on complementary approaches – the shades – of personalization: subjective vs. objective variables, continuous vs. categorical dimensions, personalization of the means vs. the ends of the interaction, personalization in real-time vs. at one point in time, which we expect to stimulate extensive discussions and inspire new research ideas.
Workshop participants will contribute with “pieces” (submissions of theoretical or empirical papers and demos) to build the basis for a new and unified framework for personalization of serious and persuasive games and gameful interactions.