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Dr. James Rong Chen, a research computer scientist in Computational Sciences Division for eight years, has been working in the area of personalized information retrieval and published two highly quoted papers in UMUAI. He died May 1st, 2001 in an automobile accident on his way home from work. He is survived by his wife, Lily Chang, his sisters Yiko, Ida, Eva, Gina and Nina, and his mother and father, Grace and Y.K. Jim was 45.

Jim was born on September 11th, 1955, in Taipei, Taiwan. He received a B.S. in Physics from the National Tsing Hua University, 1977, a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1981 and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego in 1993. He had received awards for both his teaching and research in Computer Science.

Jim worked at Signetics, FMC Ordnance, Apple Computer and IBM before joining NASA in 1993. At Ames, he conducted research on machine learning, digital libraries, and information management, most recently as part of the ScienceDesk Project. He was also the principal investigator for the DIAMS system, an agent-based collaborative information management system. Outside of work, Jim was an active member of the Bay Area Yan Xin Qigong Society.

The Chen family has donated funds to establish two awards in commemoration of James R. Chen:

  • The James Chen Award for the best annual UMUAI journal article. The prize carries a cash reward of $1000.
  • The James Chen Award for for the best student paper at the UMAP conference. It carries a cash reward of $1000.

The UMUAI James Chen Award is given to the best annual UMUAI journal article. Below the list of award winners thus far.

2017

Mor Peleg, Yuval Shahar, Silvana Quaglini, Adi Fux, Gema García-Sáez, Ayelet Goldstein, M. Elena Hernando, Denis Klimov, Iñaki Martínez-Sarriegui, Carlo Napolitano, Enea Parimbelli, Mercedes Rigla, Lucia Sacchi, Erez Shalom, Pnina Soffer.
MobiGuide: a personalized and patient-centric decision-support system and its evaluation in the atrial fibrillation and gestational diabetes domains
UMUAI 27(2), 159–213
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11257-017-9190-5

2016

Bruno Lepri, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy
Jacopo Staiano, Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, LIP6, Paris, France
Erez Shmueli, Dep. of Industrial Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel
Fabio Pianesi, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy
Alex Pentland, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA
The role of personality in shaping social networks and mediating behavioral change
UMUAI 26(2-3), 143–175
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11257-016-9173-y

2015

Dietmar Jannach, Lukas Lerche, Iman Kamehkhosh, Michael Jugovac
What recommenders recommend: an analysis of recommendation biases and possible countermeasures
UMUAI Vol. 25, issue 5, pp. 427–491
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11257-015-9165-3

2014

Rita Orji, Julita Vassileva, and Regan L. Mandryk
Modeling the Efficacy of Persuasive Strategies for Different Gamer Types in Serious Games for Health
UMUAI Vol. 24, issue 5, pp. 453–98.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11257-014-9149-8

2013

Peter Pirolli and Sanjay Kairam:
A knowledge-tracing model of learning from a social tagging system
UMUAI Vol. 23, Issue 2-3, pp. 139–168.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11257-012-9132-1

2012

Joseph A. Konstan and John Riedl
Recommender Systems: from Algorithms to User Experience
UMUAI 22 (1-2), 2012, 101–123
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11257-011-9112-x?LI=true

2011

Kasia Muldner, Winslow Burleson, Brett Van de Sande and Kurt VanLehn
An analysis of students’ gaming behaviors in an intelligent tutoring system: predictors and impacts
UMUAI 21:1-2, 2011, 99-135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11257-010-9086-0

Brent Martin, Antonija Mitrovic, Kenneth R. Koedinger and Santosh Mathan
Evaluating and improving adaptive educational systems with learning curves

UMUAI 21:3, 2011, 249–28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11257-010-9084-2

2009

Mingyu Feng, Neil Hefferman, and Kenneth Koedinger
Addressing the assessment challenge with an online system that tutors as it assesses

Volume 19, Number 3, pp. 243-266, 2009
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11257-009-9063-7

2008

H. Cramer, V. Evers, S. Ramlal, M. van Someren, L. Rutledge, N. Stash, L. Aroyo and B. Wielinga
The Effects of Transparency on Trust in and Acceptance of a Content-based Art Recommender

Volume 18, Number 5, 2008
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11257-008-9051-3

2007

O. Stock, M. Zancanaro, P. Busetta, C. Callaway, A. Krüger, M. Kruppa, T. Kuflik, E. Not, C. Rocchi
Adaptive, Intelligent Presentation of Information for the Museum Visitor in PEACH

Volume 17, Number 3, 2007
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11257-007-9029-6

2006

Stephanie Elzer, Nancy Green, Sandra Carberry and James Hoffman
A Model of Perceptual Task Effort for Bar Charts and its Role in Recognizing Intention

Volume 16, Number 1 / March, 2006
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11257-006-9002-9

2004

Anton Leuski and James Allan
Interactive Information Retrieval Using Clustering and Spatial Proximity
Volume 14(2-3), pp. 259-288, June 2004

2003

Justine Cassell and Timothy Bickmore
Negotiated Collusion: Modeling Social Language and its Relationship Effects in Intelligent Agents

Vol. 13(1+2), 2003, pp. 89-132

2002

Cristina Conati, Abigail Gertner, Kurt VanLehn
Using Bayesian Networks to Manage Uncertainty in Student Modeling

UMUAI 12(4), 2002

The James Chen Best Student Paper Award is given to the best student paper at the UMAP conference. Below the winners of the award thus far.

2018

The 26th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, ACM UMAP 2018, in Singapore, awarded the following papers:

Predict Demographic Information Using Word2vec on Spatial Trajectories

Adir Solomon, Ariel Bar, Chen Yanai, Bracha Shapira and Lior Rokach

Intent-aware Item-based Collaborative Filtering for Personalised Diversification

Jacek Wasilewski and Neil Hurley.

2017

The 25th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2016, in Bratislava, Slovakia, awarded the following papers:

Out of the Fr-“Eye”-ing Pan: Towards Gaze-Based Models of Attention during Learning with Technology in the Classroom

Stephen Hutt, Caitlin Mills, Nigel Bosch, Kristina Krasich, James Brockmole and Sidney D’Mello

Fine-Grained Open Learner Models: Complexity Versus Support

Julio Guerra-Hollstein, Jordan Barria-Pineda, Christian D. Schunn, Susan Bull and Peter Brusilovsky

2016

The 24th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2016, in Halifax, Canada, awarded the following papers:

On the Value of Reminders within E-Commerce Recommendations

Lukas Lerche, Dietmar Jannach and Malte Ludewig

Analyzing and Predicting Task Reminders

David Graus, Paul Bennett, Ryen White and Eric Horvitz

2015

The 23rd International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2015, in Dublin, Ireland, awarded the following papers:

Counteracting Anchoring Effects in Group Decision Making

Martin Stettinger, Alexander Felfernig, Gerhard Leitner, Stefan Reiterer

Implicit Acquisition of User Personality for Augmenting Movie Recommendations

Wen Wu, Li Chen

2014

The 22nd International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2014, in Aalborg, Denmark, awarded the following papers:

Toward Fully Automated Person-Independent Detection of Mind Wandering

Robert Bixler and Sidney D'Mello

Adaptive support versus alternating worked examples and tutored problems: Which leads to better learning?

Amir Shareghi Najar, Tanja Mitrovic and Bruce M. McLaren
2013

2013

The 21th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2013, in Rome, Italy, awarded the following paper:

Utilizing Dynamic Bayes Nets to Improve Early Prediction Models of Self-Regulated Learning

Jennifer Sabourin, Bradford Mott and James Lester

2012

The 20th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2012, in Montreal, Canada, awarded the following papers:

A Comparative Study of Users' Microblogging Behavior on Sina Weibo and Twitter

Qi Gao, Fabian Abel, Geert-Jan Houben and Yong Yu

Improving Construct Validity Yields Better Models of Systematic Inquiry, Even with Less Information

Michael Sao Pedro, Ryan S.J.D. Baker and Janice Gobert

2011

The 19th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2011, in Girona, Spain, awarded the following papers:

Early Detection of Potential Experts in Question Answering Communities
Aditya Pal, Rosta Farzan, Joseph A. Konstan and Robert E. Kraut

Walk the Talk
Denis Parra and Xavier Amatriain

2010

The 18th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2010, in Kona, Hawaii, USA, awarded the following paper:

Inducing Effective Pedagogical Strategies Using Learning Context Features
Min Chi, Kurt Van Lehn, Diane Litman and Pamela Jordan, CMU and University of Pittsburg, USA

2009

The 17th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2009, in Trento, Italy awarded the following papers:

Social Navigation Support for Information Seeking: If You Build It, Will They Come?
Rosta Farzan and Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburg, USA

Non-Intrusive Personalisation of the Museum Experience
Fabian Bohnert and Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University, Australia

2008

The Adaptive Hypermedia Conference AH'2008 in Hannover, Germany awarded the following papers:

The Effectiveness of Personalized Movie Explanations: An Experiment Using Commercial Meta-data
Nava Tintarev and Judith Masthoff, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

User-Centric Profiling on the Basis of Cognitive and Emotional Characteristics: An Empirical Study
Nikos Tsianos, Zacharias Lekkas, Panagiotis Germanakos, Costas Mourlas, and George Samaras

2007

The 11th International Conference on User Modelling, UM07, in Corfu, Greece awarded the following papers:
Preference-based Organization Interfaces: Aiding User Critiques in Recommender Systems

Li Chen, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

A User Modeling Server for Contemporary Adaptive Hypermedia: an Evaluation of Push Approach to Evidence Propagation
Michael Yudelson, University of Pittsburg, USA

2006

The Adaptive Hypertext and Hypermedia 2006 Conference awarded the following two papers:

Social navigation support in a course recommendation system
Rosta Farzan and Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh

A Comparative Study of Compound Critique Generation in Conversational Recommender Systems
Jiyong Zhang and Pearl Pu, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

2005

The 10th International Conference on User Modelling, UM05, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 24-29, 2005 awarded the following two papers:

Assessing Cognitive Load in Adaptive Hypermedia Systems: Physiological and Behavioral Methods
Holger Schultheis and Anthony Jameson (DFKI, Germany)

Using SiteRank for Decentralized Computation of Web Document Ranking
Jie Wu and Karl Aberer (EPFL, Switzerland)

2004

The Adaptive Hypertext and Hypermedia 2004 Conference awarded two awards:

Exploiting Probabilistic Latent Information for the Construction of Community Web Directories
Dimitrios Pierrakos and Georgios Paliouras, Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications, NCSR "Demokritos”

The impact of link suggestion on user navigation and user perception
Ion Juvina (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands) and Eelco Herder (University of Twente, the Netherlands)

The Best Paper Award, sponsored by Springer, is given to the best paper at the UMAP conference. Below the list of award winners thus far.

2018

The 26th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, ACM UMAP 2018, in Singapore, awarded the following paper:

Easy to Please: Separating User Experience from Choice Satisfaction

James Schaffer, John O'Donovan and Tobias Höllerer.

2017

The 25th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, ACM UMAP 2017, in Bratislava, Slovakia, awarded the following paper:

Experimental Analysis of Mastery Learning Criteria

Radek Pelánek and Jiří Řihák

2016

The 24th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, ACM UMAP 2016, in Halifax, Canada, awarded the following paper:

Predicting Individual Differences for Learner Modeling in Intelligent Tutors from Previous Learner Activities

Michael Eagle, Albert Corbett, John Stamper, Bruce Mclaren and Ryan Baker

2015

The 23rd International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2015, in Dublin, Ireland, awarded the following paper:

The Mars and Venus Effect: The Influence of User Gender on the Effectiveness of Adaptive Task Support

Alexandria Katarina Vail, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, Eric N. Wiebe, James C. Lester

2014

The 22nd International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2014, in Aalborg, Denmark, awarded the following paper:

Te,Te,Hi,Hi: Eye Gaze Sequence Analysis for Informing User-Adaptive Information Visualizations

Ben Steichen, Michael M.A. Wu, Dereck Toker, Cristina Conati and Giuseppe Carenini.

2013

The 21th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2013, in Rome, Italy, awarded the following paper:

Comparing and Combining Eye Gaze and Interface Actions for Determining User Learning with an Interactive Simulation

Samad Kardan and Cristina Conati

2012

The 20th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2012, in Montreal, Canada, awarded the following paper:

 Users and Noise: Estimating the Magic Barrier of Recommendation Systems

 Alan Said, Brijnesh Jain, Sascha Narr and Till Plumbaum

2011

The 19th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP2011, in Girona, Spain, awarded the following paper:

Analyzing User Modeling on Twitter for Personalized News Recommendations
Fabian Abel, Qi Gao, Geert-Jan Houben and Ke Tao

2010

The 18th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP2010, in Kona, Hawaii, USA awarded the following paper:

Analysis of Strategies for Building Group Profiles
Christophe Senot, Dimitre Kostadinov, Makram Bouzid, Jerome Picault, Armen Aghasaryan, and Cedric Bernier, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent France.

2009

The 17th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP2009, in Trento, Italy awarded the following paper:

Tell Me Where You've Lived, And I'll Tell You What You Like: Adapting Interfaces to Cultural Preferences
Katharina Reinecke, Abraham Bernstein, University of Zurich, Switzerland

2008

Social Information Access for the Rest of Us: An Exploration of Social YouTube
Maurice Coyle, Jill Freyne, Peter Brusilovsky, and Barry Smyth

2007

Exploiting Evidence Analysis in Plan Recognition
Stephanie Elzer, University of Millersville, U.S.A. and Sandra Carberry, University of Delaware, U.S.A.

Each year, User Modeling Inc. recognizes outstanding papers in the field of user modeling, adaptation and personalization with three awards:

The Springer Best Paper Award is given to the best paper at the UMAP conference. The Award is sponsored by Springer Publishers.

The James Chen Best Student Paper Award is given to the best student paper at the UMAP conference.

The UMUAI James Chen Award is given to the best annual UMUAI journal article.

Both James Chen Awards are sponsored by the Chen family in commemoration of James R. Chen.

The winners of all awards are listed on this website. Check out the corresponding items in the menu.