3RD WORKSHOP ON CONTEXT-AWARE RECOMMENDER SYSTEMS (CARS-2011)

3RD WORKSHOP ON CONTEXT-AWARE RECOMMENDER SYSTEMS (CARS-2011)
(In conjunction with the 4th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems)
October 23, 2011 – Chicago, USA
http://www.cars-workshop.org

This workshop builds upon the success of the previous two Workshops on Context-Aware Recommender Systems held in New York in October 2009, and Barcelona September 2010, which brought together an international group of researchers to explore the importance and use of contextual information in recommender systems as well as to discuss new research directions.

The importance of contextual information has been recognized by researchers and practitioners in many disciplines, including e-commerce personalization, information retrieval, ubiquitous and mobile computing, data mining, marketing, and management. While a substantial amount of research has already been performed in the area of recommender systems, the vast majority of existing approaches focuses on recommending the most relevant items to users and does not take into account any additional contextual information, such as time, location, weather, or the company of other people. Therefore, this workshop aims to bring together researchers with wide-ranging backgrounds to identify important research questions, to exchange ideas from different research disciplines, and, more generally, to facilitate discussion and innovation in the area of   context-aware recommender systems (CARS).   In particular, topics of interest for this workshop include (but are not limited to):

– Context modeling techniques for recommender systems;
– Context-aware user modeling for recommender systems;
– Data sets for context-dependent recommendations;
– Algorithms for detecting the relevance of contextual data;
– Algorithms for incorporating contextual information into recommendation process;
– Algorithms for building explicit dependencies between contextual features and ratings;
– Interacting with context-aware recommender systems;
– Novel applications for context-aware recommender systems;
– Mobile context-aware recommender systems;
– Context-aware group recommendations;
– Large-scale context-aware recommender systems;
– Evaluation of context-aware recommender systems.

In case the main topic of the paper is a challenging dataset for context-aware recommender systems, the author(s) should describe the data model and the main features of this dataset, and make the dataset available for the research community.

PAPER SUBMISSION
The length of submissions is 5 pages in the standard ACM SIG proceedings format.  Microsoft Word and LaTeX templates for papers in ACM SIG format are provided at: http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates

All submissions must be in English and the files should be in PDF format.

Paper submissions and reviews will be handled electronically; each paper will be evaluated by the workshop program committee based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity.  All papers must be submitted through the CARS-2011 page on the EasyChair conference management site (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cars2011).

ACCEPTED PAPERS
The accepted papers will be made available on the workshop website and on CEUR Workshop proceedings (to confirm). Authors will present their work in front of the workshop audience.

The workshop will NOT request the copyright transfer from the authors; therefore, after receiving feedback at the workshop, the authors will be able to submit the improved versions of their papers to conferences and journals (the workshop organizers are currently exploring the possibilities to organize a special issue on this topic in some research journal).

IMPORTANT DATES
Deadline for paper submission: July 25, 2011 Notification of acceptance: August 19, 2011 Final versions due: September 12, 2011

WORKSHOP CHAIRS
Gediminas Adomavicius, University of Minnesota, USA Linas Baltrunas, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy Francesco Ricci, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy Alexander Tuzhilin, New York University, USA

PUBLICITY and LIAISON CHAIR
Tim Hussein, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Xavier Amatriain, Telefonica Research, Spain Sarabjot Anand, University of Warwick, United Kingdom Hideki Asoh, Intelligent Systems Research Institute, Japan Shlomo Berkovsky, CSIRO, Australia Pablo Castells, Universidad Autononoma de Madrid, Spain Ernesto William De Luca, TU Berlin, Germany Zeno Gantner, University of Hildesheim, Germany Michele Gorgoglione, Politecnico di Bari, Italy Alexandros Karatzoglou, Telefonica Research, Spain Antonio Krueger, DFKI GmbH, Germany Bamshad Mobasher, DePaul University, USA Kenta Oku, Ritsumeikan University, Japan Kurt Partridge, Palo Alto Research Center, USA Alan Said, TU Berlin, Germany Barry Smyth, University College Dublin, Ireland

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