Ubiquitous User Modeling – State Of The Art and Current Challenges

International Workshop at Haifa, Israel
Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation
June 25th – 28th, 2012
University of Haifa, Israel
Website: http://cri.haifa.ac.il/U2M2012/
Email: upworkshop.2012(at)gmail(dot)com

Summary and Theme
In today’s world, computer systems are part of almost every service we
receive; we either interact directly with them (as in: ATMs,
movies/transportation tickets purchasing kiosks, medical information kiosks,
etc.) or they operate in the background (e.g., food ordering, medical
treatment, flight boarding, shopping, etc.). Such services have the
potential to be personalized to users’ preferences and needs in ways that
will make them more friendly and useful. However, in order to do that,
knowledge about the target user is required. Asking users each time for
their preferences and needs can be time consuming for the user, inefficient
and irritating.

Beyond that, services are delivered everywhere and in changing environments; this means that the context varies too (with/without internet connectivity, local/abroad, etc.). Recent developments in technology (e.g., ubiquity of smart mobile devices) and social trends (e.g.,
online social networking) bring us closer to ubiquitous personalization, a
situation where no matter where we go we will be able to receive services
tailored to our personal preferences. In order to make ubiquitous
personalization available to the masses, researchers need to draw upon
knowledge that is multidisciplinary.

Future personalized ubiquitous solutions need to address topics such as: communication interfaces, user interfaces, ubiquitous user modeling, lifelong user modeling and more. The
workshop is intended to bring together researchers, graduate students and
industry people in the area of ubiquitous user modeling (and related areas).
The workshop will be an opportunity for researchers to share and collaborate
on ideas related to ubiquitous user modeling, lifelong user modeling,
personalization and other related topics. It will be a great opportunity for
graduate students to present their work, get feedback, learn and meet
leading researchers in this area.

List of Topics
• Personalization
o Personalization in mobile and ubiquitous computing
o Location based personalization
o Semantic Web approaches and ontologies for personalization
o Social Web approaches for personalization
o Spatial and temporal reasoning for ubiquitous personalization
o Integrated reasoning and inferences with user and context models
o Personalization in intelligent environments like smart homes or smart cars
o User Interfaces personalization
o Lifelong aspects in personalization

• User Modeling
o User modeling interoperability
o Distributed and externalized user modeling
o Construction and acquisition of distributed user models
o Conflict resolution for ubiquitous user modeling
o Lifelong user modeling

• Privacy
o Privacy, security and trust in ubiquitous
personalization – How to store, transfer and share user model parts while
preserving the users privacy and anonymity.

• Infrastructure
o Interfaces and architectures for supporting
personalization in changing states of connectivity (online vs. offline)
o Ubiquitous communication interfaces for transferring user models

The workshop will be divided into thematic sessions. Every session will be
lead by an invited speaker and include an invited talk, a few position
papers and a concluding discussion.

Important Dates
April 22nd, 2012 Position papers submission
April 29th, 2012 Notification of acceptance
June 25th, 2012 Workshop Day

To Participate
If you wish to present at the workshop, please submit a four-page position
paper related to your experience with respect to the workshop’s theme by
April 22nd, 2012. Demos and Videos are also welcome. Following the workshop,
submissions may be solicited to submit a full paper for a potential special
issue on the topic. Industry and academia people who simply wish to
participate may register by email.
Submissions and registrations should be sent to: upworkshop.2012(at)gmail(dot)com.

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