RecSys 2012 Workshop on Recommender Technologies for Lifestyle Change

RecSys 2012 Workshop
Recommender Technologies for Lifestyle Change

In conjunction with the 6th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems
September 13, 2012, Dublin, Ireland


In today’s society, particularly in the affluent society, lifestyle is
influenced by technology and the abundance of financial resources.
Moreover, many believe that nowadays medical knowledge can be
immediately applicable in case of illness, and cure illnesses also
caused by bad habits, as technical knowledge can be used for repairing a
broken car.

This results in lifestyles that do not care about the negative
long-terms effects on each individual person, but also on the
environment. The most prominent example of this is represented by
various types of chronic  illnesses in developed countries that result
from poor lifestyle choices (e.g. diabetes or heart diseases).

In this context, the aim of this workshop is to explore possibilities
for recommender systems to support  users in taking useful decisions
related to various aspects of their lifestyle; we call them Lifestyle
Change Recommender Systems (LSCRS).

There are three main challenges for LSCRSs: firstly, such systems have
to assess the user’s context for  delivering such recommendations.
Secondly, in order to promote any change in the lifestyle of the user,
they have  to recommend a tailored sequence of items, mostly actions,
taking into  account the dependencies  between items and the effects of
each item recommendation. Thirdly, the systems have to be defined in a
way that favors the user’s continuous attention, and allows to explain
the reasons for the  change in the user’s future behavior, and to
communicate the changes already effectuated.

Hence, in order to provide an effective support to lifestyle change,
recommender systems need to provide communicative capabilities, e.g,
with multi-modal dialogue systems. Recommender technologies must
initiate a feedback-change-loop that could contribute to lowering the
risks of severe illnesses for many individual users and to improving
the overall environmental situation.

In the light of these challenges, submissions are solicited that
address the following topics:

– Surveys of lifestyle related activities and technological approaches
to monitoring them
– Context modeling for activity recommendations
– Formal models of sensor data for monitoring every day activities
– User models for every day life recommendations that provide
user-tailored content
– Motivational models for lifestyle, every day activities, and
environmental responsibility
– Recommendations of sequences of items (e.g. physical exercises for a
whole week, planning meals for a month)
– Measures of the effectiveness for lifestyle change recommender  systems
– Approaches to combine sensor data and interactive user input in  LSCRSs
– Strategies to cement behavioral change
– Strategies for situation- and user-aware presentation of recommendations
– Persuasive technologies for interaction with and/or among users on their personal situation, their habits, and their options to change their lifestyle
– Recommendation of activities for leisure time and lifestyle
– Recommendation of information sources (e.g. forum entries, blogs) for LSCRSs

Jun 8, 2012: Workshop paper submission deadline
Jun 22, 2012: Author notification
Jul 3-6, 2012: Camera-ready workshop papers due
Sept 13, 2012: Workshop date

Submit either a full paper of no more than 6 pages, or a short paper
(at most 4 pages). Short papers may address an important problem for
further research or describe a practical problem or an interesting
lesson learned. In addition, we solicit proposals for short
demonstrations (at most 4 pages, and software demonstrations taking at
most 15 minutes), emphasizing the original contribution, functionality
or conceptual foundation of the system.

All submissions will be handled electronically in PDF format. The
submissions should follow the RecSys 2012 style guide (paper templates
are provided in Microsoft Word and LaTeX on the conference website: Papers should be submitted
via EasyChair submission system
( If you have
used EasyChair before, you may use your existing username and password.
Otherwise please create a new EasyChair account.

Each submission is blind reviewed by three members of the program
committee. Refereeing criteria are  relevance to workshop topics,
significance and novelty of the research, technical content, discussion
on relation to previous work and clarity of presentation.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the
workshop to present the paper.

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