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Book on UMADR 2012 : Book on User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines To appear in Springer HCI Series


When Oct 10, 2011 - Oct 24, 2011
Where N/A
Abstract Registration Due Oct 10, 2011
Submission Deadline Dec 23, 2011
Notification Due Feb 6, 2012
Final Version Due Jun 1, 2012
Categories    user model   adaptation   special needs   HCI

Call For Papers

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to announce and invite you to submit a chapter to the:

book on: "User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines"
To appear in Springer HCI Series


October 10, 2011: Proposal submission (abstract 1-2 pages + at least 3 own references).
October 24, 2011: Chapter editorial first decision.
December 23, 2011: First submission deadline (8,000-10,000 words).
February 6, 2012: Chapter editorial second decision.
March 30, 2012: Second version submission deadline.
May 3, 2012: Chapter editorial third decision.
June 1, 2012: Camera-ready chapter submission.

During our life, we are involved in a huge variety of activities that we constantly repeat
associated to diverse contexts. These activities can be related to domestic routines,
working tasks, everyday urban-life, and so on. Each day there are a lot of decisions to be
taken, both in regular situations (e.g., "what should I have for dinner tonight?", "which
clothes will I wear today?") and in unexpected ones (e.g., "the underground is not working,
how will I go home now?". Choosing the right options reverts on improving our self-esteem,
quality of life, and social integration. However, while some people can take this type of
decisions with an insignificant effort, this task may not be easy at all for others as not
everybody has the same capabilities. For example, whilst traveling in public transport can
be a trivial task for some users, it can be quite hard for others (i.e., elder people, or
those with cognitive limitations or motor disabilities). The same happens with most daily
routines such as the ones mentioned above.

Computer systems can help to improve people's abilities (e.g., motor, sensory, memory,
reasoning, communication, social, or emotional skills among others) when using them as
assistances in daily life and when they are used as trainers. This book focuses on those
that affect how people with special and specific needs manage on their everyday life. Some
examples of expected and unexpected issues that people daily face are:

* Indoor and outdoor navigation.
* Information searching, reading and understanding.
* Daily schedule and task prioritization.
* Health and personal care.
* Cleaning habits.
* Eating habits.
* Mathematics in daily life.
* Tool and device manipulation.
* Safety and security issues.
* Working tasks.
* Sustainable habits.
* Living in society.

This book arises from the motivation on adaptive systems for people with disabilities. The
aim is to bring light about how adaptive methods and techniques can be used to help users
(either with some kind of disability or with specific needs) to accomplish daily tasks and
to take decisions both in foreseen and unforeseen situations. The main goal is to be able to
give them advice through different devices (PDAs, smart phones, laptops) according to the
context in which they are at each time, also considering their capabilities, preferences and
special/specific needs at that context. Modeling user's capabilities, limitations and needs
(in the context described in this motivation) is another essential task as well.

The book seeks to provide a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art practices on user
modeling and adaptation for people with special needs as well as the challenges to be
addressed in order to achieve their actual deployment. Thus, book topics include analysis,
design, implementation and evaluation of adaptive systems to assist users with special /
specific needs to take decisions and fulfill daily routine activities, with special emphasis
on major trends in: modeling user features, limitations and special/specific needs;
representing daily activities, including potential difficulties and decisions to be taken
(both in regular and unexpected situations); designing and building adaptive assistants for
daily routines; and evaluating the use of this type of assistants.

We are willing to accept papers regarding the following themes (but not limited to):
* User modeling: special/specific needs
* Context-aware user modeling
* Modeling routines
* User behavior prediction
* Design patterns for adaptive personal assistants
* Recommender systems for daily activities
* Methods and techniques for personal assistants
* Novel applications based on user routines
* Collaborative assistants for daily activities
* Adaptive applications for urban services
* Mobile and pervasive urban applications
* Context-aware urban applications
* Personalized persuasive systems
* Daily assistants for all
* Usability and accessibility issues
* Personalized and adaptive interfaces
* Privacy and security issues in ubiquitous applications
* Evaluation of adaptive mobile assistants
* Case studies and experiences

Researcher and practitioners are invited to submit a chapter proposal on or before *October
10, 2011*. This proposal should include a 1-2 page abstract clearly explaining the interest
of the chapter and the motivation for submitting. It should be accompanied by brief biographies
(50 to 100 words) of each author including, at least, three own relevant references about
papers related to the topics of the book. Proposals are to be submitted via Easychair

Authors will be notified no later than *October 24, 2011* whether the proposal is considered
appropriate for this book. Those whose proposals have been accepted will receive guidelines
for preparing their full chapters. The expected length of the submitted manuscript must be
between 8,000 to 10,000 words including tables, figures, appendices and full list of
references. The first version of the chapters will need to be submitted by *December 23,
2011*. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors
may be asked to peer review another chapter.

The results of this review process will be made available to authors on or before *February
6, 2012*. The editorial decision will extend on the following: (i) chapter accepted with minor
changes; (ii) chapter accepted with mayor changes, and (iii) chapter rejected due to
inadequate quality.

(i) and (ii) cases will then have until *March 30, 2012* to update the manuscript by
incorporating the main concerns identified by reviewers, and to work with the editors and
other chapter authors to develop common themes and synergies, in addition to implementing
cross referencing of one another's chapters as appropriate.

Chapters include in the (ii) case will be re-evaluated and a final decision will be sent to
the authors on or before *May 3, 2012*. All accepted chapters may also received minor editor
suggestions. Finally, authors of accepted chapters must submit the camera-ready chapter version
and other related materials before or on *June 1, 2012*.

The target audience of this book will be the following:

* Technological and/or social researchers interested in user modeling and adaptation for people
with special needs.
* Practitioners interested in applying adaptation strategies for supporting people with special
needs in their daily lives.
* HCI-oriented PhD Students working on the area of user modeling and adaptation for people with
special needs.

This book is scheduled to be published by Springer as part of the Human-Computer Interaction
Series. HCI series present work which advances the science and technology of developing systems
which are both effective and satisfying for people in a wide variety of contexts. For additional
information regarding the publisher, please visit This
publication is anticipated to be released in late 2012.

Dra. Estefanía Martín - Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Dr. Pablo A. Haya - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dra. Rosa M. Carro - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Inquiries can be forwarded electronically:
Estefanía Martín, LITE Research Group, URJC, Spain

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