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FuturePD 2016 : The Future of Personal Data - International Workshop at ACM UMAP '16


When Jul 13, 2016 - Jul 17, 2016
Where Halifax
Submission Deadline May 6, 2016
Notification Due Jun 1, 2016
Final Version Due Jun 7, 2016
Categories    computer science   adaptive systems   machine learning   personalization

Call For Papers

The Future of Personal Data: envisioning new personalized services enabled by Quantified Self technologies (FuturePD) – International Workshop @ ACM UMAP ‘16 – Halifax, Canada 13 -17 July, 2016

This one-day workshop will take place at ACM UMAP 2016 and wants to bring together professionals, researchers, practitioners and anyone else interested in the domain of personal data.
The workshop will combine a brief presentation session and a longer design session, where participants will create future scenarios and fictional prototypes to reflect on QS personalized technologies.

Quantified Self (QS) aims to use technology to collect personal data on different aspects of people’s daily lives. QS tools are more and more allowing people to self-track a variety of information related to their behaviors (sleep, food), activities (walking, run), psychological states (mood, stress), physiological parameters (heart rate, blood sugar level), locations, etc. As the current availability on the market of wearables and mobile applications for self-tracking is making it plausible that QS technologies will become pervasive in the near future, we have to start to explore how to employ personal data effectively for a broad user base and to enable new complex forms of personalization and user modeling.

In this workshop we want to explore a variety of challenges and explore different opportunities: 

i) how can we model users’ habits and everyday activities through user modeling techniques based on “real-world” user’s data (related to e.g. user’s cognition, behavior, habits, physiology)?
ii) how can we convey new forms of recommendations and personalized feedback, goals, plans based on these data?
iii) which kind of personalized services and applications can be improved by this renewed availability of personal data in different domains, for example for behavior change purposes, for helping people remember their past, or for improving their learning processes?
iv) how can we define new personalized ways to present the data collected, in order to make them simple to understand and improve the meaningfulness of the interfaces and visualizations provided?
v) how can we face ethical and theoretical issues, e.g. to the user’s privacy and the possibility of storing all her experiences?

Relevant workshop topics include but are not limited to:

i) New techniques for collecting data and engaging people in tracking them;

ii) Reflections on how “real-world” personal data could enable new complex forms of personalization;

iii) New ways to model users on the basis of real-world data;

iv) Wearables’ data for personalization and user modeling;

v) New services and applications for making personal data actionable, in order e.g. to trigger behavior change processes, enrich the recollection of memories, support processes of learning, support self-management of health;

vi) New personalized interaction modalities and visualizations to manipulate personal data;

vii) New techniques for interconnect, analyze and model personal data
viii) Theoretical reflections and thought-provoking insights about the future of personalization and modeling of human real-life behavior and how they could change our lives;

ix) Ethical issues related to the future pervasiveness of QS technologies.

All workshop papers must be 2-8 pages long in the 2015-2016 ACM SIG Proceedings template and submitted via easychair:

The deadline for submission is May 7, 2016.

Papers should be in pdf format and should not be anonymized.

We will accept both position papers and research papers, case studies, future research challenges and reflections. Papers will be reviewed by the program committee based on their pertinence with the workshop topics, quality of the exposition and, mainly, potential to trigger discussions and insights for inspiring the design of new solutions during the workshop.

All the accepted manuscripts will be included in the UMAP supplemental proceedings published with CEUR.

Amon Rapp. University of Torino, Torino, Italy (
Federica Cena. University of Torino, Torino, Italy.
Judy Kay. University of Sydney, Australia.
Bob Kummerfeld. University of Sydney, Australia.
Frank Hopfgartner. University of Glasgow, UK.
Jakob Eg Larsen. Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark.
Elise van den Hoven. University of Technology Sydney, Australia and Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

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