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EvalUMAP 2017 : EvalUMAP 2017 Workshop. Towards comparative evaluation in user modeling ,adaptation and personalization.


When Jul 9, 2017 - Jul 9, 2017
Where Bratislava, Slovakia
Submission Deadline Apr 20, 2017
Notification Due May 20, 2017
Final Version Due May 28, 2017
Categories    user modelling   personalization   evaluation

Call For Papers

Submission deadline: April 20, 2017
To be held in conjunction with the 25th Conference on User Modeling,
Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2017, July 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia

Research in the areas of User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization faces a number of significant scientific challenges. One of the most significant of these challenges is the issue of comparative evaluation. It has always been difficult to rigorously compare different approaches to personalization, as the function of the resulting systems is, by their nature, heavily influenced by the behaviour of the users involved in trialling the systems. To-date this topic has received relatively little attention. Developing comparative evaluations in this space would be a huge advancement as it would enable shared comparison across research, which to-date has been very limited.

Taking inspiration from communities, such as Information Retrieval and Machine Translation, the EvalUMAP Workshop series seek to propose and design one or more shared tasks to support the comparative evaluation of approaches to User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization. This year’s workshop will solicit presentations from key practitioners in the field on innovative datasets that meet specific requirements (e.g. ownership, accessibility, privacy) and that could form the basis to start scoping and designing shared task-based challenges and evaluations in the area of user adaptation and personalisation for next year. The resulting shared task(s) will be accompanied by appropriate models, content, metadata, user behaviours, etc., and can be used to comprehensively compare how different approaches and systems perform. In addition, a number of evaluation metrics and methods will be outlined, that participants would be expected to perform in order to facilitate comparison. Finally, the proposed shared task(s) will be disseminated in the community and the resulting outcomes will be presented at an EvalUMAP forum next year.

In particular, the planned outcomes of the EvalUMAP Workshop 2017 is as follows: (1) A clear understanding of the challenges and requirements related to the design of a shared task-based approach in User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization space and (2) identify specific issues and requirements on user data capturing and dataset processing in the context of personalization for a shared task (3) the identification and description of suitable and publicly accessible datasets that overcome the previous identified challenges and (4) the design of shared task-based evaluations using suitable datasets that will take place throughout 2017 and early 2018, and be presented at UMAP 2018.

Workshop topics are evaluation focused and include, but are not limited to:
- Understanding UMAP evaluation
- Defining tasks and scenarios for evaluation purposes
- Identification of potential corpora (datasets) for shared tasks
- Automated and semi automated processes on creating appropriate datasets and simulating user behaviours etc in order to accommodate a shared task
- Interesting target tasks and explanations of their importance
- Critiques or comparisons of existing evaluation metrics and methods
- How we can combine existing evaluation metrics and methods?
- Reusing or improving previously suggested metrics and methods
- Reducing the cost of evaluation
- Proposal of new evaluation metrics and methods
- Technical challenges associated with design and implementation
- Anonymization of datasets, Privacy, Ethics and Security issues on the use of datasets

Workshop format:
This will be an interactive workshop structured to encourage group discussion and active collaboration among attendees. The workshop will feature a keynote talk, lightning round presentation session for position papers, multiple (parallel) breakout sessions, and a final discussion session to wrap up the event.

Paper Submissions:
The workshop is now accepting position papers from 2 to 6 pages (including references) describing approaches or ideas/challenges on the topics of the workshop are invited. In particular, three types of papers are solicited: (1) papers describing available infrastructure that could be used to capture data for shared evaluation challenges; (2) papers describing available datasets that could be exploited for shared challenge generation; (3) papers describing challenges and potential solutions around shared challenge generation in the UMAP space.

Submissions should be in ACM Standard SIGCONF format. LaTeX and Word templates are available at­-template.

Papers should be submitted in pdf format through the EasyChair system no later than midnight 11:59pm Hawaii time on April 20, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the workshop program committee. Accepted papers will be included in the extended UMAP 2017 Proceedings and will be available via the ACM Digital Library. In addition, the EvalUMAP workshop proceedings will be indexed with CEUR. Authors of select papers may be invited to contribute to a journal publication which describes the outcomes of the workshop.

Keynote Speaker:
Ian Soboroff, National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Important Dates:
- April 20, 2017: Deadline for paper submission (11:59pm Hawaii time)
- May 20, 2017: Notification to authors
- May 28, 2017: Camera-ready paper due
- July 9, 2017: EvalUMAP Workshop at UMAP

Further Information:
Further information is available on the workshop website at or by emailing the workshop organizers at

Workshop Organizers:
Owen Conlan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Liadh Kelly, Dublin City University, Ireland
Kevin Koidl, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Séamus Lawless, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Athanasios Staikopoulos, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Programme Committee:
Paul De Bra, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Iván Cantador, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
David Chin, University of Hawaii, USA
William Wright, University of Hawaii, USA
Eelco Herder, L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany
Geert-Jan Houben, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia
Tsvi Kuflik, The University of Haifa, Israel
Alexandros Paramythis, Contexity, Switzerland
Francesco Ricci, University of Rome, Italy
Alan Said, Recorded Future, Sweden
Vincent Wade, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Stephan Weibelzahl, Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen, Germany

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