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Call for papers



June 22-26, 2003
University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, PA, USA


In the last 15 years, the field of User Modeling has
  produced significant new theories and methods to analyze and
  model computer users in short and long-term interactions.


New trends in HCI create new and interesting challenges
  for User Modeling. While consolidating results in traditional
  domains of interest, the User Modeling field now also
  addresses problems of personalized interaction in mobile,
  ubiquitous and context-aware computing and in user
  interactions with embodied, autonomous agents. It also
  considers adaptation to user attitudes and affective


Previous successes in User Modeling research reflect the
  cooperation of researchers in different fields, including
  artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction,
  education, cognitive psychology, and linguistics.


VSPACE="2"> Topics of Interest


The areas of interest include, but are not limited to:



  • theoretical issues of user modeling

  • construction of user models

  • exploitation of user models to achieve

  • applications of UM techniques

  • practical issues of UM


VSPACE="2"> Submissions



  • Papers and Posters: Submissions are invited that describe
      original academic or industrial research on some aspect of
      user modeling. The page limit is 10 pages for paper
      submissions and three pages for posters.

  • Workshops and Tutorials: The purpose of the workshops is
      to provide an informal forum for practitioners and
      researchers to discuss novel applications and techniques of
      user modeling. The purpose of a tutorial is either to offer
      an introduction to a fairly broad topic for newcomers to user
      modeling or to enable experienced participants to deepen
      their knowledge of a more specific topic.

  • Doctoral Consortium: The Doctoral Consortium is a great
      forum to receive useful feedback from a knowledgeable
      audience, to exchange ideas, compare approaches and meet
      fellow researchers in the field. Submissions should describe
      Ph.D. research that is at a stage where feedback from the
      broader UM community might be of value.


VSPACE="2"> Important Dates:


November 11, 2002: Preliminary workshop proposals

  November 18, 2002: Papers

  November 25, 2002: Posters

  November 25, 2002: Final workshop proposals

  November 25, 2002: Tutorial proposals

  January 25, 2003: Doctoral Consortium submissions


2nd ACM UIST Interface-Design Contest


15th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software
  and Technology

  October 27-30, 2002

  Paris, France


UIST 2002 will feature the second UIST Interface-Design
  Contest. Teams will have an opportunity to design and
  implement an interface to solve a challenging real-world
  problem prior to the symposium. The problem has been crafted
  to accommodate a wide range of possible interfaces. During
  the competition teams will use their interfaces to solve a
  variety of problem instances, competing against other teams
  in a tournament. Prizes worth an estimated $1,000 will be
  awarded to the winners. The goal of the contest is to
  encourage participants to explore interface software and
  technology in an applied setting, and to provide an
  opportunity for participants to showcase their work to the
  UIST community in an exciting and entertaining format.


The contest will consist of several rounds, with a
  different problem instance for each round. Performance will
  be aggregated over all rounds to determine the contest
  winners. Each round will last 30 minutes, during which all
  teams will work simultaneously. Problem instances will be
  announced verbally, so each contestant is responsible for
  entering the quadruple of numbers accurately into their


Prizes will be awarded in three categories: the best
  single-user interface, the best multiuser interface, and the
  best interface designed by an all-student team.


For more information visit www.acm.org/ uist/ or contact
  Kathy Ryall (ryall@merl.com).


Certified Usability Specialist Program


The certificate includes the following components:


1. The Usability Engineering and the User-Centered Design
  Process course. This four-day course provides a comprehensive
  background in sound interface design practices and usability
  engineering techniques.


2. Four days of one-on-one or small group mentoring with
  Dr. Susan Weinschenk. The content of the four days is
  customized to suit each participant. Small groups of up to
  four can attend if all participants are from the same


3. Participants receive a full library of usability
  engineering books.


The certificate program can be started at any time.
  Scheduling is flexible.


To register, or for more information, call


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