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VI.3 May/June 1999
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Jennifer Bruer

back to top  Usability Professionals' Association 8th Annual Conference

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
June 29 - July 2, 1999

The Usability Professionals' Association will hold its annual conference from June 29 to July 2, 1999, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The UPA conference offers a fantastic opportunity for new and experienced usability practitioners to meet and to learn from each other, both formally and informally. Our plans include workshops, tutorials, presentations, posters, panels, SIGs, lab and design tours, and business case studies.

This year's theme, Horizons to the Future, reflects the opportunity for us to reflect on what the new millennium will bring and how we wish to shape the future of our profession. Thought-provoking speakers will challenge and inspire us, including our keynote, Tom Landauer, and our Thursday evening speaker, Brenda Laurel.

Please consult our web site, for more information. We look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale!

Thyra Rauch
UPA 1999 Conference Co-chair

back to top  Agents '99: Third International Conference on Autonomous Agents

Seattle, Washington, USA
May 1-5, 1999

Autonomous agents are software entities that are capable of independent action in dynamic, unpredictable environments. Agents are also one of the most important and exciting areas of research and development in computer science today. Agents are currently being applied in domains as diverse as computer games and interactive cinema, information retrieval and filtering, user interface design, and industrial process control. The aim of the Agents '99 conference is to bring together researchers and developers from industry and academia in order to report on the latest scientific and technical advances, discuss and debate the major issues, and showcase the latest systems.

Agents '99 will build on the enormous successes of the First International Conference on Autonomous Agents ( AA97/info.html) held in Marina del Rey in February 1997, and The Second Conference ( held in Minneapolis/St. Paul in May 1998. Each conference was attended by approximately 500 people.

The conference welcomes submissions of original, high quality papers and videos with summaries concerning autonomous agents in a variety of embodiments and playing a variety of roles in their environments. The Agents '99 conference, like its predecessors, will focus primarily on systems that have been or are being implemented; theory papers are welcome provided that they clearly relate to such systems, for example helping us predict their behavior, explain, or understand them. The submission of pure theory papers is not encouraged: there are other more appropriate forums for such work. Papers that address isolated agent capabilities (such as planning or learning) are similarly discouraged. Evaluation of agents or multi-agent systems will be a necessary component of each submission.

The conference will include presentations of papers and videos, panel sessions, software and robotic agent demonstrations, and exhibits. More generally, the conference will strive towards an informal atmosphere with plenty of time for presentations, questions, and discussions. Accepted papers will be formally published in the Conference Proceedings. A limited number of student scholarships will be available. The conference will also include tutorials and workshops that will take place May 1-2, 1999.

bullet.gif General Chair: Jeff Bradshaw

  • Invited Speakers:
  • Michael Mauldin
  • Virtual Personalities Inc. & Lycos, Inc.
  • Speech Title: VERBOTS: Putting a face on natural language
  • Wolfgang Wahlster
  • German Artificial Intelligence Research
  • Center Ltd. (DFKI)
  • Speech Title: Personalized Interface Agents for Virtual Webpages
  • Brian Williams
  • M.I.T
  • Speech Title: Model-based Autonomous Systems in Deep Space
  • Bill Joy
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Speech Title: Java and JINI: Toward a Network of Objects and Agents
  • Daniel T. Ling
  • Microsoft Research
  • Speech Title: Agents: Brains, Faces and Bodies
  • Graham Glass
  • ObjectSpace
  • Speech Title: Agents and Internet Component Technology

back to top  UM 99: 7th International Conference on User Modeling

June 20-24, 1999
Banff Centre, Banff, Canada

User modeling has been found to enhance the effectiveness and/or usability of software systems in a wide variety of situations. A user model is an explicit representation of properties of a particular user. A system that constructs and consults user models can adapt diverse aspects of its performance to individual users. Techniques for user modeling have been developed and evaluated by researchers in a number of fields, including artificial intelligence, education, psychology, linguistics, human-computer interaction, and information science.

The International Conferences on User Modeling provide a forum in which academic and industrial researchers from all of these fields can exchange their complementary insights on user modeling issues. The size and format of the meetings support intensive discussion, which often continues long after the conference has ended.

The main program of UM99 will contain papers, posters, demonstrations, tutorials and invited talks.

The proceedings of UM99 will be published as a book by Springer-Wien-New York. This book will appear in time for the conference. In addition, the proceedings will be made available indefinitely on the World Wide Web. The electronic version of the proceedings of UM97, which were published in the same way, is available at either of the following two Web sites: (in Boston) (in Germany)

Extended versions of award-winning papers are invited for publication in the Journal of User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction (UMUAI).

A $500 Best Research Paper Award is being sponsored by Kluwer Academic Publishers. A Best Application Paper Award is sponsored by humanIT, Germany.

  • General Information
  • UM97 (Jim Greer)
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Univ. of Saskatchewan
  • Saskatoon,
  • S7N 5A9
  • Tel: +1 306 966-8655
  • Fax: +1 306 966 4884
  • Email:

back to top  Calendar

May 1 – 5, 1999
AGENTS '99: Third International Conference on Autonomous Agents
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Seattle, Washington, USA

Contact: Jeffrey Bradshaw

May 4 – 7, 1999
17th International Symposium on Human Factors in Telecommunication
Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact: Group & Conference Services

May 15 – 20, 1999
CHI 99: 1999 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Contact: Marian Williams

May 16 – 19, 1999
Society for Technical Communication's 46th Annual Conference
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Contact: Roger A. Grice

June 2 - 4, 1999
Graphics Interface '99
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Scott MacKenzie

June 2 – 4, 1999
Third International Conference on Visual Information Systems
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contact: Arnold Smeulders

June 3, 1999
5th Conference on Human Factors and the Web
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
Contact: Dr. Sharon

June 7-11, 1999
IEEE Multimedia Systems '99
International Conference on Multimedia Computing and Systems
Centro Affari, Florence, Italy
Contact: Alberto Del Bimbo

June 20-24, 1999
UM 99: 7th International Conference on User Modeling
Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
Jim Greer

June 29 – July 2, 1999
UPA 99: Usability Professionals' Association
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Contact: Thyra Rauch

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