Call: UMAP 2012 – User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization


Montreal, Canada, 16-20 July, 2012


UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to their individual users, or to groups of users, and collect and represent information about users for this purpose. UMAP is the successor to the biannual User Modeling and Adaptive Hypermedia conferences that were merged in 2009. It is organized under the auspices of User Modeling Inc.

The conference will take place at the UQAM university campus, situated in the very heart of the arts and entertainment district of Montreal. The city offers a wide array of attractions and a unique blend of North American and European culture.


The conference spans a wide range of topics related to user modeling and personalization, including but not restricted to the following:

  • Purposes of UMAP: personalizing information, recommending products, tailoring search results, enhancing learning outcomes, adapting interfaces, personalizing support, assuming routine tasks
  • User characteristics for UMAP: knowledge and skills, interests and preferences, special needs, affective states, personality, goals and plans, contexts of use, roles, cultural characteristics
  • Computational methods for UMAP: data collection, user model extraction and representation, algorithms for personalization and adaptation, architectures for UMAP
  • Usability issues for UMAP: ensuring adequate control, understanding, and predictability, preserving privacy and security, avoiding excessive narrowing of experience
  • Methods for design and evaluation of UMAP: requirements gathering, formative evaluation, user testing, validation, performance tests
  • Application domains for UMAP: e-commerce, e-learning, cultural heritage, healthcare, assistive technologies, digital libraries, office work, recommender systems, targeted advertisement, digital TV
  • Environments for UMAP: web-based systems (including the semantic/social Web), desktop systems, groupware systems, mobile and wearable systems, smart environments, smart objects, virtual environments 


WORKSHOP PROPOSALS (due 17 Jan. 2012)
Workshop proposals (3 pages) should outline the area, goals, scope, format and expected outcomes of the workshop, and also introduce the members of the organizing team and their backgrounds. Workshops provide an efficient forum for community building and sharing of ideas on emerging topics or specific research questions. We strongly encourage innovative workshop formats as opposed to ‘mini-conferences’. We are looking for well structured workshop programs that aim to produce answers, artefacts and/or strategic directions for the field. And why not think differently and accept demos, videos or even blogs as elements of workshop submissions?

TUTORIAL PROPOSALS (due 17 Jan. 2012)
Do you have an advanced topic that you are excited about and want to share? Or do you like to teach young researchers about fundamental topics or necessary skills? You have 3 pages to describe what your tutorial is about, why it is important, why you are the right person to give the tutorial and how you will organize the tutorial.

RESEARCH PAPERS (abstracts due 24 Jan. 2012; full papers 31 Jan. 2012)

  • Long research papers (12 pages maximum) should present original reports of substantive new research. They should place the work within the field, and clearly indicate its innovative aspects and its significance.
  • Short research papers (6 pages) should present original and unpublished highly promising research, whose merit will be assessed in terms of originality and importance rather than maturity and technical validation.

Both categories will be strictly kept apart in the review process. Only in extremely unusual circumstances can long papers be relegated to the short paper category.

INDUSTRY PAPERS (abstracts due 24 Jan. 2012; full papers 31 Jan. 2012)
The Industry Track solicits submissions covering innovative commercial implementations or applications of UMAP technologies, and experience in applying recent research advances to practical situations. Submissions may be either long papers (12 pages maximum) whose technical density should be comparable to that of research track submissions, or short papers (6 pages). Industry Track submissions must describe work performed in industry or concern industrial applications, and will typically include at least one industry author.

The Doctoral Consortium is a forum for Ph.D. students to get feedback and advice from the Doctoral Consortium committee. Submissions (4 pages) should include original and unpublished descriptions of the student’s topic, proposed contributions, and results achieved so far. They should clearly indicate the work that remains to be done and the questions on which the student would especially like to receive advice.

DEMONSTRATIONS (due 13 May 2012)
Demonstrations will showcase research prototypes of UMAP-based systems at the conference. Descriptions of demonstrations (3 pages) should be original and unpublished accounts of such systems. They should be accompanied by a specification of the system requirements, and by a draft poster of up to 9 slides or a single slide of about 24″x36″ / ISO A1.

POSTERS (due 13 May 2012)
Descriptions of posters (3 pages) should be original and unpublished accounts of innovative research ideas, projects, or results. They should be accompanied by a draft poster of up to 9 slides or a single slide of about 24″x36″ / ISO A1.


All submissions must adhere to the Springer LNCS format, and be made through the EasyChair conference system. They will be reviewed for relevance, originality, significance, validity and clarity.


Accepted research, industry and doctoral consortium papers will be published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, both in hardcopy and electronically through SpringerLink. They will also be indexed in the ACM Digital Library. Accepted descriptions of posters, demonstrations, workshops and tutorials will be published in the UMAP Adjunct Proceedings. Significantly enhanced versions of research papers can be submitted to User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization Research (UMUAI) after the conference.


This conference series has awarded considerable travel support to students in the past, and it is expected that there will also be student funds available for UMAP 2012. Authors of accepted technical and doctoral consortium papers will receive highest priority.


General Co-Chairs

   Michel Desmarais, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
   Roger Nkambou, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Program Co-Chairs

   Judith Masthoff, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
   Bamshad Mobasher, DePaul University, USA

Industry Track Co-Chairs

   Ido Guy, IBM Research, Israel
   Diego Zapata-Rivera, ETS, USA

Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs

   Eelco Herder, L3S Research Center, Germany
   Kalina Yacef, University of Sydney, Australia

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

   Lora M. Aroyo, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Demo and Poster Co-Chairs

   Li Chen, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
   Stephan Weibelzahl, National College of Ireland, Ireland

Local Arrangements Chair

  Jacqueline Bourdeau, Tele-University, Canada

Publicity Chair

   Cristobal Romero, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain

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