[WWW8 logo] Second Workshop on Adaptive Systems and User Modeling on the World Wide Web [UM'99 logo]
8th International Word Wide Web Conference
Toronto, Canada, May 11-14, 1999
7-th International Conference on User Modeling
Banff, Canada, June 20-24, 1999

Call for Participation

About the Workshop

Web-based application systems are designed for a much greater variety of users than traditional interactive applications. A possible remedy for the negative effects of the traditional "one-size-fits-all" approach in the development of Web-based applications is to equip them with the ability to adapt to the needs of their individual users. Adaptive Web-based systems maintain a model of the goals, interests, preferences and knowledge of the individual user and apply this throughout the interaction for adaptation to the needs of that user. The Second Workshop on Adaptive Systems and User Modeling on the World Wide Web (WWW) aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from various areas working on user modeling and adaptive systems on the Web.

Topics of interest include:

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop was designed to promote a more close integration of "Web-centered" and "User-Model-centered" research communities working on adaptive Web-based systems. The workshop will consist of two independent sessions. First session will run as a full day workshop at 8th International Word Wide Web Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 11-14, 1999. Second session will run as a half-day workshop at 7-th International Conference on User Modeling, Banff, Canada, June 20-24, 1999. At each of the sessions the number of participants will be limited to 25-30 in order to encourage participation in workshop discussions. An accepted position paper will entitle two of the authors to attend either first, second, or both sessions. The rest of the workshop "seats" will be open for any registered participant (in the order of registration -- register early!). Extended versions of accepted papers will be published in the joint Proceedings and will be available on the Web before the start of the workshop.

How to Submit

We invite two kinds of position papers. Persons wishing only to attend the workshop should submit a short position paper with a summary of relevant research and a list of relevant publications included. Persons wishing to make presentations at the workshop should submit full papers describing results of their original research on adaptive Web-based systems. We also welcome more speculative papers which focus on general problems of adaptation and user modeling on the WWW. Those aspects of the paper which are important for discussion in the workshop should be clearly outlined.

All papers must include in the first page: the title, author's name(s), affiliation, mailing address, phone number, e-mail, home page URL, and up to five keywords. Full papers must also include an abstract of 200 words maximum

Papers should be prepared in HTML format. The size of original submission is limited to 2 pages for short and 6 pages for full papers (printed from a common browser using basic font size 10pt). Electronic submission of the URL address of the position paper is preferred, although ASCII (HTML) papers will be accepted. Send your submission (URL or HTML files) to Peter Brusilovsky: plb@cs.cmu.edu.

Previous Workshops

The proposed workshop builds upon and extends the scope of the following previous successful workshops:

Time Schedule

Program Committee


Peter Brusilovsky is a Director of CMI at Carnegie Technical Schools and an adjunct research scientist at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, USA. His research interests are centered around adaptive Web-based systems, user modeling, intelligent tutoring systems, and adaptive hypermedia. For the last five years he has been involved in several projects related to developing adaptive systems on the Web and integration of different Web-based adaptive systems. He is an author of many papers and an editor of several books related to the topic of the workshop.

Paul De Bra is a full professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He has a part-time position at the University of Antwerp and at the "Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, CWI" in Amsterdam. His main research interests are adaptive hypermedia, Web-based information systems, and user- and task-adapted information filtering for applications in electronic commerce. He is an author of many papers on database theory, hypermedia models and applications, Web applications and adaptive hypermedia.

Alfred Kobsa is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essen, Germany, and an Institute Director at the German National Research Center for Information Technology. His research focuses on methods for facilitating users' interaction with information, and includes areas such as user-tailored hypermedia environments, user modeling, and information visualization. He is the Editor-in-Chief of User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction.

For more information contact

Dr. Peter Brusilovsky
Carnegie Technical Schools
4615 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213
E-mail plb@cs.cmu.edu
Phone 412 268-3537