[HT'98 logo] Ninth ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia


Pittsburgh, USA, June 20-24, 1998

Second Workshop on Adaptive Hypertext and Hypermedia

Workshop Theme

With the growing size, complexity and heterogeneity of current hypermedia systems, especially the World Wide Web, comes the need to provide more flexible mechanisms for delivering information to the user. That is, we require mechanisms which can modify documents on-the-fly in order to take the user's needs into account. Static hypertext documents suffer from an inability to be all things to all people; document and multimedia authors must write multiple documents for different users rather than a single document which can dynamically modify its content in order to address a particular user's knowledge or the context of delivery.

A possible remedy for the negative effects of the traditional "one-size-fits-all" approach in the development of hypermedia systems is to equip them with the ability to adapt to the needs of their individual users. A possible way for achieving adaptivity is by modeling the users and tailoring the system's interactions to their goals, tasks and interests. In this sense, the notion of adaptive hypertext/hypermedia means a hypertext or hypermedia system which reflects some features of the user and/or characteristics of his/her system usage in a user model, and utilizes this model in order to adapt various aspects of the system's output to the user.

This workshop was intended as an inter-disciplinary exploration into adaptive hypertext and other kinds of flexible hypertext systems. It aimed to draw together a number of research groups taking different approaches to adaptive and flexible hypertext systems, in order to promote the cross-fertilization of ideas and highlight the prospects for future collaboration. The target research areas for the second Adaptive Hypertext and Hypermedia workshop include:

Some related events which have been held in the past include:

More information about adaptive hypertext systems can be found on Adaptive Hypertext and Hypermedia Home Page

Workshop Focus

There has been a significant amount of research in this area over the past five years (see workshop theme for more information), but two recurring issues have become increasingly important, and these were the focus of this workshop:

Workshop Format

The workshop will run for one full day before the main Hypertext'98 conference. The number of attendees will be limited to 20-25 in order to encourage participation in workshop discussions. Participation will be on the basis of submitted position papers or by invitation. The workshop will include a limited number of paper presentations and general group discussions. Group discussions will focus on the issues raised in the position papers, as well as on some focus questions. A workshop dinner will also be organized to encourage informal discussion.

The program will include:

The proceedings will be compiled into a technical report after the workshop.

Program Committee:

For More Information

Peter Brusilovsky <plb@cs.cmu.edu>
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Phone 412 268 56 84
Fax 412 268 55 76
WWW http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~plb/home.html