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24th ACM International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization
13-16 July 2016 - Halifax, Canada
Regular Registration Deadline: 12 July 2016

ACM UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users or to groups of users. UMAP is the successor of the biennial User Modeling (UM) and Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-based Systems (AH) conferences that were merged in 2009. It has been organized traditionally by the auspices of User Modeling Inc. This year (2016) UMAP became an ACM conference, sponsored by ACM SIG CHI and SIG WEB. 

The conference spans a wide scope of topics related to user modeling, adaptation, and personalization. UMAP 2016 is focused on bringing together cutting-edge research from user interaction and modeling, adaptive technologies, and delivery platforms. It includes high-quality peer-reviewed long and short papers in five research areas, each featuring substantive new research on user modeling, adaptation, and/or personalization, and chaired by leaders in the field: 

* User Modelling for Recommender Systems (chairs: Alexander Felfernig & Pasquale Lops)
* Adaptive & Personalized Educational Systems (chairs: Antonija Mitrovic & Kalina Yacef)
* Personalization in the Social Web & Crowdsourcing Era (chairs: Alessandro Bozzon & Harith Alani)
* Adaptive, Intelligent, & Multimodal User Interfaces (chairs: Julien Epps & Hatice Gunes)
* Architectures, techniques & methodologies for UMAP (chairs: Stephan Weibelzahl & Mihaela Cocea)

This year we received 123 submissions. We accepted 21 long papers (23.9% acceptance rate) and 13 short papers (27.6% acceptance rate) for oral presentation and an additional 17 extended abstracts for poster presentation and inclusion in the proceedings. Additionally, the conference also included extended abstracts, posters, demos, and late breaking results, which showcase the wide spectrum of novel ideas and latest results in user modeling, adaptation and personalization. 

The full program can be found here: http://www.um.org/umap2016/images/pdf/UMAP2016-Full-Program.pdf

We invited three distinguished speakers for keynote talks, illustrating key issues and prospective directions for the field. 
* Hossein Derakhshan (shared keynote speaker with Hypertext 2016) is credited with starting the blogging revolution in Iran. He is called the father of Persian blogging by many journalists and has helped to promote podcasting in Iran. His talk, “Killing the Hyperlink, Killing the Web: the Shift from Library-Internet to Television-Internet,” will reflect his views on the Internet today. 
* Dr. Lada Adamic leads the Product Science group within Facebook's Data Science Team. She is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Michigan's School of Information and Center for the Study of Complex Systems. Her talk “The Life and Times of Information in Networks”  centers on information dynamics in networks: how information diffuses, how it can be found, and how it influences the evolution of a network's structure. 
* Prof. Sandra Carberry is a well known researcher in the areas of computational linguistics, dialogue systems, and explanation generation, and one of the founders of the User Modeling research area at the first workshop in Maria Laach in 1986. As appropriate for the 30th anniversary, her talk “User Modeling: The Past, The Present and The Future” discusses how the field evolved, insights into where the field is headed, and the hottest topics for exploration. 

The conference includes a doctoral consortium that provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of a panel of distinguished scholars. This track received 18 submissions of which nine were accepted as full papers and eight as posters. 

The program includes seven workshops.
* PALE: Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments (full-day)
* EvalUMAP: Towards comparative evaluation in the user modelling, adaptation and personalization space (full-day)
* IFUP: Workshop on Multi-dimension Information Fusion for Modeling and Personalisation (half-day)
* INRA: News Recommendation and Analytics (half-day)
* SOAP: Workshop on Surprise, Opposition, and Obstruction in Adaptive and Personalized Systems (half-day)
* HAAPIE: Human Aspects in Adaptive and Personalised Interactive Environments (half-day)
* FuturePD: The future of personal data: envisioning new personalized services enabled by Quantified Self technologies (half-day)

The program features two half-day tutorials: 
* Semantics-Aware Techniques for Social Media Analysis, User Modeling, and Recommender Systems by Pasquale Lops and Cataldo Musto (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy), and 
* Games, Gamification and Personalization by Amon Rapp (University of Torino, Italy).

We would like to acknowledge the excellent work and help from the UMAP 2016 Organizing Committee including:
* Workshop and tutorial chairs: Jie Zhang (NTU, Singapore) and Federica Cena (University of Torino, Italy), 
* Doctoral Consortium chairs: Vania Dimitrova (University of Leeds, UK) and Maria Bielikova (Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia), 
* Poster, Demo and Late-Breaking Results chairs: Darina Dicheva (Winston Salem University, USA) and Michel Desmarais (Polytechnique Montreal, Canada), 
* Publicity chairs: Christoph Trattner (Know-Center, Austria) and Dennis Parra (PUC, Chile)
* Student funding committee: Cristina Gena (University of Torino, Italy), Vania Dimitrova (University of Leeds, UK), Bamshad Mobasher (DePaul University, USA), and Sidney D’Mello (University of Notre Dame, USA). 
* Website design and maintenance: Eelco Herder (L3S Center, University of Hannover, Germany), Emmanuel Kaku and Julita Vassileva (University of Saskatchewan, Canada) 
* Conference management. Finally, we want to acknowledge the use of EasyChair for the management of the submissions and review process.

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Research Center for Big Data Analytics & Data Driven Business
Graz University of Technology, Austria
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