Call for Papers

User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction:
The Journal of Personalization Research

Special Issue on User Modeling and Personalization for Television: Vol. 14, N. 1, 2004

With the advent of digital networks, the world of television (TV) as we know it -- mass-media broadcast -- is undergoing tremendous change. The increase of the number of available channels, the convergence of TV and internet, and the proliferation of new interactive services will transform the TV set top box from a program watching device to an interactive and tailorable portal into a diverse set of content and services. The next TV era will revolve around sophisticated set-top boxes integrating viewing, listening and recording functionality, connections to several sources (internet, cable, satellite), games, as well as communications features. In order to cope with the complexity of such an environment and efficiently choose among the large amount of available alternatives, users are in need of an advanced user interface to provide them with intelligent assistance. In particular, personalization is taking an increasingly important role in the design of adaptive user interfaces, which can focus services of interest to the user and tailor the suggestion of the available options to her interests. To encourage researchers to report on the application of user models and personalization for television, we are calling for contributions to a special issue of User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization Research (UMUAI).

For this special issue we will consider all contributions devoted to user modeling and user-adaptive systems in the field of Personalized TV Applications available on the Web and on new generation TV-sets. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:


The journal User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction is an archival journal that publishes mature and substantiated research results on the (dynamic) adaptation of computer systems to their human users, and the role that the system's model of the user plays in this context. Papers that present untested research ideas are not ready to be submitted to UMUAI. Instead, these ideas should first be presented at workshops to get feedback from colleagues. Once you can demonstrate ideas that are backed up by results, then they are ready for UMUAI. These results may be generated by building a (partial) computer implementation and from that, either analyze its behavior, run empirical experiments, or analyze the idea using formal means. Many articles in UMUAI are therefore quite comprehensive and describe the results of several years of work. Consequently, UMUAI gives "unlimited" space to authors (as long as what they write is important) and also does not mind if research that is being submitted to UMUAI has been previously published in bits and pieces at workshops and conferences (as long as the synthesis provides significant new insights).

Guest Editors:

Liliana Ardissono
Dipartimento di Informatica
Universita` di Torino
Corso Svizzera 185
10149 Torino
Mark Maybury
Information Technology Division
The MITRE Corporation
MS K312
202 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA, USA