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UMADR 2011 : 2nd International Workshop on User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines (UMADR): Providing Assistance to People with Special and Specific Needs


When Jul 11, 2011 - Jul 15, 2011
Where Girona, Spain
Submission Deadline Apr 15, 2011
Notification Due May 13, 2011
Categories    user modeling   adaptive system   special needs   accesibility

Call For Papers

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to announce and invite you to submit a paper to the:

Girona, Spain, 11 - 15 July, 2011

At the 19th Intl. Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2011)


* Paper submission: April 15th, 2011
* Notification of acceptance: May 13th, 2011
* Camera-ready version of accepted papers: To be confirmed
* Workshop: July 11st, 2011 or July 15th, 2011 (To be confirmed)

During our life, we are involved in a huge variety of activities that we constantly repeat associated to
diverse contexts. These activities can be related to domestic routines, working tasks, everyday
urban-life, and so on. Each day there are a lot of decisions to be taken, both in regular situations
(e.g., "what should I have for dinner tonight?", "which clothes will I wear today?") and in unexpected
ones (e.g., "the underground is not working", "how will I go home now?").
Choosing the right options reverts on improving our self-esteem, quality of life, and social integration.
However, while some people can take this type of decisions with an insignificant effort, this task may
not be easy at all for others as not everybody has the same capabilities. For example, whilst traveling
in public transport can be a trivial task for some users, it can be quite hard for others (i.e., elderly
people, or those with cognitive limitations or motor disabilities). The same happens with most daily
routines such as the ones mentioned above.

Computer systems can help to improve people’s abilities (e.g. motor, sensory, memory, reasoning,
communication, social, or emotional skills among others) both when using them as assistances in daily
life and when they are used as trainers. UMADR focuses on those that affect how people with special and
specific needs manage on their everyday life. Some examples of expected and unexpected issues that
people daily face are:
* Indoor and outdoor navigation.
* Information searching, reading and understanding.
* Daily schedule and task prioritization.
* Health and personal care.
* Cleaning habits.
* Eating habits.
* Mathematics in daily life.
* Tool and device manipulation.
* Safety and security issues.
* Working tasks.
* Sustainable habits.
* Living in society.

Since their origins, adaptive systems have focused on helping users with specific preferences and
needs to learn, work or take decisions, among others. The aim of this workshop is to bring light
about how adaptive methods and techniques can be used to help users (either with some kind of disability
or with specific needs) to accomplish daily tasks and to take decisions both in foreseen and unforeseen
situations. The main aim is to be able to give them advice through different devices (PDAs, mobile phones,
laptops...) according to the context in which they are at each time, also considering their capabilities,
preferences and special/specific needs at that context. Modeling user’s capabilities, limitations and
needs (in the context described in this motivation) is another essential task as well.

The current workshop follows the first and successful workshop on "User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily
Routines: Providing Assistance to People with Special and Specific Needs". It targets on the analysis,
design, implementation and evaluation of adaptive systems to assist users with special/specific needs to
take decisions and fulfill daily routine activities, with special emphasis on major trends in: modeling user
features, limitations and special/specific needs; representing daily activities, including potential
difficulties and decisions to be taken (both in regular and unexpected situations); designing and building
adaptive assistants for daily routines; and evaluating the use of this type of assistants.
This year, the workshop will focus on the following key questions to be discussed:
* Which are the difficulties and the potential solutions for helping the users to carry out routine tasks?
* How can routine tasks and (un)expected situations be modeled?
* Which aspects of the user (capabilities, preferences, personality, cognitive limitations, motor
disabilities, affective states, context, etc.) should be taken into account to assist to users in their
daily routines at different contexts, such as home, work, transport, learning, leisure, etc.?
* What adaptation methods and techniques are more appropriate for adaptive assistance in daily activities?
* How should adaptive systems’ potential trade-offs (e.g. proactivity, predictability, privacy) be managed
in the context of adaptive assistants for daily routines?
* How can recommendations of context-based adaptive assistants for daily routines be evaluated?

We hope that workshop results can benefit users with special needs (such as those with psychological or
cognitive limitations), users with specific needs (such as the elderly), or users facing situation for the
first time (such as children or tourists).

We are willing to accept papers regarding the following themes (but not limited to):
* User modeling: special/specific needs
* Context-aware user modeling
* Modeling routines
* User behavior prediction
* Design patterns for adaptive personal assistants
* Recommender systems for daily activities
* Methods and techniques for personal assistants
* Novel applications based on user routines
* Collaborative assistants for daily activities
* Adaptive applications for urban services
* Mobile and pervasive urban applications
* Context-aware urban applications
* Personalized persuasive systems
* Daily assistants for all
* Usability and accessibility issues
* Personalized and adaptive interfaces
* Privacy and security issues in ubiquitous applications
* Evaluation of adaptive mobile assistants
* Case studies and experiences

All submissions must adhere to the Springer LNCS format (see the example document with author instructions -, and be made through the EasyChair conference
system (

They must describe original research work and may not have been published or submitted elsewhere.
Submissions will be reviewed for relevance, originality, significance, validity and clarity.

All articles selected for publication will be blind reviewed by at least two reviewers with expertise in the
area. Participants can also send proposals of "key questions" in advance to be discussed during the workshop.

Full papers: 10-12 pages. Original mature research
Short papers: 6-8 pages. Original ongoing research
Posters: 4 pages. Original ongoing research or research ideas of visual nature

Dr. Estefania Martin - University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Dr. Pablo A. Haya - University Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Dr. Rosa M. Carro - University Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

Dr. Estefania Martin
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Department of Languages and Computer Systems I
Ampliacion del Rectorado, Room 2027
Tulipan s/n
28933 Mostoles, Madrid
Phone: + 34 91 488 8266
Fax:+ 34 91 488 7049

Dr. Pablo A. Haya
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Department of Computer Science, Room B-342
Tomas y Valiente, 11. EPS. Campus de Cantoblanco
28049 Madrid
Phone: + 34 91 497 2267
Fax:+ 34 91 497 2235

Dr. Rosa M. Carro
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Department of Computer Science, Room B-318
Tomas y Valiente, 11. EPS. Campus de Cantoblanco
28049 Madrid
Phone: + 34 91 497 2276
Fax:+ 34 91 497 2235

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