The 19th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization
(UMAP 2011) took place in Girona, Spain, during July 11–15, 2011.
It was the third annual conference under the UMAP title, which resulted from
the merger in 2009 of the successful biannual User Modeling (UM) and Adaptive
Hypermedia (AH) conference series. Over 700 researchers from 45 countries were
involved in creating the technical program, either as authors or as reviewers.
The Research Paper Track of the conference was chaired by Joseph A. Konstan
from the University of Minnesota, USA, and Ricardo Conejo from the Universidad
de M´alaga, Spain. They were assisted by an international Program
Committee of 80 leading figures in the AH and UM communities as well as
highly promising younger researchers. Papers in the Research Paper Track were
reviewed by three or more reviewers, with disagreements resolved through discussion
among the reviewers, and the summary opinion reported in a meta review.
The conference solicited Long Research Papers of up to 12 pages in length, which
represent original reports of substantive new research. In addition, the conference
solicited Short Research Papers of up to 6 pages in length, whose merit
was assessed more in terms of originality and importance than maturity and
technical validation. The Research Paper Track received 164 submissions, with
122 in the long and 42 in the short paper category. Of these, 27 long and 6 short
papers were accepted, resulting in an acceptance rate of 22.13% for long papers,
14.29% for short papers, and 20.12% overall. Many authors of rejected papers
were encouraged to revise their work and to resubmit it to conference workshops
or to the Poster and Demo Tracks of the conference.
The Industry Paper Track was chaired by Enrique Frias-Martinez, from Telefonica
Research in Spain, and Marc Torrens, from Strands Labs in Spain. This
track covered innovative commercial implementations or applications of UMAP
technologies, and experience in applying recent research advances in practice.
Submissions to this track were reviewed by a separate Industry Paper Committee
with 14 leading industry researchers and practitioners. Of 8 submissions that
were received, 3 were accepted.
The conference also included a Doctoral Consortium, a forum for PhD students
to get feedback and advice from a Doctoral Consortium Committee of
17 leading UMAP researchers. The Doctoral Consortium was chaired by Julita
Vassileva from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Liliana Ardissono,
Universit´a degli Studi di Torino, Italy. This track received 27 submissions of
which 15 were accepted.