Thursday, February 26, 2009

Exploitation of Usage and Attention Metadata (EUAM 09)


Exploitation of Usage and Attention Metadata (EUAM 09)

One-day workshop organised as part of Informatik 2009 (, Sep 28 - Oct 2, 2009 in Lübeck, Germany


Workshop Purpose and Topics:

Information systems provide an almost unlimited number of information in numerous environments. Users in diverse contexts need support to deal with the new challenges in information acquisition and use. Today, such support is rather limited as it does not take into account the user’s tasks and goals. A promising way of dealing with this challenge is provided by approaches that determine adequacy and relevance on the basis of the user’s actual behaviour and attention as recorded in server log files or on the individual user’s computers. Frameworks and data formats – like the Contextualized Attention Metadata (CAM) format – have been developed for capturing, storing, exchanging and analyzing metadata on usage and attention. However, the effective exploitation of such metadata is still a desideratum, specifically in the more life science oriented research directions (medical staff, for example, can neither afford a lack of information nor an overflow with irrelevant information in emergency cases). Another example is the application of personal learning environments in higher and lifelong education where individual educational support is scarce. The workshop objective is to discuss new ways of exploiting usage and attention metadata in different application areas like technology enhanced learning, recommender systems, collaborative systems, etc.

The workshop deals with the generation and exploitation of usage and attention metadata for attention aware systems. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

   1. Capturing attention metadata

          * Secure exchange of usage and attention metadata

          * Attention metadata sources 

   2. Representing attention metadata

   3. Frameworks for capturing, storing and analyzing usage and attention metadata

   4. Analyzing attention metadata

          * Combining semantic metadata with usage/attention metadata

          * Contextualizing usage and attention metadata

          * Detection of users’ tasks, goals and intentions based on their behaviour

          * Attention based task support

          * Identification of preferences

          * Identification of skills and competencies

          * Mental and emotional states recognition

          * Generation of usage-based document profiles

          * Attention and usage based recommender systems, determining relevancy and informativity of data

          * Generation of user profiles and social network analysis 

Addressees and Workshop Format:

The workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from relevant disciplines (digital libraries, information systems, personalization, attention aware systems, user modeling, social systems, psychology, linguistic pragmatics, sociology, technology enhanced learning etc.) who work on capturing and analyzing usage and attention metadata. While focusing on the German research communities, which are already rather fragmented, the workshop encourages submissions from all world-wide relevant research communities. Therefore, the workshop language will be English. The workshop will foster the cross-fertilization between application areas and aid the technology transfer from basic research into practice.

Submission Details:

Authors are invited to submit full papers not exceeding 6 pages until April 26, 2009. Further details will be given soon on the workshop-webpage at For questions regarding the submission procedure, please contact Hans-Christian Schmitz ( Submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's program committee.

Participants must register for Informatik 2009 (only for the day of the workshop).

Workshop Proceedings:

Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of Informatik 2009 which will appear as a volume of the 'Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI)'. Further information can be found at

Important Dates:

    * Apr 26, 2009: Submission of full papers

    * May 25, 2009: Notification of acceptance

    * July 1, 2009: Camera-ready papers

    * Sept 29, 2009: Workshop 

Program Committee:

    * Mohamed Amine Chatti, RWTH Aachen

    * Dr. Eelco Herder, L3S Research Center

    * Prof. Dr. Thomas Kirste, University of Rostock

    * Dr. Stefanie Lindstädt, Know Center Graz

    * Dr. Jobst Löffler, Fraunhofer IAIS

    * Martin Memmel, DFKI

    * Dr. Jehad Najjar, Synergetics

    * Prof. Dr. Claudia Roda, American University Paris

    * Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schade, FGAN FKIE

    * Dr. Hans-Christian Schmitz, Fraunhofer FIT

    * Sven Schwarz, DFKI

    * Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht, Open University Netherlands

    * Kai Eckert, University of Mannheim

    * Dr. Martin Wolpers, Fraunhofer FIT 

Workshop Organisers:

    * Dr. Hans-Christian Schmitz, Fraunhofer FIT

    * Dr. Martin Wolpers, Fraunhofer FIT


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