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CFP: International Workshop on User Modeling from Social Media

Thought this may be interesting to both my social media and user interface students. Even if you are not submitting, read the call for participation just to become informed about trends and research ideas.

Call for Participation: <a href=”https://sites.google.com/site/umsocial2012/”>1st International Workshop on User Modeling from Social Media</a>
In conjunction with IUI 2012, Lisbon – Portugal

Massive amounts of data are being generated on social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. People from all
walks of life share data about social events, express opinions, discuss their interests, publicize businesses,
recommend products, and, explicitly or implicitly, reveal personal information.

This workshop will focus on the use of social media data for creating models of individual users from the content that
they publish. Deeper understanding of user behavior and associated attributes can benefit a wide range of intelligent
applications, such as social recommender systems and expert finders, as well as provide the foundation in support
of novel user interfaces (e.g., actively engaging the crowd in mixed-initiative question-answering systems). These
applications and interfaces may offer significant benefits to users across a wide variety of domains, such as retail,
government, healthcare and education. User modeling from public social media data may also reveal information that users would prefer to keep private. Such concerns are particularly important because individuals do not have complete control over the information they share about themselves. For example, friends of a user may inadvertently divulge private information about that user in their own posts. In this workshop we will also discuss possible mechanisms that
users might employ to monitor what information has been revealed about themselves on social media and obfuscate
any sensitive information that has been accidentally revealed.

In this workshop, we will discuss related topics:

• What aspects of an individual can be modeled from their public social media postings?
• What aspects cannot be modeled?
• What aspects should not be modeled?
• How accurate are the models that can be extracted?
• What are the best techniques for creating models?
• How might the creation of such models be thwarted?
(e.g. to preserve privacy while still allowing participation on a social network)

We hope to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas, such as user modeling, intelligent user
interaction, social media analysis, natural language processing, data mining, machine learning, privacy and
security, to discuss these issues and share results.

TOPICS OF INTERESTS

Topics of interest may include but not limited to:

• Domain-specific user modeling using public social
media, including twitter, facebook, myspace, social
Q&amp;A sites, and Amazon.com reviews for
– Retail
– Government
– Healthcare
– Education
– Sports
– News

• Domain-independent user modeling using public
social media, such as twitter, facebook, myspace, and
foursquare, to derive a wide variety of user traits
including:
– Locations
– Personality
– Demographics
– Age
– Gender

• Enterprise-focused user modeling using social media
data on public social networks and communications
(e.g., emails and blogs) within an enterprise:
– Employees’ social and collaboration patterns in a
workplace
– Work-related personality traits such as innovativeness, versatility, adaptiveness,
leadership quality, and level of expertise.

• Task-specific user modeling for
– Information recommendation
– Crowd-sourcing
– Expert finding
– Social Q&amp;A

We plan to propose a special issue of ACM Transactions on
Interactive Information Systems (TIIS) on this topic after
the workshop.

PAPER SUBMISSION

We invite submissions in two categories:

• Position papers (2 pages)
• Short papers (4 pages)

All submission should be prepared according to the
standard SIGCHI publications format (available in
http://www.sigchi.org/chipubform) and submitted to jumahmud@us.ibm.com

WORKSHOP FORMAT

We will hold a full-day workshop program on the first day
of IUI 2012. The program begins with a madness session
during which participants introduce themselves and their
work in 5 minutes. Participants will be encouraged to make
slides for the madness session, but this will not be required.
Each paper session will conclude with a discussion led by a
pre-chosen workshop participant. These discussions will tie
together common themes of the presentations and hopefully
lead to insightful discussions about further research
directions. The program will end with a panel discussion
where panelists will discuss the current state of the art,
focus areas, and opportunities for future research.

IMPORTANT DATES

• Paper Submissions – January 6, 2012
• Author Notification – January 20, 2012
• Camera-Ready version – January 27, 2012
• Workshop – February 14, 2012

CONTACT &amp; WEBSITE

jumahmud@us.ibm.com
https://sites.google.com/site/umsocial2012/

ORGANIZATION

Jalal Mahmud, IBM Research – Almaden
Jeffrey Nichols, IBM Research – Almaden
Michelle Zhou, IBM Research – Almaden

Feminist perspectives on HCI

Check out the new issue of the journal Interacting with Computers. It is a special issue on feminist perspectives on HCI, and many of the article titles sound very interesting. Consider one for an RAA, but plan ahead and order thought Interlibrary Loan, because Purdue doesn’t have this journal (I’m requesting it).

Interacting with Computers
Volume 23, Issue 5, Pages 385-564, September 2011
Special Issue: Feminism and HCI: New Perspectives (ed. Shaowen Bardzell & Elizabeth Churchill)

Feminism and HCI: New Perspectives
Shaowen Bardzell & Elizabeth Churchill

Phoebe Sengers, Steve Harrison & Deborah Tatar
Making Epistemological Trouble: Third-Paradigm HCI as Successor Science

Jennifer Rode
A Theoretical Agenda for Feminist HCI

Sheryl Brahnam, Marianthe Karanikas, Margaret Weaver
(Un)dressing the Interface: Exposing the Foundational HCI Metaphor ‘Computer Is Woman’

Jill Dimond, Casey Fiesler & Amy Bruckman
Domestic Violence and Information and Communication Technologies

Nancy Van House
Feminist HCI Meets Facebook: Performativity and Social Networking Sites

Ann Light
HCI as Heterodoxy: technologies of identity and the queering of interaction with computers

Nalini Kotamraju
Playing Stupid, Caring for Users, and Putting on a Good Show: Feminist Acts in Usability Work

Michael Muller
Feminism asks the “Who” Questions in HCI

Regular Papers

Scott D. Fleming, Margaret M Burnett, Laura Beckwith, Susan Wiedenbeck, Jill Cao, Thomas H Park, Valentina Grigoreanu & Kyle Rector
Gender Pluralism in Problem-Solving Software

Sarah Diefenbach & Marc Hassenzahl
The Dilemma of the Hedonic – appreciated, but hard to justify

Sari Kujala, Virpi Roto, Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila, Evangelos Karapanos & Arto Sinnelä
UX Curve: A Method for Evaluating Long-Term User Experience

Luigi De Russis
DOGeye: Controlling your Home with Eye Interaction

Sara Price & Taciana Pontual Falcão
Where the attention is: Discovery learning in tangible environments

Joel Lanir, Tsvi Kuflik, Alan J. Wecker, Massimo Zancanaro & Oliviero Stock
Examining proactiveness and choice in a location-aware mobile museum guide

Yeliz Yesilada, Giorgio Brajnik & Simon Harper
Barriers Common to Mobile and Disabled Web Users

Sergio Sayago
Everyday use of computer-based communication tools and evolution of interaction barriers: an ethnographical study with older people

Ethan V. Munson & James Dabrowski
40 Years of Searching for the Best Computer System Response Time

Animated transitions

Via Konigi:

Check out this project, Meaningful Transitions – it is the result of an undergraduate student’s research about integrating meaningful animated transitions in static Web interfaces. I cannot read German well enough to understand the methods he used to validate this research, Meaningful Transitions Websitebut I think it is quite interesting.

The basic argument is that meaningful animated transitions can ease users’ cognitive loads as they perform certain actions – e.g. scrolling, or orienting oneself on a page. I do believe that. As hated as animated transitions are in PowerPoint, I believe that if used well (if they are meaningful) they can actually help people understand concepts better.

Given the research topic, the website is not as clear and easy to use as I would expect. Still, it is worth taking a look at the specific transitions he created (patterns).

Here’s a blog post idea for you: Contact this student and interview him for your blog. Ask about his methods, how he came up with these ideas, and what research he did to validate them. I was just about to do this myself, but then, I though I’d let you have the idea if you’d like it. If you do, please let us know in the blog comments. We don’t want 10 people emailing him the same questions!!!

But, what do you think? Is this a good idea? Is it threatening to bring dreaded PowerPoint bells and whistles (even worse, FLASH!) to otherwise perfectly fine interfaces? Would seeing the same animation day after day in a piece of software be a waste of time and an annoyance? When would such transitions be useful, and for what kinds of products/contexts?