Call For Papers: 3rd IUI Workshop on Semantic Models for Adaptive Interactive Systems (SEMAIS 2012)

3rd IUI Workshop on
Semantic Models for Adaptive Interactive Systems (SEMAIS 2012)

February 14, 2012, Lisbon, Portugal

Submission deadline: Jan 6, 2012



Semantic technologies and, in particular, ontologies as formal, shareable representations of a domain of interest play an increasingly important role also for the design, development, and execution of user interfaces and more generally interactive systems. Semantic models can serve a number of different purposes in this context. They can be used as application or interface models in model-driven design, generation at design time as well as at runtime, and integration of user interfaces. Ontologies may enhance the visualization and interaction capabilities of user interfaces in various ways, e.g., by providing input assistance, intelligently clustering information, or adapting the user interface according to the user’s context.

Especially in the latter case, ontologies can be applied for representing the various kinds of context information for context-aware and adaptive systems. In particular, they have promised to provide a technique for representing external physical context factors such as location, time or technical parameters and ‘internal’ context such as user interest profiles or interaction context in a consistent, generalized manner. Owing to these properties, semantic models can also contribute to bridging gaps, e.g., between user models, context-aware interfaces and model-driven UI generation.

There is, therefore, a considerable potential for using semantic models as a basis for adaptive interactive systems. The range of potential adaptations is wide comprising, for example, context- and user-dependent recommendations, interactive assistance when performing application-specific tasks, adaptation of the application functionality, or adaptive retrieval support. Furthermore, a variety of reasoning and machine learning techniques exist, that can be employed to achieve adaptive system behavior.


Following up the successful SEMAIS workshops at IUI 2010 and 2011, the workshop will address, among others, the following research issues:

– Improve UI quality by using semantic models.
– Representing user models, systems and their behavior, domain knowledge and interaction context by means of semantic models.
– Cognitively or neurally founded reasoning techniques such as activation spreading for semantic user models.
– Context-aware interaction based on semantic models.
– Adaptation strategies and techniques based on semantic models for e.g. recommender systems, adaptive retrieval, collaboration support systems and others.
– Generating explanations or visualizations to increase user confidence and support traceability.
– Scalability and performance of semantic model-based interactive systems.
– Semantic model-driven UI development.
– Generation and evolution of semantic models for interactive systems.
– Suitability of highly formal vs. light-weight semantic representations.
– Consuming linked data in user interfaces.
– Bringing ontologies together with current UI modeling languages, such as UsiXML.
– Evaluation approaches for adaptive interaction.

In this year’s workshop, we especially encourage contributions that
– focus on intuitive interaction
– dynamically adapt to the user and/or group over long time periods
– leverage information contained in Linked Open Data


Prospective participants should submit the work that they intend to present workshop on or before Jan 6 2012. Submissions should be 8-12 pages in Springer LNCS format. We will select participants based on the abstract’s quality and the diversity of their backgrounds, aiming at an interdisciplinary group. Accepted submissions will be published as online proceedings at CEUR-WS.ORG. Based on the overall quality of the submissions, selected papers will be considered for a journal special issue.


– Jan 6: Submission due
– Jan 20: Notification of acceptance
– Feb 6: Camera ready version due
– Feb 14: Workshop


Tim Hussein, University of Duisburg-Essen
Stephan Lukosch, Delft University of Technology
Heiko Paulheim, TU Darmstadt
Juergen Ziegler, University of Duisburg-Essen
Gaelle Calvary, University of Grenoble

Program Committee

Anna Fensel, STI Innsbruck
Christina Feilmayr, University of Linz
Sean P. Goggins, Drexel University
Artem Katasonov, VTT Finland
Jörg Haake, FU Hagen
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen
Tobias Ley, Tallinn University
Steffen Lohmann, University Carlos III de Madrid
Pablo Mendes, FU Berlin
Volkmar Pipek, University of Siegen
Florian Probst, SAP Research
Benedikt Schmidt, SAP Research
Dirk Veiel, FU Hagen
[to be extended]

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