Impressions from UMAP 2009

Fred Durao's picture

From June 22 to June 26, 2009 I attended the User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization (UMAP) conference. In particular Peter Dolog and I had the paper entitle “A Personalized Tag-Based Recommendation in Social Web Systems” accepted at the International Workshop Adaptation and Personalization for Web 2.0.

Our presentation was important to show what we have been done so far and mainly to see on what I have to improve. The works at the workshop were mostly focused on improvements on user models for collaborative environment. In addition, I did not see many works using tags for recommendations.

At the main conference, my major impression was the fact that 90% of the papers contained long-term experiments (about 3 to 4 months). Usually these works have utilized monitoring systems to capture user interaction and behavior. This allowed them to perform long observations of user’s behavior in order to build confident user’s models. Personally, the conference was important for networking since I met people from my main community.

Peter Dolog's picture

evaluations :)

Well, I am happy that you could realize the importance of evaluation and that you actually liked the conference. We should just continue a good work and do evaluations and novel algorithms to impact our main target community Cool