ISF international workshop on User Modeling and Recommender Systems

Organized by Veronika Bogina and Tsvi Kuflik

July 17th – 20th , 2017

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                      *subject to organizer approval                                                    


Place: The University of Haifa, Caesarea Rothschild Institute, 

Education bldg. Room 570

Nowadays computerized systems strive to provide personalized services to their users, from product recommendations, to education and personalized medicine – tailoring online courses and healthcare services to the individual needs and preferences. An essential component to support personalization of services is a user model – a representation of the user in the specific domain of interest, whether it is a recommendation about a product, a piece of content, a route to a destination or a medical treatment, all must take the user characteristics into consideration. Naturally, the user model needs to be adapted over time, as new information is acquired by the system and user behavior evolves. The need to continuously update the user model stems from the simple fact that new information about users becomes continuously available and that users change: their characteristics and preferences change over time – they acquire new skills, gain experience, their tastes, preferences, goals change as well as their physical, psychological and physiological characteristics… Therefore, there is a strong temporal aspect in user modelling and a need to research it further.

The workshop aims at bringing together international and local researchers and practitioners working in order to look at the challenges from the point of view of the temporal aspects in user modelling. All in all, the workshop will aim at attracting presentations of novel ideas for addressing these challenges and how to advance the current state of the art in this field.





Nadeem Bader The University of Haifa
Shaked Bar Outbrain
Hagit Ben Shoshan The University of Haifa
Hilik Berezin Microsoft research
Maria Bielikova Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
David Bodoff                      The University of Haifa
Veronika Bogina The University of Haifa
David Carmel Yahoo
Yaakov Danone The University of Haifa
Fabio Gasparetti Roma Tre University
Renana Gonen The University of Haifa
Ido  Guy                          eBay
Yahel Halfon Bar-Ilan University
Anthony Jameson Choosable AG and the German Research Center for AI
Dietmar Jannach Technical University of Dortmund
Gregory Jerusalemsky Tel Aviv Academic College
Judy Kay The University of Sydney
Bob Kummerfeld The University of Sydney
Ronny Lempel Outbrain
Pasquale Lops            The University of Bari Aldo Moro   
Ronit Marco The University of Haifa
Asi Messica Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Robert Moskovitch Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Cataldo  Musto         The University of Bari Aldo Moro   
Fedelucio Narducci     The University of Bari Aldo Moro   
Eugenia Pritsker The University of Haifa
Giuseppe  Sansonetti  Roma Tre University
Inbal Ronen IBM HRL
Yonit Rusho Shenkar
Roy Sasson Google & Tel Aviv University
Giovanni Semeraro  The University of Bari Aldo Moro   
Oren Szigeti The University of Haifa
Avital Shulner The University of Haifa
Christoph  Trattner   MODUL University Vienna
Moshe Unger Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Ran Wolff Yahoo
Tal Zarsky The University of Haifa