Adaptive Hypermedia 2008
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Workshop 1: Adaptive Collaboration Support
Organizers: Alexandros Paramythis, Stephan Weibelzahl
1/2 day

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Extended Deadline April 21, 2008!

Adaptive Collaboration Support

You are kindly invited to contribute to the First Workshop on Adaptive Collaboration Support to be held in conjunction with AH2008. This workshop tackles an emerging topic in adaptive hypermedia: Adaptive Collaboration Support. Traditionally, Adaptive Hypermedia Systems were mainly geared towards adaptation of content and its delivery. Classic techniques such as adaptive link annotation, adaptive fragment hiding or sequencing manipulate the content or the presentation of the content to suit the user's individual needs. Most methods work at the content level, too. Only recently, have attempts been made to exploit adaptive techniques in order to support user activities. A prominent case where activity support becomes vital is collaboration: when two or more people work together toward a common goal, there is usually no given content to be presented, but the participants engage in an activity-oriented process. This process can be supported or optimized in a number of ways. For example, systems might observe interaction patterns and suggest the creation of communication sub-channels (e.g., a chat-room for three participants) or recommend suitable collaborators. Application areas for Adaptive Collaboration Support include but are not limited to collaborative learning, synchronous and asynchronous on-line discussion, video conferencing, group decision support, etc.

Thematic Areas

The workshop aims to answer the following question: How can adaptation be of benefit in modelling and supporting that process? This can be further subdivided into three main workshop themes that will be addressed:

  • Models: Which aspects of users and groups (and their activities) need to be modelled and can be inferred or observed in the interaction between users or between user and system in order to support collaboration?
  • Adaptation Methods & Techniques: Which existing methods and techniques can be reused or tailored to activity-oriented collaboration?
  • Adaptation Languages: How can collaborative activities be formally described? How to author adaptations to and of collaborative activities?


Workshop Format and Solicited Contributions

We plan to apply a format that facilitates goal-oriented group discussions (among the workshop participants) in addition to the standard paper presentations. The workshop will have two general sessions (to be held in succession), as outlined below.

The first session will be organized around the general research themes discussed earlier, i.e., submissions are to be evaluated in regard to their relevance to / contribution towards the themes, and the discussion during the workshop will be structured around the themes. Participants of the workshop are expected to share their experiences and discuss the advantages and drawbacks of approaches and prototypes presented. As an additional input and to facilitate debate, this session will also feature an invited talk by Dr. Judith Masthoff (University of Aberdeen, UK) on the topic of adapting to groups rather than adapting to individuals, providing an overview of methods and techniques that have been applied successfully.

A second session will then be explicitly dedicated to the identification and discussion of current issues and future directions in this emerging field. Techniques to facilitate discussions that have proven efficient in previous workshops include informal collection of questions at the beginning of the workshop, group work, and interactive creation of an on-line mind-map.

Submission Format

Submissions should not exceed 10 pages for full papers and 4 pages for "work in progress" papers, and should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS guidelines (in line with the main conference submission guidelines).

Workshop papers will be published in full length in the workshop proceedings and presented in talks at the workshop.

Please, submit your paper by e-mail to until April 14, 2008.

Portable Document Format (*.pdf) and Postscript (*.ps) files are preferred.

Important Dates

April 21, 2008: submission of papers (extended!)
May 14, 2008: notification of authors
June 1, 2008: delivery of camera ready copy
July 28, 2008: Workshop day; the conference lasts from the July 28th to the August 1st, 2008.

Programme Committee (Confirmed Members)

  • Paul de Bra, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Alexandra Cristea, Warwick University, UK
  • Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Tom Gross, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
  • Judith Masthoff, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Alexandros Paramythis, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Stephan Weibelzahl, National College of Ireland, Ireland
  • Gerhard Weber, University of Education Freiburg, Germany


Alexandros Paramythis
Institute for Information Processing and Microprocessor Technology (FIM)
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenbergerstr. 69
A-4040 Linz, AUSTRIA
+43 732 2468 8442
alpar at

Dr.Stephan Weibelzahl
National College of Ireland Dublin
Mayor Street IFSC
Dublin 1
+353 1 4498 579
sweibelzahl at

User Modeling Inc. Leibniz University Hanover L3S Research Center Adaptive Hypermedia 2008 Conference Website
Eelco Herder (L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany)