A3H: 7th International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Hypermedia

Nice, France, September 29 - October 2, 2009

At EC-TEL 2009:

The Fourth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning

"Learning in the Synergy of Multiple Disciplines"



Dr. Alexandra Cristea – University of Warwick, UK

Dr. Rosa M. Carro - Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, Spain




Last years workshop link here


[Papers | Program | Important Dates | Topics & Themes | Submission | Panel | Audience | Organizers | Program Committee]



This workshop follows a successful series of workshops on the same topic: A3H at AH’08 in Hannover, A3H at UM’07, A3EH@AH’06, A3EH@AIED’05; A3EH@AH’04; and A3EH@WBE’04.

The current workshop targets work on design, implementation and evaluation  of general Adaptive and Adaptable (Educational) Hypermedia, with special emphasis on major trends in web authoring and the design and creation of web material:

              General frameworks and advanced tools for authoring Adaptive Hypermedia

              Visual and graphical authoring environments for Adaptive Hypermedia

              Multi-modal and multi-layered authoring models

              Termination, confluence and verification from an authoring point of view

              Authoring for the Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web

              Collaborative authoring


Authoring of Adaptive Hypermedia has been long considered as secondary to adaptive hypermedia delivery. However, authoring is not trivial at all. There exist some approaches to help authors to build adaptive-hypermedia-based systems, yet there is a strong need for high-level approaches, formalisms and tools that support and facilitate the description of reusable adaptive websites. However, a shift in interest occurred (fuelled in part by this workshop series), as it became clearer that the implementation-oriented approach would forever keep adaptive hypermedia away from the ‘layman’ author. The creator of adaptive hypermedia cannot be expected to know all facets of this process, but can be reasonably trusted to be an expert in one of them. It is therefore necessary to research and establish the components of an adaptive hypermedia system from an authoring perspective, catering for the different author personas that are required. This type of research has proven to lead to a modular view on the adaptive hypermedia.


Therefore, important issues to discuss are, among others:

* How can frameworks and advanced tools facilitate and contribute to automate authoring?

* How can visual, e.g. drag and drop environments make authoring easier?

* How can verification be made possible in authoring environments? To what extent can it be automated?

* How and to what extent can Semantic Web standards be applied in the authoring process?

* How can Web 2.0 concepts and methodology be used in authoring?

* How does grouping of authors or assignment of authoring roles influence the authoring process, and are there ways to optimize this?



Important Dates and Deadlines:

Submission deadline: 30th June, 2009

Notification of acceptance or rejection: 15 August, 2009

Final versions due: 5th September,  2009

Workshop: September 29 (TBC), 2009

Main conference: September 29- October 2, 2009



This is a half-day workshop. There will be paper presentation (full; short; posters) and discussions+panel. These discussions will be open to all; not only those who have papers accepted at the workshop but also any other interested parties are welcome.

After the paper presentations, the discussion based on these questions will begin. Both the presenters and the audience will be asked to contribute to the answering of these questions. We intend to continue the tradition started in the past workshop series, where this discussion was organized in the form of a panel of well-known invited speakers, which triggered and broadened the discussion with the rest of the audience.


Submission categories:

Full papers: 10-15 pages (same as main conference)

      original mature research results

Short papers: 3-6 pages

      original ongoing research

We welcome discussion proposals as well as research papers. Papers accepted for the workshop will be published in the workshop proceedings of the ECTEL’2009 conference.

Selected papers will also be invited for a Special Issue in a selected journal.


All submissions must be formatted according to Springer LNCS guidelines and submitted as informed by the AH2008 website.  All submissions will undergo a thorough reviewing and refereeing process in order to decide on acceptance.

The submissions should be in the format of Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

Please check http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html for instructions on how to prepare submissions.


Send your submissions via Easychair to the ‘A3H workshop’; please also send a copy with subject ‘A3H submission’ to: 

                         a.i.cristea@warwick.ac.uk, rosa.carro@uam.es.


Easychair link:

IMPORTANT: Selected papers will also be invited for a Special Issue for the JUCS journal.



Panel topic: TBA

Panelists: TBA


Target Audience and Workshop Interest

The workshop is targeted at all people working towards or just interested in state-of-the art on the discovery and use of patterns, formalisms, mechanisms and implementations that can help them to develop and author adaptive hypermedia, in educational domain and beyond. The richer the adaptation of a hypermedia-based system is, the more complex its specification needs to be. Therefore, there is a clear need of using standards, automation, discovering patterns and developing formalisms, mechanisms or tools to facilitate and support the task of authoring adaptive hypermedia, by performing it, in some cases, (semi-)automatically. The necessity of these patterns can be as a result of authoring push or AH system interfacing or ultimately open (adaptive) hypermedia or pull. This means that patterns can emerge from repetitive structures used by AH authors; alternatively, patterns can emerge from interface programs or interface languages between different adaptive hypermedia systems, or from trying to interface to the open adaptive hypermedia. As the technology advances, and as the web standards are becoming more competitive, communities from different corners, such as Adaptive Hypermedia and Semantic Web need to be put together, to solve old problems, such as the one of Authoring of Adaptive Hypermedia. Moreover, this workshop is also targeted at people interested in the new Web 2.0 methods technologies, and in how these can be applied to push forward the authoring process, by using the force of the masses, instead of the expertise of the few (as is the case in the Semantic Web).

Thus, the target audience includes researchers and practitioners that are active in all these fields, as well as representatives of larger projects or networks dealing with these issues. We encourage this audience to submit papers to the workshop on their latest results and ideas.

Moreover, the workshop is also targeted at people who are interested to hear and discuss the state of the art and the future of this important domain of adaptive hypermedia and adaptive web authoring. We encourage them to participate actively in the discussions for which time will be especially allocated, as well as in the other interactive sections, such as questionnaires and (if possible) demos.

The workshop’s main aim is to bring together researchers working or interested in the emerging fields of semantic web, Web 2.0 and adaptive hypermedia authoring. We expect to extract and discuss these merge of research and application directions, as well as see their implementations and evaluations, encouraging the transition towards standard extensions and improvements in the field.

Participants are expected to leave with a better knowledge of the state of the art of the field, as well as to have a fruitful brain-storming session generating new ideas and opening new paths.

Results of the discussions and questionnaire processing will be posted after the workshop on-line on the workshop site, as is the case with the previous editions of this workshop.


Dr. Alexandra Cristea is associate professor (senior lecturer) at the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick, and heads the Intelligent and Adaptive Systems group in the department (http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/research/ias/). Previously, she was assistant professor of Information Systems at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan. She has been organizer, program committee member, panel member, Doctoral consortium member, session chair, and reviewer for Hypertext, CATE, WBE, AH, E-Learn, ED-MEDIA, ICCE, and CEC, a.o. She has been co-chair and organizer of the 1st, 2nd , 3rd and 4th  International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Hypermedia and is the editor of a special issue of the ETS journal on the same topic. She is associate editor of the Journal of Educational Technology & Society, and reviewer for TNN and TKDE, and invited UNESCO expert for Eastern Europe. She is member of the IEEE, IEEE Computer Science, User Modelling community. She has given invited courses and talks related to her research and projects in Italy, Greece, Romania, Finland and Japan. Dr. Cristea has published over 100 research papers at international conferences and journals. Her present research embraces (authoring of) adaptive hypermedia, intelligent systems, user modelling, and distance learning via intelligent environments. Her extended CV can be found at:           http://wwwis.win.tue.nl/~alex/HTML/info.html

Dr. Rosa M. Carro has worked in the area of adaptive hypermedia since 1997. She got her doctoral degree in Computer Science Engineering in the University Autónoma of Madrid in 2001. Her research focuses on adaptive hypermedia, adaptive e-learning systems, collaborative learning, authoring of adaptive and collaborative hypermedia, ubiquitous training and evaluation. She was a member of the research unit Mathematics and Applications of the Mathematics Department of the University of Aveiro (2001-02), where she got a post-doctoral grant to work on adaptive educational games for teaching Maths. In 2002 she got a DAAD grant to visit the group Applied Informatics - Cooperative Systems of the Department of Informatics of the Technical University of Munich, where she spent six months doing research on collaborative and adaptive web-based systems (2002-03). She has the status of User Modeling Researcher since 2003. She is a member of the IASTED Technical Committee on Education and of Spanish associations such as AIPO and ADIE. She was a member of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education (IAIED) Society during 2000. She has co-organised several workshops and invited sessions in conferences, such as “Adaptive Hypermedia and Collaborative Systems (AHCW’04)” at the “International Conference on Web Engineering 2004”, or “Adaptive Hypermedia in Education”, at the “6th World Multiconference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics 2002”, and was co-chair of the last Workshop on “Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Hypermedia” at the Adaptive Hypermedia conference, 2006, in Dublin. She has been reviewer for several international journals and conferences, and member of the program committee/reviewer of several conferences related to her research fields.


Program Committee (TBC)

Helen Ashman, University of Nottingham (UK) http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~hla/

Susan Bull, University of Birmingham (UK) http://www.eee.bham.ac.uk/bull/

Paul De Bra, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands) http://wwwis.win.tue.nl/~debra/

Tim Brailsford, University of Nottingham (UK) www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~tjb/

Licia Calvi, University of Pavia (Italy)           http://soc.kuleuven.be/com/mediac/cuo/?p=member&id=4

Cristina Conati, University of British Colombia (Canada) http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~conati/

Declan Dagger, Trinity College Dublin (Irland) https://www.cs.tcd.ie/Declan.Dagger/

Hugh Davis, Southampton University (UK) http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~hcd/

Serge Garlatti, GET-ENST Bretagne (France)                http://perso.enst-bretagne.fr/~garlatti/HomePage/

Franca Garzotto, Milano Politecnic (Italy)     http://www.iei.pi.cnr.it/SIMOS/People/garzotto.htm

Nicola Henze, University of Hannover (Germany) http://www.kbs.uni-hannover.de/~henze/

Judy Kay, University of Sydney (Australia) http://www.cs.usyd.edu.au/~judy/

Kinshuk, Athabascau University (Canada)   http://scis.athabascau.ca/scis/staff/index.jsp?ct=kinshuk&sn=null

Toshio Okamoto, University of Electro-Communications (Japan)           http://www.ai.is.uec.ac.jp/

Alvaro Ortigosa, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain), http://www.ii.uam.es/~ortigosa/index-e.htm

Helen Pain, University of Edinburgh (UK) http://www.dai.ed.ac.uk/homes/helen/

Simos Retalis, University of Piraeus (Greece) http://www.softlab.ntua.gr/~retal/

Pilar Rodríguez, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) http://www.ii.uam.es/~pilar/

Marcus Specht, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (Germany) http://www.marcuspecht.de/home.html

Daniel Schwabe, PUC - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) http://www-di.inf.puc-rio.br/schwabe//

Carlo Strapparava, IRST (Italy) http://tcc.itc.it/people/strapparava.html

Craig Stewart, Queen Mary, University of London (UK)            http://www.elec.qmul.ac.uk/department/staff/research/craigs.htm

Lorna Uden, Staffordshire University (UK) http://www.soc.staffs.ac.uk/lu1/

Vincent Wade, Trinity College (Ireland) https://www.cs.tcd.ie/Vincent.Wade/

Gerhard Weber, Freiburg University of Education (Germany) http://art.ph-freiburg.de/psy/people/GWeber.html