A3H: 2st International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Hypermedia

in conjunction with

A3EH: 5th International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive & Adaptable Educational Hypermedia

25 of June 2007, Corfu, Greece

at the  11th International Conference on User Modeling 2007


Dr. Alexandra Cristea – University of Warwick, UK

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




Last years workshop link here

NEW: Program here

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



This workshop follows a successful series of workshops on the same topic: A3EH@AH’06, A3EH@AIED’05; A3EH@AH’04; and A3EH@WBE’04.

The current workshop focuses on the issues of design, implementation and evaluation of general Adaptive and Adaptable (Educational) Hypermedia, with special emphasis on individual and group user modelling in the authoring process. 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. Only recently have we noticed a shift in interest (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. One of these modules, which is most frequently used, is the User Model, also called Learner Model in the Educational field (or Student Model in ITS). This workshop will cover all aspects of the authoring process of adaptive hypermedia, from design to evaluation, with special attention to User and Learner models.


Therefore, important issues to discuss are, among others:

  • Are richer user models more efficient, and how can they be authored?
  • How can group user models be authored, and what makes them different from individual user models?
  • How does grouping of authors or assignment of authoring roles influence the authoring process, and are there ways to optimize this?
  • How can the adaptive knowledge be formulated in a reusable manner?
  • How can we support pedagogic scenarios?
  • How can we consider user cognitive/ learning styles in adaptive hypermedia (from an authoring perspective)?
  • Are there any recurring patterns that can be detected in the authoring process generally speaking, and in the authoring of user or pedagogic model in particular?

The workshop will also lead to a better understanding and cross-dissemination of user-specific patterns extracted from existing design and authoring processes in AH. The workshop aims to attract the interest of the related research communities to the important issues of design and authoring; to discuss the current state of the art in this field; and to identify new challenges in the field. Moreover, the workshop should be seen as a platform that enables the cooperation and exchange of information between European and non-European projects, as well as feeding back in the PROLEARN network of excellence.


Major Themes

* Design patterns for adaptive hypermedia

* Authoring rich user models for adaptive/adaptable hypermedia

* Authoring group user models for adaptive/adaptable hypermedia

* Authoring in groups

* Role-based authoring

* Automatic, adaptive authoring

* Authoring pedagogic models for adaptive/adaptable educational hypermedia

* Generic authoring for adaptive/adaptable hypermedia

* Authoring patterns for rich user models and pedagogic models in adaptive/adaptable hypermedia

* Authoring tools for rich user models and pedagogic models in adaptive/adaptable hypermedia

* Generic authoring tools in adaptive/adaptable hypermedia

* Reusable user models, group user models, and pedagogic models

* Connecting adaptive educational hypermedia with cognitive/learning styles

* Evaluation of authoring tools for adaptive hypermedia

* Evaluation of adaptive hypermedia design patterns

* Evaluation of adaptive hypermedia authoring patterns


Important Dates and Deadlines:

NEW Submission deadline: February 27, 2007

Notification of acceptance or rejection: March 25, 2007

Camera ready: April 15, 2007

Workshop: June 25, 2007

Main conference: June 25-29, 2007



This is a one-day workshop. There will be paper presentation and discussions.

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 (in the past workshop series, 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: 8 pages

      original mature research results

Short papers: 4 pages

      original ongoing research

All submissions must be formatted according to Springer LNCS guidelines and submitted as informed by the UM2007 website (please note that the space is SMALLER than for the regular papers).  For paper submissions, please use the same paper format as for the main conference, but with margins of: TOP and BOTTOM - 3cm; LEFT and RIGHT - 3.5cm.

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 to all following two emails, with subject ‘A3H submission’: 

                         a.i.cristea@tue.nl, rosa.carro@uam.es.

IMPORTANT: Selected papers will also be invited for a Special Issue in the JUCS journal: http://www.jucs.org/jucs_12_11!



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 uses to be. Therefore, there is a clear need of 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.

This includes researchers that are active in all these fields, as well as representatives of larger projects or networks dealing with these issues. We encourage these researchers 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 patterns and pattern-based authoring. We encourage these researchers 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 adaptive patterns for adaptive hypermedia authoring. We expect to extract and discuss these emerging patterns, as well as see their implementations and evaluations, encouraging the transition towards standard proposals 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 first two 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)

 Sarabjot Singh Anand, Warwick University (UK)

 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/

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/

Paul De Bra, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) http://wwwis.win.tue.nl/~debra/

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

Wolfgang Nejdl, University of Hannover (Germany) http://www.kbs.uni-hannover.de/~nejdl/

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