This Summer 2011 I am preparing for my comprehensive exam, but I have also assisted to the HCIL 2011 Symposium at UMD, the Classification Society Annual Meeting at CMU, and to the User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2011) conference. In this last one, held in Girona, Spain, I was awarded the 2nd best student paper award for the paper we co-authored with Dr. Xavier Amatriain titled "Walk the Talk: Analyzing the relation between implicit and explicit feedback for preference elicitation". You can download the paper and the slides.
In UMAP I met a bunch of very interesting people like Bart Knijnenburg, Alejandro Bellogin, Rikki Prince, and Karin Schöfegger, among others. In personal terms, it was very nice having 8(!) current and former members of our PAWS lab in the conference, we hanged out together during those days, as you can see in the pictures below. Special remarks for my colleague Sharon Hsiao who gave an spectacular presentation on Open Social student Modeling, and we also could celebrate her birthday during the conference.
- Denis receiving award from Dr. Brusilovsky
- Sharon Hsiao's birthday gift