User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction (UMUAI) provides an interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of new research results on interactive computer systems that can be adapted or adapt themselves to their current users, and on the role of user models in the adaptation process.

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  • Acknowledgment to reviewers
  • James Chen annual award for best journal article
  • A systematic review and taxonomy of explanations in decision support and recommender systems


    With the recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence, an increasing number of decision-making tasks are delegated to software systems. A key requirement for the success and adoption of such systems is that users must trust system choices or even fully automated decisions. To achieve this, explanation facilities have been widely investigated as a means of establishing trust in these systems since the early years of expert systems. With today’s increasingly sophisticated machine learning algorithms, new challenges in the context of explanations, accountability, and trust towards such systems constantly arise. In this work, we systematically review the literature on explanations in advice-giving systems. This is a family of systems that includes recommender systems, which is one of the most successful classes of advice-giving software in practice. We investigate the purposes of explanations as well as how they are generated, presented to users, and evaluated. As a result, we derive a novel comprehensive taxonomy of aspects to be considered when designing explanation facilities for current and future decision support systems. The taxonomy includes a variety of different facets, such as explanation objective, responsiveness, content and presentation. Moreover, we identified several challenges that remain unaddressed so far, for example related to fine-grained issues associated with the presentation of explanations and how explanation facilities are evaluated.

  • Bayesian knowledge tracing, logistic models, and beyond: an overview of learner modeling techniques


    Learner modeling is a basis of personalized, adaptive learning. The research literature provides a wide range of modeling approaches, but it does not provide guidance for choosing a model suitable for a particular situation. We provide a systematic and up-to-date overview of current approaches to tracing learners’ knowledge and skill across interaction with multiple items, focusing in particular on the widely used Bayesian knowledge tracing and logistic models. We discuss factors that influence the choice of a model and highlight the importance of the learner modeling context: models are used for different purposes and deal with different types of learning processes. We also consider methodological issues in the evaluation of learner models and their relation to the modeling context. Overall, the overview provides basic guidelines for both researchers and practitioners and identifies areas that require further clarification in future research.

  • A knowledge-based approach to user interface adaptation from preferences and for special needs


    Moving between devices is omnipresent, but not for people with disabilities or those who require specific accessibility options. Setting up assistive technologies or finding settings to overcome a certain barrier can be a demanding task for people without technical skills. Context-sensitive adaptive user interfaces are advancing, although migrating access features from one device to another is very rarely addressed. In this paper, we describe the knowledge-based component of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure that infers how a device shall be best configured at the operating system layer, the application layer and the web layer to meet the requirements of a user including possible special needs or disabilities. In this regard, a mechanism to detect and resolve conflicting accessibility policies as well as recommending preference substitutes is a main requirement, as elaborated in this paper. As the proposed system emulates decision-making of accessibility experts, we validated the automatic deduced configurations against manual configurations of ten accessibility experts. The assessment result shows that the average matching score of the developed system is high. Thus, the proposed system can be considered capable of making precise decisions towards personalizing user interfaces based on user needs and preferences.