[Air-l] Cfp: Future TV: adaptive instruction in your livingroom

Judith.Masthoff at bton.ac.uk Judith.Masthoff at bton.ac.uk
Fri Mar 1 10:48:48 PST 2002

          FUTURE TV: adaptive instruction in your living room

                               June 3-4 2002
                     Donostia / San Sebastian, Spain

            A workshop held in conjunction with ITS 2002

Television is central to the entertainment, information, leisure, and
social life of millions of homes all over the world. It has been used
for educational purposes for decades, both in the form of edutainment
programs  (like Sesame street), school TV, and higher education distance
learning (like programs by the Open University on UK television).
However, it has not really been used for Intelligent Tutoring Systems,
as broadcasting to millions of people did not allow for adaptivity. The
advent of digital television, and in particular its potential for
interactivity (via software and hardware build into receivers and
connection with other telecommunication systems, like telephone, cable,
and satellite) provides the opportunity to change this. It opens up the
possibility of personalised, adaptive learning experiences for
individuals and groups of learners alike and has resulted in a
heightened interest in the potential of television for education.

In many ways, ITS for interactive television will need to be different
from computer-based ITS:

  1. Convergence is needed between different production and design
  2. ITS for interactive television will need to overcome inherent
     viewer passivity
  3. ITS for interactive television needs to tailor for the social
     activity of watching television

This workshop will provide a forum in which researchers from the ITS

  1. can explore how their existing expertise (in mainly computer-based
     instruction) can be applied in the area of ITS for Interactive
     Television, and
  2. can identify a research agenda for the work that would need to be

It will complement a workshop that has taken place at the User Modelling
conference in 2001 (http://www.di.unito.it/~liliana/UM01/TV.html), and a
workshop that will take place at Adaptive Hypermedia 2002
(http://www.di.unito.it/~liliana/TV02/index.html ). Both of these
workshops were aimed at the broader area of intelligent user interfaces
for interactive television.


Many participants in this workshop may not have worked in the area of
interactive television before, or may only have work in progress. We
welcome both papers on work in progress (6 pages max) and position
papers (2 pages max). Position papers should address how the
participant's experience in another domain (probably the ITS domain, but
may be different) might be applicable to this area.

Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:

   * What type of interactive service will help people to learn? What
     kind of learning experience should be offered?
   * In what ways can groups of learners be modelled?
   * How can adaptation take place to groups of learners?
   * In what way can educational television programs be made that are
     tailored to the individuals in a group, but where the whole group
     sits in front of the same television?
   * How can learner communities be formed?
   * How can coherence and narrative flow be maintained when producing
     tailored sequences of video?
   * How can other technologies, like mobile phones, be combined with
     television to provide good learning experiences?
   * How can viewer passivity be overcome in the context of educational
     television programs?
   * How can a synergy between ITS and TV design ideas be reached?

Each submission must include (1) a few keywords giving a clear
indication of topic and subtopic; (2) author names with affiliations,
addresses, and phone numbers; (3) email address of the principal author.

Important dates:

   March 31: Submission of proposed papers
   April 15: Paper acceptance notification
   April 22: Final version of accepted submissions

Papers should be prepared as Word or PDF files (or if that cannot be
done, PostScript), using Times 11pt fonts.  The size of submission is
limited to 6 pages for work in progress, and 2 pages for position
papers. Please send your submissions to: Judith.Masthoff at brighton.ac.uk.

Accepted papers will be made available on a Web site before the
ITS'02 conference, so that people can read them in advance. They will
also be published in the proceedings of the workshop.


   Rose Luckin (Sussex University, UK)
   Judith Masthoff (University of Brighton, UK)

Program committee:

   Richard Adams  (e-district.net plc, UK)
   Liliana Ardissono  (University of Torino, Italy)
   Paul Brna  (University of Leeds, UK)
   Don Bouwhuis  (University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
   John Domingue  (Open University, UK)
   Yassine Faihe  (Philips Research, The Netherlands)
   Rose Luckin  (Sussex University, UK)
   Judith Masthoff  (University of Brighton, UK)
   Stuart Nolan  (Needlework TV, UK)
   Mike Sharples  (University of Birmingham, UK)


   For further details contact Judith.Masthoff at brighton.ac.uk

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