Workshop program

The program below is incomplete and tentative. Please check this website regularly for more information!


  • 10:30 Coffee break


  • 13:00 Lunch


  • 17:00 Coffee break

Program highlights

Opening speech: Francisco Martin

We are very pleased to announce that Francisco Martin will be delivering the opening speech of our workshop. Our workshop was inspired by his keynote speech at last year's RecSys conference, in which he pleaded for a stronger focus on recommender system interfaces.

Francisco Martin is the founder and CEO of Strands, Inc, an award-winning innovator in the field of recommendation and personalization technologies. His talk will be about the challenges faced by industry concerning user testing and research.

Keynote speech: Pearl Pu

We are also very pleased to announce that Pearl Pu will deliver a keynote speech during our workshop. Pearl is inarguably one of the most prominent scholars in the field of human-recommender interaction.

Pearl Pu, head of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL, is an interdisciplinary researcher in the fields of human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence and decision theory. She was the general chair of the 2008 RecSys conference. Whereas Francisco Martin will cover the industry perspective on user-centric recommender system evaluation, Pearl Pu will address research challenges in this field from an academic perspective.

Panel discussion: Challenges of user-centric recommender system research

In contrast to research on algorithmic performance, user-centric research is undervalued in the world of recommender systems. A related problem is the fact that user-centric research is largely unstandardized; there are no common metrics or even standard approaches available to researchers and practitioners.

In order to take a step towards user-centric standards, we are organizing a panel discussion concerning the following questions:

  • How can we encourage user-centric research in the field of recommender systems?
  • Is it possible to create standard practices, tools or metrics for this evaluation?

We are pleased to announce that the following researchers have already agreed to be part of the panel:

Latest news

  • Sep 08, 2010

    The camera-ready papers have been posted on the Workshop program page. The proceedings will be published through CEUR-WS, volume 612

  • Jul 28, 2010

    After a careful review by our program committee, 7 papers (5 long, 2 short) have been accepted to be presented at our workshop. We have updated the Workshop program with the schedule of the presentations, keynotes and panel discussion.

  • Jun 29, 2010

    Pearl Pu will deliver a keynote speech to the workshop, see the Workshop program for more information.

  • Jun 25, 2010

    Good news! We received enough abstracts to fill our wonderful workshop! We will however drop the abstract requirement. In other words: We will allow anyone to submit their full paper before July 1st!

  • Jun 22, 2010

    Abstracts are due in 2 days. There is no formal requirement for the abstract, as long as it gives us a clear idea of what you are going to submit.

  • May 19, 2010

    Francisco Martin will deliver the opening speech to the workshop, see the Workshop program for more information

  • May 19, 2010

    The workshop will include a panel discussion on the challenges of user-centric recommender systems research, see the Workshop program for more information

  • Mar 30, 2010

    Call for Papers is now online

  • Mar 29, 2010

    Workshop website is now online

  • Mar 22, 2010

    The workshop was accepted by the RecSys Workshop committee! Only 50% of the workshop proposals were accepted.