Call for Papers

The phenomenon often referred to as the “filter-bubble,” i.e., the effect that collaborative, as well as content-based recommender systems keep making obvious, uninspiring, and therefore disengaging suggestions based on previous interactions, has emphasized the value of system qualities beyond pure accuracy, e.g., diversity, novelty, serendipity, or unexpectedness, to keep the user satisfied. In addition to these, in this workshop, we want to explore concepts beyond these qualities, namely surprise, opposition, and obstruction. Surprise relates to existing concepts like serendipity in complex scenarios. Opposition, as an extreme form of variation, is highly subjective and context-dependent. Obstruction refers to the intentional restriction of functionality through the machine in an active manner by “embodying opposition”. We are interested in these aspects in the context of personalized and adaptive systems, such as recommender systems, user modeling, e.g., through personality-based preference models, and creative processes, such as music making, that are facilitated through collaborations with intelligent machines and their effect on creative output.

Topics of Interest

  • Surprise and unexpectedness in retrieval and recommender systems
  • Serendipity, diversity, and novelty
  • User-centric evaluation studies on aspects of diversity and serendipity
  • Inspirational recommender systems
  • Aspects of personalization in inspirational systems
  • Formal models of creativity
  • User models dealing with opposition and “otherness”
  • The roles of chance and randomness in intelligent and user-adaptive systems
  • Imitation, subversion, and opposition in creative and cooperative systems
  • Learning to variate
  • Models for obstruction in collaborative scenarios
  • Case studies of intelligent systems in creative domains, e.g., music creation
    • Automatic improvisation and variation systems
    • Intelligent accompaniment
    • Personalized sound quality verbalization and semantic embeddings
    • Sound retrieval for music creators

Important Dates and Format

Workshop paper submission deadline: May 7, 2016 May 16, 2016
Notification to authors: June 1, 2016
Camera-ready paper: June 7, 2016
Publication of electronic proceedings: June 30, 2016

The SOAP workshop will be held in a mini-conference style. Based on the recency of the above mentioned developments in recommender systems, music creation, and even computational creativity research, we consider this to be a breaking topic highly relevant to the UMAP community and beyond. We ask prospective participants to submit a paper detailing their position or technical contribution with regard to the questions discussed above (and here) prior to the workshop. To this end, we allow for different types of paper entries (non-anonymized, all in the main conference’s ACM format):

  • position paper (extended abstract, up to 4 pages)
  • technical short paper (up to 6 pages)
  • technical full paper (up to 10 pages)

Submissions are to be made through the SOAP submission website on EasyChair:

Submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee to select participants. Authors of accepted submissions will be required to give a short presentation at the workshop. Accepted submissions will be compiled and published as online proceedings through in the UMAP 2016 Extended Proceedings.