DSRS Research Group Members participated 3rd international workshop on DMRS in Italy, Bolzano

International Workshop on Decision Making and Recommender Systems

It is really exciting to share some info about our recent participation to an event that gathers many pioneers together in a lovely, authentic university campus for two days.
The 3rd International Workshop on Decision Making and Recommender Systems (DMRS 2018) is an event organized by four members of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and attracted more than 40 people around the world for two days of full of seminars and discussions on Decision Making and Recommender Systems. Three members of the DSRS research group traveled through lovely Alpine landscape to the authentic city of Bolzano where a blend of two cultures gave the place a unique atmosphere.

First Day of the workshop was very insightful and had witnessed strong debates on some presentations. First day presenters were;

Natali Helberger, the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Talk Title: Diversity: a concept with a mission, and what that means for diverse recommender design 


Aristides Gionis, Aalto University, Finland

Talk Title: Diversity maximization in social networks


Allison Stanger, Middlebury College, USA

Talk Title: Is Algorithmic Justice an Oxymoron?


Paul Resnick, University of Michigan, USA

Talk Title: Platform Health Metrics

Following the first day presentations, we joined dinner at a warm and friendly Austrian style bar to meet other attendees.

The Second day of the workshop was also remarkable as we listened to two very fascinating presentations covering research areas of all members of our research groups.

First Presenter was,

Daniele Quercia, Bell Labs, Cambridge, UK

Talk Title: Good City Life


Second presenter was,

 Ariel Rosenfeld, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Talk Title: Predicting Human Decision-Making: From Prediction to Recommendation

 

We must note that the studies done by Dr. Quercia about most pleasant city routes in London show the power of open data and crowdsourcing methods. Additionally, Dr. Rosenfeld’s acting skills were remarkable and made his talk enjoyable.

Last but not least, we had an opportunity to showcase our latest research development platform during the coffee breaks to get some feedback.

Our extended abstract titled as “Group decision making with recommendations ‘in the loop’: application to trip planning through video watching” has received funding from Bristol University Alumni Foundation to be shown in this event.

Finally,  two days of full of amazing debates and information exchange along with delicious Italian-Austrian cuisine following a nice dinner in a local Toscana-styled restaurant have left good memories in Bolzano and we moved to Venice to see a floating city before our flight next day.

 

Some pictures taken during our Bolzano trip are here:

 

DSRS members attend ACM Recsys 2018 in Vancouver

It has been a hectic yet very enjoyable week for Ercan Ezin and Ivan Palomares who attended the 12th International ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (ACM Recsys 2018) in Vancouver, Canada.

Conference website: https://recsys.acm.org/recsys18/

For the conference program please check out the link here.

Conference venue and Vancouver were astonishing with the service and nature visible from any location of the lovely city.Besides attending exciting tutorials and sessions in the main conference, we presented our preliminary work in collaboration with our – almost graduating! – MSc student Eunchong Kim! Our paper, ‘Fitness that Fits: a prototype model for workout video recommendation’ has been disseminated in the co-located workshop on Health Recommender Systems. Thanks to all the workshop organisers, in particular to Christoph Trattner, Helma Torkamaan and Hanna Schaefer, whom we had the honour to meet in the workshop, as well as ACM-Recsys programme chair Xavier Amatriain (thanks for your valuable feedback on our work!). We were also pleased to meet and network with many other leading experts in health technologies and the recsys community in general!

Here are some photos from the conference and exciting natural parks located not far away from the city centre.

Conference

Sightseeing

Videos

Greetings from Vancouver Intl Airport. Next stop: Miyazaki (Japan) for IEEE SMC 2018 along with our newest arrival James Neve!

Ivan P., Ercan E. 🙂