Paper Awards

Each year, User Modeling Inc. recognizes outstanding papers in the field of user modeling, adaptation and personalization with three awards:

Springer Best Paper Award

It is given to the paper that best addresses the themes of each conference, contributes to the value of the conference proceedings, providing new ideas and /or innovative approaches. The Award is sponsored by Springer publishers.

2013 Best Paper Award: Samad Kardan and Cristina Conati “Comparing and Combining Eye Gaze and Interface Actions for Determining User Learning with an Interactive Simulation


James Chen Best Student Paper Award

It is given to the best student paper at the UMAP conference.

2013 Best Student Paper Award: Jennifer Sabourin, Bradford Mott and James Lester “Utilizing Dynamic Bayes Nets to Improve Early Prediction Models of Self-Regulated Learning


UMUAI James Chen Award

It is given to the best annual UMUAI journal article.


Both Best Student and UMUAI Awards are sponsored by the Chen family in commemoration of James R. Chen. These awards were established by the family of Dr. James Rong Chen, who had been a research computer scientist in the Computational Sciences Division of NASA for eight years before his death on May 1st, 2001 in an automobile accident on his way home from work. Jim had been working in the area of personalized information retrieval and had published two widely cited papers in UMUAI.