The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

Personalization, Socialization, Contextualization: Preferences and Attitudes for Advanced Information Provision


Speaker: Prof. Yannis Ioannidis
Affiliation: Univ. of Athens, Greece
Category: Colloquium
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Monday, June 28th, 2010
Time: 15:00-16:00 EET
Host: Marios Dikaiakos (mdd AT

Human actions in real life are often influenced by several characteristics of the individual human involved in the actions. These characteristics can be broadly classified into three categories: those that are unique to the individual, those of the social environment of the individual, and those of the overall context or situation in which the individual is found while performing the actions. Usability of various types of information systems, e.g., database systems, digital libraries, or the Web, increases dramatically if the information they provide and their overall behavior is customized to these characteristics. Such personalization, socialization, and contextualization of information provision touches upon a broad spectrum of technical and other challenges. This talk describes the general problem and its associated challenges, hints upon a general framework for modeling a large number of cases, and offers some examples of systems and techniques that have been developed by the Univ. of Athens to address related challenges in various application environments.

Short Bio:
Yannis Ioannidis is currently a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens. He received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1982, his MSc degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1983, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986, and was on the faculty of the Computer Sciences Department of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he became a Professor before leaving in 1999. His research interests include database and information systems, electronic infrastructures, digital libraries, personalization, scientific systems, and human-computer interaction, topics on which he has published over one hundred articles in leading journals and conferences and holds three patents. Dr. Ioannidis is an ACM and IEEE Fellow and has received the Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) award in 1991, the 2003 VLDB "10-Year Best Paper Award", the 2006 nation-wide "Xanthopoulos-Pnevmatikos Award for Outstanding Academic Teaching" in Greece, and of several other teaching awards. He has been a program (co-)chair of ICDE'09 and several other conferences and a (co-)principal investigator in over thirty research projects funded by various government agencies (Europe, Greece, USA) or private industry. Dr. Ioannidis currently serves a 4-year term as the ACM SIGMOD Chair (following a 4-year term as Vice-Chair) and is or has been a member of several other executive bodies of professional organizations (VLDB Endowment, IEEE TCDE Executive Committee, EDBT Endowment) and Scientific Advisory Boards (Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Greek National Science & Technology Council, Information Technology advisor to the Greek Minister of Health).

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