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Free ACM Learning Webinar, Thurs, Sept. 20: "Recommender Systems: The Power of Personalization"


Register NOW to attend the next free ACM Learning Webinar, "Recommender Systems: The Power of Personalization," presented on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12 PM EDT (9 AM PDT/10 AM MDT/11 AM CDT/4 PM UTC). (Note: You can stream this and all ACM Learning Webinars on your mobile device, including smartphones and tablets.)

Personalization is the key to helping guide users through the morass of available choices to the products and information they seek. Industry leaders such as Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google, and E-Bay have long used recommender systems to improve their offerings and better serve their customers. But recommender systems aren’t limited to big technology firms—they've been widely used by small information providers, retailers, and service firms.
This webinar provides an introduction to recommender systems, describing the different types of recommendation technologies available and how they are used in different applications today.
Duration: 60 minutes

What You’ll Learn About:

  • What are recommender systems and how are they used today?
  • The different types of recommender systems:
  • content-based vs. collaborative recommendation
  • ephemeral vs. persistent personalization
  • User profiles, site logs, and the information used in recommendation
  • An introduction to the basic technology of recommendation
  • Pointers to resources for further learning

Presenter:
clip_image002Joseph A. Konstan, University of Minnesota; SIGCHI
Joseph A. Konstan is Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He has been working in the field of recommender systems since 1995. He's published more than 50 research articles on the topic, holds five patents related to recommender systems, and co-authored the book Word of Mouse: The Marketing Power of Collaborative Filtering, one of the first books on the application of recommender systems to commercial systems. Konstan chaired the first ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, and has been active in ACM, including serving as President of ACM SIGCHI and serving on the ACM Council. He co-founded Net Perceptions, Inc. in 1996, which commercialized recommendation engines and had a variety of online and bricks-and-mortar companies among its customers, including Amazon.com. He is a Fellow of the ACM, was elected to the SIGCHI Academy, and was part of the team that won the 2010 ACM Software Systems Award for the GroupLens Collaborative Filtering Recommender Systems.

Moderator:
clip_image003Gary M. Olson, University of California, Irvine; SIGCHI
Gary M. Olson is Donald Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Previously he was Paul M. Fitts Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Information and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. For more than two decades, Olson has conducted research in human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer supported cooperative work (CSCW). Currently the focus of his work is on how to support small groups of people working on difficult intellectual tasks, particularly when the members of the group are geographically distributed. Most recently, this research includes an on-line survey called the Collaboration Success Wizard which provides feedback to participants in such projects to help them achieve success in their collaborations. He has published more than 120 articles and chapters, and has edited four books, most recently Scientific Research on the Internet. In 2003 he was elected to the ACM SIGCHI Academy, and in 2006 shared the SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award with Judy Olson. He is also a Fellow of the ACM, the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

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