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The First International Workshop on User Profiles in
Multi-application Environments

MultiA-Pro 2010

August 22-27, 2010 - Nice, France

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This workshop is part of CENTRIC 2010.


Publishing Information:

Published by:

All CPS Publications are included in the IEEE Xplore

All CPS Publications are archived in IEEE Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL)

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a IARIA Journal

Submit a Paper:

First, fill out the submission form with information about your paper. Please, fill it out only once for each paper, and do not resubmit it. Contact the address below if you run into any difficulties.

As the designated correspondence author, you will then receive a first e-mail message containing the paper ID. The information in the email will allow you to submit your paper.

If you have some problems send your paper via this e-mail (please report your paper ID in the text of your mail AND the name of the conference).

The conference staff will contact you only if the paper does not print properly or has other problems.

You can change information about your paper, submit brief corrections, view an email trail, and even edit your personal information by following the link in the initial confirmation email.

Touristic Information:

Touristic information is available from the hosting conference, CENTRIC 2010.

Hotels and Travel:

Hotels and travel information is available from the hosting conference page, CENTRIC 2010.

Call for Papers:

Nowadays most of web applications collect and manage users’ information in the form of users’ profiles in order to provide the users with the services they need. Nevertheless the profiles used in current user-centric applications are poor, often inaccurate and/or incomplete. In addition to this, the profile models and content are specific to each application, leading to repeated information collection and data redundancy among applications.
For these reasons, aim of the MultiA-Pro 2010 workshop is to organize a common discussion among different scientific and industrial communities: security, open distributed systems, interoperability and context-aware and personalization systems on generic, evolving, secure multi-application user profiles.
A first problem to address in this kind of scenario is to accurately define what the profile content is. Even for mono application profiles there are several definitions and structure models, content categories and profile creation and enrichment methods. Are these techniques still valid in a multi-application context?
The profile management has to be user-centric. The user has to be an active actor and needs to be aware about and to be able to control the stored information and its evolution. How to find and group similar profiles to enrich them mutually? How the profile modifications caused by an application affect the profile for another application? How to make the profile context-sensitive?  The user-centric character of the profile management means also that the actions of the user could affect the profile in an automatic manner. User tasks and action history model has to be taken into account in profile management.

 Another challenge with multi-application profiles is the security management due to profile data and structure sharing. Users must have the possibility to manage the confidentiality of their data in a direct and practical fashion. A credible solution must come with data security management taking into account user needs and application requirements. Which profile content can be shared, modified and used by several applications? What is useful, what is necessary and what is forbidden to be shared? How to guarantee users anonymity and privacy? How to prevent identity disclosure when profile content is shared among applications? Which trust and reputation techniques could be taken into account?

The workshop will provide research and best practices to set the agenda for future orientations and to create critical design issues for new business models. We encourage contributions (research papers, panels, special presentations, standardization, lessons learned, etc.), on the following topics, but not limited to:

  • Generic user profile model
  • Multi-application profiles
  • Profile representation
  • Profile evolution
  • Profile data collection
  • Profile use
  • Personalized searching and personalized sharing
  • Personalization and user profile management
  • Profile security
  • Profile for security
  • Context-aware profile
  • Personalized storage and information retrieval with user-context
  • Anonymity and pseudonymity
  • Privacy and anonymity in IRS


Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: CPS (see:
Archived: IEEE CSDL (Computer Science Digital Library) and IEEE Xplore
Submitted for indexing: Elsevier's EI Compendex Database, EI’s Engineering Information Index
Other indexes are being considered: INSPEC, DBLP, Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index

Important deadlines:

Considering Easter Holidays, deadline is April 5, 2010
Submission (full paper) March 20 April 5, 2010
Notification May 4, 2010
Registration May 15, 2010
Camera ready May 22, 2010

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the Conference Publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.


Posters are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as poster.  Submissions are expected to be 6-8 slide deck. Posters will not be published in the Proceedings. One poster with all the slides together should be used for discussions. Presenters will be allocated a space where they can display the slides and discuss in an informal manner. The poster slide decks will be posted on the IARIA site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Work in Progress

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals:

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

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MultiA-Pro Advisory Chair

Petre Dini, Concordia University, Canada // IARIA, USA

MultiA-Pro Workshop Scientific Chairs

Elisa Bertino, Purdue University, USA
Sylvie Calabretto, LIRIS, Lyon, France

MultiA-Pro Workshop Organizing Chairs

Nadia Bennani, INSA-Lyon, France
Elod Egyed-Zsigmond, INSA-Lyon, France
Marco Viviani, INSA-Lyon, France

MultiA-Pro 2010 Technical Program Committee

Agnar Aamodt, NTNU, Norway
Nadia Bennani, Université de Lyon, France
Lionel Brunie, Université de Lyon, France
Sylvie Calabretto, Université de Lyon, France
Francesca Carmagnola, Università di Torino, Italy
Max Chevalier, IRIT, Toulouse, France
Ernesto Damiani, University of Milano, Italy
Marco de Gemmis, Università di Bari, Italy
Elöd Egyed-Zsigmond, Université de Lyon, France
Jan Engelen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Stéphanie Jean-Daubias, Université de Lyon, France
Tsvi Kuflik, The University of Haifa, Israel
Henning Olesen, CMI, Denmark
Aris Ouksel, Northwestern University, USA
Béatrice Rumpler, Université de Lyon, France
Marco Viviani, Université de Lyon, France
Gottfried Zimmermann, Universität Tuebingen, Germany


Tutorials are available from the hosting conference page, CENTRIC 2010.

Preliminary Program:

Preliminary program is available from the hosting conference page, CENTRIC 2010.

Manuscript Preparation:

Manuscript preparation is available from the hosting conference page, CENTRIC 2010.

Registration Form:

Registration form is available from the hosting conference page, CENTRIC 2010.


Statistics are available from the hosting conference page, CENTRIC 2010.


Photos are available from the hosting conference page, CENTRIC 2010.


Awards are available from the hosting conference page, CENTRIC 2010.


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