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Lifelong User Modelling

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Judy Kay
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Judy aims to create personalised computing that is embedded throughout the environment to support people in the broad range of activities that are important to their lives.

Project Description

Pervasive and ubiquitous computing offers significant potential for improving our lives. A feature of pervasive and ubiquitous computing is that it collects and moves huge amounts of data that are about us or belong to us. This huge and fast-growing collection of personal data offers great potential benefits, including augmented cognition and life-long memories: providing people with ready access to pertinent information about themselves from their own data stores will enable them to expand their effective cognition and knowledge beyond what they would otherwise remember. Life-long learning is another potential benefit, with the possibility that we can learn precisely when and where we need to, with learning resources delivered just for us, taking account of our existing knowledge and preferred ways of learning. While these benefits are significant, they will be accompanied by the issue of how individuals’ privacy will be safeguarded. There is an essential trade-off between the benefits of capturing and using personal data and the risk to privacy. Whatever the outcome of the debate on this trade-off, people need to be empowered technically to determine their own preferences for storing, accessing and using their personal information. This project aims to create the science and technology that will allow people to control their personal information and its use in pervasive computing environments.

Related Publications


Rangan, Anna; O’Connor, Sarah; Giannelli, Valentina; Louie, Jimmy; Hebden, Lana; Tang, Lie Ming; Kay, Judy; Allman-Farinelli, Margaret

Validation of a designer Australian smartphone app to replace written weighed food records in nutrition research. Journal Article

Australasian Epidemiologist, 32 (3), pp. 80-81, 2014.



Barua, Debjanee; Kay, Judy; Paris, Cecile

Viewing and Controlling Personal Sensor Data: What Do Users Want? Inproceedings

PERSUASIVE 2013, LNCS 7822, pp. 15-26, Springer, Heidelberg, 2013.



Gluga, Richard; Kay, Judy; Lister, Raymond; Kleitman, Sabina; Lever, Tim

Over-confidence and confusion in using Bloom for programming fundamentals assessment Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 43rd ACM technical symposium on Computer Science Education, pp. 147–152, 2012.

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Gluga, Richard; Kay, Judy; Lister, Raymond; Kleitman, Sabina; Lever, Tim

Coming to terms with Bloom: an online tutorial for teachers of programming fundamentals Inproceedings

ACE, Australasian Computing Education Conference, pp. 147-156, 2012.

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Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob

Lifelong learner modeling Book Chapter

Durlach, Paula J; Lesgold, Alan (Ed.): Adaptive Technologies for Training and Education, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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Barua, Debjanee; Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob; Paris, Cecile

Theoretical Foundations for User-Controlled Forgetting in Scrutable Long Term User Models Inproceedings

OZCHI, pp. 40-49, 2011.

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Gluga, Richard; Kay, Judy; Lever, Tim; Lister, Raymond

An architecture for systematic tracking of skill and competence level progression in Computer Science Inproceedings

Computer Science Education: Innovation and Technology CSEIT 2011, pp. 65-69, 2011.



Gluga, Richard; Kay, Judy; Lever, Tim

Modeling long term learning of generic skills Inproceedings

Aleven, Vincent; Kay, Judy; Mostow, Jack (Ed.): ITS2010, Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, pp. 85-94, Springer, 2010.


Gerber, Simon; Fry, Michael; Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob; Pink, Glen; Wasinger, Rainer

PersonisJ: mobile, client-side user modelling Inproceedings

UMAP 2010, LNCS 6075, pp. 111-122, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2010.

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Kuflik, T; Kay, J; Kummerfeld, B

Lifelong Personalized Museum Experiences Inproceedings

Pervasive User Modeling and Personalization (PUMP'10) at UMAP2010, pp. 9-16, 2010.


Brem, Daniel; Gubi, Kurt; Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob; Kuik, Tsvi; Michaels, Joseph; Wasinger, Rainer

Personalized Cultural Heritage GeoNotes Inproceedings

Pervasive Personalisation Workshop held in conjunction with Pervasive 2010, pp. 1-9, 2010.



Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob

Proceeding of the Lifelong User Modelling Workshop at UMAP'09 User Modeling Adaptation, and Personalization Proceeding


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Darke, Greg; Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob

Mobile personalisation: new challenges for privacy Inproceedings

Ubiquitous User Modeling, at UMAP 2009, pp. 37-40, 2009.

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Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob

Lifelong User Modelling Goals, Issues and Challenges Inproceedings

Proceeding of the Lifelong User Modelling Workshop at UMAP'09 User Modeling Adaptation, and Personalization, pp. 27-34, 2009.

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Dolog, Peter; Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob

Personal Lifelong User Model Clouds Inproceedings

Proceeding of the Lifelong User Modelling Workshop at UMAP'09 User Modeling Adaptation, and Personalization, pp. 1-8, 2009.

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Gluga, Richard; Kay, Judy

Largescale, long-term learner models supporting flexible curriculum definition Inproceedings

Proceedings of the Workshop on Scalability Issues in AIED, held in conjunction with AIED2009, pp. 10-19, 2009.

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Kay, Judy

Lifelong Learner Modeling for Lifelong Personalized Pervasive Learning Journal Article

IEEE Trans on Learning Technologies, 1 (4), pp. 215-228, 2008.

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Bull, Susan; Kay, Judy

Student Models that Invite the Learner In: The SMILI Open Learner Modelling Framework Journal Article

IJAIED, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence, 17 (2), pp. 89-120, 2007.



Kay, Judy

Scrutable adaptation: because we can and must Inproceedings

Wade, V; Ashman, H; B.Smyth, (Ed.): Proceedings of Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems, 4th International Conference, AH2006, pp. 11-19, Springer, Dublin, Ireland, 2006.

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Bunton, James; Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob

MetaView: Dynamic metadata based views of user files Inproceedings

McArthur, Rob; Thomas, Paul; Turpin, Andrew; Wu, Mingfang (Ed.): Australian Document Computing Symposium, pp. 11-19, Hobart, Australia, 0000.

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