Doctoral Symposium

The Doctoral Symposium (DS) provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers from both academia and industry.

The DS has the following objectives:

  1. Offer each student feedback and fresh perspectives on their work from faculty and students outside their institution.
  2. Promote the development of a supportive community of researchers and a spirit of collaborative research.
  3. Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events.

This year, the DS will be held in a hybrid format, enabling both in-person and remote participation of students and mentors.

  • An Interpretable Neural Network Model for Bundle Recommendations
    Xinyi Li (Northwestern University), Edward C. Malthouse (Northwestern University)
  • Designing and evaluating explainable AI for non-AI experts: challenges and opportunities
    Maxwell Szymanski (KU Leuven), Katrien Verbert (KU Leuven), Vero Vanden Abeele (KU Leuven)
  • Developing a Human-Centered Framework for Transparency in Fairness-Aware Recommender Systems
    Jessie J. Smith (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Enhancing Counterfactual Evaluation and Learning for Recommendation Systems
    Nicolò Felicioni (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Fair Ranking Metrics
    Amifa Raj (Boise State University)
  • Heterogeneous Graph Representation Learning for multi-target Cross-Domain Recommendation
    Tendai Mukande (Dublin City University,SFI Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning)
  • KA-Recsys: Knowledge Appropriate Patient Focused Recommendation Technologies
    Khushboo Thaker (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Long-term fairness for Group Recommender Systems with Large Groups
    Patrik Dokoupil (Charles University)
  • Pursuing Optimal Trade-Off Solutions in Multi-Objective Recommender Systems
    Vincenzo Paparella (Politecnico di Bari)
  • Bart Knijnenburg, Clemson University, USA
  • Hongning Wang, University of Virginia, USA
  • Jean Garcia-Gathright, Pinterest, USA
  • Julia Neidhardt, TU Wien, Austria
  • Julian McAuley, University of California, San Diego, USA
  • Li Chen, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
  • Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Robin Burke, University of Colorado, USA
  • Yongfeng Zhang, Rutgers University, USA

Please find below the activities planned for the DS.
Each student presentation is meant to last between 15 to 20 minutes, followed by 10 to 15 minutes of feedback and Q&A.
All are Seattle times (GMT-7).

  • 09:00 – 09:15 Welcome
  • 09:15 – 10:45 Session 1 (3 presentations)
  • 10.45 – 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Panel
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:00 Session 2 (3 presentations)
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Break
  • 15:30 – 17:00 Session 3 (3 presentations)
  • 17:00 – 17:15 Concluding Remarks
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