Theme: Hypertext in a Multimodal World

The hypertext paradigm has transformed the way we store and transfer knowledge and how we think about information and access it. We access the same sources via multiple devices, ranging from smart watches and smart phones to laptops. Information and transactions become ever more visual, with video increasingly replacing traditional text-based web pages. Particularly, we use interactive hypertext, news feeds and videos for getting things done: planning a trip, managing our finances, interacting with colleagues, friends and family, being productive and creative.

At Hypertext 2021, we aim to further discuss, reflect, investigate and look forward on all of these developments, from the mixed perspectives of technology, users and society. What trends can be observed? What societal issues arise or can now be investigated? How can the user experience be further improved? What alternative, creative and fun novel applications does hypertext enable and facilitate?

We welcome the following types of submissions:

A. Main Conference Tracks (see below)
B. Late Breaking Results Track
C. Doctoral Consortium Track
D. Workshops & Exhibitions

Find more details about the submission and review process here.

A. Conference Main Tracks

5 Research Paper Tracks

  • Full papers discussing mature work (max 14 pages)
  • Short papers on preliminary results or ongoing work (max 7 pages)

Track 1. Adaptive Web and Recommender Systems

The Adaptive Web and Recommendation Systems track invites submissions focused on the interaction between (social) recommendation and knowledge transfer, for example in personalized news feeds, wikis, multimedia narratives, but also for non-linear teaching and learning. Contributions may focus on empirical analysis of user interactions with personalized Web systems to improve our understanding of individual and collective user behavior, explore novel user models and novel recommendation and personalization algorithms, or focus on understanding of mutual interdependence between user behavior and algorithms.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Recommendation algorithms
  • Recommender and personalisation system evaluation
  • User modelling and preference elicitation
  • Users’ perception of recommender systems
  • Explanations of recommendations
  • Responsible recommendation including fairness and transparency
  • Music, video and media recommendation
  • Recommendation of learning materials
  • Web user profiles
  • Adaptive navigation support
  • Personalised search
  • Social navigation and social search
  • Web content adaptation
  • Analytics of web user data
  • Recommendations on social media platforms
  • Collaborative content creation on the Web

Track 1 Chair:
Denis Helic,
TU Graz,
Twitter: @dhelic

Track 2. Social Web

The Social Web track invites work in the areas of data science and computational social science aimed at investigating the role of the Web in shaping social processes that impact online or offline societal outcomes. Contributions may focus on studying behaviour, norms, and psychological perceptions that characterise Web-mediated social interactions and might help either limiting undesirable outcomes (e.g., conflict, hate speech, misinformation) or promoting positive social dynamics (e.g., cooperation, integration, support, knowledge diffusion). Contributions focusing on multimodal social interactions (i.e., not limited to text) are particularly welcome.

Track 2 Chair:
Luca Maria Aiello,
Nokia Bell Labs, UK
Twitter: @lajello

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Data mining of the Social Web
  • Social network analysis
  • Crowdsourcing for the Web
  • Social science theories to explain social dynamics on the Web
  • Misinformation, fake news, and online misbehaviour 
  • Coordination and prosocial behaviour on the Social Web
  • Privacy, trust and security on the Web
  • Web as a tool for societal change

Track 3. Semantic Web and NLP

Hypertext and the WWW form an intricate interplay of semi- or unstructured textual data and structured data. To make sense of this, both natural language processing and semantic web techniques are required. In this track, we invite submissions that address the interpretation of hypertext and WWW content through the lens of these two disciplines. Related to the main conference theme ‘Hypertext in a Multi-Modal World’ we specifically invite contributions that address multisensory information from an NLP or semantic web perspective (e.g. work that explores the relationship between text and images and/or other modalities and how to model these). 

Track 3 Chair:
Marieke van Erp,
KNAW Humanities Cluster,
the Netherlands
Twitter: @merpeltje

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Hypertext and NLP
  • Natural language understanding and the SW
  • Use of knowledge graphs and ontologies for NLP
  • Semantic search and exploratory search
  • Linguistic Data Science 
  • NLP and SW applications
  • Focus theme: Multisensory information extraction and modelling 

Track 4. Human-information interaction, search and retrieval

The human-information interaction, search and retrieval track invites submissions focused on user-centred approaches to the design and evaluation of hypertext systems for information access, retrieval, and use. Contributions may explore improvements to existing hypertext systems, propose novel models, and systems, or focus on understanding individual and group interactions with hypertext information systems. 

Track 4 Chair:
Jacek Gwizdka,
University of Texas at Austin, USA
Twitter: @jaceksg

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • Information seeking, including task-based and exploratory studies
  • Search interfaces, including those for specialised tasks, populations and domains
  • Information access methods and systems for users of all abilities
  • Interaction techniques for information retrieval and discovery
  • Online information seeking, including log analysis of search and browsing
  • Modelling and simulation of information interaction
  • Information use, including measures of use and broader sense-making
  • User-centred evaluation methods and measures, including measures of user experience and performance, experiment and search task design, eye-tracking and neuro-physiological approaches, data analysis methods, and usability
  • Context-aware and personalised search, including design, contextual features and analysis of information interaction
  • Enabling and studying multi-modal interactions with information
  • Collaborative information seeking 
  • Information interaction with mobile devices

Track 5. Digital Humanities, Games, and Culture

The Digital Humanities and Culture track invites explorations of hypertext as a creative tool, shaping literature, culture, and play. Contributions may explore the humanist impact of hypertext systems; cultural works engaging with novel uses of hypertext systems; and digital humanities research driven by changing platforms.

Track 5 Chair:
Anastasia Salter,
University of Central Florida, USA
Twitter: @anasalter

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Electronic literature, including narrative forms of hypertext, interactive fiction, and storytelling
  • Collaborative platforms, including fandom spaces, and other co-creative hypertext systems
  • Digital culture, including representations and novel uses of hypertext
  • Games and play, including explorations of games and play for non-traditional uses including learning and community engagement
  • Digital culture and community, with an emphasis on the role of emerging and changing platforms
  • Textual analysis through and on hypertext systems, including digital humanities tools and methods
  • Software, platform studies, and critical code approaches to hypertext systems
  • Examinations of the role of hypertext systems and platforms in social inequities, particularly with regards to marginalisation and social justice
  • Archival questions of access and sustainability focused on hypertext systems, platforms, and resources
  • Automated methods for narrative analysis and generation

Main Tracks Paper Deadlines

14 May 2021 21 May 2021| Paper deadline (extended) – 23:59 AoE

9 July 2021 | Papers notifications

25 July 2021 | Camera-ready deadline

Submissions for should be made through EasyChair.

Program Committee Main Tracks

Maristella Agosti University of Padua Italy
Dirk Ahlers Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway
Jisun An

Kenneth Anderson University of Colorado Boulder United States
Claus Atzenbeck Institute of Information Systems, Hof University Germany
Martin Atzmueller Osnabrueck University Germany
Agathe Balayn Delft University of Technology Netherlands
Mark Bernstein Eastgate Systems, Inc United States
Maria Bielikova Kempelen Institute of Intelligent Technologies Slovakia
Josep Blat Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spain
Jamie Blustein Dalhousie University Canada
Julia Bosque-Gil Universidad de Zaragoza Spain
Sam Brooker Richmond, the American International University, London United Kingdom
Carlos Buil Aranda Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María Chile
Cody Buntain New Jersey Institute of Technology United States
Federica Cena Department of Computer Science, University of Torino Italy
Alexandra Cristea Durham University United Kingdom
Brian Davis ADAPT Centre Ireland
Paul De Bra Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
Angelo Di Iorio University of Bologna Italy
Stefan Dietze GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Germany
Peter Dolog Aalborg University Denmark
Tomislav Duricic Graz University of Technology Austria
Erick Elejalde L3S Research Center Germany
Pavlos Fafalios Institute of Computer Science, FORTH-ICS Greece
Ujwal Gadiraju Delft University of Technology Netherlands
David Garcia Medical University of Vienna and Complexity Science Hub Austria
Dagmar Gromann University of Vienna Austria
Paul Groth University of Amsterdam Netherlands
Matthias Hagen Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Germany
Charlie Hargood Bournemouth University United Kingdom
Matthias Hirth TU Ilmenau Germany
Filip Ilievski Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California United States
Prateek Jain Nuance Communications Inc. United States
Sagar Joglekar King’s College London United Kingdom
Robert Jäschke Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany
Kyriaki Kalimeri I.S.I. Italy
Fariba Karimi GESIS Germany
Ricardo Kawase GmbH / eBay Inc. Germany
Megha Khosla L3S Research Center, Leibniz University Germany
Sabrina Kirrane

Ralf Klamma RWTH Aachen University Germany
Andrew Klobucar New Jersey Institute of Technology United States
Elena Kochkina The University of Warwick United Kingdom
Kevin Koidl Trinity College Dublin Ireland
Rick Kopak School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia Canada
Dominik Kowald Know-Center Austria
Emanuel Lacic TU Graz Austria
Sarah Laiola Coastal Carolina University United States
Dirk Lewandowski HAW Hamburg Germany
Chaya Liebeskind Jerusalem College of Technology, Lev Academic Center Israel
Pasquale Lisena EURECOM France
Ying-Hsang Liu University of Southern Denmark Denmark
Gabriel Magno UFMG Brazil
Andrea Mauri Delft University of Technology Italy
Noemi Mauro University of Torino Italy
John P. McCrae National University of Ireland, Galway Ireland
Caleb Andrew Milligan Pennsylvania State University, Berks College United States
Alex Mitchell National University of Singapore Singapore
John Murray University of Central Florida United States
Peter Müllner Know-Center Austria
Symeon Papadopoulos Information Technologies Institute Greece
Bernardo Pereira Nunes Australian National University Australia
Sigi Reich Salzburg Research Austria
Tarmo Robal Tallinn University of Technology Estonia
Reinout Roels Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
Kevin Roitero University of Udine Italy
Daniel Roßner Institute of Information Systems at Hof University Germany
Sanja Scepanovic Nokia Bell Labs United Kingdom
Vinay Setty University of Stavanger Norway
Frank Shipman Texas A&M University United States
Beat Signer Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
Sergey Sosnovsky Utrecht University Netherlands
Srinath Srinivasa International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore India
Marijn ten Thij Indiana University Bloomington Netherlands
Suzanne Tolmeijer University of Zurich Switzerland
Sara Tonelli Fondazione Bruno Kessler Italy
Chun-Hua Tsai The Pennsylvania State University United States
Manolis Tzagarakis University of Patras Greece
Michail Vaitis University of the Aegean Greece
Vasudeva Varma IIIT Hyderabad India
Onur Varol

Ingmar Weber Qatar Computing Research Institute Qatar
Ran Yu GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Germany
Markus Zanker Free University of Bozen-Bolzano Italy
Yan Zhang The University of Texas at Austin United States