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Faculty and students to play major roles at RecSys 2022 international forum

selfie of Michael Ekstrand, Sole Pera nad student at a conference
(Left to right) Faculty Michael Ekstrand, faculty Sole Pera, and alumna Ashlee Milton (MS Computer Science 2021) at RecSys 2019 in Denmark.

Two faculty and a doctoral student from the People and Information Research Team in the computer science department and computing Ph.D program have significant roles on the organizing committee for the 16th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2022), to be held in Seattle, WA and online in September.

RecSys is the major international conference on all aspects of recommender systems, including their algorithms, interfaces, social impact, and business concerns, and the research team regularly attend and present their work.

Assistant Professor Michael Ekstrand is a program co-chair for this year’s conference. In this role, he is responsible for the conference’s technical program of research papers. This work includes developing the call for papers that sets the conference’s academic agenda; recruiting reviewers, providing instructions, and organizing the peer-review process; and organizing the final selected set of papers into a compelling conference program in collaboration with the chairs of other tracks.

Associate Professor Sole Pera is the doctoral symposium co-chair, offering support to the next generation of RecSys researchers and practitioners. She will organize the conference’s annual mentoring experience for doctoral students in the community as well as activities that foster community building.

Amifa Raj, a doctoral computing student, is serving as one of the student volunteer co-chairs, recruiting and organizing the student volunteers who will assist the organizers, presenters, and attendees in making sure the program runs smoothly. She accepted this leadership role after serving as a student volunteer for the conference for the last three years. In addition to her role with the conference itself, she is also co-organizing the Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Recommendation Workshop on Responsible Recommendation, to be held in conjunction with the conference.

Ekstrand and Pera previously served as the general co-chairs of the RecSys 2018 conference in Vancouver, BC for over 800 attendees.