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SFI MediaFutures - Newsletter week 27

Check out our recent news and updates below!

Centre Director Christoph Trattner appointed as a Distinguished Speaker of the ACM

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) appointed MediaFutures Centre Director Prof. Dr. Christoph Trattner as a Distinguished Speaker for three years.

Trattner is an active and frequently invited speaker. He has given over 50 talks at leading conferences and institutions in the field, such as ACM RecSys, The Web Conference or The Alain Turing Institute.

More information about his talks can be found here

Distinguished Speaker of the ACM engages with emerging professionals, students and, in some cases, the public on topics in computing through the appointment of leading researchers.

ACM Speakers represent a broad range of companies, universities and colleges and it is an excellent opportunity for different institutions, events and corporations to deepens their knowledge on the broad range of topics covering Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence and many more.  

We wish him good luck in his future endeavours! 

See the article here

RecSys 2021 – “Serving Each User”: Supporting Different Eating Goals Through a Multi-List Recommender Interface 

Our Centre Director, Prof Christoph Trattner, Assoc. Prof. II Alain Starke and master student Edis Asotic submitted a paper to the flagship conference on Recommender Systems, which has been accepted for publication in the RecSys 2021 proceedings and for oral presentation. This year the review process was especially challenging with 267 paper submissions and only 49 accepted, which is an acceptance rate of 18.4%. 

The conference will be held as a hybrid event, partly in Amsterdam and the conference will have an inclusive registration pricing policy where prices will vary per country acknowledging international inequities. 

Read more about the conference

Netflix Algorithm Confuses – Christoph Trattner sharing his expertise

MediaFutures Centre Director Christoph Trattner was interviewed for an article by “Dagbladet” published 08-06/21. 

The theme of the article is recommender systems. In particular, the algorithms used by Netflix to determine which movies their users are likely to enjoy. These algorithms have caused confusion among Netflix users, as today's most popular shows and movies are not being recommended to them. 

As a researcher with over 100 scientific articles published in top venues about his work within the fields of “Behavioral Data Analytics” and “Recommender Systems”, Professor Christoph Trattner has been interviewed to comment on these algorithms. 

“The algorithms search for people who are interested in the same thing as you. They then find movies that are popular within this group, but that you have not seen before, says Trattner to Dagbladet.” 

Read the full article

Welcome to the MediaFutures office space!

We are so excited to showcase you our brand-new office space in Media City Bergen! Officially we moved in May but now we are ready to show you some impressions. 

That said, we are ready to welcome you on our 500 sqm office space equipped with the latest office tech! We have got everything from soundproof meeting pods to an open office space and to a fancy conference room with live video and object tracking. 

Currently, we are working on some final touches and hope to see you soon! 

See the article here

2 open positions: Postdoc and PhD

MediaFutures is looking for a Postdoc in Recommender Systems and a PhD candidate in Computational Social Science. Apply by 5 July and 15 August, respectively.

More information and how to apply

SAVE THE DATE: 29-30 September 2021 – MediaFutures Annual Meeting

MediaFutures is looking forward to welcoming you to its first Annual Meeting. The event will take place in Media City Bergen, on 29-30 September 2021.

The MediaFutures event will be held during, and as part of, MCB Future Week.

We will have a diverse program, including talks from MediaFutures researchers and industry partners, invited international speakers, interactive sessions and lots of opportunities to network. More detailed information will be provided at a later date.

We look forward seeing you in September!

Read more about the event


Khanh-Duy Le, Tanh Quang Tran, Karol Chlasta, Krzysztof Krejtz, Morten Fjeld, and Andreas Kunz. VXSlate: Exploring Combination of Head Movements and Mobile Touch for Large Virtual Display Interaction

See the publications here

MediaFutures will go on holidays in July 🙂 

We would like to wish you a great summer holiday at MediaFutures and looking forward continuing to share news, research and innovation in the media industry from August!   

Have a great summer!
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