First international workshop on Qualitative Aspects of User-Centered Analytics

Bled, Slovenia, 8 September, 2019

colocated with ADBIS 2019

Interactive analytics, often called Interactive Data Analysis (IDA) in the literature, is an interactive, iterative process in which a user issues a sequence of analysis actions over potentially big datasets – the analysis of result sets influencing the choice of which action to issue next - with the ultimate goal of answering an informational need not necessarily well defined initially. IDA has attracted a lot of attention recently, as it is a difficult and tedious process, especially for inexperienced users, where targets may not be well defined and little is known about the structure and content of the sources. In particular, users are expected to undergo on their own what is often considered as a complex lifecycle: identify and collect sources, clean and transform them, etc. up to the interactive exploration by means of querying, on the fly building of Machine Learning models, etc.

The QAUCA workshop originally ambitions to gather researchers and practitioners around topics pertaining to the user-centered aspects of IDA, with a particular focus on the qualitative aspect of the interactive analytic process and the support of inexperienced users.

QAUCA welcomes original, unpublished research papers that are not being considered for publication in any other forum. Authors are invited to submit their work under the form of either a long paper exposing novel research works with preliminary results, or a short vision paper outlining research issues for future work. Rejected papers from ADBIS that match the workshop topics could be resubmitted to QAUCA and will undergo the same review process as the other submissions. Each submission will be reviewed by 3 members of the program committee. The best papers presented at QAUCA will be invited for publication in an international journal.


  • Introduction
  • Analytical Metadata Modeling, by Oscar Romero (invited talk)
  • A Model for Alerting about Quality Issues in a Big Data Analytics Context, by Eliza Gyulgyulyan, Julien Aligon, Franck Ravat, Hrachya Astsatryan
  • Framework for Assessing the Smartness Maturity Level of Villages, by Jorge Martinez-Gil, Mario Pichler, Tina Beranic, Lucija Brezocnik, Muhamed Turkanovic, Gianluca Lentini, Francesca Polettini, Alessandro Lue, Alberto Colorni Vitale, Guillaume Doukhan, Claire Belet
  • GameRecs: Video Games Group Recommendations, by Rama Hannula, Aapo Nikkila, and Kostas Stefanidis
  • FIFARecs: A Recommender System for FIFA18 (short paper). Jaka Klancar, Karsten Paulussen and Kostas Stefanidis

Research topics

Research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Quality aspects of interactive analysis: measuring exploration outcome, end-user experience, fairness, trust, transparency of data analysis, assessing subjective interestingness, benchmarking interactive analytics, etc.
  • Facilitating analytics for the non data scientists: data journalists, decision makers, data enthusiasts, etc.
  • Real life applications of user-centered analytics, case studies, etc.
  • Models and languages for user-centered analytics.
  • User-centered methods and techniques for improving analytics through visualization, recommendation, reformulation, approximate query-answering, personalization, result presentation, data storytelling, etc.
  • Integration of analytics with machine learning, data mining, information retrieval, search engines, etc.

Important dates

  • Paper submission: May 17, 2019
  • Acceptance notification: June 10, 2019
  • Camera ready: June 23, 2019
  • Workshop: September 8, 2019

Submission instructions

The page limit is 12 pages for full papers and 6 pages for vision papers (in LNCS format). Excessively short submissions (3 pages or less) will not be penalized.

QAUCA also welcomes abstracts (at most 1 page), that will be presented in a "gong show" session. Abstracts focus on preliminary, vision or outrageous ideas about any of the workshop topic, and will be allotted 180 seconds (or less!), without Q&A. The idea is to spark off-line blistering discussions between workshop attendees. Abstracts are expected to have a single author (but may have more), and authors of a full or short paper may additionally submit one abstract.

Latex submissions are highly encouraged. Nonetheless, papers prepared in other word processing software are also welcome. Papers should be submitted in PDF format via Easychair (


Workshop papers will be published by Springer in the 'Communications in Computer and Information Science' book series. The Springer CCIS volume with workshop papers will be published only as a DIGITAL volume, available for downloading from the Springer portal.

The best workshop papers will be invited for publications in the following journals:

The workshop chairs will select outstanding papers and will write letters in support of their submission to the journal Information Systems. The editors in chief of that journal warmly welcome such submissions which will then undergo the journal's review process.

Program committee

  • Julien Aligon, University of Toulouse
  • Ladjel Bellatreche, ENSMA Poitiers
  • Laure Berti-Equille, Aix-Marseille University
  • Ismael Caballero, University of Castilla-La Mancha
  • Silvia Chiusano, Politecnico di Torino
  • Jérôme Darmont, University of Lyon
  • Matteo Golfarelli, University of Bologna
  • Magdalini Eirinaki, San Jose State University
  • Lorena Etcheverry, University of Uruguay
  • Zoubida Kedad, Versailles Saint-Quentin University
  • Natalija Kozmina, University of Latvia
  • Nicolas Labroche, University of Tours
  • Marie Jeanne Lesot, Sorbonne University
  • Patrick Marcel, University of Tours
  • Adriana Marotta, University of Uruguay
  • Christophe Marsala, Sorbonne University
  • Elsa Negre, Paris Dauphine University
  • Veronika Peralta, University of Tours
  • Franck Ravat, University of Toulouse
  • Samira Si-said, CNAM University
  • Alejandro Vaisman, Buenos Aires Institute of Technology
  • Panos Vassiliadis, University of Ioannina
  • Gilles Venturini, University of Tours

Workshop chairs

  • Nicolas Labroche, University of Tours
  • Patrick Marcel, University of Tours
  • Veronika Peralta, University of Tours

Contact Information

For more information, please contact one of the workshop chairs firstname.lastname [at]