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Method and System for Displaying Recommendation Engine Results and User Interface for Conference Scheduling Software

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000231138D
Publication Date: 2013-Sep-30
Document File: 6 page(s) / 113K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for displaying recommendation engine results and user interface for conference scheduling software.

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Method and System for Displaying Recommendation Engine Results and User Interface for Conference Scheduling Software

Disclosed is a method and system for displaying recommendation engine results and user interface for conference scheduling software. The method and system presents timeline around which events of conference are displayed. The conference includes, but is not limited to, professional and academic conferences, festivals, conventions and symposiums and events includes, but is not limited to, classes, talks, presentations, demonstrations, panel discussions, artistic performances, banquets, and auctions. In the timeline, recommended events are displayed on one side and events already elected to be attended are displayed on the other side. The timeline includes clear demarcations for periods when there are no events, such as night time hours.

The method and system displays the events at the conference organized by time and scores from a recommendation engine. Schedule metadata from the conference and user data are combined together to build a recommendation model. The recommendation model generates a closeness coefficient for each event at the conference and predicts how likely the user would be interested in a specific event. The coefficient can be a numeric score which indicates that closeness between the event and interests of the user. The method and system uses the schedule metadata, the user data, and the closeness coefficient to present the events of the conference, as illustrated in Fig.1.

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The method and system presents a vertical or horizontal timeline representing times and days when the user is planning to attend the conference. On one side of the timeline the recommended events are presented as a stack of bricks for each of the session times at the conference. The events are stacked based on the strength of the recommendation and the strongest recommendations closer to the timeline by default. The bricks can also be styled to indicate the closeness coefficient with attributes such as, but not limited to, color, texture, text style, border and font style. For example, higher recommended events are displayed using brighter colors. On the other side of the timeline are events that are selected as 'Will Attend' or 'Might Attend' by the user.

At a glance, the user can assess the scheduled events, yet to schedule events, and the strength of recommendation for each event. The presented timeline view can be zoomed out to see an overall impression of the user's conference schedule or zoomed in to work on a smaller period of time.

Each of the bricks contains a single recommended event. The schedule metadata for the event can be used to set style or display icons. For example, the bricks can be styled based on the closeness coefficient value. Other values from the schedule metadata can be used for conditional styling such as, but not limited to, day, time, venue, if the event repeats, cost of the...