John Yearwood | 1 May 01:51 2009

[Dbworld] Reasoning Communities and Collaborative Decision Making - Call for Chapter Proposals


Technologies for Supporting Reasoning Communities and Collaborative Decision Making: Cooperative Approaches

A book edited by Professor John Yearwood and Dr Andrew Stranieri
The University of Ballarat, Australia

Proposal Submission Deadline: June 10, 2009
Full Chapter Submission Deadline: September 1, 2009

To be published by IGI Global:

This publication is part of the Advances in E-Collaboration Book Series (AECOB)

found at

This book focuses on research into reasoning in groups and communities. Individuals who perform reasoning in groups display processes and outcomes that are quite distinctive from those displayed by individuals alone. However, little is known about group reasoning and particularly, how information technologies can best be designed and deployed to support the process. This book aims to bring together views on the group reasoning process, the pressing need for information technology support for collaborative reasoning and how technologies can enhance deliberation and decision making outcomes.

Objective of the Book
This book has two objectives.  The first is to understand the nature of reasoning within groups, its basis and its advantages. This will emphasize the most relevant research findings from psychology, neurobiology, organizational behaviour, evolutionary psychology and decision sciences as they apply to group reasoning.  Secondly, the book aims to advance knowledge about technologies that support group reasoning processes and underpin reasoning communities and deliberative decision making.
Target Audience
There are three target groups: senior undergraduate and graduate students in business, information technology, management, psychology, sociology and government. Students in these fields are likely to find themselves in careers that require an understanding of reasoning and decision making by groups. Secondly this book will benefit academics (researchers and teachers) in the fields specified for students above. Thirdly decision makers, managers, administrators and policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels of government will gain understanding and insight from this reference source. 
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

l        Social and organisational aspects of group reasoning

l        Neurobiological insights into communication and reasoning

l        Evolutionary context of cognitive collaboration and group reasoning

l        Group decision making

l        Evaluating the quality of group decisions

l        Democratisation of organisations

l        Collaborative reasoning and justice

l        Representations of knowledge for group reasoning

l        Argumentation frameworks for groups

l        Representing communication within groups; dialogue theories

l        Group decision support systems

l        Multi-agent systems and group reasoning

l        Cooperation in distributed artificial intelligence

l        Reasoning in Communities of practice

l        Deliberative communities

l        Game playing

l        Technologies to support group reasoning

l        Dispute resolution within groups

l        Online structured reasoning

l        Ontologies to support group reasoning

l        Web 2.0 technologies and collaborative reasoning


The authors of selected proposals will be asked to submit a complete chapter of 7000 to 8000 words, conforming to the schedule listed below.  All submissions should be transmitted electronically and all files should be in Word formatted files written in American or British English and using APA formatting.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before June 10, 2009, a 1000 to 1500 word chapter proposal abstract clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter and how their chapter relates to collaborative group reasoning and decision making. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by June 20, 2009 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines.


Full chapters (7000-8000 words) are expected to be submitted by September 1, 2009. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind peer review basis. Contributors are also requested to serve as reviewers for this project. 

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference” and “IGI Publishing” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit
This publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.

Important Dates

June 10, 2009:                        Proposal Submission Deadline

June 20, 2009:                        Notification of Proposal Acceptance

September 1, 2009:                Full Chapter Submission

October 31, 2009:                  Review Result Returned

January 31, 2010:                   Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:

Professor John Yearwood

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MoWin Secretary | 1 May 02:06 2009

[Dbworld] The First International Conference on Networks & Communications (NetCoM-2009)

**Apologies for cross-posting** 
Call for Papers 
The First International Conference on Networks & Communications (NetCoM-2009)
27-29 December 2009, Chennai, India 

Call for Papers

1st International Conference on Networks & Communications will provide an excellent international
forum for sharing knowledge and results in theory, methodology and applications of Computer Networks &
Data Communications. The Conference looks for significant contributions to the Computer Networks &
Communications for wired and wireless networks in theoretical and practical aspects. Original papers
are invited on computer Networks, network protocols and wireless networks, Data communication
Technologies, and network security. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform to the researchers
and practitioners from both academia as well as industry to meet and share cutting-edge development in
the field. 

Topic of Interest

Authors are solicited to contribute to the workshop by submitting articles that illustrate research
results, projects, surveying works and industrial experiences that describe significant advances in
the following areas, but are not limited to 

•	Addressing & location management 
•	Broadband access technologies 
•	Adhoc and sensor networks 
•	Cross layer design and optimization 
•	Heterogeneous wireless networks 
•	High speed networks 
•	Internet and Web applications 
•	Measurement & Performance Analysis 
•	Mobile & Broadband Wireless Internet 
•	Mobile networks & Wireless LAN 
•	Network Architectures 
•	Network Based applications 
•	Network Operations & management 
•	Network Protocols & Wireless Networks 
•	Network Security trust, & privacy 
•	Next Generation Internet 
•	Next Generation Web Architectures 
•	Peer to peer and overlay networks 
•	QoS and Resource Management 
•	Recent trends & Developments in Computer Networks   
•	Routing, switching and addressing techniques 
•	Self-Organizing Networks and Networked Systems 
•	Ubiquitous networks 
•	Virtual & overlay networks 
•	Wireless communications 
•	Wireless mesh networks and protocols 
•	Wireless Multimedia systems 

Paper submission 

Authors are invited to submit papers for the conference through EasyChair Paper Submission System by June
20, 2009 (for more details visit Submissions must be original and
should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being
evaluated for this conference. 
All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings published by IEEE CS (indexed by
EI).Selected papers from the conference, after further revisions, will be published in the following
international journals (Pending). 

•	Journal of Internet Technology (JIT)- Ministry of Education , Taiwan (SCI-E) (confirmed) 
•	COMPUTING AND INFORMATICS(Indexed in ISI Current Contents,SciSearch (confirmed) 
•	More- TBA


First Workshop on Applications of Graph Theory in Wireless Ad hoc Networks and Sensor Networks (GRAPH-HOC 09)
The First International Workshop on Network & Communications Security (NCS 09)

Important Dates 
Paper Submission Deadline	June 20, 2009  (+2.00 GMT)
Authors Notification	        August 20, 2009
Final Manuscript Due	        September 20, 2009


For more details visit conference web site

Organizing Committee, NetCom 2009

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Gottfried Vossen | 1 May 08:28 2009

[Dbworld] WISE 2009 Deadline Extension

Due to a variety of requests, the deadline for full paper submission for the
10th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering (WISE)
2009 and its workshops has been extended by two weeks.
Thus, the new deadline for paper submission is

May 15, 2009.

The WISE 2009 website will shortly be updated accordingly.

Darrell Long, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Gottfried Vossen, Muenster University, Germany
Jeffrey Xu Yu, Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Maristella Matera | 1 May 11:20 2009

[Dbworld] IWWUA 2009 at WISE - deadline extended to May 15



3rd International Workshop on Web Usability and Accessibility (IWWUA 2009)  
October 5-7, 2009, Poznan, Poland  

Co-located with the 10th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering 


Following up the tradition established in the last two years, IWWUA 2009 aims at bringing together
researchers and professionals interested in discussing recent trends and perspectives in Web
usability and accessibility. One of the goals of this year’s edition will be to deepen the issues related
to the usability and accessibility of modern Web 2.0 applications. Contributions focusing on Web 2.0
applications are especially encouraged. However, papers addressing more traditional Web domains are
also welcome. 

IWWUA will discuss and classify the existing research works, to identify gaps in the existing development
and evaluation practices that can lead to topics of further research. An issue of particular importance
is when and how usability should be integrated into a well-organized Web development process. We
therefore look for contributions that discuss not only technical and theoretical aspects, but also
methodological and practical issues. 

More information on the Workshop can be found at the Workshop Web site: 

The topics of the Workshop will include, but will not be limited to:
- Usability and accessibility guidelines, factors, criteria, metrics, patterns, and recommendations 
- Management of usability and accessibility requirements 
- Evaluation methods 
- Early usability evaluation (e.g., model-based evaluation) 
- Integration of usability and accessibility evaluation in the development processes  
- Automatic tools 
- Theoretical/empirical validation of metrics 
- Empirical studies 
- User experience 
- Industrial experience 

Authors are invited to submit their papers by May 1, 2009. Papers must describe completed works (8 pages
maximum). Submissions will be evaluated according to the relevance and originality of the work, as well
as with respect to their ability to generate discussions between the Workshop participants. 

Submissions must follow the Springer-Verlag LNCS standard paper format
( and be submitted electronically
in PDF format through the WISE Review System (
Please, make sure you select the *Web Usability and Accessibility track* of the WISE conference for your

Submission of papers: May 15, 2009  
Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2009  
Camera-ready papers: June 28, 2009  
Author registration: June 28, 2009  
Conference & Workshops: October 5-7, 2009  

All the accepted papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LNCS) series, as a separate volume for the WISE Workshops. Authors of selected papers will be invited to
submit an improved and extended version of their papers to a special issue in a relevant journal.  

Maristella Matera, Politecnico di Milano, Italy  
Silvia Abrahão, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain  
Cristina Cachero, Universidad de Alicante, Spain  

Shadi Abou-Zahra, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  
Nigel Bevan, Professional Usability Services, United Kingdom  
Giorgio Brajnik, University of Udine, Italy  
Coral Calero, University of Castilla-la-Mancha, Spain  
Tiziana Catarci, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy  
Vicente Luque Centeno, University Carlos III, Spain  
Sven Casteleyn, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium  
Jair Cavalcanti Leite, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil  
Florian Daniel, University of Trento, Italy  
Gerry Gaffney, Information & Design, Australia 
Geert-Jan Houben, Delft University of Technology, The Nederlands  
Emilio Insfran, Universidad PolitŽcnica de Valencia, Spain  
Franca Garzotto, Politecnico di Milano, Italy  
Emilia Mendes, University of Auckland, New Zealand  
Luis Olsina, Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina  
Geert Poels, University of Ghent, Belgium  
Gustavo Rossi, LIFIA, UNLP, Argentina  
Carmen Santoro, ISTI-CNR, Italy  
Marco Winckler, University Paul Sabatier, France  

The Workshop co-chairs can be contacted by email at the address admin_iwwua09@...
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Hakikur Rahman | 1 May 12:26 2009

[Dbworld] CALL FOR BOOK VOLUME PROPOSALS (Progressive call#4)



EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Hakikur Rahman


The AKCSN is an international book series that publishes high-quality original research about knowledge
communities and social networks. This book series calls for knowledge based belonging to advancement on
information science, knowledge communication and knowledge management. This series will cover, but
not limited to knowledge management, knowledge communications, knowledge economy, information
society, information dynamics, information processing, information retrieval, digital divide,
grass-roots communities, developing countries, mobile computing, e-governance, e-commerce,
e-society and e-applications. 

This book series will try to establish innovative model of approaches in understanding the dynamics of
knowledge communication, drawing upon knowledge gains from the various branches of information
science and the cognitive arena. It will also promote a systemic focus on the communication process
underlying knowledge transmission, within the broader framework of the knowledge-based economy.

By becoming a contributor to the Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book
Series, you will be granted an opportunity that a few have ever gained; and at the same time
•	your work will be showcased in a collection that finds wide acceptance by both libraries and
international indexes,
•	a diverse international editorial advisory board will support it, and
•	as major audience of books under this book series will be comprised of academics, scientists,
technologists, and policy makers, it is highly likely that your edited book will be used as guide in the
national and regional development processes reinforcing different tiers of knowledge implementations.

I welcome you to consider submitting your research to this series in hopes of providing the field of
E-Government with collections of pivotal applications, methods and technologies.


Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book Series

Editor-in-Chief: Hakikur Rahman, ICMS, Bangladesh

Associate Editors:
Baanda A. Salim, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
A.V.Senthil Kumar, CMS College of Science and Commerce, India
Yanbo J. Wang, The University of Liverpool, UK

International Editorial Advisory Board:
Anne-Marie Oostveen, Oxford Internet Institute, UK
James Piecowye, Zayed University, Dubai
Ali Serhan Koyuncugil, Capital Markets Board of Turkey, Turkey
Robert A. Cropf, Saint Louis University, USA
Arla Juntunen, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland
Deborah L. Wheeler, United States Naval Academy, USA
Vincenzo Ambriola, University of Pisa, Italy
Tsegaye Tadesse, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Alemayehu Molla, RMIT University, Australia
Subhajit Basu, Queen's University, UK
Claude Ghaoui, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Teresa Sancho Vinuesa, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Lucas Walsh, Deakin University, Australia
Agusti Cerrillo Martinez, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain


The Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book Series is a multi-disciplinary
international book series that aims to publish high-quality, original research about knowledge
management.  The AKCSN will provide an analytical approach to the holistic situation of the newly
emerging knowledge dynamics featuring innovation in knowledge acquisition, knowledge communication
and knowledge management focusing upon the concepts of the knowledge communities and social networks.

The coverage of AKCSN Book Series is international and focused on original research in knowledge
communications, applications, management, policies and implications. Areas of interest include, but
are not limited to the following:

•	Knowledge Management and Business Improvement
•	Knowledge as Capacity for Action
•	Knowledge as a Symbol/Model of Development
•	Knowledge as an Empirical Problem Solving Tool
•	Agent-mediated Knowledge Management
•	The Framework of a Pragmatic Conception of Knowledge
•	Knowledge as a Competitive Force
•	Flourishing Knowledge Creation Environments
•	Measuring and Evaluating Knowledge Assets
•	Technology Orientation and Capitalization of Knowledge
•	Current State and Future Development of the Institutional Knowledge Management
•	Knowledge Management Practices and Future Perspectives
•	Challenges of Knowledge Management
•	Methods, Measures and Instruments of Knowledge Management
•	Conceptual Role of ICTs in Knowledge Communication and Management
•	Organizational Knowledge Communication and Knowledge Transfer as the Focal Point of Knowledge Management
•	Distributed Knowledge Management Business Cases and Experiences
•	Knowledge Management System Architectures, Infrastructure and Middleware
•	Strategic Management and Business Process Analysis
•	Networks as Institutionalized Intermediaries of KC
•	Organizational Knowledge Communication
•	Communication of Knowledge in Organizations
•	Knowledge Communication and the Role of Communities and Social Networks
•	General Importance and Role of Knowledge Communities
•	Importance and Role of Knowledge Communities in R&D and Innovative Knowledge Creation
•	Supporting Virtual Communities of Practice and Interest Networks
•	Methodologies to Analyze, Design and Deploy Distributed Knowledge Management Solutions
•	Social Models to Design and Support Knowledge Intensive Collaborative Processes 
•	Meta-data Representation and Management (e.g., semantic-based coordination mechanisms, use of
ontologies, etc.)
•	Knowledge Acquisition Systems and Networks 
•	Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Deployed Systems
•	Networks and Knowledge Communication in R&D Environments
•	Communication and Management of Knowledge in R&D Networks
•	Application of Social Network Analysis as a Knowledge Management Tool
•	Leveraging Knowledge Communication Networks – Approaches to Interpretations and Interventions
•	Whole-Network Properties and Knowledge Communication
•	Knowledge Communication and Impact of Network Structures
•	Roles and Positional Models of Knowledge Communication Networks
•	Leveraging Knowledge Communication in Social Networks
•	Epistemology of Knowledge Society
•	Citizens’ eParticipation in Local Decision-Making Processes
•	eCapacity Building Programmes to Ensure Digital Cohesion and Improved eGovernment Performance at
Local Level 
•	Broadband Infrastructure and the New Wireless Network Solutions 
•	Local eGovernment Interoperability and security
•	Generation of Municipal Services in Multi-Channel Environments
•	Introduction to Mobile Computing
•	Business Process Modeling
•	Information and Data Management
•	Communication and Agent Technology
•	Best Practices for Mobile Computing
•	Information Policy Overview
•	Communications and the Internet
•	Knowledge Chains
•	Community Practices
•	Learning Utilities
•	Advanced Researches in Knowledge Communities

Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished manuscripts will be
considered. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews and
assessment of the publisher, IGI Global. All submissions must be forwarded electronically to
email <at> by ****** NO LATER THAN JUNE 30, 2009 ******


Your 5-10 page (not including your CV) book prospectus should contain the following information:

1.  3-5 SUGGESTED TITLES for your proposed publication
2.  A SYNOPSIS of your proposed publication, including a concise DEFINITION of the subject area
4.  5-10 INDEXING KEYWORDS for your proposed subject area
5.  Overall OBJECTIVES AND MISSION of your proposed publication
6.  SCHOLARLY VALUE AND POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTION to information science, technology and management literature
7.  PURPOSE AND POTENTIAL IMPACT on your field of research
8.  UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS of your proposed publication
9.  PROSPECTIVE AUDIENCE for such a publication
10.  POTENTIAL BENEFITS readers will gain from your proposed publication
11.  EXISTING COMPETING PUBLICATIONS and their advantages and disadvantages in comparison to your
proposed publication
13.  PROJECTED TOTAL PAGE/WORD COUNT for proposed publication
14.  TENTATIVE TIMETABLE for the entire project
15.  POTENTIAL CHANNELS OF CALL DISTRIBUTION for the procurement of submissions and contacts
(List-Servs, Universities, etc.)
16.  COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS, phone, fax and e-mail information FOR EACH EDITOR/AUTHOR
17.  A COPY OF YOUR VITAE, listing education and publication records FOR EACH EDITOR/AUTHOR

The Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book Series is published by IGI Global,
publisher of the “Information Science Reference,” “Medical Information Science Reference,”
“Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional
information regarding the publisher, please visit 

All inquiries and submissions should be should be directed to the attention of:

Please forward proposals and submission inquiries to:
Hakikur Rahman
Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book Series; 
Email: email@...
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Helen Oliver | 1 May 17:58 2009

[Dbworld] ehealth 2009: call for papers - SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED 17th MAY 2009

eHealth 2009: 2nd International Conference on electronic healthcare
Patients or Users - who are we developing services for?
23-25th September 2009 - Istanbul, Turkey

Building on a very successful eHealth 2008 conference, the aim of eHealth 2009 is to bring 
together experts from academia, industry and global healthcare institutions to stimulate cutting-
edge research discussions, share experience with real-world healthcare service providers and 
policy makers as well as provide numerous business opportunities.

Despite substantial budgets spent on eHealth in recent years, existing healthcare services do not
sufficiently address the issue of patient privacy, trust, quality-assurance nor the potential in
e-learning and web minding for delivering 21st century healthcare system for European citizens. 
The key topic of eHealth 2009 is investigating a realistic potential of the Internet in providing
evidence-based medical advice and quality-assured education for patients to improve the wellbeing 
of European and global citizens.

1. Privacy, Trust and Security - electronic patient records, models for trust and privacy, novel 
mobile encryption technologies, identity federation, role based access control, privacy enhancing 
2. Epidemiology and Early Warning Systems and Outbreak Detection - information and IT support 
systems for early warning and outbreak detection programs, data management issues, data 
collection and analysis for surveillance and epidemiology.
3. Healthcare Ontologies and Knowledge Management Systems - annotation, health care
ontologies, coding standards, communication standards, quality tagging and quality of service,
distribution issues, coding systems and ontologies mapping, search, users customisation, alert 
4. E-learning, Educational Games and the Impact of Information Delivery to Patients and
Professionals - using Digital Libraries in building online communities, moderated discussion 
groups, qualitative and quantitative evaluation studies, user attitude towards the knowledge, 
studies of changes of user attitude with respect to digital libraries.
5. Web 2.0 in Healthcare, Wellbeing and Online Communities Of Practice - Community of
practice, Web 2.0, user support groups, blogs, online support for healthy lifestyle, wellbeing and 
public interventions.

- Keynote Talks
- Academic Papers Sessions
- Industrial Paper Sessions
- Research Projects and Industrial Products Demos
- Industrial and SME/Start-Up Companies Exhibitions
- PhD Students Session
- Poster Sessions
- Panel Discussions

General and Scientific Chair: Patty Kostkova, City ehealth Research Centre, City University, 
London, UK

Programme Co-Chair: Rajarajan Muttukrishnan, Mobile Networks Research Centre, City 
University, London, UK

Local Chair: Asli Uyar, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Publicity Chair: David DoHerty, 3G Doctor, Ireland

Industry Chairs
Knowledge Transfer Co-chair: Steve Bunting, City University, London, UK
Industry Co-Chair: Simon Thompson, BT
Poster and PhD Student Session Chair: Jason Bonander, Associate Director, Health Informatics 
Strategy, CDC, Atlanta
Web Site Editor: Helen Oliver, City University, London, UK

Venue: Best Western, The President Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
Publications: Springer Verlag (LNCS)

Important Dates
Paper Submission Date: (was 1st May 2009) DEADLINE EXTENSION: 17TH MAY 2009
Poster Submission Date: 1st July 2009
Notification Date: (was 1st June 2009) DEADLINE EXTENSION: 17TH JUNE 2009
Camera Ready Date: (was 1st July 2009) DEADLINE EXTENSION: 17TH JULY 2009
Conference Date: 23rd-25th September 2009

City University, London, UK
ACM (pending)

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Massimo Melucci | 1 May 20:14 2009

[Dbworld] European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR)

31 August -- 4 September 2009
University of Padua, Italy


A few seats available.
Closing date for registration: 30 June 2009


The European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR) is a scientific event founded in 1990, which
has given rise to a series of Summer Schools held on a regular basis to provide high quality teaching of
information retrieval and advanced information retrieval topics to a mostly European audience of
researchers and research students. ESSIR is typically a week-long event consisting of guest lectures
and seminars from invited lecturers who are recognized experts in the field.

The scope of ESSIR is to give to its participants a grounding in the core subjects of Information Retrieval
(IR), which is the science concerned with the effective and efficient retrieval of documents by their
semantic content. IR is concerned with all those activities that make possible the choice, from a given
collection of documents, of only those documents that are of interest in relation to a specific
information need. IR activities are those that enable reaching the target of choosing the documents of
the collection which are probably relevant to the initial information need in an automatic way, because
IR deals with collections of documents that are available in digital forms and an automatic IR
system/service is used in choosing documents.

The IR core methods and techniques are those for designing and developing IR systems, Web search engines
and tools for information storing and querying in Digital Libraries. IR core subjects are: system
architectures, algorithms, formal theoretical models, and evaluation of the diverse systems and
services that implement functionalities of storing and retrieving documents from multimedia document
collections, and over wide area networks such as the Internet.

ESSIR is intended for researchers starting out in IR, for industrialists who wish to know more about this
increasingly important topic and for people working on topics related to management of information on
the Internet.  The European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR) 2009 held in Padua,
Italy, consists of lectures and satellite meetings for exchange and dissemination in the modeling,
design and implementation of advanced systems for the representation, storage, search and retrieval of information.


Padua is a pleasant historical city, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Europe.
Little more than 400 years ago, Galileo came here as a Professor of Mathematics to spend, in his own words,
"the 18 best years of my entire life". Venice is only 15 miles away, connected by frequent buses and trains.
Bologna or Verona, Florence or Milan, Rome or Turin, are all conveniently reached by train in one, two or
four hours, respectively.


- Massimo Melucci
- Ricardo Baeza-Yates


Prof. Maristella Agosti
University of Padua, Italy
Digital Libraries

Dr. Ricardo Baeza-Yates
Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain
Distributed Web Search

Prof. Norbert Fuhr
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Information Retrieval Models

Dr. Aristides Gionis
Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain
Web Mining and Next-Generation Search

Prof. Peter Ingwersen
Royal School of Library & Information Science, Denmark
The User in Interactive IR Evaluation

Prof. Mounia Lalmas
University of Glasgow, UK
Structure/XML Retrieval

Prof. Massimo Melucci
University of Padua, Italy
Overview of the School

Prof. Jian-Yun Nie
University of Montreal, Canada
Multilingual Information Retrieval

Prof. Stephen Robertson
Microsoft Research, UK
Experimentation and Evaluation in Information Retrieval

Prof. Stefan Rueger
The Open University, UK
Multimedia Information Retrieval

Dr. Ian Ruthven
Strathclyde University, UK
Information Retrieval in Context

Dr. Mark Sanderson
University of Sheffield, UK
Indexing Techniques

Dr. James G. Shanahan
Church and Duncan Group Inc., USA
Web Advertising: Business Models, Technologies and Issues

Prof. C.J. 'Keith' van Rijsbergen
University of Glasgow, UK
A Brief Introduction to Information Retrieval

Dr. Hugo Zaragoza
Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain
Machine Learning and Information Retrieval

- Panel on Evaluation in Information Retrieval
- FDIA Symposium 2009


Maria Bernini - University of Padua
Emanuele Di Buccio - University of Padua
Marco Dussin - University of Padua
Ivano Masiero - University of Padua
Massimo Melucci - University of Padua (Chair)
Riccardo Miotto - University of Padua
Gianmaria Silvello - University of Padua

essir2009-information (at) dei dot unipd dot it


The region of Italy where Padua is located is known as Veneto. This is one of the 20 regions of Italy and it has a
population of about 4.8 million people. The capital is Venice.  Once the cradle of the renowned
Venetian Republic, then a land of mass emigration, Veneto is today among the wealthiest and most
industrialized regions of Italy. It is also the most visited region of the country, with about 60 million
tourists every year (2007).

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Sihem Amer Yahia | 1 May 20:48 2009

[Dbworld] PersDB'09 Call For Papers

                             CALL FOR PAPERS
           Third International Workshop on "Personalized Access, 
          Profile Management, and Context Awareness in Databases"

                              (PersDB 2009)

     in conj. with VLDB’09, 24-28 August 2009, Lyon, France
          Submission deadline:  June 26, 2009 
          Workshop date:        August 28, 2009


Proliferation of database-driven web sites has brought upon a plethora of information access and 
dissemination applications. Monitoring and trading stock portfolios, news notification, weather 
tracking, and even simple search are just a few examples. In addition, recently, new applications 
have emerged that go beyond information access and dissemination and enhance creativity, 
information sharing and exploration, and collaboration among users, providing richer interaction 
possibilities. Now, users cannot only access content but they can also generate, share and modify 
content, compose their applications, enhance their interface, etc. Web-based communities, wikis, 
social networks, mashups, folksonomies are some of the emerging new applications. In all these 
applications, different notions of user information, such as preferences, community memberships and 
social interactions, and context information, such as a user's social network, location, time, 
and other features of a user's environment, are of paramount importance in order to improve and 
personalize user experience. In this context, new challenges emerge for user-centric, context-aware 
database systems for storing and managing different aspects of user and context information, 
for data management and computing taking into account personal, social and contextual information 
about users and for customizability of their behavior. 

Relevant topics include but are not limited to the following:
 - Modeling and profiling of personal, social and contextual information
    * User and community modeling
    * User profiling and preference elicitation
    * Social network analysis of online environments, community and user discovery
    * Personal ontology modeling
    * Context modeling and context identification
    * Reputation and trust models
    * Social knowledge modeling 

 - Personal, social and context-aware computing and applications
    * Personalization and recommendations
    * Personal data management and computing
    * Information access and sharing techniques
    * Personalized mashups
    * Data management and organization in collaborative applications
    * Social reputation and recommendation systems
    * Online communities and social networking
    * Social computing
    * Reputation and trust management
    * Context-aware data management and processing
    * Privacy-aware computing
    * Intelligent browsing and navigation
    * Novel interfaces supporting user-generated content and social interaction
    * Evaluation methodologies and metrics
    * Query routing and resource allocation in a distributed database
    * Graph databases 

 - New database models and architectures
    * Personal and social databases
    * User-aware and context-aware data and query models
    * Data sharing and integration of access control policies
    * Adaptive database systems
    * Architectures for personalized privacy in databases
    * Multimodal ubiquitous environments
    * Context-aware system architectures 

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers that are not being considered 
for publication in any other forum. Papers submitted should be at most six(6) pages long.
Papers should be submitted electronically as PDF files and be formatted using the VLDB format, 
based on the ACM SIG Proceedings Style. Detailed formatting instructions and samples are available here:

Submissions should be uploaded through the submission site at: 

    * Submission:            June 26, 2009
    * Notification:          July 28, 2009
    * Camera ready:          August 10, 2009 (tentative)
    * PersDB 2009 workshop:  August 28, 2009 

Laks V.S. Lakshmanan (University of British Columbia, Canada)

    * Tiziana Catarci         (Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy)
    * Yannis Ioannidis        (University of Athens, Hellas)
    * Timos Sellis            (Institute for the Management of Information Systems and NTUA, Greece) 

    * Sihem Amer-Yahia        (Yahoo! Research, USA)
    * Georgia Koutrika        (Stanford University, USA) 

    * Michael Benedikt        (Oxford University, UK)
    * Paolo Ciaccia           (University of Bologna, Italy)
    * Irini Fundulaki         (ICS-FORTH, Greece)
    * Zoltan Gyongyi          (Google Research, USA)
    * Anne-Marie Kermarrec    (INRIA, France)
    * Werner Kiessling        (Univ. Augsburg, Germany)
    * Alexandros Labrinidis   (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
    * Dongwon Lee             (Penn State University, USA)
    * Massimo Melucci         (University of Padua, Italy)
    * Bamshad Mobasher        (DePaul University, USA)
    * Atsuyuki Morishima      (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
    * Moira Norrie            (ETH-Zentrum, Switzerland)
    * Christos Papatheodorou  (Ionian University, Greece)
    * Evi Pitoura             (University of Ioannina, Greece)
    * Guillaume Raschia       (Polytech Nantes, France)
    * Yannis Stavrakas        (Institute for the Management of Information Systems, Greece)
    * Letizia Tanca           (Polytecnico di Milano, Italy)
    * Martin Theobald         (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Informatik, Germany)
    * Wolf Tilo Balke         (University of Hannover, Germany)
    * Alex Tuzhilin           (Stern NYU, USA)
    * Gerhard Weikum          (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Informatik, Germany)
    * Cong Yu                 (Yahoo! Research, USA) 

    * Julia Stoyanovich       (Columbia University, USA)  
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Spiridon Florin Beldianu | 1 May 22:11 2009

[Dbworld] 21st International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI 2009)

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                               CALL FOR PAPERS

21st International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI 2009)
              Newark (New York Metropolitan Area), New Jersey, USA
                           November 2-4, 2009

The annual IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence 
(ICTAI) provides a major international forum where the creation and exchange of 
ideas related to artificial intelligence are fostered among academia, industry, 
and government agencies. The conference facilitates the cross-fertilization of 
these ideas and promotes their transfer into practical tools, for developing 
intelligent systems and pursuing artificial intelligence applications. 
The ICTAI encompasses all technical aspects of specifying, developing and 
evaluating the theoretical underpinnings and applied mechanisms of the AI based 
components of computer tools (i.e. algorithms, architectures and languages).

TOPICS (not limited to)
- AI Algorithms
- AI in Bioinformatics
- AI in Computer Security
- AI in Databases and Data Mining
- AI in E-commerce
- AI in Games
- AI in Information Assurance
- AI in Logistics
- AI in Medicine
- AI in Multimedia Systems
- AI in Real-time & Embedded Applications
- AI in Robotics
- AI in Software Engineering
- Case-Based Reasoning
- Cognitive Modelling
- Constraint Programming
- Collaborative Software Agents
- Reasoning Under Fuzziness or Uncertainty
- Evolutionary Computing
- Hybrid Intelligent Systems
- Information Retrieval
- Intelligent Tutoring/Training Systems
- Intelligent Internet Agents
- Intelligent Interface Agents
- Knowledge-based Systems
- Knowledge Extraction
- Knowledge Management and Sharing
- Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
- Machine Learning
- Natural Language Processing and Understanding
- Neural Networks
- Ontologies
- Planning and Scheduling
- Qualitative Reasoning
- Search and Heuristics
- Semantic Web-Techniques & Technologies
- Speech Processing and Understanding
- Vision/Image Processing & Understanding

The submissions should contain original, high quality, not submitted or 
published elsewhere work. Papers should be submitted electronically  
(through the ICTAI 2009 web site) in pdf format and should conform to IEEE
specifications (single-spaced, double-column, 10-point font size, up to 8 pages).

Each accepted paper should be presented by one of the authors and accompanied
by at least one full-registration fee payment, to guarantee publication in the
proceedings. All accepted papers will be included in the proceedings (probably in
DVD form) of ICTAI 2009 that will be published by the IEEE Computer Society.

Extended versions of the best papers of the conference will be invited for 
publication in a special issue of the International Journal on Artificial 
Intelligence Tools (IJAIT) (SCI Indexed).

Paper submission:      June     7, 2009
Paper notification:    July    15, 2009
Camera ready paper:    August  31, 2009

General Co-Chair
Soon Chung, Wright State Univ, USA

Program Committee Chair
Sotirios G. Ziavras, NJIT,  USA

ICTAI Steering Committee
Nikolaos Bourbakis, Wright State U,USA, Chair
C. V. Ramamoorthy, UC at Berkeley, USA
Farokh Bastani, Univ of Texas at Dallas, USA,
Jeffrey Tsai, Univ of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Benjamin Wah, Univ of Illinois Urbana, USA
I. Hatziligeroudis, Univ of Patras, Greece

Sotirios G. Ziavras (PC Chair)
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Newark, New Jersey 07102-1982
Email: ziavras@... 

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Salvador Abreu | 1 May 22:40 2009

[Dbworld] INAP 2009: 1st Call for Papers

			First Call for Papers

			      INAP 2009

		   18th International Conference on
	       Applications of Declarative Programming
		       and Knowledge Management

                         November 5-7, 2009
                          Evora, Portugal

  Organized by the Portuguese AI Society (APPIA), the INAP Committee
	   and the Society of Logic Programming (GLP e.V.)

== Overview ==

  Declarative Programming is a family of advanced paradigms for the
  modeling and solving of complex problems.  These specification and
  implementation methods have attracted more and more attention over
  the past years, e.g. in the domains of databases and natural
  language processing, for modeling and the processing of
  combinatorial problems, and for establishing systems for the web.

== INAP 2009 ==

  INAP is a communicative and dense forum for intensive discussion of
  applications of important technologies related to Prolog, Logic and
  Constraint Programming as well as closely related advanced software.
  It comprehensively covers the impact of programmable logic solvers
  in the Internet Society, its underlying technologies, and leading
  edge applications in industry, commerce, government, and societal

  INAP 2009 continues a tradition of successful workshops cast around
  the applications of declarative programming, which were held in
  Kobe (1997), Tokyo (1995, 1996, 1998 - 2001), Potsdam (2004),
  Fukuoka (2005) and Wuerzburg (2007).

  We invite the submission of high quality papers on the described
  topics, especially, but not exclusively, on different aspects of
  Declarative Programming, Constraint Processing and Knowledge
  Management as well as their use for Distributed Systems and the Web:

- Knowledge Management,
  e.g. Data Mining, Decision Support, Deductive Databases
- Distributed Systems and the Web,
  e.g. Agents and Concurrent Engineering, Semantic Web
- Constraints,
  e.g. Constraint Systems, Extensions of Constraint (Logic) Programming
- Theoretical Foundations,
  e.g. Deductive Databases, Nonmonotonic Reasoning
- Systems and Tools for Academic and Industrial Use
- Knowledge-based Web Services - Logic Solvers and Applications

== Workshop Format ==

  The technical program of the workshop will include invited
  presentations (to be announced), regular technical sessions with
  presentations of the accepted papers, system demonstrations and a
  panel discussion.

== Conference Venue ==

  The conference will be held at the University of Evora, Portugal
  in November 5-7, 2009.

  Evora is a nice and quiet historical city located in the south of
  Portugal that can be reached from Lisbon by train or coach in under
  2 hours.  It is a small city of 60.000 inhabitants, 120 km inland
  from Lisbon and classified by Unesco as World Heritage.  The
  University of Evora was established in the 16th Century and is the
  2nd oldest Portuguese University.

  The social program is promising since the region is very rich in
  historical sites (Stone Age, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance
  remains) and also offers a very special gastronomy.  SeeÉvora for more information.

== Important Dates ==

  Paper Submission Deadline:       June 29, 2009
  Notifications to Authors:        August 17, 2009
  Camera-ready Version Deadline:   September 14, 2009
  INAP 2009 Workshop:              November 5-7, 2009

== Submission Guidelines ==

  Participants should submit a paper (maximum 15 pages, PDF format),
  describing their work in topics relevant to the workshop.  Accepted
  papers will be presented during the workshop.  At least one author
  of an accepted contribution is expected to register for the
  workshop, and present the paper.  All submissions should include the
  author's name(s), affiliation, complete mailing address, and email

  Authors are requested to prepare their submissions, following the
  LNCS/LNAI Springer format. Please see:
  for further details.

  The submission should be submitted through the electronic submission

  The deadline for receipt of submissions is June 29, 2009.  Papers
  received after this date will not be reviewed.  Eligible papers will
  be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee.
  Authors will be notified via email of the results by August 17,
  2009.  Authors of accepted papers are expected to improve their
  paper based on reviewers' comments and to send a camera ready
  version of their manuscripts by September 14, 2009.

  Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings, which
  will be distributed to the participants.

  As in previous editions, we plan to publish selected papers in a
  proceedings volume in the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial
  Intelligence (LNAI) series.

== Organizing Committee ==

  Vitor Nogueira        vbn AT
  Salvador Abreu        spa AT
  Pedro Salgueiro       pds AT
        Universidade de Evora

== Program Committee ==

  Salvador Abreu, University of Evora, Portugal (co-chair)
  Sergio Alvarez, Boston College, USA
  Philippe Codognet, CNRS/JFLI, Tokyo, Japan
  Vitor Santos Costa, University of Porto, Portugal
  Daniel Diaz, University of Paris I, France
  Ulrich Geske, University of Potsdam, Germany
  Gopal Gupta, UT Dallas, USA
  Petra Hofstedt, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  Ulrich Neumerkel, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
  Vitor Nogueira, University of Evora, Portugal
  Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University, USA
  Irene Rodrigues, University of Evora, Portugal
  Carolina Ruiz, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
  Dietmar Seipel, University of Wuerzburg, Germany (co-chair)
  Terrance Swift, CENTRIA, Portugal
  Hans Tompits, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
  Masanobu Umeda, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
  Armin Wolf, Fraunhofer FIRST, Berlin, Germany
  Osamu Yoshie, Waseda University, Japan

== Contact Information ==


     Universidade de Evora
     Departamento de Informatica
     Largo dos Colegiais, 2
     7004-516 Evora - PORTUGAL

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