Koji EGUCHI | 1 Apr 14:30 2003

2nd CFP: IRAL2003

Dear all,

I would like to remind you that the IRAL2003 paper submission deadline
is approaching.  Papers are due by **April 15, 2003**.

Best regards,
Koji Eguchi, National Institute of Informatics


                            CALL FOR PAPERS

                  The Sixth International Workshop on
         Information Retrieval with Asian Languages - IRAL2003

                              7 July, 2003
               Sapporo Convention Center, Sapporo, JAPAN

                              Sponsored by
               National Institute of Informatics, Japan

                          In cooperation with:
                                ACM SIGIR
    Japanese Association for Natural Language Processing (pending)
      SIG-DBS, Information Processing Society of Japan (pending)
         SIG-KLP, Korea Information Science Society (pending)
      SIG-NLP, Information Processing Society of Japan (pending)
                  Singapore Computer Society (pending)

               URL: http://research.nii.ac.jp/IRAL2003/
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Jane Reid | 3 Apr 12:00 2003


Dear all,

The BCS IRSG AGM will take place at ECIR'03 in Pisa (14 - 16 April). At
the AGM, we shall be electing a new IRSG committee. This e-mail is to
invite you to consider joining the committee.

The committee consists of 4 named roles (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer
and Secretary), and general members, some of whom may commit to
particular tasks in the course of their service on the committee. The
committee is elected as a whole at the AGM, and named roles are then
elected by the new committee, which usually meets immediately after the
AGM. If there is more than one person standing for the same named role,
each candidate will be asked to give a short summary of his/her vision
for that role at the committee meeting, and a vote will be taken.

Aside from the named roles, general tasks may include the following,
although the list is flexible, depending on the interests and skills of
individual committee members:
* One-day event organisation
* Industrial contact
* Informer (newsletter) editor
* Informer sub-editors
* WebMaster (content)
* WebMaster (structure)
* Student rep
* Publicity
* ir <at> jiscmail (mailing list) moderator

As a committee member, you should be prepared to attend the committee
meetings (approx 4 per year, at various central locations) and commit a
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Stephen Robertson | 4 Apr 16:10 2003

Tony Kent Strix Award

Apologies for cross-posting

The Tony Kent Strix Award

The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the
field of information retrieval that meets one or more of the following

*       development of, or significant improvement in, mechanisms for
the retrieval of information, either generally or in a specialised field
*       development of, or significant improvement in, accessibility to
an information service
*       a sustained contribution over a period of years to the field of
information retrieval; for example, by running an information service or
by contributing at national or international level to organisations
active in the field
*       a major and/or sustained contribution to the theoretical or
experimental understanding of the information retrieval process
*       a major contribution to fostering the education, training and/or
general awareness of the importance and the technicalities of
information retrieval. 

Key characteristics the judges will look for in nominations are
innovation, initiative, originality and practicality. The Award is open
to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world.

Nominations will be judged by a panel of experts, including the
recipient of the previous year's Award, and the statuette of an owl will
be presented to the winner at the CILIP Gala Awards Day. 
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Eric Atwell | 8 Apr 10:32 2003

Corpus of Modern Standard Arabic

Dear All,

I plan to develop a corpus of Modern Standard Arabic, and I would like
your views on the types of texts that should be included in this corpus.
Answering my questionnaire on this website


will enable me to get a clear idea of the kinds of texts to collect.

Also, I welcome any contributions of Arabic text or speech.

Thank you

Dr Latifa Al-Sulaiti, CVL: Computer Vision and Language research group
School of Computing, University of Leeds, LEEDS LS2 9JT
TEL: 0113-3437288  FAX: 0113-3435468  EMAIL: latifa@...
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Stefan Rueger | 16 Apr 14:22 2003

CFP: Multimedia Information Retrieval - SIGIR 2003 workshop

Call for Papers

Multimedia Information Retrieval Workshop 2003

in conjunction with the 26th annual ACM SIGIR conference
(http://www.sigir2003.org/) on Information Retrieval, 1 Aug 2003, Toronto.

Important Dates

30 May 2003: Submission of full paper
27 Jun 2003: Notification of acceptance
15 Jul 2003: Revised full paper to be published on the web
 1 Aug 2003: Workshop at SIGIR, Toronto, Canada.

Full call


General Information

Following two SIGIR workshops on Multimedia Information Retrieval (1998
and 1999), this workshop aims to provide a platform for exchange on recent
progress in multimedia document indexing, browsing, search and retrieval
in multimedia document collections.  Important applications for MM IR have
arisen in medical image management, law enforcement, detection of
copyright infringement, entertainment, knowledge management, digital
libraries and the world-wide-web. As a consequence, Multimedia Information
Retrieval is a fast-growing field within information retrieval, databases
and multimedia.

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David Lewis | 17 Apr 04:42 2003

CFP: Operational Text Classification 2003


Third Workshop on Operational Text Classification (OTC-03)
August 27, 2003
Washington, DC (co-located with KDD 2003 Conference)

The OTC workshops feature talks and discussion by developers
and users of text classification in a range of real-world
settings.  The 2003 workshop particularly encourages
presentations on uses of text classification in text & data
mining.  However, ALL applications of text classification
are of interest, including controlled vocabulary and web
directory indexing, construction of specialized information
feeds, information security, help desk automation, content
filtering (e.g. spam, pornography), and alerting.

Prospective speakers should submit an abstract (maximum 750
words) to otc2003submit@... by June 8, 2003.
Visit http://www.daviddlewis.com/events/otc2003 for more
information, or write otc2003info@...

Stephen Robertson | 23 Apr 12:30 2003

Positions at Microsoft Research Cambridge

Apologies for cross-posting
Postdoctoral Research Positions at Microsoft Research Cambridge
      Computer vision, machine learning, and information retrieval
Applications are invited for postdoctoral research positions at Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSRC) in
the fields of computer vision, machine learning and information retrieval. These positions are for just
under two years starting from a mutually agreeable date, generally no later than 1 January 2004.
Applicants must have completed the requirements for a PhD, including submission of their thesis, prior
to joining MSRC. 
Postdoctoral researchers receive a competitive salary, together with a benefits package, and will be
eligible for relocation expenses. 
MSRC is Microsoft's European research laboratory, and is housed in a brand new purpose-designed building
on Cambridge University's West Cambridge site, adjacent to the Computer Science and Physics
departments, and close to the Mathematics departments and to the centre of town. It currently employs 65
researchers of many different nationalities working in a broad range of areas including computer
vision, machine learning, information retrieval, hardware devices, programming languages,
security, systems, networking and distributed computing. 
MSRC provides a vibrant research environment with an open publications policy and with close links to
Cambridge University and many other academic institutions across Europe. Further information about
the lab can be found at: http://www.research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/labs/cambridge/ 
The closing date for applications is 9 May 2003. To apply please send a full CV (including a list of
publications) in PDF, Postscript or Word format, together with the names and contact details for 3
referees, to: cambhr@... with the subject line "Application
for postdoctoral research position".
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Dominich Sándor | 23 Apr 18:06 2003






MF/IR 2003

August 1, 2003, Toronto, Canada


The previous three workshops (ACM SIGIR 2000 MF/IR 2000, Athens, Greece, ACM SIGIR 2001 MF/IR 2001, New Orleans, USA, and ACM SIGIR MF/IR 2002, Tampere, Finland) showed that the mathematical/formal results achieved in Information Retrieval (IR) could be organized into a coherent theoretical framework, that they brought new knowledge to IR, and that mathematical/formal research in IR can stand as a specialized research area of IR.

The purpose of the MF/IR 2003 workshop is, on the one hand, to continue and enhance the results obtained so far, and on the other hand, to present, discuss, analyze, the newer/newest results. Therefore MF/IR 2003 aims at promoting discussion and interaction among those with theoretical and applicative research interests in mathematical/formal aspects of Information Retrieval, and also at being a forum for the presentation of both theoretical and applicative results (e.g., foundational issues; description and/or integration of models; retrieval applications; mathematical/formal techniques, properties and structures in IR; existing and/or new theories and theoretical aspects).

There will be paper presentations, and it is planned to have an invited speaker. Although the presentations will follow a conference style, interaction and discussion shall be of primary importance. The presentations will be followed by a Discussion Panel, since this form of interaction has been very successful in the previous MF/IR workshops.

Due to high interest in this workshop in previous years, paper presentations will be selected on a peer review basis, just as in previous workshops.


Contributions are solicited dealing with, but not limited to, the following areas:

Digital Libraries
Indexing and Retrieval
Information Filtering
Information Mining
Information Retrieval
Link Analysis
Semantic Web and Ontologies
User Modeling, User Tasks, and Context
World Wide Web Retrieval

where the different entities involved (e.g., documents, queries, relevance, effectiveness, users, etc.) are modeled using any of, but not necessarily limited to, the following approaches:

Artificial Intelligence
Boolean Logic
Classical Sets
Complexity Theory
Euclidean Geometry
Functional Analysis
Fuzzy Logic
Fuzzy Sets
Graph Theory
Information Theory
Linear Space
Matroid Theory
Metric Spaces
Non-Euclidean Geometries
Non-standard Logics
Quantum Logic
Quantum Mechanics
Recursion Theory
Rough Sets
Similarity Functions
Statistical Mechanics
Theory of Computation
Theory of Uncertainty


· Sandor Dominich (University of Veszprem, Hungary)
· Mounia Lalmas (Queen Mary, University of London, England, U.K.)
· Keith van Rijsbergen (University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.)

· Peter  Bruza (Distr. Sys. Tech. Centre, Queensland, Australia)
· Steven  Cater (Kettering University, U.S.A.)
· Fabio  Crestani (University of Strathclyde, Scotland)
· Leo  Egghe (Limburgs Universitair Centrum, Belgium)
· Norbert  Fuhr (University of Duisburg, Germany)
· Donald  H. Kraft (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, U.S.A.)
· Eduard  Hoenkamp (University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
· Theo  Huibers (KPMG Bus. Adv. Serv., the Netherlands)
· David  Losada (University of Madrid, Spain)
· Jian-Yun  Nie (University of Montreal, Canada)
· Gabriella  Pasi (ITIM-CNR, Milan, Italy)
· Vijay  Raghavan (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, U.S.A.)
· Michael  Wong (University of Regina, Canada)


Submitted papers should be of at most 15 normal (A4) pages in length. Please submit the paper in PDF or PS by e-mail to the following e-mail address


using "MF/IR 2003 Submission" as the e-mail subject line. The format for the paper should follow a usual format in IR publishing. All submissions will be reviewed by two referees. All accepted papers will be made available in a printed and/or electronic proceedings. It is planned that a selected number of accepted papers, once expanded and revised, will be included in a post-workshop journal issue.


Direct correspondence, inquires and submissions relating to this workshop should be addressed to:

Sandor Dominich, e-mail: dominich-ijNs5Nr+KpOT9ig0jae3mg@public.gmane.org


Submission (paper, summary):  1 June 2003
Notification of acceptance:   20 June 2003
Final submission:    30 June 2003
Workshop:     1 August 2003


Further information can be found on the SIGIR 2003 Web pages http://www.sigir2003.org/.

Fabio Crestani | 26 Apr 18:22 2003

SIGIR Workshop on Distributed IR


                    Sponsored by the MIND project

            26th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference
              July 28 - August 1, 2003, Toronto, Canada

                           PRELIMINARY CALL FOR PAPERS

The proliferation of search engines and digital libraries during the last
decade has created a new kind of information access problem in which knowing
where to search is as important as knowing how to search.  Distributed
information retrieval and federated search systems solve this problem by
providing a single interface that helps a person decide which digital
libraries to search, how to search them, and how to integrate information
returned by multiple digital libraries.  Early research in this are focused
on text databases; more recent research includes libraries containing a
variety of media types.

This workshop will provide a venue for the presentation of recent
results in the design and implementation of methods for resource
description, resource selection, data fusion, and user interaction
in distributed multimedia information retrieval systems.

Contributions are solicited dealing with, but not limited to, the
following topics:

- Resource discovery
- Wrapper induction
- Resource description
- Resource selection
- Result merging and data fusion
- Fusion of multimedia information
- Presentation of results
- User interfaces for multi-database environments
- Distributed IR architectures
- Networked IR
- Peer-to-peer systems
- Meta search
- Large-scale distributed IR in the "real world"

The workshop is also open to people who wish to attend and participate in
discussions, but not to present their own work.


- Jamie Callan, School of Computer Science (LTI), Carnegie Mellon
  University, Pittsburgh, USA. Email: callan@...

- Fabio Crestani, Dept. Computer and Information Sciences, University
  of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.  Email: f.crestani@...

- Mark Sanderson, Department of Information Studies, University of
  Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. Email: m.sanderson@...


Currently being defined.


Submissions should be sent electronically by email in Postscript or PDF
formats to callan@... by the date shown below.  Submitted papers
are restricted to ten pages in length.

Papers accepted for presentation will be published in a pre-workshop
electronic proceedings available on the Web and in a post-workshop special
volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science by Springer-Verlag. In
order to speed up the publication process, we encourage authors to submit
their papers in the final format, according to the instructions to be found
at: http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html


May 30, 2003       Electronic paper submission
June 13, 2003      Author Notification
June 30, 2003      Camera-Ready Copy
August 1, 2003     Workshop takes place

Iadh Ounis | 1 May 12:43 2003

SIGIR Workshop on Semantic Web


Semantic Web Workshop
Funded by Ontoweb (http://www.ontoweb.org)
Workshop at SIGIR 2003 (http://www.sigir2003.org)
26th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference
July 28 - August 1, 2003, Toronto, Canada


- Christoph Bussler, Oracle, USA
- Atanas Kiryakov, OntoText, Bulgaria

The emergence of the Internet has brewed the revolution of information
storage and retrieval. The web was initially designed for direct human
processing. With its current structure, machine-based approaches to web
applications are not possible unless its content is transformed into a
machine-readable format encoding semantic information. Ontologies are the
backbone technology for the Semantic Web by providing machine-processable
semantics of data and information sources that can be communicated between
different agents. The Semantic Web goes beyond the simple bag-of-words
approach currently used by search engines and get closer to the meaning of
the texts.

Semantic Web initiatives have met with growing enthusiasm of researchers
and developers world-wide, both in academia and in industry, which
encourages the integration of efforts that have been ongoing from different
disciplines, involving specialists in Information Retrieval, Natural
Language Processing, Information Extraction, Knowledge Representation,
Artificial Intelligence and Databases. These efforts are aimed at capturing
the semantics of digital content of all sorts and origins, and making
current Web to be easily accessed and precisely retrieved.

Contributions are solicited dealing with, but not limited to, the following

-Ontology-based Information Retrieval or Semantic Information Retrieval
- Metadata in Information Retrieval
- Ontology Learning based on Information Extraction and Natural Language
Processing Technologies
- Automatic Indexing and Cataloguing
- Information Retrieval and Web Services
- Languages, Tools and Methodologies for Semantic Annotations
Knowledge Portals
- Semantic Web Mining
- Semantic Web Searching and Querying
- Semantic Web for multimedia retrieval
- Semantic Web for multilingual information retrieval
- Semantic Web for digital library
- Semantic Interoperability and integration
- Semantic Web and Peer-to-Peer
- Semantic Web for Information Visualization
- Peer to Peer for Information Retrieval
- User studies for Semantic Web
- Business applications and best of practice


Ying Ding
University of Innsbruck, Austria,

Keith Van Rijsbergen
Iadh Ounis
Joemon Jose
University of Glasgow, UK, http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/,
{keith, ounis,jj} <at> dcs.gla.ac.uk


Maximum length of submitted paper should be no more than 15 pages. This
workshop uses the same guidelines as the main conference. The instructions
can be found at http://www.sigir2003.org/papers.html. Submissions should be
sent electronically in WORD, POSTSCRIPT or PDF formats to the organising


All submissions will be refereed by at least 3 members of the PC. It is
planned that the Proceedings will be included in a special post-workshop
topic volume published as a book by IOS Press.


May 20, 2003 Electronic submission of full papers
June 10, 2003 Notification of paper acceptance
June 30, 2003 Camera-ready of accepted papers
Aug 1, 2003 Workshop
July 28 to Aug 1, 2003 Conference & workshops


Alan Gilchrist, UK
Alain Leger, France Telecom, France
Alexander Maedche, FZI, Germany
Alvaro Barreiro, University of A Coruna, Spain
Atanas Kiryakov, OntoText, Bulgaria
Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK
Chen Chaomei, Drexel University, USA
Hsinchun Chen, University of Arizona, USA
David Harper, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
David Losada, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Dieter Fensel, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dieter Merkl, TU Vienna, Austria
Enrico Motta, Open University, UK
Gianni Amati, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy
Gobinda Chowdhury, University of Strathclyde, UK
Hamish Cunningham, University of Sheffield, UK
Ian Horrocks, University of Manchester, UK
Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde, UK
Jan Paralic, Technical University Kosice, Slovakia
John Davies, BritishTelecom, UK (confirmed)
John Tait, University of Sunderland, UK
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK
Lim Em Ping, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Micheal Klein, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, NL
Mounia Lamas, Queen Marry University of London, UK
Robert Engels, CognIT, Norway
Robert Meersman, Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Belgium
Rudi Studer, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Schubert Foo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Steffan Staab, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Stefan Decker, University of South California, USA
Tim Finn, University of Maryland, USA
Vojtech Svatek, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
York Sure, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
York Wilks, University of Sheffield, UK
Yves Chiaramella, CLIPS-IMAG, France


Direct correspondence, inquires and submissions relating to this workshop
should be addressed to the organising committee: