Mark Sanderson | 13 Nov 06:38 2007

Research Associate in Geographic Image Search and Evaluation

Job Title:

Research Associate in Geographic Image Search and Evaluation


Department of Information Studies

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Closing Date:

30th November, 2007


£25,134 - £28,289 per annum


The postholder will be responsible for research and software development relating to the integration of an existing geographic search engine into a novel image management system and the research and development of an appropriate evaluation methodology, which has general applicability. The position is co-funded by the multi-partner EU projects TRIPOD, and Treble-CLEF, for which Sheffield’s responsibilities (on both) focuses on geographic and image search and their evaluation. Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant or related area along with excellent programming skills in Java/C++. The post is available from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2009.

See link for further details

Mark Sanderson
Reader in Information Retrieval

Room 225, Dept. of Information Studies 
University of Sheffield, Regent Court
Portobello St, Sheffield, S1 4DP, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 114 22 22648, Fax: +44 (0) 114 27 80300,

Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement
Leif Azzopardi | 19 Nov 14:03 2007

First Call For Papers: 13th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems

-----------FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS------

   NLDB 2008

   13th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to
Information Systems

   LONDON, UK, 25-27 June 2008
   University of Westminster

   Important Dates:

   Opening of Paper Submission Engine: 19th of November 2007
   Paper Submission Deadline: 31st of January 2008
   Notification of Acceptance: 31st of March 2008
   Camera-ready Papers: 15st of April 2008

   Best papers to be published in a special issue of the
   Data & Knowledge Engineering (DKE) Journal
   Elsevier Publisher

  LNCS - Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Verlag,

   Aims & Objectives

Natural language has always posed serious challenges to theory of
computation and Turing Machine based intelligence. This controversy also
inspired the writing of exciting stories in the literature, e.g., The
Cambridge Quintet by John Casti. However, natural language plays a key role
in many areas such as

* Web and Web based Information Systems
* Information Retrieval in Cross-Lingual or Mono-Lingual settings
* Digital Libraries
* Documentation in Software Engineering
* Document and Content Management Systems
* Human-Machine Interaction
* Machine Translation
* Knowledge Management and Electronic Encyclopedias

Since 1995, the NLDB conference, with high impact factor, has aimed at
bringing together researchers, industrials and potential users interested in
various applications of Natural Language in the Web and database driven
information systems area. It has contributed to many areas such as

* improving the development process from the viewpoint of developers  (e.g.,
the process of requirements engineering, conceptual  modeling, validation, etc.)
* the usability of applications (e.g., natural language query  interfaces,
retrieval, semantic web, etc.)
* knowledge extraction and dissemination (e.g., text mining,  knowledge
discovery, etc.)

To highlight these inspiring connections, NLDB 2008 will take place from
June 25 to June 27 in the world city of London (UK).
It will provide the stage for fruitful and challenging discussions.

   Indicative Topics of Interest

* Semantic Web and Information Retrieval
* Text and Web Mining
* Taxonomies and Ontology Extraction from Text
* Document Classification and Indexing
* Natural Language in Conceptual Modelling
* Natural Language in Software Engineering
* Natural Language Based Interfaces for Database
* Querying and Retrieval
* Natural Language Based Integration of Systems
* Large Scale On-line Linguistic Resources
* Electronic Dictionaries
* Digital Libraries
* Applications of Computational Linguistics in Information Systems
* Management of Textual Databases
* Natural Language for Data Warehouses and Data Mining

   Conference Organisation
   Epaminondas Kapetanios, University of Westminster, London, UK
   Elisabeth Métais, CNAM, Paris, France
   Reind van de Riet, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

   Programme Co-Chairs:
   Vijayan Sugumaran, Oakland University, USA
   Myra Spiliopoulou, University of Magdeburg, Germany

    Publicity Chair:
    Farid Meziane, University of Salford, Manchester, UK


   Akhilesh Bajaj, University of Tulsa, USA
   Alexandra Poulovassilis, University of London, UK
   Alexander Hinneburg, University of Halle, Germany
   Ana Maria Moreno, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
   Andreas Hotho, University of Kassel, Germany
   Andrés Montoyo, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
   Annika Hinze, University of Waikato, New Zealand
   Antje Düsterhöft, University of Wismar, Germany
   Benno Stein, Faculty of Media, Universität Weimar, Germany
   Bernhard Thalheim, Kiel University, Germany
   Christian Kop, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
   Deryle Lonsdale, Brigham Young Uinversity, USA
   Elisabeth Metais, CNAM , France
   Epaminondas Kapetanios, University of Westminster, UK
   Farid Meziane, Salford University, UK
   Frederic Andres, University of Advanced Studies, Japan
   Georgia Koutrika, Stanford University, USA
   Günter Neumann, DFKI, Germany
   Günther Fliedl, Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
   Grigori Sidorov, National Researcher of Mexico, Mexico
   Hae-Chang Rim, Korea University, Korea
   Hans Weigand, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
   Heinrich C. Mayr, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
   Helmut Horacek, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
   Hiram Calvo, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico
   Irena Spasic, Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology, UK
   Isabelle Comyn-Wattiau, CNAM, France
   Jacky Akoka, CNAM, France
   Jana Lewerenz, SD&M Düsseldorf, Germany
   Jian-Yun Nie, Université de Montréal, Canada
   Jing Jiang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
   Juan Carlos Trujillo, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
   Jürgen Rilling, University of Concordia, Canada
   Karin Harbusch, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany
   Krishnaprasad Thirunarayan, Wright State University, USA
   Leila Kosseim, Concordia University, Canada
   Luis Alfonso Ureña, Universidad de Jaén, Spain
   Luisa Mich, University of Trento, Italy
   Manolis Koubarakis, University of Athens, Hellas (Greece)
   Maria Orlowska, Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Poland
   Maristella Agosti, University of Padova, Italy
   Markus Schaal, Bilkent University, Turkey
   Max Silberztein, Université de Franche-Comté, France
   Moira Norrie, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
   Mokrane Bouzeghoub, Université de Versailles, France
   Mounia Lalmas, University of London, UK
   Myra Spiliopoulou, University of Magdeburg, Germany
   Odile Piton, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
   Panos Vassiliadis, University of Ioannina, Hellas (Greece)
   Paul Johannesson, Stockholm University, Sweden
   Paul McFetridge, Simon Frazer University, Canada
   Pit Pichappan, Al Imam University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
   Rafael Muñoz, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
   Reind van de Riet, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
   Philip Cimiano, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
   Robert Luk, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
   Roger Chiang, University of Cincinnati, USA
   Roland Wagner, University of Linz, Austria
   Sandeep Purao, Pennsylvania State University, USA
   Sofia Ananiadou, NACTEM, Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, UK
   Stanislaw Wrycza, University of Gdansk, Poland
   Stéphane Lopes, Université de Versailles, France
   Udo Hahn, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
   Vangelis Karkaletsis, Demokritos Research Centre, Hellas (Greece)
   Veda Storey, Georgia State University, USA
   Vanessa Lopez, Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, UK
   Vijay Sugumaran, Oakland University Rochester, USA
   Yacine Rezgui, University of Salford, UK
   Yannis Ioannidis, University of Athens, Hellas (Greece)
   Zoubida Kedad, Université de Versailles, France


Andras Kornai | 25 Nov 05:09 2007

Book: Mathematical Linguistics

The book Mathematical Linguistics (ISBN 978-1-84628-985-9) is now 
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Katy Middlebrough | 26 Nov 11:45 2007

NCeSS Fourth International Conference on e-Social Science

Apologies for cross-posting

4th International Conference on e-Social Science 
Manchester, June 18th-20th, 2008

Initial Announcement and Call for Submissions

The aim of the conference on e-Social Science is to bring together leading
international representatives of the social science, e-Infrastructure/
cyberinfrastructure and e-Research communities in order to improve mutual
awareness, harmonize understanding and instigate coordinated activities to
accelerate research, development and deployment of powerful, new research
methods and tools for the social sciences and beyond.

We invite contributions from members of the social science,
e-Infrastructure/cyberinfrastructure and e-Research communities with
experience of, or interests in: 1) exploring, developing, and applying new
methods, practices, and tools afforded by new infrastructure technologies -
such as the Grid and Web 2.0 - in order to further social science research;
and 2) studying issues impacting on the wider take-up of e-Research. 

Submission categories include: full and short papers, posters, demos,
workshops, tutorials and panels.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:
* Case studies of the application of e-Social Science research methods to
substantive social science problems

* Advances in tools and techniques for quantitative and qualitative e-Social
Science, including statistical analysis, simulation, data mining, text
mining, social network analysis and collaborative environments

* Enabling new sources and forms of sociological data through e-Social
Science, including ethical issues and challenges in the collection,
integration, sharing and analysis of sociological and other personal data

*The e-Research technical roadmap, including grids, web 2.0 and their future

Important Deadlines:

Paper abstracts: January 25th, 2008.

Workshop, tutorial and panel outlines: February 22nd, 2008.

Poster and demo abstracts: March 21st, 2008.

Submission instructions will appear on the conference web site in December.

Authors will be informed of the programme committee’s decision in early
March, 2008.

For full details of this call, including a full list of topics of interest
and submission instructions, please visit  

Marina Santini | 1 Dec 12:14 2007

First Call for Articles - LDV Forum: Special Issue on Genre

Apologies for cross-postings

*** Call for Journal Articles ***

Special Issue: LDV Forum 2008, Vol. 23(2)
***Title: "Automatic Genre Identification: State of the Art, Issues,
and Prospects"***

GUEST EDITORS: M. Santini, G. Rehm, S. Sharoff,  A. Mehler


The popularity of the World Wide Web has given rise to distinct forms
of information-seeking behaviour and new interaction styles, but we
have not fully understood what these forms are nor their implication
for the developmen of new applications to assist users in the tasks
they perform online on a day-to-day basis. We believe that the concept
of genre have a significant impact on the future of web information
seeking and interaction, and our common goal is to explore the
possibility of meeting users' needs by filtering or organizing
information by genre.

There are several reasons why Automatic Genre Identification is still
only a niche research area. Among others, it seems to be very
difficult to agree upon a shared definition of genre, and a shared set
of genre categories. Another major problem is the lack of a genre
benchmark to perform objective evaluations of categorisation

From the point of view of genre theory, the study on genres on the web
probes into the grey area at the crossing between semantics,
pragmatics, and information studies. The way in which people search
for genres on the web is very little explored, and only preliminary
investigations are available so far.

Regardless all these difficulties, 2007 has been an important year for
research on genres of digital documents. In addition to the genre
minitrack at the annual Hawaii' International Conference on System
Sciences (HICSS, usually held in January), three other events have
added findings to genre research, namely the Colloquium "Towards a
Reference Corpus of Web Genres", held in conjunction with Corpus
Linguistics 2007 in Birmingham (UK), the Workshop "Towards
Genre-Enabled Search Engines: The Impact of NLP" held in conjunction
with RANLP 2007, at Bovorets (Bulgaria), and finally the Panel
"Towards the Use of Genre to Improve Search in Digital Libraries:
Where Do We Go from Here?" sponsored by SIG-CR and SIG-HCI and held in
conjunction with ASIST 2007 Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA).

This LDV special issue on genre originates from the organisers of the
colloquium and the workshop mentioned in the previous paragraph.
Contributors to these events are encouraged to submit fully-revised
and extended articles based on their workshop papers or colloquium
abstracts, enhanced with additional findings and more in-depth

***We also encourage other researchers to submit articles to the
special issue.***

The main themes that we would like to focus on this issue are:

* the construction of reference corpora of web genres
* the inclusion of genre classes in IR systems and automatic document
* investigations on users' behavior with regards to searching by genre

For questions or comments, please contact the editors at

Preliminary Call for Articles: 29 October 2007
First Call for Articles: 1 December 2007
Final Call for Articles: 1 February 2008
Submission Deadline: 31 March 2008
Notification to authors: 1 June 2008
Final versions due:  30 June 2008
Publication:  Second half of 2008

All submissions will be peer-reviewed following the double-blind
review process of LDV. Please, use the style sheet available from

Send your submission to webgenres([at])gmail([dot])com and specify
"Submission to LDV Forum 2008, Vol. 23(2)" in the Subject line.

LDV is short for Linguistische Datenverarbeitung (i.e. linguistic data
The LDV-Forum offers a publication platform for all researchers
working in the field of computational linguistics and language
technology. LDV is an open access journal and can accessed at