First Spanish Conference on Information Retrieval

First Spanish Conference on Information Retrieval

(I Congreso Español en Recuperación de Información, CERI)

Madrid, 15-17 June 2010.


Call for Papers

Information Retrieval (IR) technology is now part of the ambient work and home environments of many people and organisations. Examples of this are not hard to find, e.g. the widespread use of search engines to access the World Wide Web. IR has therefore become an increasingly important research area.

This conference's aim is to provide an international forum where researchers from both academia and industry can meet and have substantive interaction. CERI welcomes innovative contributions from a wide range of knowledge areas (not only Computer Science but also Information Science, Linguistics, etc.).

Furthermore, within this conference, the organizers aim at promoting the constitution of the Spanish Society of Information Retrieval. This new Society would support IR in Spain and it is the organizers' intention that the Society starts with as much support as possible. All scientists interested in the creation of this Society are welcome to participate.

We encourage national and international researchers to submit original papers, written in spanish or english, related to any aspect of IR including, but not limited to:

  • IR models

  • Evaluation

  • Performance, scalability, architectures and efficiency

  • Structured retrieval (XML, etc).

  • Filtering and recommendation systems

  • Digital libraries

  • Text mining. Classification and clustering

  • Web IR

  • Social networks

  • User studies, models and interaction

  • Multimedia and crosslingual IR

Submitted papers should be in the Springer Verlag LNCS style:


Papers should not exceed 12 pages and must be submitted as PDF files (an EasyChair system will be available for paper submission). They will be published in a conference proceedings book with ISBN, in electronic format, as well as in the conference's website.

Important dates:

Distribution of the CFP: Feb 2010.

Abstract submission deadline: 15 Apr 2010.

Paper submission deadline: 22 Apr 2010.

Notification of acceptance: 21 May 2010.

Submission of final version: 31 May 2010.

Conference: 15-17 June 2010.

Conference Chair:

- Pablo Castells, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Programme Committee Chair:

- David E. Losada, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela.

Contact email: ceri2010-G3beldX/htM@public.gmane.org.

More info at:


Nicola Ferro | 11 Feb 18:16 2010

CFP - CLEF 2010 - Conference on Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access Evaluation

Call for Papers

CLEF 2010 - Conference on Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access Evaluation

20–23 September 2010, Padua, Italy



CLEF2010 is the continuation of the popular CLEF campaigns that have run for the past ten years. It will
cover a broad range of issues in the fields of multilingual and multimodal information access
evaluation. It will consist of two main parts: a peer-reviewed conference (20-21 September) on
experimental evaluation, which will innovate the CLEF tradition, and a series of labs (22-23
September), which will continue the CLEF tradition of community-based evaluation and discussion on
evaluation issues.

Aim and Scope

The CLEF2010 conference aims at advancing the evaluation of complex multimodal and multilingual
information systems in order to support individuals, organizations, and communities who design,
develop, employ, and improve such systems.

The growth of the Internet has been exponential with respect to the number of users, media, and languages
used regularly for global information dissemination. Language and media barriers are no longer seen as
inviolable and they are constantly crossed and mixed to provide content that can be accessed on a global
scale within a multicultural and multilingual setting.

Users need to be able to co-operate and communicate across language and media boundaries, going beyond
separate search in diverse media/languages and exploiting interactions between different languages
and media.

Experimental evaluation - both laboratory and interactive - is a key to fostering the development of
multilingual and multimodal information systems that address increasingly complex information needs.

The CLEF2010 labs will continue the CLEF tradition of community-based benchmarking and will complement
these with workshops on emerging issues in evaluation methodology. Lab proposals were sollicited at an
earlier stage and and the 2010 lab program can be found at  http://www.clef2010.org/. 

At this time we invite submissions for presentation at the CLEF2010 conference. We welcome submissions on
all aspects of multilingual and multimodal information access evaluation. All submissions will be
reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance, and clarity.

The conference proceedings will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Topics for Discussion

Relevant topics for the CLEF 2010 include, but are not limited to:

- Novel methodologies for the design of evaluation tasks, especially user-centric ones;
- Analysis of the impact of multilingual/multicultural/multimodal differences in interface and search design;
- Assessing multilinguality and multimodality in relevant application communities, e.g. digital
libraries, intellectual property, medical, music, video, and social media.
- Alternative methods for improving and automating ground-truth creation, for example crowd-sourcing
or clicklog-based;
- Prediction of success and satisfaction rates;
- Task-oriented metrics of success and failure;
- Evaluation of technology vs testing of scientific theories;
- Innovative and easy to communicate techniques for analysing the experimental results, including
statistical analyses, data mining, and information visualization;
- Alternatives for and comparison of item-based, list-based, set-based, and session-based evaluation;
- Simulation (of queries, sessions, users) and information retrieval;
- Infrastructures for bringing automation and collaboration in the evaluation process;
- Component-based evaluation approaches;
- Evaluation and analysis using private or anonymized test data;
- Living laboraties and evaluating live systems.

Important Dates  

- Submission Deadline: 2 May 2010
- Notification of Acceptance: 11 June 2010
- Camera Ready: 25 June 2010
- Conference: 20-21 September 2010.


Authors are invited to submit electronically original papers, which have not been published and are not
under consideration elsewhere, using the LNCS proceedings format (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0).

Two types of papers are solicited:
- long papers: 12 pages max;
- short papers: 6 pages max.

Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 members of the program committee. Selection will be based on
originality, clarity, and technical quality. 

Papers should be submitted in PDF format to the following address: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=clef2010


Honorary Chair
- Carol Peters, ISTI-CNR Pisa, Italy

General Chairs
- Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy
- Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Programme Chairs
- Nicola Ferro, University of Padua, Italy
- Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University, Ireland

Organization Chair
- Emanuele Pianta, CELCT Trento, Italy

Program Committee

- Eneko Agirre, University of the Basque Country, Spain
- Giambattista Amati, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy
- Julie Berndsen, University COllege Dublin, Ireland
- Pia Borlund, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark
- Pavel Braslavski, Yandex and Ural State Tech. University, Ural State University, Russia
- Chris Buckley, Sabir Research, USA
- Pável Calado, Superior Technical Institute, Portugal
- Tiziana Catarci, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
- Stefano Ceri, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- Charlie Clark, University of Waterloo, Canada
- Bruce Croft, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
- Franca Debole, Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI), Italian National Research
Council (CNR) , Italy
- J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research, USA
- Floriana Esposito, University of Bari, Italy
- Marcello Federico, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
- Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg, Germany
- Fredric Gey, University of California, Berkeley, USA
- Marcos André Gonçalves, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brasil
- Julio Gonzalo, National Distance Learning University, Spain
- Gregory Grefenstette, Exalead, France
- Allan Hanbury, Information Retrieval Facility (IRF), Austria
- Peter Ingwersen, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark
- Perla Innocenti, University of Glasgow, UK
- Kalervo Järvelin, University of Tampere, Finland
- Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland
- Theodore Kalamboukis, Athen University of Economics and Business, Greece
- Leonid Andreevich Kalinichenko, Institute for Problems of Informatics of the Russian Academy of
Sciences, Russia
- Noriko Kando, National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan
- Sarantos Kapidakis, Ionian University, Greece
- Jussi Karlgren, Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS), Sweden
- Kazuaki Kishida, Keio University, Japan
- Mikko Kurimo, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
- Mounia Lalmas, University of Glasgow, UK
- Ray Larson, University of California, Berkeley, USA
- Chin-Yew Lin, Microsoft Research Asia, China
- Saturnino Luz, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- Bernardo Magnini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
- Prasenjit Majumder, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, India
- Thomas Mandl, University of Hildesheim, Germany
- Paul McNamee, Johns Hopkins University, USA
- Mandar Mitra, Indian Statistical Institute, India
- Stefano Mizzaro, University of Udine, Italy
- Alistair Moffat, University of Melbourne , Australia
- Viviane Moreira Orengo, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brasil
- Henning Müller, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Switzerland
- Jian-Yun Nie, University of Montreal, Canada
- Doug Oard, University of Maryland, USA
- Nicola Orio, University of Padua, Italy
- Christos Papatheodorou, Ionian University, Greece
- Gabriella Pasi, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy
- Anselmo Peñas, National Distance Learning University, Spain
- Vivien Petras, Humboldt University, Germany
- Jean-Michel Renders, Xerox Research Centre (XRCE), France
- Seamus Ross, University of Toronto, Canada
- Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde, UK
- Tetsuya Sakai, Microsoft Research Asia, China
- Diana Santos, SINTEF Information and Communication Technology, Norway
- Giuseppe Santucci, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
- Frederique Segond, Xerox Research Centre (XRCE), France
- Giovanni Semeraro, University of Bari, Italy
- Paraic Sheridan, Centre for Next Generation Localisation, Ireland 
- Ian Soboroff, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
- Alexander Sychov, Voronezh State University, Russia
- John Tait, Information Retrieval Facility (IRF), Austria
- Letizia Tanca, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- Elaine Toms, Dalhousie University, Canada
- Andrew Trotman, University of Otago, New Zealand
- Natalia Vassilieva, HP Labs Russia, Russia
- Felisa Verdejo, National Distance Learning University, Spain
- Ellen Voorhees, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
- Gerhard Weikum, Max-Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII), Germany
- Christa Womser-Hacker, University of Hildesheim, Germany
- Justin Zobel, University of Melbourne , Australia
Tony Russell-Rose | 12 Feb 10:24 2010

ECIR 2010 Industry Day - April 1, Milton Keynes

ECIR 2010 Industry Day

Thursday 1st April 2010

The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

We are pleased to announce the European Conference on Information Retrieval
(ECIR) 2010 Industry Day. This event takes place the day after the main ECIR
programme closes and so it is a unique chance to meet and share ideas with a
broad mix of retrieval experts from both industry and academia. We have a
great list of speakers who will present the latest challenges faced by
practitioners of IR, in both enterprise and web search. We are  excited that
this year we have some talks on applications of semantic analysis which is
considered to be a rapidly maturing academic field, now ripe for wider
adoption in the marketplace. The event should appeal to students, academics,
industrial researchers, designers, and developers alike.

Confirmed Speakers

Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Yahoo! Research) "Mining the Web 2.0 to Improve Search"

Rob Blackwell (Active Web Solutions) "Project Plaza - A new approach to
information management in the Construction Sector"

Sally Chambers (The European Library) "Rethinking the library catalogue:
making search work for the library user"

Dan Crow (Google) "Google Squared: web scale, open domain information
extraction and presentation"

David Hawking (Funnelback) "Getting value from the Search Master's Toolbox"

Simon Overell (True Knowledge) "Using AI to get Answers from the Internet"

Vegard Sandvold (Comperio) "Search User Experience - The Essentials of Great
Search Design"

Milad Shokouhi (Microsoft Research) "Relevance Challenges at Bing"

Francisco de Sousa Webber (Matrixware)

ECIR Industry Day  is organised by the Information Retrieval Specialist
Group of the BCS (British Computer Society)

Fees: Students/BCS Member £95, Non-Member: £120.

More details may be found at: http://dces.essex.ac.uk/staff/udo/ecir2010/
The main conference website is at: http://kmi.open.ac.uk/events/ecir2010/
Andrew MacFarlane | 24 Feb 18:27 2010

information 'trailblazers'


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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:20:10 -0000
From: All SG Committee members <allsgcom@...>
To: allsgcom@...
Subject: From Elizabeth Sparrow, BCS President

Dear Colleague

As part of our on-going transformation and my focus on public engagement, we
are creating a campaign-along the lines of the BBC's Great Britons'
initiative  -  that asks ordinary people to choose their ultimate
information hero or 'trailblazer' from a shortlist of five. Films, fronted
by a well known personality, will be made to champion each of the potential
information trailblazers. The films will be aired with a broadcast partner.

The main criterion for inclusion is somebody who has made a real difference
in the world by using or developing information and information technology.

Before the competition goes to the general public vote however, we want BCS
members to choose their own top five information trailblazers from a long
list of over 100 names. The list is by no means exhaustive and members are
also encouraged to submit further suggestions and the reasons for their
choices. All the votes will be counted and put into a report which will go
before the panel, including myself and chaired by BCS CEO David Clarke, that
will help create the shortlist of five information trailblazers that the
public will vote on later this year.

We have also created a dedicated area on the BCS members'  network
http://network.bcs.org/group/292 where members can vote for their top five
information trailblazers and discuss the shortlist or add to the
conversation. The voting form is accessed through the members' area to
ensure that only members are able to vote.

Members' choices will be recorded in a separate Top 100 list, which will be
put on a specially created 'Information Trailblazers' website, linked to the
main BCS site, later in the year.

The members' vote will help shape the campaign and hopefully help to make
the general public more aware of and excited by the potential of information
and information technology.

I would be very grateful if you could therefore make the members of your
group or branch aware of the campaign, and how to log their votes for their
top five Information Trailblazers.

The closing date for members' votes is 10 March.

With very best wishes

Elizabeth Sparrow

BCS President

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Benno Stein | 26 Feb 11:30 2010

2nd CFP: DEXA-Workshop on Text-Based Information Retrieval, TIR'10


*TIR'10  -  7th International Workshop on Text-Based Information Retrieval*

                   In conjunction with the DEXA 2010
 21st International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications

                 Bilbao, Spain, August 30 - September 3

About this Workshop:

Intelligent algorithms for mining and retrieval are the key technology to
cope with the information need challenges in our media-centered
society. Methods for text-based information retrieval receive special
attention, which results from the important role of written text, from the
high availability of the Internet, and from the enormous importance of Web

Advanced information retrieval and extraction uses methods from different
areas: machine learning, computer linguistics and psychology, user
interaction and modeling, information visualization, Web engineering,
artificial intelligence, or distributed systems. The development of
intelligent retrieval tools requires the understanding and combination of
the achievements in these areas, and in this sense the workshop provides a
common platform for presenting and discussing new solutions.

The following list organizes classic and ongoing topics from the field of
text-based IR for which contributions are welcome:

  - Theory. Retrieval models, language models, similarity measures, formal

  - Mining and Classification. Category formation, clustering, entity
    resolution, document classification, learning methods for ranking

  - Web. Community mining, social network analysis, structured retrieval
    from XML documents

  - NLP. Text summarization, keyword extraction, topic identification

  - User Interface. Paradigms and algorithms for information visualization,
    personalization, privacy issue

  - User Context. Context models for IR, context analysis from user
    behaviour and from social networks

  - Multilinguality. Cross-language retrieval, multilingual retrieval,
    machine translation for IR

  - Evaluation. Corpus construction, experiment design, conception of user

  - Semantic Web. Meta data analysis and tagging, knowledge extraction,
    inference, and maintenance

  - Software Engineering. Frameworks and architectures for retrieval
    technology, distributed IR

The workshop is held for the seventh time. In the past, it was characterized
by a stimulating atmosphere, and it attracted high quality contributions
from all over the world. In particular, we encourage participants to
present research prototypes and demonstration tools of their research ideas.

Important Dates:

Mar 30, 2010    Deadline for paper submission
Apr 20, 2010    Notification to authors
May 17, 2010    Camera-ready copy due
Aug 30, 2010    Workshop opens

Contributions will be peer-reviewed by at least two experts from the
related field. Accepted papers will be published as IEEE proceedings by
IEEE CS Press.

Workshop Organization:

Benno Stein, Bauhaus University Weimar
Michael Granitzer, Know-Center Graz & Graz University of Technology

Contact: tir@...
Information about the workshop can be found at http://www.tir.webis.de

Mihai Lupu | 2 Mar 14:51 2010

Call for Participation - CLEF-IP 2010

> [Apologies if you get multiple copies]
> [Please help distribute]
> ==========================
>            Evaluating Information Retrieval Techniques
>               in the Intellectual Property Domain.
>              CLEF-IP 2010 - Call for Participation
> After an interesting and rewarding first year, the Intellectual
> Property evaluation campaign (CLEF-IP) continues in 2010 as
> a benchmarking activity of the forthcoming "Conference on
> Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access Evaluation",
> CLEF 2010. The main goals of the CLEF-IP campaign are
> to create a large test collection of multi-lingual European
> patents and to evaluate retrieval techniques in the patent domain.
> This year, CLEF-IP puts to use a collection of almost 2 million
> patent documents in XML format with text in English, German, and
> French.  The track contains two tasks:
>    - Prior Art Candidate Search: find patent documents that are
>    likely to constitute prior art to a given patent application
>    - Classification: classify a given patent document according
>    to the IPC and/or ECLA classification schemes
> Participants are invited to apply their favourite retrieval method
> and/or classifier on given sets of topics and submit their results.
> Relevance assessment will be done using patent citations for
> the first task and current patent classifications for the second task.
> For more details on the campaign's timeline and organization,
> visit the campaign's website:
> http://www.ir-facility.org/research/evaluation/clef-ip-10
> Best regards,
>   Florina Piroi and John Tait
> -----------------------------------------
> Dr. Florina Piroi
> Research Assistant
> Information Retrieval Facility
> Operngasse 20b, A-1040 Vienna
> Phone: +43 (1) 23 69 474 6653
> f.piroi@...
> www.ir-facility.org

Mihai Lupu
Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Information Retrieval Facility
Operngasse 20b, A-1040 Vienna
Phone: +43 1 236 94 74 -6071
Mobile: +43 664 263 92 23