Liadh Kelly | 1 Apr 03:34 2011

Call for Participation: Personal Information Workshops <at> ECIR 2011

**Call for Participation: ECIR 2011 Personal Media Archive Access +
Personal Search Evaluation Workshops**


This year's ECIR will host two half day workshops in the Personal
Information Space on April 18, 2011, Dublin, Ireland:

9am-1pm: Evaluating Personal Search Workshop

2pm-6pm: 2nd Information Access for Personal Media Archives Workshop


9am-1pm: Evaluating Personal Search Workshop
This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in working
towards standardized evaluation approaches for the personal search space.
Due to the large space that this covers, as a first step towards overall
standardized personal search evaluation this workshop will focus on
evaluation for the textual elements within personal desktop collections and
known item keyword queries for these elements.  An interactive forum for
researchers to share ideas and initiate collaborations will be provided,
with the explicit goal of establishing a means to evaluate personal search
algorithms and solutions in a comparable and repeatable way. It is also
intended to form a consortium of people at the workshop interested in
bringing this evaluation solution to fruition in the subsequent months.
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Donald Metzler | 1 Apr 08:30 2011

CIKM 2011 - Call for Industry Event Papers

Call for Industry Event Papers - 20th ACM Conference on Information and
Knowledge Management (CIKM), Glasgow, UK, 27th October 2011

This year¹s CIKM conference will include an Industry Event, which will be
held during the regular conference program in parallel with the technical

The Industry Event's objectives are twofold. The first objective is to
present the state-of-the-art in information retrieval, knowledge management,
databases, and data mining, delivered as keynote talks by influential
technical leaders who work in industry. The second objective is to present
interesting, novel and innovative industry developments in these areas.

Industry authors are invited to prepare proposals for presenting
interesting, novel and innovative ideas, and submit these to
industry@... by June 21st 2011. The proposals should contain (with
respective lengths):

* Short company portrait (125 words)
* Short CV of the presenter (125 words)
* Title and abstract of the presentation (250 words)
* Reasons why the presentation should be interesting to the CIKM audience

When submitting a proposal, please bear in mind the following:

* Ensure the presentation is relevant to the CIKM audience (the Call for
Papers gives a good idea of the conference scope).

* Try to highlight interesting R&D challenges in the work you present.
Please do not present a sales pitch.
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Stefan Rueger | 4 Apr 09:54 2011

internship in image/video processing

The Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University, UK, is looking for
an intern to engage in research and work experience for a project that
connects learning material by visual similarity (videos, powerpoint
slides, figures in papers etc). This endeavour is part of our sociallearn
project (

The internship will end 31 July 2011 and can start as soon as practical.
This is an ideal way for PhD students or postdocs in relevant areas to
gather lab experience in another research lab while suspending their own
PhD study or postdoc position for around 3 months.

It is essential that candidates for this internship have research
experience in Image or Video Retrieval and/or Computer Vision. Knowledge
of SIFT/SURF or similar image features would be desirable, as is
familiarity with the FLANN library. 

The internship is work experience in an R&D project, and we are looking
for deliverables (programmes/engineering) and one joint academic paper out
of this work experience. The intern would need to come to Milton Keynes,
UK, (half an hour by fast train from London), and we are happy to pay the
necessary travel. We will also provide up to GBP 1000 per month to cover
accommodation and a per diem sum for subsistence.

Interested? Send your application by e-mail to Stefan Rueger,
s.rueger@..., with a short CV detailing publications, a short
description of your research interests and 2 names willing to provide a
reference for you, one of which should be your current line manager or PhD
advisor. Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis until the
opportunity is taken up.

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Jaap Kamps | 5 Apr 11:14 2011

CFP SIGIR 2011 Workshop on "entertain me": Supporting Complex Search Tasks

SIGIR 2011 Workshop on "entertain me": Supporting Complex Search Tasks
July 28, Beijing

Call for Papers: deadline June 3

* A Workshop on a Single Query ?!?

Searchers with a complex information need typically slice-and-dice their 
problem into several queries and subqueries, and laboriously combine the 
answers post hoc to solve their tasks.  This workshop invites discussion 
about any technique, knowledge representation, model or technology to 
integrate the search results into a coherent session on a level of 
abstraction which matches the original information need.

Consider planning a social event at the last day of SIGIR, in the 
unknown city of Beijing, factoring in distances, timing, and preferences 
on budget, cuisine, and entertainment.  A system supporting the entire 
search episode should "know" a lot, either from profiles or implicit 
information, or from explicit information in the query or from feedback. 
  This may lead to the (interactive) construction of a complexly 
structured query, but sometimes the most obvious query for a complex 
need is dead simple: "entertain me."  Rather than returning 
ten-blue-lines in response to a 2.4-word query, the desired system 
should support searchers during their whole task or search episode, by 
iteratively constructing a complex query or search strategy, by 
exploring the result-space at every stage, and by combining the partial 
answers into a coherent whole.

Although a SIGIR Workshop devoted to a single query may seem 
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Norbert Fuhr | 5 Apr 13:14 2011

Call for Papers/Participation: TPDL WS User-Oriented Evaluation of Digital Library Interfaces

Call for Papers/Participation: TPDL WS User-Oriented Evaluation of Digital Library Interfaces
Norbert Fuhr
Mon, 04 Apr 2011 16:05:30 +0200

Call for Papers and Call for Participation

         User-Oriented Evaluation of Digital Library Interfaces

         (in conjunction with TPDL 2011 - 
          Intl. Conf. Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2011)

         Berlin, Germany, September 29, 2011


User-oriented evaluation of methods and systems in the area of digital libraries is often restricted to small numbers of users, or uses only shallow observation data like system logs or questionnaires. This workshop aims at carrying out a large collaborative evaluation prior to the workshop, where the collected data will be shared among all participants. At the meeting itself, we will discuss more generally the challenges of evaluating interfaces through this kind of experiments, with the experimental data used to exemplify an evaluation method.

The workshop will be part of the 2011 International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (formerly ECDL) in Berlin, Germany ( The format of the workshop will be as follows:
1. Presentation and discussion of results of the joint evaluation
2. Presentations of the workshop participants about their own work
   in this area, as well as position statements
3. Discussion of  plans for future activities of this kind.

The initiators of this workshop have several years of experience in organizing large collaborative evaluations, namely the INEX interactive track, each involving 50-100 users. With the planned workshop, the goal is to bring this activity closer to the digital library community, by using a digital library test collection that consists of  the Amazon book catalog and corresponding LibraryThing data, thus comprising also social data such as  user reviews, tags and recommendations. By studying user search behavior with this collection, a large number of interactions can be collected as a basis for the user interface comparison, but also enrich the existing social media corpus can be enriched with interaction data, that enable researchers to understand how users exploit social annotations like reviews and tags, as well as evaluate algorithms for tagging and recommendation (through prediction).

Research teams participating in the evaluation effort will have access to all the experimental data collected, thus allowing them to carry out their own analyses. The experimental system will be provided by the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, consisting of two different user interfaces for the ezDL framework (, which also provides various logging methods as well as tools for carrying out user experiments. For the former, the system not only logs user interactions, but also provides an object-level interface for collecting eye-tracking data. The system also includes a questionnaire tool for collecting users' answers, and the experiment scheduler presents tasks in a predefined order and keeps track of the time spent on each task. Since the front-end is based on Java Webstart, it can be easily installed on any machine supporting Java, while the back-end runs at a central site.

For the joint evaluation, workshop participants are encouraged to recruit at least 8 test subjects  that have to perform three tasks with one of the systems (taking  at most 90 minutes per person).

Evaluation participation:
For participating in this initiative, please send an email to immediately, but no later than May 30, 2011.

Workshop submissions:
As workshop contributions, we seek reports and position statements on topics such as
* Innovative user interfaces for DL
* Evaluations of specific DL interfaces
* Evaluation methodology
* Evaluation infrastructure: testbeds, frameworks, ...

Workshop submissions should be uploaded to our EasyChair web site at

Important Dates:
June 15: Deadline for paper submissions
July 15: Notification of authors.
May 30: Deadline for sign-up for evaluation participation
May-June: evaluation sessions
July 15: collected data available for all participants of the evaluations
September 29: Workshop in Berlin, Germany

Program committee:
Norbert Fuhr, U. of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Birger Larsen, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark
Ragnar Nordlie, Oslo University College, Norway
Arjen de Vries, Delft University, Netherlands

-- Prof. Dr. Norbert Fuhr Street Address: Information Engineering Lotharstr. 65 Department of Computer Science 47057 Duisburg and Applied Cognitive Science fon: +49 203 379-2524, -3556 University of Duisburg-Essen fax: +49 203 379-2549 47048 Duisburg mail: Germany Web:
Donald Metzler | 7 Apr 00:04 2011

Call for Papers - CIKM 2011

Call for Papers

ACM Twentieth Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
CIKM 2011, Glasgow, October 24th-28th, 2011

Sponsored by: ACM SIGIR, SIGWEB

CIKM 2011 will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 24th-28th October 2011.
Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and one of the most visited cities in
Europe. A cosmopolitan metropolis, Glasgow is a culturally rich, vibrant
city with a long history at the forefront of socio-economic and political
change in Scotland and the UK, offering everything one would expect from a
great British city but with a Scottish flair. CIKM 2011 will host keynote
presentations by Justin Zobel (Melbourne Uni), Maurizio Lenzerini (Sapienza
Uni) and David Karger (MIT).

We encourage submissions of high quality papers on all topics in the general
areas of databases, information retrieval, and knowledge management. Papers
should contain previously unpublished work and not be under submission to
other conferences or journals.

Papers that bridge across these areas are of special interest and will be
considered for a "Best Interdisciplinary Paper" award. Topics of interest in
the three areas include, but are not limited to:

* Access methods and indexing
* Authorization, data privacy and security
* Concurrency control and recovery
* Data quality, provenance, adaptability and reusability
* Data exchange, integration, evolution and migration
* Database languages and models (e.g., fuzzy data, probabilistic databases,
meta-data management)
* Domain-specific databases (multi-media, scientific, spatial, temporal,
* Dynamic aspects of databases (updates, views, real-time data, sensor
data, active databases, data streams)
* Mobile, parallel and distributed data management (including cloud
* Novel/advanced applications
* Query processing, optimization and performance
* Semantic Web and ontologies
* Semi-structured data processing, XML filtering and routing
* String databases 
* Systems, platforms, middleware and experiences
* Workflow, Web services and Web Service Composition

Information Retrieval:
* Aggregated search, Enterprise search, Desktop search
* Personalised and collaborative search
* Cross-language retrieval, Multilingual retrieval, Machine translation for
* Distributed IR, Peer to peer IR
* Domain-specific IR: genomic, legal, mobile, patents, ...
* Evaluation, Test collections, Crowdsourcing for IR evaluation
* Foundations of IR: Theory, Formal models
* HCIR, User Interfaces, Interactive IR, User models, User studies
* Language technologies for IR (NLP, IE, Summarization, QA, ...)
* Machine Learning for IR
* Multimedia IR: audio, speech, image, video, and cross-media
* Semi-structured information retrieval, Semantic search
* System Architectures, Scalability and Efficiency
* Web IR and Social media search
* Other topics related to IR (Adverserial IR, Advertising, Privacy,Text
Mining, etc.)

Knowledge Management:
* Advertising and optimization
* Classification and clustering
* Data pre- and post-processing
* Domain-specific and cross-domain knowledge management
* Evaluation measures, methods and frameworks
* Information Extraction
* Information Filtering and Recommender Systems
* Knowledge and privacy (e.g., privacy-preserving data publishing and
* Knowledge synthesis and visualization
* Large-scale statistical techniques
* Link and graph Mining
* Mining the usage, consumption and production of resources
* Semantic techniques
* Temporal, Spatial and Ubiquitous Data Mining
* Text Mining
* Web and Social Knowledge Management

Industry Research Track:
* Industrial Practice and Experience
* Technology for Developing Regions

Industry authors are invited to submit papers describing solutions in the
domains addressed by this conference, focusing on the technical aspects of
their work. The submission procedure for industrial papers is the same as
for research papers.

Important Dates
* Abstracts due: May 17, 2011
* Full Papers due: May 24, 2011
* Notification of Acceptance: July 19, 2011
* Camera Ready: August 12, 2011


ACM CIKM review is double-blind. Therefore, please anonymize your

All accepted papers will be published in the ACM CIKM proceedings, which
will be distributed in CD or pen drive format at the conference. All papers
will be indexed in the ACM digital library.

Accepted workshop papers will also be published in the CIKM workshop
proceedings, which will be printed on CD only and indexed in the ACM digital
library, together with the main CIKM 2011 proceedings.

CIKM 2011 Organization Team
Conference co-Chair: Iadh Ounis (University of Glasgow) and Ian Ruthven
(University of Strathclyde)

PC Co-Chairs: Arjen de Vries (CWI and University of Delft), Bettina Berendt
(KU Leuven) and Wenfei Fan (University of Edinburgh)

Jaap Kamps | 7 Apr 14:33 2011

INEX 2011: Call for Participation

INEX 2011
Call for Participation



Traditional IR focused on pure text retrieval over "bags of words" but 
the use of structure---such as document structure, semantic metadata, 
entities, or genre/topical structure---is of increasing importance on 
the Web and in professional search.  INEX has been pioneering structured 
retrieval since 2002, by providing large test collections of structured 
documents, uniform evaluation measures, and a forum for organizations to 
compare their results.  INEX 2011 will proudly continue pushing research 
boundaries, with a wide range of tasks including Social Search, Faceted 
Search, and Snippet Retrieval.


- Books and Social Search Track

   Investigating techniques to support users in searching and navigating 
books, metadata and complementary social media.  The _Social Search for 
Best Books Task_ studies the relative value of authoritative metadata 
and user-generated content using a collection based on data from Amazon 
and LibraryThing.  The _Prove It Task_ asks for pages confirming or 
refuting a factual statement, using a corpus of the full texts of 50k 
digitized books.

- Data Centric Track

   Investigating retrieval over a strongly structured collection of 
documents based on IMDb.  The _Ad Hoc Search Task_ has informational 
requests to be answered by the entities in IMDb (movies, actors, 
directors, etc.).  The _Faceted Search Task_ asks for a restricted list 
of facets and facet-values that will optimally guide the searcher toward 
relevant information.

- Interactive Track

   Investigating the behavior of users when interacting with structured 
documents, using a collection based on Amazon book records and 
additional social data from LibraryThing, as well as developing access 
tools which are effective in user-based environments.

- Question Answering Track

   Investigating real-world focused information needs formulated as 
natural language questions using a Wikipedia corpus with additional 
annotation (document structure, sentences, and named-entities), 
evaluated by both a readable summary of question context and a list of 

- Relevance Feedback Track

   Investigate the utility of incremental passage level relevance 
feedback by simulating a searcher's interaction.  An unconventional 
evaluation track where submissions are executable computer programs 
rather than search results.

- Snippet Retrieval Track

   Investigate how to generate informative snippets for search results. 
  Such snippets should provide sufficient information to allow the user 
to determine the relevance of each document, without needing to view the 
document itself.

- Web Service Discovery

   Investigate techniques for discovery of Web services based on 
searching service descriptions provided in WSDL. The answer may be a 
single service that matches the requirements of a request, or a group of 
services that combined together match the requirements.

A detailed description of each of the tracks can be found at


Schedules vary per track, with collections and topics coming available 
in the spring (now!), submissions due in the summer, and results coming 
available in the fall.  INEX 2011 concludes with a workshop in December:

12-14 Dec 2011:  INEX Workshop near Saarbruecken


Some of the tracks rely on participating groups to build the test 
collection though topic creation and relevance assessments.  The Books 
and Social Search Track uses crowdsourcing.


Participants will be able to present their approaches and the final 
results at the INEX workshop to be held in December near Saarbruecken. 
All participants will be able to publish their work in the workshop 
pre-proceedings.  Fully peer-reviewed and revised papers will be 
published the INEX post-workshop final proceedings.  Since 2004 the 
final proceedings have been published in the Springer's Lecture Notes in 
Computer Science (LNCS) series, and we seek to continue that tradition.

Udo Kruschwitz | 8 Apr 09:56 2011

ECIR 2011 Industry Day, Thursday 21st April 2011

Final call: **Early bird deadline Friday 8th April**

ECIR 2011 Industry Day
Thursday 21st April 2011
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

We are pleased to announce ECIR 2011 Industry Day, which takes place on the final day of the European
Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) in Dublin. This year's event includes an outstanding range
of speakers addressing fundamental issues in search such as scalability and relevance ranking as well as
novel and innovative developments in mobile search, semantic analysis and open source search. With this
mix of experts we should also get a unique preview into what the future holds. The event should appeal to
search practitioners, researchers, consultants, academics, and developers alike.

09:15-09:30 Welcome 

09:30-11:00 Session 1: Ranking and Relevance
•       Martin Szummer (Microsoft Research) "Learning to rank: new techniques and applications"
•       Doug Aberdeen (Google) "Inside the Gmail Priority Inbox"
•       Richard Boulton (Celestial Navigation) "Practical Lessons in Search Ranking, Diversification,
Disambiguation and Refinement"

11:00-11:30 Coffee 

11:30-13:00 Session 2: Users & Queries 
•       Tyler Tate (TwigKit) "From Lookup to Learning: Information-seeking as a long-term Activity"
•       Martin White (Intranet Focus) "Search Benchmarking using a Heuristic Technique"
•       Johannes Heinecke (Orange Labs) "Semantic Interpretation of User Queries"

13:00-14:00 Lunch 

14:00-15:30 Session 3: Platforms & Infrastructure 
•       Flavio Junqueira (Yahoo!) "Practical search engine caching"
•       Francesco Calabrese (IBM) " Understanding urban dynamics from digital traces"
•       Gery Ducatel (BT) " Information Management Issues for Mobile Workers"

15:30-16:00 Coffee 

16:00-17:30 Session 4: Future Directions in Information Access
•       Charlie Hull (Flax) "Searching the Unexpected - An Open Source Toolkit Approach"
•       Panel: From Finding to Understanding?
There’s no doubt that IBM's Watson is a marvel of scientific endeavour and engineering achievement:
it combines a synthesis of information retrieval, natural language processing, knowledge
representation and reasoning, machine learning, and HCI to compete at the human champion level in real
time on the American TV quiz show, Jeopardy.

But opinion over its value and significance within the wider search community is divided. Many recognise
its contribution to basic research but see the immediate outlook for the search industry as being largely
unchanged. Conversely, others see its success as fundamentally changing our expectations of search,
with immediate applications in healthcare, customer care, government intelligence and beyond. So what
has Watson's success taught us? Which of its scientific advances will have the greatest impact on our
everyday search experiences? Where will its many achievements lead us?

17:30 Drinks

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

Registration fees: Students 99 Euros (after 8th April: 125 Euros), Regular 145 Euros (after 8th April 175 Euros)

Industry Day Organisers:
 * Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs
 * Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex

Further details:

Hyowon Lee | 8 Apr 14:14 2011

ECIR 2011 Call for Participation – Normal Registration closes today!

********** Call for Participation - ECIR 2011 **********

33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval

Dublin, Ireland

18 - 21 April 2011

In cooperation with: BCS-IRSG, Dublin City University, University of Sheffield

Normal Registration Deadline : TODAY - 8th April 2011 (


The 33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval - ECIR 2011 ( will take place in Dublin, Ireland from the 18-21 April 2011. There is less than a month before ECIR 2011 begins; the deadline for normal registration is Friday 8th April 2011 (23:59 GMT). If you wish to avoid late registration, please register  ( before this date.


ECIR provides an opportunity for both new and established researchers to present research papers reporting new, unpublished, and innovative research results within Information Retrieval.  At ECIR 2011 we have a very high quality programme organised which includes three keynote speakers, forty five long papers, seventeen short papers, twenty four posters and six demonstrations (  In addition, there are two full day workshops, two half-day workshops ( and four half-day tutorials ( scheduled for the Workshops and Tutorials day on the 18th April. ECIR 2011 will also host an Industry Day ( on the 21st April , which is devoted to the interests and needs of Information Retrieval practitioners. The same deadline applies to all ECIR 2011 activities.


ECIR 2011 main conference will take place in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin city centre ( and the workshops will take place at the Guinness Storehouse ( conference centre, also in Dublin city centre.  The welcome reception for ECIR 2011 will take place on the evening of the 18th April 2011 at the Gravity Bar ( ) in the Guinness Storehouse, which is the venue at which the workshops/tutorials will have been held earlier that day. The conference banquet will take place at the unique venue of The Village at Lyons ( Demesne, just outside Dublin.



Important dates

8 April 2011: **Normal Registration closes**

18 Apr 2011: Workshops Day / Tutorial Day

19-21 Apr 2011: ECIR 2011 main conference

Organising Committee

General Chair: Cathal Gurrin (Dublin City University)

Programme Co-chair: Gareth Jones (Dublin City University) and Paul Clough (University of Sheffield)

Student Mentor Chair: Nicola Stokes (University College Dublin)

Workshops Chair: Leif Azzopardi (University of Glasgow)

Tutorials Chair: Evangelos Kanoulas (University of Sheffield)

Posters Chair: Wessel Kraaij (TNO, Radboud University)

Demos Chair: Vanessa Murdock (Yahoo! Research)

Industry Day Co-chairs: Udo Kruschwitz (University of Essex) and Tony Russell-Rose (UXLabs)
Local organization Chair: Colum Foley (Dublin City University) and Peter Wilkins (Dublin City University)

Advertising Chair: Hyowon Lee (Dublin City University)

Proceedings Chair: Hyowon Lee (Dublin City University)



Dr Hyowon Lee
CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
Dublin City University
Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Tel: +353 -1 700 5829

Jose Maria Gomez Hidalgo | 8 Apr 18:15 2011

CFP: 1st International CNCCS Workshop on Security Aspects for Online Social Networks (CNCCS - SAONS)

** Apologies for multiple postings **
CFP: 1st International CNCCS Workshop on Security Aspects for Online Social Networks (CNCCS - SAONS)
Vienna, Austria
To be held in conjunction with the Sixth International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2011)
Online social networks are one of the most used Internet services and they consume most of the time users spend connected to the Internet. These sites allow sharing knowledge, help in finding and integrating communities and provide tools to develop activities together. However, they are prone to misuse such as identity theft, malware, spam and data leaking. The Spanish National Advisory Council on Cyber-Security (CNCCS) is the main sponsor of this workshop, which aims to bring together security research and industry with innovative and practical ideas in order to secure online social networks.
Suggested topics, but not limited, are:
* Data security in Online Social Networks
* Data privacy in Online Social Networks
* Fraud and Scam in Online Social Networks
* Identity in Online Social Networks
* Spam filtering in Online Social Networks
* Malware in Online Social Networks
* Harassing in Online Social Networks
* Anonymity on Online Social Networks
* Propagation Models for Online Social Networks
The Spanish National Advisory Council on Cyber-Security (CNCSS) is a private initiative born in May 2009, which concerns about Spanish security industry.
Important Dates
Submission Deadline: April 18th 2011
Author Notificacion: May 18th 2011
Camera-ready Versión submission: June 1st
Author Registration: June 1st
Conference Dates: August 22nd-26th
Workshop: TBD
Submission Guidelines
The submission guidelines valid for the CNCCS-SAONS workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found at:

José María Gómez Hidalgo