Brian D. Davison | 10 Sep 21:41 2011

Final CFP WSDM 2012 Doctoral Consortium

Final Call for WSDM 2012 Doctoral Consortium Submissions
February 8, 2012

The inaugural WSDM 2012 Doctoral Consortium will provide doctoral
students with a unique opportunity to have substantive interaction with
other researchers regarding their proposed dissertation research.

The objectives of the Doctoral Consortium are:

- To provide a forum where doctoral students can present and discuss
their research with experienced Web, Search and Data Mining researchers
who are members of the Doctoral Consortium Committee.

- To provide students with an opportunity to establish and contribute to
a supportive community, including other doctoral students at a similar
stage of their dissertation research.

The Consortium will take place on Wednesday, February 8, the same day as
the Tutorials. The format will include student presentations with
plenary discussions, individual meetings with experienced researchers,
and discussions over lunch and breaks.

Prospective attendees should have written, or be close to completing, a
thesis proposal (or equivalent). It is desirable that the student not be
so close to completion that the event would have little impact on their
work. Before submitting, students should discuss this criterion with
their advisor.

Candidates for the Doctoral Consortium will be selected based on the
potential of their research for future impact on the field of Web Search
and Data Mining and the likely benefit to the student of participating
in the Consortium.  This selection will be based in part on a written
paper, singly authored by the student. For students who are selected to
participate in the Consortium, a two-page extended abstract will be
published in the WSDM Conference Proceedings.

Doctoral students who submit to the Consortium are permitted to have
previously published on their research, and are encouraged to submit
papers or posters to WSDM and associated workshops.

Submission Guidelines

The submitted paper (up to five pages) will be the basis for detailed
discussions at the Consortium. It should include:
- Motivation for the proposed research.
- Background and related work (including key references).
- Description of proposed research, including main research questions.
- Research methodology and proposed experiments (where appropriate).
- Specific research issues for discussion at the Doctoral Consortium.

In addition, a one-page appendix to the paper describing benefits that
would be obtained by attending the Consortium.  It should include:
- A statement by the student saying why they want to attend the Consortium.
- A statement by their advisor saying how the student would benefit by
attending the Consortium. Advisors should also specifically state
whether the student has written, or is close to completing, a thesis
proposal (or equivalent), and when they expect the student would defend
their dissertation if they progress at a typical rate.

Format Requirements

Submissions must be written in English and submitted in the ACM
Conference style (for LaTeX, use the "Option 2" style). The paper should
be no more than 5 pages in length including all figures and references,
but not including the one page appendix. The first page must contain the
title of the paper, full author name, affiliation and contact details,
an abstract of up to 250 words, ACM Computing Reviews categories, and up
to 3 keywords describing the topic areas.  Information about categories
and keywords can be found in ACM Web pages on the computing
classification system and in the LaTeX and Word templates.

Note: The full Doctoral Consortium submissions will not be published in
the WSDM Conference Proceedings.  However two-page extended abstracts
will be published for all accepted submissions.

Consortium submissions must be in PDF format and submitted using the
EasyChair system:

Submissions will be reviewed by the members of the Doctoral Consortium

Questions can be addressed to: wsdm2012dc-bC77Qfv0vuxrovVCs/

Important Dates

- Sep 16, 2011 - Doctoral Consortium submissions due
- Oct 26, 2011 - Notification of decisions
- Dec 7, 2011 - Camera ready deadline
- Feb 8, 2012 - Doctoral Consortium at WSDM 2012 (Seattle)

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

Brian D. Davison, Lehigh University (USA)
Susan T. Dumais, Microsoft Research (USA)

Brian D. Davison
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
Lehigh University

Roi Blanco | 12 Sep 12:48 2011

Call for Workshops: ECIR 2012 - Extended Deadline

Call for Workshops: ECIR 2012
**The deadline has been extended to September 19th**
34th European Conference on Information Retrieval
Barcelona, Spain, 1-5 April 2012

Call for Workshops

Proposals are invited for one-day or half-day workshops to be run on the first day of the conference, the 1st of April, 2012. ECIR workshops provide a platform for presenting novel ideals in a less formal and possibly more focused way than the conference itself. We expect that the workshops offer a common forum to engage and encourage researchers (in particular PhD students) to present and discuss their work, and to obtain valuable feedback in an interactive, supportive and friendly environment. The format of each workshop is to be determined by the organisers but we are looking for exciting and dynamic workshops that have significant scope for participant interaction. Researchers and practitioners from all segments of the information retrieval community are invited to submit proposals for review. The organisers of approved workshops are expected to define the workshop's focus, gather and review submissions, and decide upon final program content.

Proposals should be 2-3 pages in length (ACM format), and should contain:

   1. the title & abstract of the workshop
   2. background, motivation, and appropriateness to ECIR
   3. the workshop goals/objectives coupled with desired outcomes
   4. the format/structure of the workshop (planned activities and a tentative schedule of events)
   5. the intended audience, the selection process for participants, whether it will be a full day or half day workshop, and what resources are required
   6. If this workshop is related or follows on from another workshop (if the workshop has been held previously at ECIR or another conference, then the organisers should indicate this and describe briefly past attendance and outcomes, and why another workshop is needed).
   7. short bios of the organisers.
   8. any other relevant information to support your proposal (i.e. the list of invited speakers, the workshop's philosophy, overall vision, program committee, etc)

The deadline for submitting workshop proposals is the 11th of September, 2011. Submissions to be sent in PDF format to David E. Losada ( with subject field "ECIR Workshop". The submissions will undergo peer review and will be selected by the Workshop Program Committee. We anticipate notifications being sent on the 1st of November, 2011.

David Losada (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
Ingrid Mason | 14 Sep 10:05 2011

Job: IT Manager, eResearch University of Sydney closes 11 Oct 2011




REFERENCE NO. 1426/0811


ICT is responsible for the development, implementation and support of IT services for staff and students. We provide sophisticated technology infrastructure and services for learning and teaching, research activities and major administrative systems. Our programs and operational focus are aligned to enhancing research and learning experience, providing enabling technology infrastructure, managing information strategically, and expanding service delivery.

As a result of an increased focus on both the University strategic goals and a service oriented approach to solution delivery, this role has been created. Reporting to the Director, ICT Academic Services, you will be responsible for the development and provision of eResearch services at the University of Sydney.

This is an exciting role that engages broadly with key internal relationships with ICT; Library; and the DVC Research portfolio who jointly provide services to researchers and faculties. You will also have the opportunity to build key external relationships with peers in other universities and with government bodies and vendors, and eResearch organisations (including ANDS, RDSI, NECTAR and Intersect). As such, you will be customer focused and a confident communicator who can liaise with a diverse group of people, as well as influence and negotiate with those around you.

As an innovative technologist and a strong leader, you will closely interact with the academic community and IT managers, and manage, develop, and motivate IT while providing quality advice to the Director, ICT Academic Services. You will also be responsible for the productivity and development of the team. With continuous improvement top of mind together with adherence to the University’s strategic directions, you will ensure a successful ICT solutions life cycle and help us present eResearch as an integrated capability of ICT and the University.

To qualify, you will have: 

  • sound understanding of IT development and service delivery involving large scale systems
  • research experience, particularly eResearch
  • extensive experience and comprehensive understanding of the higher education sector
  • track record of successful management of multi-disciplinary teams, strong client liaison, and solution delivery
  • demonstrated leadership and management qualities
  • appreciation of the role of technology in delivering solutions and services
  • excellent and persuasive communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with non-ICT personnel
  • capacity to gain the confidence and support of the University community including senior management, academic and general staff
  • experience in staff supervision and development.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to develop your career in a complex and challenging IT environment. As an employer the University offers good work-life balance and many outstanding employment benefits.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

Remuneration package: a competitive remuneration package is available (consisting of a base salary, leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Full position description can be downloaded from the link below. General enquiries from agencies will not be accepted and initial enquiries about the role can be directed to Fabrice Noël on (02) 8627 1218 or fabrice.noel-E0wInbZyfUpWG/

CLOSING DATE: 11 October 2011 (11:30pm Sydney time)

Craig Macdonald | 19 Sep 17:00 2011

CFP: IR Journal special issue on Search Intents and Diversification

                First Call for Papers:
Information Retrieval ( )
Special Issue on Search Intents and Diversification

Submissions due: Apr 2, 2012
Final accept/reject decisions: July 31, 2012


Information retrieval users have diverse search needs, and the
level of detail given in the user's search query can differ
widely depending on how clear the underlying information need
itself is, the user's search environment (e.g. input device),
and how difficult it is for the user to express the need in the
form of a query. For these reasons, many queries are ambiguous
and/or underspecified.

In light of this, research in accommodating different search
intents has received a lot of attention lately. For example,
major conferences like SIGIR, WWW and WSDM have begun to see
papers on search result diversification, which aims to capture
different user needs within one entry-point search result page.
This problem was discussed intensively at the ECIR 2011 Diversity
in Document Retrieval Workshop, and a follow-up workshop will
take place at WSDM 2012. Also, starting at TREC 2009,
the TREC Web and Blog tracks have measured the diversity of
participating systems in retrieving web pages and blog posts,
respectively. Moreover, the recent INTENT task at NTCIR-9
tackles not only search result diversification but also the
task of mining intents given a query.

As the third round of the TREC web diversity track and the first
round of the NTCIR INTENT task conclude toward the end of 2011,
we believe that the timing is right for a special issue on
search intents and diversification to be published in 2012, in
order to highlight the advances and clarify the future goals in
this area. We welcome relevant submissions from these evaluation
venues as well as from outside.


We encourage submissions that are related to one or more
of the following themes:

- Intent and diversity related tasks at TREC, NTCIR and other
IR evaluation venues
- Interpreting and mining search intents
- Handling navigational and informational search intents
- Handling ambiguity and multiple facets in queries
- Handling novelty/redundancy and diversity
- Building intent and diversity related test collections
- Diversification in non-traditional IR tasks,
e.g. aggregated search, exploratory search and session IR
- Interfaces for presenting diversified search results
- Evaluation methods for intent and diversity


Apr 02, 2012 Submissions due
May 21, 2012 First-round reviews sent to authors
Jun 18, 2012 Revised manuscripts due
Jul 31, 2012 Final decisions sent to authors


Detailed instructions will be announced later this year.
Manuscripts must adhere to the format guidelines shown in the
"Instructions for Authors" page available from .


Tetsuya Sakai tesakai at

Noriko Kando kando at

Craig Macdonald craig.macdonald at

Ian Soboroff ian.soboroff at

Please contact the guest editors if you have any questions.


Rakesh Agrawal, Microsoft Research
Javed Aslam, Northeastern University
Ben Carterette, University of Delaware
Olivier Chapelle, Yahoo! Labs
Charlie Clarke, University of Waterloo
Evangelos Kanoulas, University of Sheffield
Mounia Lalmas, Yahoo!
Hang Li, Microsoft
Iadh Ounis, University of Glasgow
Filip Radlinksi, Microsoft
Davood Rafiei, University of Alberta
Stephen Robertson, Microsoft
Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde
Rodrygo Santos, University of Glasgow
Jun Wang, University College London
William Webber, University of Melbourne
Emine Yilmaz, Microsoft,
ChengXiang Zhai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Min Zhang, Tsinghua University

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

Donald Metzler | 20 Sep 07:26 2011

CIKM 2011 Reminder - Regular Registration Ends Soon

Call for Participation

CIKM 2011 - 20th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
24-28 October 2011 ­ Glasgow, Scotland

** Regular (online) registration ends 30th September **

The CIKM conference series brings together leading researchers and
developers from the database, information retrieval, and knowledge
management communities to identify research challenges facing the
development of knowledge and information systems, and to shape future
research directions through the publication of high quality, applied and
theoretical research findings.

CIKM 2011 offers an exciting research programme which includes:

* Keynote presentations from David Karger, MIT, Maurizio Lenzerini,
Università di Roma La Sapienza, and Justin Zobel, University of Melbourne

* 410 full, short and poster papers describing the latest research in
information retrieval, knowledge management and database research

* A dedicated Industry Event featuring presentations from John Giannandrea,
Google, Jeff Hammerbacher, Cloudera, Khalid Al-Kofahi, Thomson Reuters and
Stephen Robertson, Microsoft Research

* 14 workshops on cutting-edge topics (

* 10 tutorials from leading researchers (

* Demonstration sessions offering to opportunity to interact with prototype
research systems (

* Panel on Collaborative and Social Search

CIKM 2011 will take place in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow is Scotland's
largest city and one of the most visited cities in Europe. A cosmopolitan
metropolis, Glasgow is a culturally rich, vibrant night time 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 flare.
Registration includes admission to main conference sessions, electronic
proceedings, lunches and coffee breaks, civic reception hosted by Glasgow
City Council and conference Banquet at Glasgow¹s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and
The conference will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Our accommodation
booking system ( offers special rates at this
hotel and others in the local area.

CIKM 2011 is sponsored by:  ACM SIGIR, ACM SIGWEB, EMC2, Google, SAP,
Microsoft, Yahoo! Labs, Yandex, CrossRef, Cambridge University Press, IBM
Research, Ebay, and Springer and organised by:

Iadh Ounis, University of Glasgow, and Ian Ruthven, University of
Strathclyde (General Chairs)
Bettina Berendt, K.U. Leuven, Wenfei Fan, University of Edinburgh, and Arjen
de Vries, CWI (Program chairs)
Craig Macdonald, University of Glasgow (Workshops Chair)
Jon Ritchie (Local arrangements Chair)
Gianni Amati, FUB (Posters Chair)
Daniel Tunkelang, LinkedIn, and Tony Russell-Rose, Endeca (Industry Event
Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam, and Fabrizio Silvestri, ISTI-CNR
(Tutorial Chairs)
Omar Alonso, Microsoft (Demos Chair)
Jeremy Pickens, Catalyst Repository Systems, (Panel Chair)
Don Metzler, University of Southern California (Publicity Chair)

You can email CIKM2011 on questions{at}, or tweet us at
 <at> CIKM2011

We hope to welcome you to CIKM 2011 in Glasgow!

Cathal Gurrin | 20 Sep 19:32 2011

CFP: Video Browser Showdown at MMM 2012

                             CALL FOR PAPERS
                         **Video Browser Showdown**
       January 6, 2012, Klagenfurt University, Klagenfurt, Austria.

The Video Browser Showdown (held as a separate session of MMM 2012) is a live 
video browsing competition where international researchers, working in the field 
of interactive video search, evaluate and demonstrate the efficiency of their 
tools in presence of the audience. The aim of the Video Browser Showdown is to 
evaluate video browsing tools for their efficiency at "Known Item Search"(KIS) tasks 
with a well-defined data set in direct comparison with other tools. For each 
KIS task the searchers need to interactively find a short video clip 
in a one-hour video file within a specific time limit. 

The Video Browser Showdown will be a moderated "special demo session" of MMM 2012, 
where 24 KIS tasks (2◊12) need to be solved. For each task the moderator presents 
the target clip on a shared screen that is visible to all participants. 
The participants use their own equipment to perform an interactive search in the 
specified video file (taken from a common data set). The performance of participating 
tools will be evaluated in terms of successful answers and average search time.
The decision for the best-performing tool is based on two runs:
- expert run: the participants (developers of the tools) themselves act as searchers
- novice run: volunteers from the audience act as searchers (after a short training phase) 
The overall best-performing tool will be awarded with the "Best Video Browser" certificate.

No Metadata:
The videos to be used for the Video Browser Showdown will be provided without any metadata. 
However, participants are allowed to perform any content analysis that supports interactive 
browsing in the video (e.g., through novel content visualization, content clustering, or 
advanced seeker-bars etc.). The search process must be interactive, i.e., no text-queries are allowed.

Anyone who has a video browsing tool that allows to interactively browse, explore, or navigate 
in a single video file (search shouldnít be based on automatic queries) may participate. 
Examples of tools of interest are: a video shot browser(e.g., temporal-based or concept-based), 
a video player with extended navigation/interaction means, a video content exploration tool, 
or tools using advanced visualizations for improved navigation/interaction("video surrogates") etc. 
Also tools developed for interactive video search on mobile devices are of interest.

To apply for participation please submit a scientific paper (2-3 pages in Springer LNCS format) 
to one of the organizers via email until October 7, 2011. The submission should include a detailed 
description of the interaction with the video browsing tool and how it supports interactive search in
Submissions will be peer-reviewed to ensure maximum quality. Accepted submissions will be published 
in the conference proceedings of MMM 2012.

Important dates:
October 7, 2011 paper submission (2-3 pages, Springer LNCS)
October 12, 2011 notification of acceptance
October 19, 2011 camera-ready versions due
January 6, 2012 competition at MMM 2012

Klaus Schoeffmann, Klagenfurt University, Austria, ks@...
Werner Bailer, JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Austria, werner.bailer@...
Cees Snoek, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, cgmsnoek@...

More information: 

Mihai Lupu (IRF | 26 Sep 18:29 2011

PaIR 2011 - Call for Participation - Regular Registration ends this week


            PaIR 2011
          Call for Participation

4th International Workshop on Patent Information Retrieval (PaIR'11)
CIKM 2011, Glasgow UK, October 24th

Workshop website:

Registration website:
(regular registration deadline: September 30th, 2011)



* Debasis Ganguly, Johannes Leveling and Gareth Jones. United we fall, Divided we stand: A study of Query
Segmentation and PRF for Patent Prior Art Search
* Manisha Verma and Vasudeva Varma. Patent search using IPC Class vectors
* Allan Hanbury, Naeem Bhatti, Mihai Lupu and Roland Mörzinger. Patent Image Retrieval: a Survey
* Walid Magdy and Gareth Jones. A Study on Query Expansion Methods for Patent Retrieval
* Mihai Lupu. The Status of Retrieval Evaluation in the Patent Domain
* Hidetsugu Nanba, Saori Mayumi and Toshiyuki Takezawa. Automatic Construction of a Bilingual Thesaurus
using Citation Analysis

1. Jane List, Lighthouse IP Group - "Patent Information Retrieval in Practice: Industry Use Cases"
2. Stephen Adams, Magister Ltd. - "A Practitioner’s View on PaIR"


The objective of the workshop (and of the PaIR workshop series since 2008 in general) is to provide a forum
for Information Retrieval and Knowledge Management scientists as well as Patent Retrieval experts from
industry to study the next generation of patent search tools.
We encourage IP professionals to present their special information needs and IR&KM researchers to
present relevant technical ideas, for example for high recall search in prior art searching.
We will also promote exchange of ideas on measuring the progress of system performance for retrieval tasks
in the intellectual property domain.


The workshop will begin with two invited speakers, at least one of which will be from the industry. Then,
accepted papers will be invited to do short presentations. Discussions will take place in the second part
of the workshop around posters of the accepted papers. The workshop will end with a separation into
working groups, based on the discussions which have taken place during the morning and early afternoon.
Potential workgroup discussion topics are:
• Industry – Academia: collaboration or competition?
• Patentese : experiences and ideas on understanding and processing it
• Image recognition for patents
• Data annotation, text mining and their use for a more semantic patent retrieval


Mihai Lupu, Information Retrieval Facility, Vienna
Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology
Allan Hanbury, Vienna University of Technology

PaIR 2011 is partially supported through the MUMIA Cost Action IC1002, funded under the EU RTD Framework Programme

Mihai Lupu
Tony Russell-Rose | 27 Sep 10:19 2011

Search Solutions 2011, London, November 16


Wednesday 16th November, Covent Garden, London 

Innovations in Web & Enterprise Search

Search Solutions is a special one-day event dedicated to the latest
innovations in web & enterprise search. In contrast to other major
industry events, Search Solutions aims to be highly interactive, with
attendance strictly limited.

The programme includes presentations, panels and keynote talks by
influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in
search and information retrieval.

NOTE: Search Solutions now offers a Tutorial Programme on Tuesday 15th November. 


* Ricardo Baeza-Yates, VP Research, Yahoo!,
  Beyond the Ten Blue Links 

* John Tait, Chief Science Officer, Information Retrieval Facility,
  Using Physical Quantities in Finding Similar Documents 

* Gabriella Kazai, Research Consultant, Microsoft Research Cambridge,
  Crowdsourcing Search Relevance

* Matt Taylor, General Manager, Funnelback,
  Search Experience Management - Techniques for Search Success 

* Toby Mostyn, CTO, Polecat,
  Search for Public Conversations 

* Jarred McGinnis, Research Manager, Press Association,
  The Press Association Approach to Search and News 

* Lewis Crawford, Web Archiving Programme Technical Lead, British Library,
  Analytics and Access to the UK Web Archive 

* Ian Kegel, Technical Group Leader, British Telecom,
  Broadband TV and Recommendation: Improving the customer experience 

* Marianne Sweeny, Principal, Daedalus Information Systems,
  Successful Enterprise Search by Design 


Search Solutions is organised by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group
of the BCS (British Computer Society), and is held at the BCS Central London Office:

BCS, 1st Floor
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA


Registration fees (including VAT at 20%) are as follows:

Early Bird Rates (until 23:59 on 31-Oct-2011)
* BCS member rate: £99 
* Non-member rate: £129 
* Student rate: £99 

Normal Rates (from 01-Nov-2011)
* BCS member rate: £119 
* Non-member rate: £149 
* Student rate: £99 

Registration fees include lunch and a copy of the proceedings.
Tea and coffee will also be available throughout the day followed
by a drinks reception in the evening. 

For further details, including registration, see:


Tony Russell-Rose PhD MBCS CITP
Vice-chair, BCS IRSG
Chair, IEHF HCI Group 

Tony Russell-Rose | 29 Sep 23:41 2011

Tutorial Programme at Search Solutions 2011

SEARCH SOLUTIONS 2011: Tutorial Programme

Tuesday 15th November, Covent Garden, London 

New for 2011, Search Solutions now includes a Tutorial Programme to offer
conference attendees and local participants a stimulating and informative
selection of practical training courses reflecting current topics and
state-of-the-art methods in search and information retrieval. 

These tutorials will be presented by subject matter experts and will
reflect the high academic and professional standards of the Search Solutions
conference series.


09:00-12:30 Information Retrieval & Data Analytics, (Dr. Jun Wang, UCL) 

This tutorial is aimed at providing an up-to-date introduction of information
retrieval and data analytics (data mining) techniques. It is about how to
automatically find relevant information from large-scale data collections
and subsequently extract meaningful patterns out of it. While the basic
concepts and statistical methods of information retrieval and data mining
are covered, the course is primarily focused on practical algorithms of
textual document indexing, relevance ranking, web usage mining, text analytics,
as well as their performance evaluations. Practical retrieval and data mining
applications including web search engines, personalisation and recommender
systems, the mining of frequent patterns, associations and correlations, and
anomaly detection will also be covered.
Further details:

13:30-17:00 Designing the Search Experience, (Dr. Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs and City University London)

This tutorial explores the fundamental concepts and principles of User-Centred
Design for information search and discovery and demonstrates how to apply them
in a range of practical contexts. Participants will learn how to differentiate
between various types of search behaviour, develop an understanding of the key
dimensions within the search user experience, and discover how to apply UI
design patterns to commercial search applications. The session concludes with
a group exercise applying these skills to a range of practical design challenges.
Further details:


Search Solutions is organised by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of
the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT), and is held at the BCS Central London Office:

BCS, 1st Floor
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA


Registration fees (including VAT at 20%) are as follows: 

* Normal Rate: £90 per tutorial 
* If booked together with Search Solutions 2011: £70 per tutorial. 

For further details and to register see: