Alan Said | 4 Jan 11:21 2012
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FINAL CFP: 2nd Workshop on Context-awareness in Retrieval and Recommendation (CaRR2012)

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FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

2nd WORKSHOP ON CONTEXT-AWARENESS IN RETRIEVAL AND RECOMMENDATION (CARR 2012) in conjunction with IUI 2012

February 14, 2012 - Lisbon, Portugal
http://carr-workshop.org


General Information:
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Following the successful 2011 Workshop on Context-awareness in Retrieval and Recommendation we are delighted to invite you to the second installment which will be held in conjunction with the 2012 Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces.

Context-aware information is widely available in various ways such as interaction patterns, location, devices, annotations, query suggestions and user profiles and is becoming more and more important for enhancing retrieval performance and recommendation results. At the moment, the main issue to cope with is not only recommending or retrieving the most relevant items and content, but defining them ad-hoc. Further relevant issues are personalizing and adapting the information and the way it is displayed to the user’s current situation (device, location) and interests.

In this workshop we focus on the integration of context for retrieval and recommendation. We recognize a general content context and a user-centric content context. A general content context is a common case defined by time, weather, location and many similar other aspects. A user-centric content context is given by the content of user profiles such as language, interests, devices used for interaction, etc.

Important Dates:
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* Paper submission [EXTENDED]: January 6th, 2012
* Notification: January 20th, 2012
* Camera-ready submission: January 27th, 2012
* Workshop: February 14th, 2012

Call for Papers:
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The aim of the CaRR Workshop is to invite the community to a discussion in which we will try to find new creative ways to handle context-awareness. Furthermore, the workshop aims at improving the exchange of ideas between different communities involved in research concerning, among other HCI, machine learning, information retrieval and recommendation.
The workshop is especially intended for researchers working on multidisciplinary tasks who want to discuss problems and synergies.

The participants are encouraged to address the following questions:
* Which benefits come from context-aware retrieval and recommendation systems?
* How do user interfaces handle context?
* In what ways can context improve HCI?
* How can we combine general- and user-centric context-aware technologies?
* How should context affect the way information is presented?
* Which new means for collecting user feedback does UbiComp provide?
* What new type of items (beyond books, news and movies) are worth recommending by means of context-aware systems (e.g. places, friends, apps)?

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
* Context-aware information retrieval
* Context-aware profiling, clustering and collaborative filtering
* Machine learning for context-aware information retrieval and ontology learning
* Ubiquitous and context-aware computing
* Use of context-aware technologies in UI/HCI
* Context-aware advertising
* Recommendations for mobile users
* Context-awareness in portable devices

Paper submissions and reviews will be handled electronically through EasyChair
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=carr2012

All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Librariy in the International Conference Proceedings Series.

Organizers and Committees:
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General Chairs (info-h8ihW9tYHmj6Lq1N1MOG/ti2O/JbrIOy@public.gmane.org):
* Ernesto William De Luca - TU-Berlin
* Matthias Böhmer - German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
* Alan Said - TU-Berlin
* Ed Chi - Google Inc.

Program Committee:
* Omar Alonso - Microsoft, USA
* Hideki Asoh - AISt, Japan
* Linas Baltrunas - Telefonica Research, Spain
* Toine Bogers - Royal School of Library Information Science, Denmark
* Robin Burke - DePaul University, USA
* Li Chen - Hong Kong Baptist University, China
* Karen Church - Telefonica Research, Spain
* Marco Degemmis - University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy
* Ido Guy - IBM, Israel
* Qi He - IBM, USA
* Tim Hussein - University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
* Brijnesh-Johannes Jain - TU-Berlin, Germany
* Dietmar Jannach - TU-Dortmund, Germany
* Alexandros Karatzoglou - Telefonica Research, Spain
* Carsten Kessler - University of Münster, Germany
* Alfred Kobsa, UC Irvine, USA
* Antonio Krüger - DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany
* Michael Kruppa - DFKI, Berlin, Germany
* Martha Larson - TU-Delft, The Netherlands
* Ulf Leser - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
* Pasquale Lops - University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy
* Petteri Nurmi - HIIT, Finnland
* Till Plumbaum - TU-Berlin, Germany
* Francesco Ricci - Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
* Markus Schedl - Johannes Kepler University, Austria
* Armando Stellato - University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
* Domonkos Tikk - Gravity, Hungary

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Andrew MacFarlane | 4 Jan 13:46 2012
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Reminder: Research Fellow/Assistant Positions in Multimedia Retrieval for Social Media

Multimedia retrieval for social media, Research Fellow/Assistant (2
posts), 2.5 / 2 years

An opportunity to work in a large European project (FP7), SocialSensor.
The project will create a platform for real-time indexing and search of
multimedia information in the social web. The work will also focus on
context-aware search. Partners: CERTH, Yahoo, Alcatel-Lucent, IBM,
Deutsche-Welle, DFKI, JCP, Univ. Koblenz, ATC, Univ. Klagenfurt.

The project is based within the Centre for Interactive Systems Research
which has 20 years experience of R&D in search algorithms and
technologies, including a well-known search algorithm.

In these posts you will develop novel multimedia retrieval algorithms
based on content-based techniques, social indexing, text retrieval, and
user's context.  You will create and implement these in a context aware
and real-time multimedia retrieval system. You will be involved in
integrating these in collaboration with project partners. The project will
build upon current state-of-art multimedia retrieval techniques,
collections, relevant open-source initiatives, and evaluation methods.

Applicants should be qualified in Information Retrieval (or related area).
More specifically, text and multimedia retrieval techniques will be
needed. The qualification sought is PhD or equivalent experience in field.
Strong programming skills are essential, and experience of one or more of
the following areas is an advantage: Social media; user-centred IR system
design, implementation, and evaluation; context learning; personalization,
recommendation, news domain. Experience in collaborating with partners
from industry is desirable.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Ayse Goker: 
ayse.goker.1@...

Further details of the positions available at:
http://tinyurl.com/cwqm2pp
http://tinyurl.com/bqsv6zo

The post is also be advertised on www.jobs.ac.uk
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ADQ833/research-assistant/
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ADQ794/research-fellow/

Closing date: 7 January, 2012 (deadline extended from 4 Jan)
Interview date: 16 January, 2012
Start date: February/March, 2012

Further information:
www.soi.city.ac.uk/is/research/cisr
www.soi.city.ac.uk/~sbbb872

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!       Centre for Interactive Systems Research           !
! Dept. Of Information Science,  City University London   !
!         Northampton Square, LONDON EC1V 0HB             !
!   Tel:+44 (0)20 7040 8386   Fax:+44 (0)20 7040 8584     !
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Andrew MacFarlane | 12 Jan 12:29 2012
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Final Call: Karen Sparck Jones Award - Call for Nominations


The Award is open to all nationalities for those with up to and including 
10 years' experience.

Deadline: 20 January, 2012

Details also available on:
http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward/KSJ%20Award%20Flyer_Nov2011upd.pdf
http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward.php

-------- Call for Nominations ---------------

BCS / BCS IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award
An Award to Commemorate Karen Spärck Jones

The British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS 
IRSG) in conjunction with the BCS has created an award to commemorate the 
achievements of Karen Spärck Jones.

Karen was a Professor Emeritus of Computers and Information at the 
University of Cambridge and one of the most remarkable women in computer 
science. Her contributions to the fields of Information Retrieval (IR) and 
Natural Language Processing (NLP), especially with regard to 
experimentation, have been outstanding and highly influential. Karen’s 
achievements resulted in her receiving a number of prestigious accolades 
such as the BCS Lovelace medal, for her advancement in Information 
Systems, and the ACM Salton Award for her significant, sustained and 
continuing contributions to research in information retrieval.

In order to honour Karen's achievements, the BCS/BCS-IRSG has 
established an annual award to encourage and promote talented researchers 
who have endeavoured to advance our understanding of Information Retrieval 
and Natural Language Processing with significant experimental 
contributions.

To celebrate the commemorative event, the recipient of the award will be 
invited to present a keynote lecture at the BCS-IRSG's annual conference 
the European Conference in Information Retrieval (ECIR). This forum 
provides an excellent venue to present and announce the award as the 
conference attracts many new and younger researchers.

The recipient will also be presented with a prize consisting of a 
certificate, a trophy and a cash prize of £1000 plus expenses to travel 
to ECIR.

BCS/BCS-IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award:

Eligibility: Open to all IR/NLP researchers, who have no more than 10 
years post doctoral or equivalent experience.

Criteria: To have endeavoured to advance our understanding of IR and/or 
NLP through experimentation.

Nominations: The following should be provided:
- name of nominee, position, affiliation, years since completing PhD;
- name of person proposing the nominee, position, and affiliation;
- a short case for the award (composed of a short description of why the
individual should receive the award);
- a short description of what contributions the individual has made;
- a list of the individual's top five publications reflecting the 
relevant
contributions, and role within these;
Please note that the nomination text should not exceed 2500 words.

- Additionally, two supporting letters (i.e. reference letters) from 
people who would like to encourage/support the nomination must be 
provided, along with their contact details. **Please note that the person 
preparing the nomination case should submit these letters along with the 
nomination in this year's process. ***

Nominations should be emailed to the contact below, and seek confirmation 
of receipt. It is advisable that you notify us as soon as possible of an 
intention to nominate an individual as this will help with planning. It is 
possible for individuals to nominate themselves, though this is less 
encouraged as in the least, this will mean there is one less person 
supporting the nomination case.

Award Panel: The Panel Chair, appointed by the BCS IRSG Committee, will 
invite panel members from amongst representatives of the BCS main council, 
the BCS-IRSG Committee, sponsoring organisation(s), as well as at least 
two experts appointed by the BCS-IRSG committee and the Awards Coordinator 
of the BCS-IRSG.

Prize: The recipient of the award will receive a certificate, a trophy, a 
cash prize of £1000 plus expenses to travel to ECIR to present the 
keynote lecture.

Presentation: The recipient of the award is expected to give a keynote 
lecture at ECIR when he/she will also be presented with their trophy, and 
cash prize.

Timeline  (for the 2011 Award to be presented in 2012):
     20     April, 2011 -     Call for nominations.
     20     January, 2012 -     Deadline for nominations.
     31     January, 2012 -     Notification of the prize winner.
     1-5     April, 2012-     Winner presents keynote at ECIR.

Sponsors: Currently, the award is being sponsored by the BCS IRSG and 
Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Contact: Ayse Göker, ayse.goker.1@...

Details also available on:

http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward.php

http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward/KSJ%20Award%20Flyer_Nov2011upd.pdf

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Dr. Ayse Goker
Centre for Interactive Systems Research
Department of Information Science
School of Informatics
City University
Northampton Square
London EC1V OHB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 207040 8389
Email:ayse.goker.1@...
www.soi.city.ac.uk/is/research/cisr
www.soi.city.ac.uk/~sbbb872

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!     Dr. A. MacFarlane, Senior Lecturer, Room A304E,     !
!       Centre for Interactive Systems Research           !
! Dept. Of Information Science,  City University London   !
!         Northampton Square, LONDON EC1V 0HB             !
!   Tel:+44 (0)20 7040 8386   Fax:+44 (0)20 7040 8584     !
!       URL: http://www.city.ac.uk/informatics            !
!       Twitter: http://twitter.com/unixspiders           !
!       Blog: http://unix-spiders.blogspot.com/           !
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Ayse Goker | 12 Jan 13:46 2012
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Re: Final Call: Karen Sparck Jones Award - Call for Nominations

thanks for this.
can i take it you sent to other lists as well and also to udo?

Dr. Ayse Goker
Senior Lecturer
Centre for Interactive Systems Research
Department of Information Science
School of Informatics
City University London
www.soi.city.ac.uk/is/research/cisr
www.soi.city.ac.uk/~sbbb872

On Thu, 12 Jan 2012, Andrew MacFarlane wrote:

>
> The Award is open to all nationalities for those with up to and including 10 
> years' experience.
>
> Deadline: 20 January, 2012
>
> Details also available on:
> http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward/KSJ%20Award%20Flyer_Nov2011upd.pdf
> http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward.php
>
>
> -------- Call for Nominations ---------------
>
> BCS / BCS IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award
> An Award to Commemorate Karen Spärck Jones
>
> The British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS 
> IRSG) in conjunction with the BCS has created an award to commemorate the 
> achievements of Karen Spärck Jones.
>
> Karen was a Professor Emeritus of Computers and Information at the University 
> of Cambridge and one of the most remarkable women in computer science. Her 
> contributions to the fields of Information Retrieval (IR) and Natural 
> Language Processing (NLP), especially with regard to experimentation, have 
> been outstanding and highly influential. Karen’s achievements resulted in 
> her receiving a number of prestigious accolades such as the BCS Lovelace 
> medal, for her advancement in Information Systems, and the ACM Salton Award 
> for her significant, sustained and continuing contributions to research in 
> information retrieval.
>
> In order to honour Karen's achievements, the BCS/BCS-IRSG has established an 
> annual award to encourage and promote talented researchers who have 
> endeavoured to advance our understanding of Information Retrieval and Natural 
> Language Processing with significant experimental contributions.
>
> To celebrate the commemorative event, the recipient of the award will be 
> invited to present a keynote lecture at the BCS-IRSG's annual conference the 
> European Conference in Information Retrieval (ECIR). This forum provides an 
> excellent venue to present and announce the award as the conference attracts 
> many new and younger researchers.
>
> The recipient will also be presented with a prize consisting of a 
> certificate, a trophy and a cash prize of £1000 plus expenses to travel to 
> ECIR.
>
> BCS/BCS-IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award:
>
> Eligibility: Open to all IR/NLP researchers, who have no more than 10 years 
> post doctoral or equivalent experience.
>
> Criteria: To have endeavoured to advance our understanding of IR and/or NLP 
> through experimentation.
>
> Nominations: The following should be provided:
> - name of nominee, position, affiliation, years since completing PhD;
> - name of person proposing the nominee, position, and affiliation;
> - a short case for the award (composed of a short description of why the
> individual should receive the award);
> - a short description of what contributions the individual has made;
> - a list of the individual's top five publications reflecting the relevant
> contributions, and role within these;
> Please note that the nomination text should not exceed 2500 words.
>
> - Additionally, two supporting letters (i.e. reference letters) from people 
> who would like to encourage/support the nomination must be provided, along 
> with their contact details. **Please note that the person preparing the 
> nomination case should submit these letters along with the nomination in this 
> year's process. ***
>
> Nominations should be emailed to the contact below, and seek confirmation of 
> receipt. It is advisable that you notify us as soon as possible of an 
> intention to nominate an individual as this will help with planning. It is 
> possible for individuals to nominate themselves, though this is less 
> encouraged as in the least, this will mean there is one less person 
> supporting the nomination case.
>
> Award Panel: The Panel Chair, appointed by the BCS IRSG Committee, will 
> invite panel members from amongst representatives of the BCS main council, 
> the BCS-IRSG Committee, sponsoring organisation(s), as well as at least two 
> experts appointed by the BCS-IRSG committee and the Awards Coordinator of the 
> BCS-IRSG.
>
> Prize: The recipient of the award will receive a certificate, a trophy, a 
> cash prize of £1000 plus expenses to travel to ECIR to present the keynote 
> lecture.
>
> Presentation: The recipient of the award is expected to give a keynote 
> lecture at ECIR when he/she will also be presented with their trophy, and 
> cash prize.
>
> Timeline  (for the 2011 Award to be presented in 2012):
>    20     April, 2011 -     Call for nominations.
>    20     January, 2012 -     Deadline for nominations.
>    31     January, 2012 -     Notification of the prize winner.
>    1-5     April, 2012-     Winner presents keynote at ECIR.
>
> Sponsors: Currently, the award is being sponsored by the BCS IRSG and 
> Microsoft Research Cambridge.
>
> Contact: Ayse Göker, ayse.goker.1@...
>
> Details also available on:
>
> http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward.php
>
> http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward/KSJ%20Award%20Flyer_Nov2011upd.pdf
>
>
> ----------------------
> Dr. Ayse Goker
> Centre for Interactive Systems Research
> Department of Information Science
> School of Informatics
> City University
> Northampton Square
> London EC1V OHB
> United Kingdom
> Tel: +44 (0) 207040 8389
> Email:ayse.goker.1@...
> www.soi.city.ac.uk/is/research/cisr
> www.soi.city.ac.uk/~sbbb872
>
> -----------------------------------------------------------
> !     Dr. A. MacFarlane, Senior Lecturer, Room A304E,     !
> !       Centre for Interactive Systems Research           !
> ! Dept. Of Information Science,  City University London   !
> !         Northampton Square, LONDON EC1V 0HB             !
> !   Tel:+44 (0)20 7040 8386   Fax:+44 (0)20 7040 8584     !
> !       URL: http://www.city.ac.uk/informatics            !
> !       Twitter: http://twitter.com/unixspiders           !
> !       Blog: http://unix-spiders.blogspot.com/           !
> -----------------------------------------------------------
Pavel Braslavski | 13 Jan 06:24 2012
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RuSSIR 2012: Call for Course Proposals - reminder

                          MULTILINGUAL WORLD
                              RuSSIR 2012
               Monday August 6 - Friday August 10, 2011
                           Yaroslavl, Russia
                      http://romip.ru/russir2012

                      CALL FOR COURSE PROPOSALS

The 6th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2012)
will be held on August 6-10, 2012 in Yaroslavl, Russia. The school is
co-organized by the Yaroslavl Demidov State University
(http://www.uniyar.ac.ru) and the Russian Information Retrieval
Evaluation Seminar (ROMIP, http://romip.ru).

RuSSIR 2012 will focus on multilingual information access, cross-
language information retrieval, and machine translation. The School
Program Committee invites proposals for courses on a wide range of IR-
related topics. Courses dealing with multilinguality, spanning IR,
NLP, and MT domains, and dealing with interdisciplinary problems are
encouraged.

Course proposals must be submitted in PDF format to the submission
web site http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=russir2012, by
***January 20, 2012***.

See detailed call: http://bit.ly/sktzYG

Brian D. Davison | 17 Jan 05:47 2012

2nd CFP: Appification of the Web - Workshop at WWW 2012 (Lyon, France - April 16, 2012)

[Apologies for cross-posting. Please forward to interested colleagues.]

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

Appification of the Web (AppWeb2012)
Workshop at the 21st World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2012)
http://sites.google.com/site/appweb2012/
April 16, 2012 - Lyon, France

We solicit submissions for the Workshop on Appification of the Web, to be held on April 16, 2012, in Lyon, France, in conjunction with the 21st World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2012). The workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia to discuss the impact of mobile apps on the Web search and browsing paradigms.

Recent proliferation of smartphones and tablet devices is due at least in part to the advent of apps, which customize and streamline user experience in a variety of usage scenarios. Today, hundreds of thousands of apps exist on the major mobile OS platforms (notably, iOS and Android), and we are witnessing a clear change in the way people consume and interact with information online. Beyond the mobile devices, we are witnessing the increasing availability of OS-level apps (in Mac OS, and forthcoming in Windows) as well as browser apps (notably, in Google Chrome). In many cases, users' information needs can be satisfied by an app or a combination thereof, completely circumventing the heretofore predominant Web search and browsing paradigms. For instance, instead of searching for travel options on the Web, one can directly use one of the popular travel apps. According to a recent survey, typical iPhone users have 108 apps installed on their device, and spend on average 84 minutes a day using them, thus confirming that changes in information consumption patterns on the Web are already well under way.

The primary objective of the workshop is to understand and to quantify the changes in Web usage due to the apps. The secondary objective is to understand the forthcoming changes, e.g., whether the role of Web search is likely to be fundamentally transformed, as apps satisfy an increasing fraction of user's information needs.

Papers from a rich set of empirical, experimental, and theoretical perspectives are invited. Topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:
- Do mobile apps provide a fundamentally better user experience?
- Understanding why and to what extent users tend to invoke apps directly instead of using Web search and browsing. Will mobile apps cause Web search in the future to be limited only to tail queries?
- Web search as an app recommendation system. Surfacing apps that are relevant to user's search queries and are likely to help users accomplish their goals faster. Satisfying user's action needs with apps.
- New approaches to app indexing and search. More generally, the design of app retrieval systems, which take into account the plurality of information available about each app, including its textual description as well as meta-information, such as reviews, ratings, related queries, etc.
- Apps as a new frontier in Web monetization
- Do apps provide better user retention?
- Building richer user profiles based on app usage ("you are what you app")
- Chaining multiple apps to help users complete complex tasks
- Changes in mobile Web usage due to the availability of significant local processing power, as opposed to solely centralized processing. Ramifications of applications that use both local and cloud computation, as exemplified by the Opera and recently released Amazon Silk browsers.

The workshop will include invited talks as well as presentations of accepted research contributions. 

Registration will be open to all WWW 2012 attendees.


SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Submissions should report new (unpublished) research results or ongoing research. Submissions can be 6-8 pages long for full papers, and 3-4 pages long for short papers. Papers must be in English and must be submitted as PDF files. Papers should be formatted in double-column ACM SIG proceedings format (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates; for LaTeX, use "Option 2"). Papers should be submitted electronically using the EasyChair system at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=appweb2012 no later than 23:59 Pacific Standard Time, February 5, 2012.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission Deadline:      February 5, 2012
Acceptance notification:  March 8, 2012
Camera-ready submission:  March 15, 2012
Workshop date:            April 16, 2012

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Ed H. Chi, Google (chi-HInyCGIudOg@public.gmane.org) 
Brian D. Davison, Lehigh University (davison-g3RWA3yr5YjOGd22yRDrYQ@public.gmane.org) 
Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Yahoo! Research (gabr-ZXvpkYn067l8UrSeD/g0lQ@public.gmane.org)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Andrei Broder, Yahoo! Research, USA
Anindya Ghose, NYU Stern, USA
Marti Hearst, UC Berkeley, USA
Lars Erik Holmquist, SICS, Sweden
Scott Jenson, Google, USA
Irwin King, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ronny Lempel, Yahoo! Labs
Chin-Yew Lin, Microsoft Research
Sofus Macskassy, USC/ISI
Donald Metzler, USC/ISI
Filip Radlinski, Microsoft
Chirag Shah, Rutgers
Michael Schwarz, Yahoo! Research
Jaime Teevan, Microsoft Research
ChengXiang Zhai, UIUC

Roi Blanco | 17 Jan 10:59 2012
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Call for Participation - ECIR 2012

Call for Participation - ECIR 2012
34th European Conference on Information Retrieval
Barcelona, Spain

The conference is organized by Yahoo! Research and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, supported by BCS IRSG and ACM SIGIR.
http://ecir2012.upf.edu/
Early Registration Deadline : 27th of January, 2012
 

The British Computer Society's Information Retrieval Specialist Group's annual European Conference on Information Retrieval is the main European forum for the presentation of new research results in the field of Information Retrieval. ECIR 2012 is the 34th anniversary of this conference series and will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from the 1st to the 5th of April 2012. The conference is organized by Yahoo! Research and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, supported by BCS IRSG and ACM SIGIR.
The high quality programme of ECIR 2012 includes three keynote speakers, thirty five full papers presentations, twenty eight posters and seven demonstrations (http://ecir2012.upf.edu/accepted.html). In addition, there are three workshops (http://ecir2012.upf.edu/workshops.html), four half-day tutorials and one full-day tutorial (http://ecir2012.upf.edu/tutorials.html) scheduled for the Workshops and Tutorials day on the 1st of April. ECIR 2012 will also host an industry day on the 5th of April.
If you wish to take advantage of early registration rates, please register on http://ecir2012.upf.edu/registration.html before the 27th of January.

Important dates
January 27th 2012: **Early bird Registration closes**
March 25th 2012: Regular registration deadline

1st April 2012: Workshops Day / Tutorial Day
5th April 2012: Industry Day
2nd-4th Apr 2012: ECIR 2012 main conference
Andrew MacFarlane | 29 Jan 14:16 2012
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City University London: University Doctoral Studentships

City University London is advertising up to 70 Doctoral Studentships in a
number of fields.  

The Centre for Interactive Systems Research (CISR) is part of the School
of Informatics at City University. We are actively seeking to recruit
research students in order to carry out research in the various areas of
the Information Retrieval domain. More details can be found on:

http://www.city.ac.uk/informatics/school-organisation/department-of-information-science/research/centre-for-interactive-systems-research/

General details of the scholarships are available at:
http://www.city.ac.uk/studentships

Submiting an application to Informatics:
http://www.city.ac.uk/informatics/postgraduate/phd-research-studies/how-to-apply

If you are interesting in pursing research studies, please contact me in
the first instance.

cheers
andy

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!     Dr. A. MacFarlane, Senior Lecturer, Room A304E,     !
!       Centre for Interactive Systems Research           !
! Dept. Of Information Science,  City University London   !
!         Northampton Square, LONDON EC1V 0HB             !
!   Tel:+44 (0)20 7040 8386   Fax:+44 (0)20 7040 8584     !
!       URL: http://www.city.ac.uk/informatics            !
!       Twitter: http://twitter.com/unixspiders           !
!       Blog: http://unix-spiders.blogspot.com/           !
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Ian Ruthven | 29 Jan 14:25 2012
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University of Strathclyde: PhD position

The University of Strathclyde Department of Computer and Information
Sciences is offering a fully funded (Home Fees and Maintenance) PhD
studentship to investigate the transferability of classical architectural
criteria to the digital domain.

In an era of unprecedented technological innovation and evolving user
expectations and information seeking behaviour we are arguably now an
online society, with digital content and services increasingly preferred;
and universal access to digital libraries considered essential to social
and economic mobility.  Digital libraries are typically distributed and
multidimensional, the information seeking experience interactive.  While
significant advances have been made in information retrieval, interface
design has arguably progressed much more slowly, particularly when
compared to the more immersive experiences of virtual worlds and gaming. 
Emergent multimodal and 3D technologies have the potential to further this
experiential divide, with implications for next generation use of digital
libraries.

Approached as a complex architectural design problem, the student will:
investigate the applicability of classical architectural criteria such as
structural robustness (firmitas), appropriate allocation of space
(utilitas), and aesthetic appeal (venustas) to digital library design;
critically examine the enabling role of new technologies; and identify
suitable architectural methods to manage complexity (e.g. partitioning). 
The student will adopt a multi-method approach engaging with practitioners
across respective disciplines, conducting field studies of new technology
in use, and undertaking participant observation.  There will be
opportunity in the first year of study for the student to attend relevant
foundation classes in design in both the Department of Architecture and
the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.  There will also be
opportunity for the student to influence aspects of this study, for
example, focusing on a digital library within a virtual learning
environment.

Output will advance our understanding of architectural design in the
digital domain; and identify tools and techniques appropriate for the
architectural analysis and design of complex multidimensional information
systems in the use context.

Award Details
The studentship is available for immediate start with a latest start date
of April 1st 2012.  For UK or EU students the award covers fees plus a
student stipend for 3 years (stipend level of c. ?13,569 in 2011/12). 
Non-EU will be required to obtain separate funds to pay international
fees.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible candidates will have a first class degree or equivalent (e.g. MSc
with Distinction) in information or computer science or closely related
discipline (such as information architecture or library studies). 
However, consideration will also be given to applicants from an
architectural or engineering background with demonstrated interests. 
Familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methods is
essential, as is a strong command of the English language.  Further
desirable skills include: ability to work independently, excellent written
and oral communications skills, and knowledge of the formal research
process, including publishing and presentation of findings.

How to apply

To apply, you should send:
* A covering letter
* A current CV
* A transcript of your qualifications to date, and anticipated results if
any are still pending.
* Two letters of reference (a minimum of one academic).

Candidates may be called to interview.

Applications to: Dr Steven Buchanan
(steven.buchanan@...).

The Department
The University of Strathclyde Department of Computer and Information
Sciences is a multidisciplinary research led department, engaged in world
class research rated at 3* or above.??The department is a member of the
Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), and supports a
community of approximately 50 PhD students and postdoctoral research
fellows.  The student would join the Departments? i-Lab research group
(http://www.ilab.cis.strath.ac.uk/), and will be able to draw on group
research strengths in information seeking (how people search for
information), information architecture (how to construct technical
infrastructures), information provision (how to make information
accessible to society), and multimodal interaction (how to design
interactive interfaces).  Professor Sergio Porta from the University of
Strathclyde Department of Architecture will second supervise this project.

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Call for Proposals: SIGIR 2012 Industry Track

SIGIR 2012 INDUSTRY TRACK: Call for Proposals
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This year's SIGIR conference (http://www.sigir.org/sigir2012) will 
include an Industry Track, following very successful events at SIGIR in 
recent years.  The Industry Track will be held on Wednesday, 15th August 
2012, during the regular conference program, and in parallel with the 
technical tracks.

The Industry Track's objectives are three-fold. The first objective is 
to present the state of the art in search and search-related areas, 
delivered as keynote talks by influential technical leaders from the 
search industry.  The second objective of the Industry Track is the 
presentation of interesting, novel and innovative ideas related to 
information retrieval. Finally, a highly-interactive panel session will 
conclude the track, topic to be announced.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

Susan Dumais (Speaker) - Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, USA
Andrei Broder (Speaker) - Yahoo! Fellow and VP for Computational 
Advertising, USA
David Hawking (Panel Chair) - Chief Scientist, Funnelback, Australia

Industry authors are invited to prepare proposals for presenting 
interesting, novel and innovative IR ideas, and submit these by email to 
the Industrial Track co-chairs by 7th May, 2012. The proposal should 
contain:

* Short company portrait (125 words)
* Short CV of the presenter(s) (125 words)
* Title and abstract of the presentation (500 words)
* Reasons why the presentation should be interesting to the SIGIR audience

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

* Ensure the presentation is relevant to the SIGIR 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.
* All slides will be made public (no confidential information on the 
slides; you will be expected to ensure your slides are approved by your 
company before being presented).
* Presenters may opt to have their presentation videoed and made public, 
and if so, the presenter will be asked to sign a release form.

We look forward to receiving your submissions by email (see the email 
addresses below), and welcoming you to the SIGIR 2012 Conference and to 
the Industry Track.

Important Dates

07 May 2012: Industry Track proposals due
08 June 2012: Notification of proposal acceptance
15 August 2012: Industry Track presentations

Industry Track Co-Chairs

Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex (udo@...)
Su-Lin Wu, Yahoo! Labs, (sulin@...)

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Dr Udo Kruschwitz
University of Essex
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
CO4 3SQ
U.K.


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