Nicola Ferro | 1 Mar 06:50 2012

Call for Bids to Host CLEF 2013 - The Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum - September 2013


The CLEF Initiative (Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum, formerly known as Cross-Language
Evaluation Forum) is a self-organized body whose main mission is to promote research, innovation, and
development of information access systems with an emphasis on multilingual and multimodal information
with various levels of structure.

The CLEF Initiative is structured in two main parts:
- a series of Evaluation Labs, i.e. laboratories to conduct evaluation of information access systems and
workshops to discuss and pilot innovative evaluation activities;
- a peer-reviewed Conference on a broad range of issues, including
  - investigation continuing the activities of the Evaluation Labs;
  - experiments using multilingual and multimodal data; in particular, but not only, data resulting from
CLEF activities;
  - research in evaluation methodologies and challenges.

Since 2000 the CLEF has played a leading role in stimulating investigation and research in a wide range of
key areas in the information retrieval domain, becoming well-known in the international  IR community.
It has also promoted the study and implementation of appropriate evaluation methodologies for diverse
types of tasks and media. Over the years, a wide, strong, and multidisciplinary research community has
been built, which covers and spans the different areas of expertise needed to deal with the spread of CLEF activities.


The CLEF Steering Committee solicits proposals from groups interested in organizing the CLEF conference
and labs in September 2013.

Guidelines on submitting a bid can be found in the Template for Bids available at:
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Alan Said | 1 Mar 11:35 2012

ACM RecSys 2012 Combined Call for Contributions

[Please forward to interested colleagues]

Combined CALL FOR Contributions

ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys) 2012
September 9-13, 2012, Dublin, Ireland

Important Dates
Workshop Proposal Deadline:         March 15th, 2012
Abstract Submission Deadline:         April 2nd, 2012
Paper Submission Deadline:         April 9th, 2012
Tutorial Proposal Submission Deadline:     April 9th, 2012
Demo Submission Deadline:         April 23rd, 2012
Doctoral Symposium Submission Deadline: April 23rd, 2012


We are pleased to invite you to participate in the premier annual event 
on research and
applications of recommendation technologies, the Sixth ACM Conference on 
Systems (RecSys 2012). The conference will be held on September 9-13 in 
Dublin, Ireland.
Previous conferences have been distinguished by a strong level of 
interaction between
researchers and practitioners in the sharing of ideas, problems and 
solutions, and the 2012
conference will continue in this tradition. The fully-refereed 
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Allan Hanbury | 11 Mar 13:25 2012

CLEF-IP 2012 Call for Participation

CLEF-IP is an evaluation campaign organised as a Lab of the CLEF 
conference. It evaluates information retrieval for tasks in the 
intellectual property domain.

For more information and to register to participate, see:

Four new tasks have been developed for 2012, and participants can choose 
to participate in one or more tasks:
* Passage retrieval starting from patent claims (patentability or 
novelty search): The topics in this task will be based on the claims in 
patent application documents. Given a claim, the participants will be 
asked to retrieve relevant documents in the collection and (optionally) 
mark out the relevant passages in these documents.

* Matching a patent claim to the description in a single document 
(Pilot): Given one claim in a patent application document, the 
participants will be asked to indicate those paragraphs in the 
description section of the same application document that best explain 
the contents of the given claim.

* Flowchart Recognition Task: The topics in this third task are patent 
images representing flowcharts. Participants in this task will be asked 
to extract the information in these images and return it in a predefined 
textual format.

* Chemical Structure Recognition Task. The topics in this fourth task 
will be patent pages in TIFF format. Participants will be asked to 
identify the location of the chemical structures depicted on these pages 
and, for each of them, return the corresponding structure in a MOL file 
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Benno Stein | 13 Mar 09:31 2012

2nd CfP: DEXA-Workshop on Text-Based Information Retrieval, TIR'12


TIR'12  -  9th International Workshop on Text-Based Information Retrieval

In conjunction with the DEXA 2012
23rd International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications
Vienna, Austria, September 3 - September 7

About this Workshop:

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

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

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

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Olly Betts | 17 Mar 05:49 2012

IR opportunities in Google's Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code ( is a global
programme which offers student developers stipends to write code for
various open source software projects.  Students work for 3 months on a
project with mentoring from an open source developer, and receive a
stipend which is paid in 3 stages - if they successfully complete the
project, the full stipend is US$5000.

Xapian ( is an open source search library, and has
been accepted as a mentoring organisation again this year.  We're
particularly keen to encourage students with a background in Information
Retrieval to work on Xapian projects - for example, last year Parth
Gupta built a Learning to Rank framework on top of Xapian.

The programme is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students
- for full eligibility requirements see:

We have a list of project ideas for students, though we also are happy
for students to come up with their own suggestions:

Contact details are also on the link above.

Applications open on March 26th and close on April 6th at 19:00 UTC

The full timeline is here:
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Maarten de Rijke | 18 Mar 22:08 2012

SIGIR 2012: Final Call for Doctoral Consortium Submissions

SIGIR 2012: Final Call for Doctoral Consortium Submissions

The ACM SIGIR Doctoral Consortium provides 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 IR researchers: the members of the Doctoral
Consortium Program Committee.
- To provide students with an opportunity to establish a supportive
community, including other doctoral students at a similar stage of their
dissertation research.

The Consortium will take place during SIGIR 2012 on the same day as the
tutorials (12 August), with the format including: student presentations
with plenary discussions, individual meetings with experienced researchers,
and highly interactive networking sessions over lunch and breaks with a
special emphasis on gaining insights regarding career paths after the PhD.

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

Over the years, the number of submissions to the Consortium has grown
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Alan Said | 22 Mar 11:38 2012

Final CFP: ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems

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ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys) 2012
September 9-13, 2012, Dublin, Ireland

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 2nd, 2012
Paper Submission Deadline: April 9th, 2012


We are pleased to invite you to participate in the premier annual event on research and
applications of recommendation technologies, the Sixth ACM Conference on Recommender
Systems (RecSys 2012). The conference will be held on September 9-13 in Dublin, Ireland.
Previous conferences have been distinguished by a strong level of interaction between
researchers and practitioners in the sharing of ideas, problems and solutions, and the 2012
conference will continue in this tradition. The fully-refereed proceedings will be
published by the ACM and, like past RecSys proceedings, are expected to be widely read and

Topics of Interest

We construe recommender systems broadly, including applications ranging from e-commerce to
social networking, platforms from web to mobile and beyond, and a wide variety of
technologies ranging from collaborative filtering to case-based reasoning. Topics of
interest for RecSys 2012 include (but are not limited to):

- Algorithm scalability
- Case studies of real-world implementations
- Computational advertising
- Conversational recommender systems
- Context-aware and multidimensional models
- Evaluation metrics and studies
- Explanations and evidence
- Group recommenders
- Impact studies
- Innovative/New applications
- Machine learning for recommendation
- Novel paradigms
- Personalization
- Preference elicitation
- Recommendation algorithms
- Social recommenders
- User interfaces
- Security, privacy, trust, and reputation
- Semantic web technologies for recommendation
- Theoretical foundations
- User modelling
- User studies

Paper Format and Submission

All submissions and reviews will be handled electronically in PDF format. RecSys 2012
submissions should be prepared according to the standard ACM SIG proceedings format. For
your convenience, we provide paper templates in Microsoft Word and LaTeX on the conference
website. More details on the submission procedure are available at

There are two paper submission categories:

Long paper submissions should report on substantial contributions of lasting value. The
maximum length is 8 pages in the standard ACM SIG proceedings format. Each accepted long
paper will be presented in a plenary session as part of the main conference program. We
expect the review process to be highly selective: in 2011, the acceptance rate for full
papers was 20%.

Short paper submissions typically discuss exciting new work that is not yet mature enough
for a long paper. The maximum length is 4 pages in the standard ACM SIG proceedings format.
Each accepted short paper will be presented in a poster session. The presentation may
include a system demonstration.
Note: Please note that rejected long paper submissions will not be automatically considered
as short papers

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: April 2, 2012
Paper Submission: April 9, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: June 1, 2012
Camera-Ready Papers Due: June 22, 2012
Conference Dates: September 9-13, 2012


More information at:
Twitter: <at> recsys2012

Program Co-chairs (
Ido Guy, IBM Research-Haifa, Israel
Sarabjot Singh Anand, University of Warwick, England

General Co-chairs (
Pádraig Cunningham, University College Dublin, Ireland
Neil Hurley, University College Dublin, Ireland




M.Sc.(Eng.) Alan Said

Competence Center Information Retrieval & Machine Learning

Technische Universität Berlin DAI-Labor Sekr. TEL 14 Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7

10587 Berlin / Germany

Phone: 0049 - 30 - 314 74072

Fax: 0049 - 30 - 314 74003




Alan Said | 22 Mar 13:14 2012

[JOB] Postdoc in Information Retrieval and Machine Learning, TU-Berlin, Germany


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



Post-Doc Faculty Position in Information Retrieval & Machine Learning at the DAI-Laboratory of the TU Berlin, Germany.


* Rank: Postdoc in Information Retrieval & Machine Learning

* Starting Q2, 2012

* Closing date: open until position is filled

* Duration: 6 years


Our profile:

The DAI-Laboratory and the chair "Agent Technologies in Business Applications and Telecommunication" at the Technische Universität Berlin, headed by Prof. Dr. Sahin Albayrak, perform research and development in order to provide solutions for a new generation of systems and services - "smart services and smart systems".


The "Information Retrieval & Machine Learning" group (CC IRML) is one of six competence centers at the DAI-Labor. Core group activities focus on application-oriented research at the interface of university and industry in information retrieval, machine learning, semantic web and ontologies, personalization, recommendation systems, and natural language processing. We offer a state-of-the-art infrastructure with access to new and emerging technologies and a close collaboration with universities and renowned industrial partners.

CC IRML has a strong presence in the scientific community through publications and a list of yearly organized workshops at different venues.


Website of CC IRML:

Website of the DAI Lab: Website of the AOT chair:



The successful candidate is expected to coordinate the activities of the competence center, including

* research in the aforementioned fields

* leading a team of B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. students and postdocs

* project management

* third party funding

* teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in information retrieval

* supervision of PhD students



* Ph.D. degree in computer science or a related discipline

* Strong publication record and internationally visible reputation in information retrieval and/or machine learning

* Strong expertise in at least three of the following areas: information retrieval, machine learning, natural language processing, personalization, recommendation systems, semantic web and ontologies

* Experience in teaching

* Experience with project acquisition (national and international)

* Management skills

* Professional level of oral and written English (German is not a requirement, but a definite plus)



Application material (cover letter, cv, list of publications, abstract of PhD thesis, abstract of Master thesis, copies of certificates, and two letters of reference) should be sent by email to Brijnesh Jain (jain <at>




M.Sc.(Eng.) Alan Said

Competence Center Information Retrieval & Machine Learning

Technische Universität Berlin DAI-Labor Sekr. TEL 14 Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7

10587 Berlin / Germany

Phone: 0049 - 30 - 314 74072

Fax: 0049 - 30 - 314 74003







Pavel Braslavski | 27 Mar 08:50 2012

RuSSIR 2012: Call for Participation

[Apologies for multiple postings]

                        CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

                          MULTILINGUAL WORLD
   6th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR) 2012
               Monday August 6 - Friday August 10, 2012
                          Yaroslavl, Russia


RuSSIR 2012 will be held on August 6-10, 2012 in Yaroslavl, Russia.
The school is organized by the Yaroslavl Demidov State University
( and the Russian Information Retrieval
Evaluation Seminar (ROMIP, with support from the
MUMIA network ( Yandex, Google,
Rambler, HP, and ABBYY are confirmed sponsors of the school.

The RuSSIR series started in 2007 and has developed into a renowned
academic event with solid international participation. Previous
RuSSIR courses were taught by Eugene Agichtein, Sihem Amer-Yahia,
Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Ben Carterette, Fabio Crestani, Djoerd Hiemstra,
Evangelos Kanoulas, Mounia Lalmas, Marie-Francine Moens, Salvatore
Orlando, Raffaele Perego, Andreas Rauber, Stefan Rueger, Horacio
Saggion, Fabrizio Silvestri, Mike Thelwall, Gerhard Weikum, Emine
Yilmaz, and others.

The mission of the school is to teach students modern techniques and
applications for Information Retrieval and related disciplines and to
create environment for contacts among leading researchers, students
and industry professionals.


The foci of this year's edition are multilingual information access,
cross-language information retrieval, and machine translation. RuSSIR
2012 offers the following courses:
* Ingmar Weber - An Introduction to Web Science
* Allan Hanbury and Mihai Lupu - Domain Specific Information
Retrieval (MUMIA course)
* Marta Ruiz Costa-jussa and Maxim Khalilov - The Concept and
Feasibility of Modern Statistical Machine Translation
* Chirag Shah - IR in Community Question-Answering
* Guillaume Obozinski - Probabilistic Graphical Models for
Information Retrieval
* Ismail Sengor Altingovde and Nattiya Kanhabua - Dynamics of Web

In addition, the school program will feature invited lectures and the
sponsors' tech talks. An optional pre-school one-day course
'Introduction to IR' by Andrew Aksyonoff (Sphinx Technologies Inc.)
will be given on Sunday, August 5th.

The Young Scientists Conference is an essential part of the school
program. The school is also famous for its versatile social programs.
The working language of the school is English.


The school has as its target audience advanced graduate and PhD
students, post-doctoral researchers, academic and industrial
researchers, and developers. The school will admit up to 150 pre-
selected participants. Selection will be made by program committee
members based on submitted applications. Each participant is expected
to present a poster at the Young Scientists Conference; full papers
are optional. Accepted full papers are published in conference
proceedings, best papers will be recommended for publishing in
'Modeling and Analysis of Information Systems' journal.

Participation is free of charge, a number of accommodation grants are

RuSSIR 2012 online application form will be open by April 6th, 2012.


Young Scientists Conference full papers deadline: 18 May 2012
School application deadline: 25 May 2012
Young Scientists Conference full papers notification: 8 June 2012
School notification of acceptance: 15 June 2012
Young Scientists Conference final papers due: 15 June 2012


The city of Yaroslavl is the administrative center of Yaroslavl
Oblast, located 250 km northeast of Moscow. Founded in the 11th
century by prince Yaroslav the Wise, Yaroslavl is one of the oldest
Russian cities. Yaroslavl belongs to the Golden Ring, a group of
towns northeast of Moscow that have played an important role in
Russian history, which are now called "open air museums" and feature
unique monuments of Russian architecture of the 12th–18th centuries.
In 2010 Yaroslavl celebrated its 1,000th anniversary. The historical
part of Yaroslavl is a World Heritage Site located at the picturesque
confluence of the rivers Volga and Kotorosl.


Andrew Trotman | 27 Mar 22:28 2012





8 Oct 2012 - Submission deadline

22 Oct 2012 - Notification of acceptance / rejection

5 Nov 2012 - Final camera ready due

5/6 Dec 2012 - ADCS in Dunedin, New Zealand



Dunedin, New Zealand



ADCS2012 is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners in document management and information retrieval to meet and present their work. The symposium aims to cover all aspects of Document Computing - issues ranging from the fundamentals of document architectures and standards for markup, through storage, management, retrieval, authentication and workflow, to active and virtual documents. The symposium emphasises both commercial and academic issues by encouraging a variety of submissions.



The symposium topics include (but are not restricted to) the following:


Cognitive Aspects of Documents

Digital Libraries

Document Databases

Document Management

Document Standards (XML, SGML, etc.)

Document Workflow

Information Retrieval

Multimedia Document Management

Multimedia Resource Discovery

Natural Language Techniques and Documents

Personalised Documents

User Studies Involving Documents

Web Documents



Submissions should comply with the paper guidelines. All submissions must be original work, not previously published elsewhere, and not currently submitted to any other conference or journal.


Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will attend the symposium to present the work. Note also that it is insufficient for an author to register and pay for the symposium to be regarded as fulfilling this obligation.



Full papers should describe new contributions or analyse research issues. Submissions should be at most eight pages long (around 4000 words); over-length submissions risk immediate rejection. Refer to the guidelines for papers for details of the required format.



To encourage participation by industry and to provide a place for work of a more speculative nature, ADCS invites submissions for short papers, up to a maximum of four pages (around 2000 words). A typical proposal might describe a leading-edge solution to a practical problem in document management. Short papers follow the same format as for full papers.



ADCS 2012 is sponsored by Google, NICTA, and the University of Otago