Archive for the 'Conference & Workshop' Category

SIKS/Twente Seminar on Biomedical Text Mining

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

On 1 September 2010, we organize a small seminar on Biomedical Text Mining at the University of Twente. Invited speakers are:

  • Martijn Schuemie (Erasmus MC/LUMC, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  • Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK)
The workshop will take place at the campus of the University of Twente at the small lecture hall of the Vrijhof (building 47). The event is sponsored by the Netherlands research School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS) and the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT). Please visit the SSR-5 home page for more information.

DBDBD 2010 in Hasselt, Belgium

Monday, August 23rd, 2010, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

This year, the Dutch Belgian Database Day (DBDBD) will be held in Hasselt, Belgium, on Monday November 22nd, 2010. DBDBD is a yearly one-day workshop organized in a Belgian or Dutch university, whose general topic is database research. DBDBD invites submissions (1 page abstract) on a broad range of database and database-related topics, including but not limited to data storage and management, theoretical database issues, database performance, data mining, information retrieval, data semantics, querying, ontologies etc. Based on the submissions, the workshop will be organized in different sessions each covering a particular topic.

At the DBDBD, junior researchers from the Netherlands and Belgium can present their recent results. It is an excellent opportunity to meet up with your Belgian/Dutch colleagues, and to get informed about the (recent) database-related research performed in Belgian/Dutch universities. The workshop is also open to non-Belgian/Dutch participants (presentations are in English). Participation is free for all SIKS-members (Phd-students, research fellows, senior research fellows and associated members).

DBDBD 2010 web site

SIGIR 2010 best papers

Friday, July 23rd, 2010, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Ryen White and Jeff Huang received the best paper award at SIGIR 2010 for their paper “Assessing the Scenic Route: Measuring the Value of Search Trails in Web Logs”. They present a log-based study estimating the user value of trail following. They demonstrate significant value to users in following trails, especially for certain query types. The findings have implications for the design of search systems, including trail recommendation systems that display trails on search result pages.

The best student paper is written by Ioannis Arapakis, Konstantinos Athanasakos, and Joemon Jose: “A comparison of general vs. personalized affective models for the prediction of topical relevance”. They determined whether the behavioural differences of users have an impact on the models’ ability to determine topical relevance, and if, by personalising them, accuracy can be improved.

Guest lecture by Alexander Hauptmann at SSR-4

Thursday, June 17th, 2010, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

The 4th SIKS/Twente Seminar on Searching and Ranking will take place on 2nd of July at the University of Twente. The goal of the one day seminar is to bring together researchers from companies and academia working on the effectiveness of search engines. Invited speakers are:

  • Alexander Hauptmann (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Arjen de Vries (CWI and University of Delft, Netherlands)
  • Wessel Kraaij (TNO and Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)
The workshop will take place at the campus of the University of Twente at the Citadel (building 9), lecture hall T300. SSR is sponsored by SIKS and CTIT.

More information at SSR-4.

SIGIR Workshop on Accessible Search Systems

Monday, March 29th, 2010, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

We organize a workshop on an exciting new theme at SIGIR on 23 July 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Current search systems are not adequate for individuals with specific needs: children, older adults, people with visual or motor impairments, and people with intellectual disabilities or low literacy. Search services are typically created for average users (young or middle-aged adults without physical or mental disabilities) and information retrieval methods are based on their perception of relevance as well. The workshop will be the first ever to raise the discussion on how to make search engines accessible for different types of users, including those with problems in reading, writing or comprehension of complex content. Search accessibility means that people whose abilities are considerably different from those that average users have will be able to use search systems with the same success.

The objective of the workshop is to provide a forum and initiate collaborations between academics and industrial practitioners interested in making search more usable for users in general and for users with specific needs in particular. We encourage presentation and participation from researchers working at the intersection of information retrieval, natural language processing, human-computer interaction, ambient intelligence and related areas. The workshop will be a mix of oral presentations for long papers (maximum of 8 pages), a session for posters (maximum of 2 pages) and a panel discussion. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two PC members. Workshop proceedings will be available at the workshop. The workshop welcomes, but is not limited to, contributions on a range of the following key issues:

  • Understanding of search behavior of users with specific needs
  • Understanding of relevance criteria of users with specific needs
  • Understanding the effects of domain expertise, age, user experience and cognitive abilities on search goals and results evaluation
  • Non-topical aspects of relevance: text style, readability, appropriateness of language (harassment and explicit content detection)
  • Development of test collections for evaluation of accessible search systems
  • Collaborative search techniques for assisting users with specific needs (e.g. parents helping children)
  • Potential of search personalization techniques to satisfy users with specific needs
  • Search interfaces and result representation for people with specific needs
  • Using assistive technologies for interaction with search systems, e.g. speech recognition or eye tracking software for querying and browsing.

See the Workshop website.

Strong Twente delegation at DIR 2010

Thursday, January 28th, 2010, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

DIR 2010

Photos taken by Wessel Kraaij and Suzan Verberne during DIR 2010 in Nijmegen are now on-line

Another SIKS/Twente Seminar

Friday, January 8th, 2010, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

The 3rd SIKS/Twente Seminar on Searching and Ranking takes place on January 29, 2010 at the University of Twente. The goal of the one day workshop is to bring together researchers from companies and academia working on the effectiveness of search engines. The workshop will take place at the University of Twente at the Spiegel (building 2), lecture hall SP-6. Speakers are:

  • Leif Azzopardi (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Arjen de Vries (CWI and University of Delft)
  • Vanessa Murdock (Yahoo Research, Barcelona, Spain)
After the seminar, Claudia Hauff will defend her PhD Thesis: Predicting the Effectiveness of Queries and Retrieval Systems. The seminar is sponsored by SIKS (the Netherlands research School for Information and Knowledge Systems) and the CTIT (Centre for Telematics and Information Technology). For more information, check out the SSR 2010 website.

SIGIR 2010 Call for tutorials

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

SIGIR 2010 will begin with a full day of tutorials on July 19, 2010.

Proposals are solicited for tutorials of either a half-day (3 hours plus breaks) or full day (6 hours plus breaks) on all topics of information retrieval and its applications. Each tutorial should cover a single topic in detail. For example, tutorials may cover an information retrieval topic in depth, introduce an emerging application for retrieval technologies, or update the information retrieval community on recent advances in related fields.

Submissions should include a cover sheet and an extended abstract. The cover sheet should specify: (1) the title and length of the tutorial; (2) the intended audience (introductory, intermediate, advanced) and prerequisite knowledge or skills required, if any; (3) complete contact information for the contact person and other presenters; and (4) a brief biography (max. 2 paragraphs) for each presenter. The extended abstract should be 3 to 4 pages, and should include an outline of the tutorial, along with descriptions of the course objectives, its relevance to the information retrieval community, and course materials.

Tutorial proposals in PDF format must be sent via email by February 12, 2010 to tutorials@sigir2010.org. The submissions will undergo peer review and tutorials to be presented will be selected by the SIGIR Program Committee. Notifications will be send out by 24 March, 2010.

More information at SIGIR 2010.

Dutch-Belgian Database Day in Delft

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

The Dutch Belgian Database Day (DBDBD) is a yearly one-day workshop organized in a Belgian or Dutch university, whose general topic is database research. DBDBD invites submissions (1 page abstract) on a broad range of database and database-related topics, including but not limited to data storage and management, theoretical database issues, database performance, data mining, information retrieval, data semantics, querying, ontologies etc. Based on the submissions, the workshop will be organized in different sessions each covering a particular topic.

At the DBDBD, junior researchers from the Netherlands and Belgium can present their recent results. It is an excellent opportunity to meet up with your Belgian/Dutch colleagues, and to get informed about the (recent) database-related research performed in Belgian/Dutch universities. The workshop is also open to non-Belgian/Dutch participants (presentations are in English).

The DBDBD 2009 is organized under auspices of SIKS, the Dutch research school for information and knowledge systems. This year, DBDBD will be held in the Aula Congrescentre of the TUDelft, located on the university campus, on Monday November 30th 2009. Participation is free for all SIKS-members (Phd-students, research fellows, senior research fellows and associated members).

Visit the DBDBD 2009 home page.

DIR 2010 will be in Nijmegen

Thursday, August 27th, 2009, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

The Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval (DIR 2010) will take place at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on January 25-26, 2010. The primary aim of the DIR is to provide an international meeting place where researchers from the domain of information retrieval and related disciplines can exchange information and present innovative research developments.

Important dates
Paper submission deadline: November 13, 2009
Notification of acceptance: December 11, 2009
Conference at Radboud University Nijmegen: January 25-26, 2010

Call for papers at DIR 2010.