Appel: SIGIR 2000

Philippe Blache pb at
Tue Jan 18 13:37:00 UTC 2000

From:  Bob Krovetz <krovetz at>

         SIGIR 2000: Information Retrieval in Context


                        July 24-28 2000
                   Department of Informatics
  Athens University of Economics and Business Athens, Greece

                        CALL FOR PAPERS
           For details see:

SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of
new research results and the demonstration of new  systems and
techniques in  the broad field of information  retrieval (IR).
The  Conference and Program Chairs  invite all those concerned
with issues of IR  to submit original  research contributions,
posters,  and proposals  for  tutorials,  workshops,  and
demonstrations  of  systems,  for  presentation at SIGIR 2000.
All contributions should be submitted to the appropriate Chair,
as indicated  below ( see the  Conference  web site for further
details: ).

Information  Retrieval  is contextual. IR functionalities form
part  of  increasingly  complex  information systems serving a
great  variety  of information tasks and behaviors. SIGIR 2000
seeks  original  research  contributions in the broad field of
information  storage  and retrieval, covering the handling  of
all types of information, user behavior in information systems,
and theories, models, and implementations of IR systems. Topics
relevant to SIGIR include but are not limited to:

* IR Theory, including logical, statistical and interactive IR
  models, data fusion.
* Experimentation: test collections, interactive IR experiments,
  evaluation measures, experimental design, testing methodology,
* Natural  Language  Processing:  word  sense  disambiguation,
  discourse analysis, summarization for the purposes of IR, use
  of linguistic resources for IR.
* Contextual  IR:  multi-media  IR,  cross-lingual IR systems,
  speech retrieval,  dialogue  management, (non)feature-based
  indexing, information seeking and task embedded IR.
* Interface  issues:  user  &  use  modeling,  human-computer
  interaction, search strategies.
* Filtering, Extraction, Routing, and Text Classification.
* Systems and Implementation Issues: integration with database
  systems,  networked  systems  and  the internet, compression,
  efficient query evaluation.
* Applications: electronic publishing,  digital libraries, text
  mining, WWW-related issues, semistructured document retrieval.


* January 21: Original research paper submissions due. See the
  Submission Instructions Section below for details.

* February 11: Proposals  for  tutorials,  workshops,  posters,
  panels and demonstrations due. See the Submission Instructions
  Section below for details.

* April 1: Notification of acceptance of all submissions.

* May 1: Final camera-ready copy of all submissions due.



Research papers must consist of original contributions (that is,
not previously published and not currently being considered for
publication elsewhere) and must contain a clear statement of the
problem addressed and the context in which it arises. Papers must
also contain appropriate references to prior work and must indicate
what contribution the work makes to the primary field of Information
Retrieval. Researchers relatively new to the field of IR should
get examples from, e.g., previous SIGIR conferences, the ACM
Transaction on Information Systems (TOIS), the Journal of the
American Society for Information Science (JASIS), etc.

Papers (5 copies) should be submitted in English to the Program
Co-Chair responsible for the geographic region of the first author.
Papers should contain at most 5000 words. There are no formatting
requirements for submissions, but do not use font sizes smaller
than 10 point. The final version of the paper will have to fit
within 8 double-column pages, including all figures and bibliography,
so plan accordingly. Papers that are clearly longer than the limit
of 5,000 words will be rejected immediately.

The first page must contain the title of the paper, an abstract
of not more than 150 words, and up to 6 keywords taken from the
list at the end of this Call for Submissions. No page in the paper,
including the first page, should indicate the author(s) or their
affiliation(s). The purpose of omitting author names and affiliations
is to facilitate blind reviewing. Therefore, authors should make an
attempt to disguise who they are if possible, by omitting
acknowledgements in the submitted version of the paper, and by
refraining from phrases such as
  "In our earlier work [cite author-name] ..."
Authors should cite their work when required but attempt not to
make it obvious that the cited work is their own, if possible.

Please indicate if the paper is to be considered for the Best
Student Paper Award. This Award requires that the first and primary
author be a fulltime student at time of submission, that he or she
is responsible for much of the work, and that he or she will present
the paper should it be accepted.

In addition, authors must provide a separate cover page with the
title, the author name(s), the author affiliation(s), the same
list of keywords as on the first page, plus complete contact
information (mailing address, telephone, fax, and e-mail) for the
author to whom correspondence should be sent. All correspondence
with the authors will be through email. The information on this
cover page must also be sent by email to the respective regional
Program Co-Chair. Submissions must arrive before 21 January 2000.

Authors in the Americas should mail 5 hardcopies of the submission
and 1 cover page hardcopy as described above to:
  Nicholas Belkin
  School of Communication, Information & Library Studies,
  Rutgers University, 4 Huntington Street,
  New Brunswick NJ 08901-1071, USA
  Email: nick at
  Phone: +1-732-932-8585
  Fax: +1-732-932-6916

Authors in Europe and Africa should mail 5 hardcopies of the
submission and 1 cover page hardcopy as described above to:
  Peter Ingwersen
  Royal School of LIS,
  Birketinget 6, DK 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark
  Email: pi at
  Phone: +45-32-58-60-66
  Fax: +45-32-84-02-01

Authors in Asia, Australia and the Pacific should mail 5 hardcopies
of the submission and 1 cover page hardcopy as described above to:
  Mun-Kew Leong
  (Attn: SIGIR Submission),
  Kent Ridge Digital Labs,
  21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119613
  Email: mkleong at
  Phone: +65-874-7864
  Fax: +65-774-4998


SIGIR 2000 will begin with a full day of tutorials, each of which
should cover a single topic in detail. Proposals are solicited for
tutorials of either a half day (3 hours plus breaks) or full day
(6 hours plus breaks).  Submissions should be made to the Tutorials
Chair and should include a cover sheet and an extended abstract.
The cover sheet should specify:
     1.the length of the tutorial.
     2.the intended audience (introductory, intermediate, advanced).
     3.complete contact information for the contact person and other
     4.brief biographies (max. 2 paragraphs) of the presenters.
The extended abstract should be 3 to 5 pages, and should include an
outline of the tutorial, along with descriptions of the course
objectives and course materials.

Tutorial proposals must be sent via email by 11 February 2000 to:
  Alan Smeaton (Email: asmeaton at


Proposals are solicited from individuals and groups for one-day
workshops to be held on the fifth day of the conference. Submissions
(up to 1,000 words) should include the theme and goal of the workshop,
planned activities, maximum number of participants, the selection
process for participants, and a list of potential participants.
Include a CV for each organizer describing relevant qualifications
and experience. After the workshop, organizers are to provide an
article for the SIGIR Forum which summarizes the workshop.

Workshop proposals must be sent via email by 11 February 2000 to:
  Bob Krovetz (Email: krovetz at


Proposals for panel sessions should be sent to the Panels Chair by
prospective moderators.  Panels should address issues of interest
to the general information retrieval community, and should be designed
to stimulate lively debate between panelists and audience. Panel
proposals (2-3 pages) must include:
     1.complete contact information for the moderator.
     2.the rationale for addressing this topic as a panel.
     3.the names and affiliations of the panel members.
     4.a description of how the panel will be structured, with
       emphasis on how general participation will be encouraged.
Abstracts of panel presentations will appear in the proceedings.

Demonstrations offer first-hand experience with Information
Retrieval systems, whether advanced operational systems or research
prototypes. The demonstration proposal should indicate how the
demonstration illustrates new ideas, should provide the technical
specifications of the system and should include references to other
literature. The hardware, software, and network requirements should be
indicated in a separate cover letter. A one-page abstract describing
each demonstration accepted will be published in the proceedings.

Panel and Demonstration proposals must be sent via email by
11 February 2000 to:
  James Allan (Email: allan at


SIGIR 2000 poster presentations offer researchers an opportunity to
present late-breaking results, significant work in progress,
or research that is best communicated in an interactive or graphical
format. Abstracts of posters will appear in the conference proceedings.
Three copies of an extended abstract (roughly 3-4 pages) should be
submitted to the Posters Chair. The abstract should emphasize the
research problem and the methods being used, and be headed only
by the title of the poster. In addition, a separate cover page
is required containing the title of the poster, along with
the name and affiliation of the author(s), and complete contact
information for the author to whom correspondence should be sent.

Poster proposals must be sent via email by 11 February 2000 to:
  Amit Singhal (Email: singhal at


During the conference the following awards will be given:

*  The Gerard Salton award
*  Best scientific paper award
*  Best paper presentation award
*  Best student paper award (first author should be student)


Conference Chair:
Emmanuel Yannakoudakis
Athens University of Economics and Business,
Department of Informatics,
76 Patission Street, Athens 104 34, Greece (eyan at,
Phone: +30-1-8214145,  Fax. : +30-1-8203356

Programme Chairs:
* For The Americas: Nicholas Belkin
  Professor and Director of the Ph.D.Program,
  School of Communication, Information & Library Studies,
  Rutgers University, 4 Huntington Street, New Brunswick NJ
  08901-1071, USA (nick at
  Phone: +1-732-932-8585, Fax: +1-732-932-6916

* For Europe and Africa: Peter Ingwersen
  Royal School of LIS, Birketinget 6, DK 2300 Copenhagen S,
  Denmark, (pi at
  Phone: +45-32-58-60-66, Fax: +45-32-84-02-01

* For Asia, Australia and the Pacific: Mun-Kew Leong
  (Attn: SIGIR Submission), Kent Ridge Digital Labs,
  21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119613
  (mkleong at
  Phone: +65-874-7864, Fax: +65-774-4998

Tutorials Chair: Alan Smeaton
School of Computer Applications, Dublin City
University Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
(asmeaton at
Phone: +353-1-7045262, Fax: +353-1-7045442

Workshops Chair: Bob Krovetz
NEC Research Institute,
4 Independence Way, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(krovetz at
Phone: +1-609-951-2773, Fax: +1-609-951-2483

Panels and Demonstrations Chair: James Allan
Computer Science Department, University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, MA 01003-4610, USA
(allan at
Phone: +1-413-545-3240, Fax: +1-413-545-1789

Posters Chair: Amit Singhal
AT&T Labs-Research, Rm A-281, Shannon Laboratory,
180 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932, USA
(singhal at
Phone: +1-973-360-8335, Fax: +1-973-360-8970

Publicity Chair: Anestis Konstantinidis
(mvazirg at

Treasurer: Elias Lypitakis
(eal at

Awards Chair: Efthimis Efthimiadis
School of Library & Information Science, University of Washington
Box 352930, Seattle, WA 98195-2930, USA
(efthimis at
Phone: +1-206-616-6077, Fax: +1-206-616-3152

The  SIGIR  2000  Programme  Committee  is  organized with an
International  Programme  Committee (IPC) and three  Regional
Programme  Committees (RPC). Both the  IPC and  the RPCs  are
designed to reflect the broadening topic areas of IR research.
The reviewing process for SIGIR 2000 will  be  in  two stages.
There will first be initial reviews by at least three members
of the RPCs for each submission. For each paper, an IPC member
will be responsible for producing a review and recommendation
integrating the three initial reviews. All submissions will be
refereed "blind",  that is,  without  identification  of their
authors.  For  further information  on the  requirements  for
submission of contributions, and evaluation criteria, see the
Conference web site:


Jun Adachi, NACSIS, Japan
Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy
Ricardo Baeza-Yates, University of Chile, Chile
Marcia Bates, UCLA, USA
Jamie Callan, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
W. Bruce Croft, University of Massachusetts, USA
Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research, USA
Edward A. Fox, Virginia Tech, USA
Norbert Fuhr, University Dortmund, Germany
Donna Harman, NIST, USA
William Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences University, USA
Kalervo Jarvelin, University Tampere, Finland
David Lewis, AT&T Labs, USA
Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University, USA
Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,USA
Mark Maybury, MITRE, USA
Alistair Moffat, University of Melbourne, Australia
Sung-Hyon Myaeng, Chungnam National University, Korea
Douglas Oard, University of Maryland, USA
Steve Robertson, Microsoft Research, UK
Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University, Ireland
Karen Sparck Jones, University of Cambridge, UK
Keith van Rijsbergen, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Ellen Voorhees, NIST, USA
Ross Wilkinson, CSIRO, Australia
Peter Willett, University of Sheffield, UK
Kam-Fai Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

ACM SIGIR, BCS IRSG, Greek Computer Society, others requested.

(submissions should include up to 6 keywords on both the first page
and the cover page)

IR theory and models (general), statistical/probabilistic models,
logic-based models, term expansion/thesauri, relevance feedback
algorithms/evaluation, text clustering, filtering/routing, passage
retrieval, retrieval using document structure, structured queries,
change in queries over time, evaluation (general), test collections,
testing methodology, scalability of evaluation, information brokers,
distributed collections, merging search results/information synthesis,
systems and implementation (general), architectures for IR systems,
architectures for WWW search, scalability of IR systems, efficiency
indexing for IR systems, efficient query evaluation , compression and
other optimizations for IR, integration with database systems ,
information access in digital libraries, natural language processing for
IR (general), stemming/morphological analysis, tokenization/parsing,
thesaurus construction , phrase detection and use, word sense
disambiguation and IR, text segmentation, discourse analysis and IR,
summarization/abstracting and IR, question answering, translation,
cross-lingual indexing/retrieval, information seeking behavior
(general), individual differences in information-seeking,
field/empirical studies of the information seeking process, theoretical
discussion of the information seeking process, embedding search within
larger tasks , user studies (general), comparing interfaces for
information access, methodology for evaluating interactive IR, user
interface (UI) design for IR (general), information visualization for IR
(general), UIs/visualization for collection overviews and topic spaces,
UIs/visualization for categories/subject codes, UIs/visualization for
query generation and specification, UIs/visualization organizing and
displaying retrieval results, UIs/visualization for source selection,
UIs/visualization for hypertext search and navigation, integrating
navigation and search, animation and IR interfaces, structuring
information to aid search and navigation, structuring information for
different user populations, navigation versus ad hoc search, monitoring
user behavior to improve search, automated presentation of information,
adaptive IR interfaces, adaptive ranking algorithms , cognitive models
and IR, user models and information access, information seeking
dialogues , sensemaking, collaboration and IR, collaboritive filtering,
social techniques for organization and search, reading/annotating and
IR, knowledge-based systems and IR, semantic nets/conceptual graphs and
IR, case-based reasoning and IR, machine learning and IR, text
categorization, planning and IR, IR agents (general), architectures for
IR agents, IR and avatars, (semi) automated search assistants, MMIR
(general), content-based indexing/retrieval (general), image
indexing/retrieval, text image indexing/retrieval, OCR/degraded images
indexing/retrieval, video indexing/retrieval, speech indexing/retrieval,
general audio indexing/retrieval, metadata for retrieval of non-text
information, efficient search over non-textual information, query
languages for non-textual information, results analysis and presentation
for MMIR, evaluation theory and methodology for MMIR, test collection
development for MMIR , application areas (general), biomedical
informatics, legal informatics, entertainment and IR, education and IR,
exploiting hyperlink structure, event detection and tracking, text data
mining, search and ecommerce, search and mobile systems, IR interaction
with the physical world.

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