SIGIR 2010 Call for tutorials

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.

Keynote speech by Gerhard Weikum at DIR 2009

Prof. Gerhard Weikum (MPII, Saarbruecken, Germany) has agreed to give a keynote speech at the Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop which takes place on 2 and 3 February 2009 at the University of Twente.

Gerhard Weikum is Research Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII) in Saarbruecken, Germany, where he is leading the department on databases and information systems. Prof. Weikum is ACM fellow and a renowned expert in the field of Databases. He received the VLDB 10-Year Achievement Award in 2002. Since then, he focused on several information retrieval problems such as peer-to-peer search, search efficiency, and database and search integration, resulting in for instance 6 full papers at the last SIGIR conferences.

Paper submission deadline: 14 November 2008

Dutch-Belgian IR workshop in Maastricht

The Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval workshop (DIR) will take place in Maastricht on April 14-15, 2008. The primary aim of the DIR workshop 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. Hinrich Schuetze of the University of Stuttgart will give an invited talk at DIR2008 about his new book “Introduction to Information Retrieval” which will appear in 2008.

Deadline call for papers: 2 February 2008
http://www.ltci.ugent.be/DIR2008