[Elsnet-list] CfP: SIGIR 2010 Workshop on Query Representation and Understanding

Michael Bendersky bemike at cs.umass.edu
Mon May 3 20:43:48 CEST 2010

Call For Papers

Query Representation and Understanding Workshop at the 33rd Annual ACM 
SIGIR Conference (SIGIR 2010)

Geneva, Switzerland, July 23, 2010 http://ciir.cs.umass.edu/sigir2010/qru/


Understanding the user's intent or information need that underlies a query
has long been recognized as a crucial part of effective information 
Despite this, retrieval models, in general, have not focused on explicitly
representing intent, and query processing has been limited to simple
transformations such as stemming or spelling correction. With the recent
availability of large amounts of data about user behavior and queries in
web search logs, there has been an upsurge in interest in new approaches
to query understanding and representing intent.

This workshop has the goal of bringing together the different strands
of research on query understanding, increasing the dialogue between 
working in this relatively new area, and developing some common themes 
and directions,
including definitions of tasks and evaluation methodology. We hope the 
workshop could
bring together researchers from IR, ML, NLP, and other areas of computer 
and information science
who are working on or interested in this area, and provide a forum for 
them to identify the
issues and the challenges, to share their latest research results, to 
express a diverse range
of opinions about this topic, and to discuss future directions.

We solicit short papers that would be presented as posters during the 
Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
  * Models and algorithms for query understanding and representing user 
  * Empirical studies on user behavior and different types of queries   
  * Applications or user scenarios using query understanding and modeling   
  * New retrieval models or systems incorporating query representation 
and query understanding   
  * Evaluation methodologies for various query processing tasks
The workshop will include invited talks, poster session and panel 

Submitted papers should be in the ACM Conference style (for LaTeX, use 
the "Option 2" style)
and not exceed 4 pages in 9 point font. Papers must be submitted in PDF 
via the submission page (https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/QRU2010/).
Submissions of papers must not substantially duplicate work that any of 
the authors
have published elsewhere or have submitted in parallel to any other 
conferences or journals.
All submissions must be in English and will be reviewed by at least 
three members of the program committee.
At least one author of each accepted paper will be expected to attend 
and prepare a poster
as well as a short presentation at the workshop.

Important Dates
Deadlines for workshop poster submissions are:
  Submissions Due:         June 2, 2010   
  Acceptance Notification: June 23, 2010   
  Camera-ready Submission: July 5, 2010   
  Workshop:                July 23, 2010

Organizing Committee
Bruce Croft and Michael Bendersky, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Hang Li and Gu Xu, Microsoft Research Asia

Program Committee
Claudia Hauff, University of Twente
Dou Shen, Microsoft
Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Yahoo Research
Hema Raghavan, Yahoo Labs
Iadh Ounis, University of Glasgow
Jian-Yun Nie, University of Montreal
Kaushik Chakrabarti, Microsoft Research
Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Microsoft Research
Matt Lease, UT, Austin
Nan Sun, NUS, Singapore
Oren Kurland, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Pu-Jen Cheng, National Taiwan University
Ruihua Song, Microsoft Research Asia
Steven M. Beitzel, Illinois Institute of Technology
Yuanhua Lv, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Yumao Lu, Yahoo Labs

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