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Category:   E-Conf
Subject:   SIGIR 2007 Newsletter for May
Email:   sigir07_(on)_cs.utwente.nl
Date received:   21 May 2007
Deadline:   15 Jun 2007
Start date:   23 Jul 2007

------------------------------------------------------------------------ SIGIR 2007 News letter for May 2007 The 30th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference 23-27 July 2007, Amsterdam ------------------------------------------------------------------------ In this edition: 1. Early bird registration before 15 June 2007 2. Book your hotel as soon as possible 3. How to obtain an invitation letter for a visa 4. Complete preliminary conference schedule on-line 5. Preliminary programme for the SIGIR Industry Event 6. SIGIR provides excellent tutorials 7. TNO-ICT sponsors the SIGIR Industry Event 8. Fredhopper sponsors SIGIR at the bronze level 9. Submissions for most SIGIR workshops to close 10. Important Dates ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1. Early bird registration before 15 June 2007 We received already many registrations for the conference. Early bird registration is still possible: SIGIR offers reduced registration fee if registration and payment is received before 15 June 2007. Furthermore, there are reduced fees for members of ACM, BCS-IRSG, ARIA, FGI, WGI, and SIKS. Register now on: http://www.sigir2007.org/registration.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2. Book your hotel as soon as possible July is in the middle of tourist season in Amsterdam, so we recommend strongly to book early for your visit to the SIGIR 2007 conference. Online reservations are managed by RAI Hotel & Travel Service. They can book a room for you at the conference hotel, the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. If you prefer not to stay there, RAI Hotel & Travel Service has carefully selected different hotels in the city centre of Amsterdam, at the best rates. We offer hotels for every budget - including 4-person rooms at one of Amsterdam's famous youth hostels. See: http://www.sigir2007.org/accommodation.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3. How to obtain an invitation letter for a visa The conference organisation receives many reguests for invitation letters to obtain a visa to travel to the Netherlands. The procedure is simple: The registration form has a box to tick if you require an invitation letter for a visa. The visa letter is sent as soon as you have registered and we have received your payment. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 4. Complete preliminary conference schedule on-line The complete perliminary conference schedule is now on-line. Some small details might still change, but it gives a complete detailed overview of the entire program. See: http://www.sigir2007.org/schedule.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 5. Preliminary programme for the SIGIR Industry Event The first Industry Event is proud to announce an excellent preliminary programme of speakers. * Omar Alonso from SAP discusses sensemaking in the enterprise, where the Orcatec LCC speaker presents on legal discovery and litigation support. * Hugh Williams from Microsoft and Byron Dom from Yahoo! will discuss topics in search for end-users. * Vertical search is treated by Thomas Mandl, who assesses 54 website search applications, while Craig Scott from Elsevier Scirus explains how web data has been integrated within Scopus. * Daniel Tunkelang from Endeca puts the user experience in the spotlight, where Fredhopper's Ronny Roeller dives into facetted search for e-commerce. * Collexis speaks on thesauri construction in the language technology session, and Jakub Zavrel from Textkernel will talk on information extraction and web mining. Our practitioner's panel discusses with the audience their challenges in applying search solutions. We expect to finalize the programme with more contributions on mobile search, web search and e-commerce. See: http://www.sigir2007.org/news/20070512prelimie.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 6. SIGIR provides excellent tutorials Tutorials will take place on Monday 23 July at the University of Amsterdam. Tutorials take half a day, so you can register for two half-day tutorials. The following tutorials are offered: * Conducting Interactive IR User Studies by Diane Kelly from the University of North Carolina * Introduction to Web Retrieval and Advertising by Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Andrei Broder, and Prabhakar Raghavan from Yahoo Research * Introduction to Text Mining by David Lewis of Lewis Consulting * The Probabilistic Relevance Model: BM25 and Beyond by Hugo Zaragoza and Stephen Robertson from Yahoo Research and Microsoft Research * Cross-Language Information Access by Jianqiang Wang and Daqing He from SUNY Buffalo and the University of Pittsburgh * Supervised and Semi-Supervised Learning for IR by Yi Zhang and Rong Jin from UC Santa Cruz and Michigan State University * XML Retrieval: Integrated IR-DB Challenges and Solutions by Sihem Amer-Yahia, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Mariano Consens, and Mounia Lalmas from Yahoo Research, University of Toronto, and Queen Mary University London * Introduction to Recommender Systems by Joseph Konstan from University of Minnesota For more information, see: http://www.sigir2007.org/tutorials.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 7. TNO-ICT sponsors the SIGIR Industry Event TNO Information and Communication Technology sponsors the SIGIR 2007 Industry Event. TNO Information and Communication Technology is a unique centre of innovation in the Netherlands. TNO helps companies, government bodies and (semi-)public organisations to realise successful innovations in ICT. Value creation for clients is TNO's priority, and their added value lies in the combination of innovative strength and in-depth knowledge. TNO's approach to innovation is integrated and practical. Where necessary, TNO also focuses on user-friendliness, financial aspects, and business processes. TNO supports the implementation process by carrying out technical and market trials. TNO is also a specialist in innovation strategy and policy. For more information please visit http://www.tno.nl/. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 8. Fredhopper sponsors SIGIR at the bronze level Fredhopper is the No.1 provider of onsite search & merchandising solutions for online business in Europe and behind the scenes of many of the largest online businesses. Customers include many of the largest online businesses such as B&Q, Neckermann, Quelle, Philips Electronics, Littlewoods Shop Direct Group, Thomas Cook, Waitrose and Woolworths. Fredhopper has product development centers in Amsterdam and Sofia. For more information: http://www.fredhopper.com/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 9. Submissions for most SIGIR workshops to close The purpose of SIGIR workshops is to provide a platform for presenting novel ideas in a less formal and possibly more focused way than the conference itself. As such, they also offer a good opportunity for young researchers to present their work and to obtain feedback from an interested community. Workshops will take place on Friday, 27 July 2007 at the University of Amsterdam. SIGIR offers the following workshops: * Learning to Rank for Information Retrieval * Web Information Seeking and Interaction * Plagiarism Analysis, Authorship Identification, and Near-Duplicate Detection * Improving Web retrieval for non-English queries * Multimedia Information Retrieval * Large scale Distributed Systems for Information Retrieval * Information retrieval and applications of graphical models * Focused Retrieval * Searching Spontaneous Conversational Speech Some workshops still take paper submissions. For details, see: http://www.sigir2007.org/workshops.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 10. Important Dates End of May 2007: Submission dead line for most workshops (check the individual workshops web sites via http://www.sigir2007.org/workshops.html) June 15 2007: Dead line for early registration with reduced fee. July 23-27, 2007: Conference in Amsterdam Web site: http://www.sigir2007.org MySIGIR: http://my.sigir2007.org Syndication: http://www.sigir2007.org/news/feed.rss NewsLetter: Send SUBSCRIBE to sigir07_(on)_cs.utwente.nl (leave the list at any time sending "SIGNOFF SIGIR2007") Contact: info_(on)_sigir2007.org _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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