[expertfinder-dev] [Fwd: SIGIR 2008 workshop on Future Challenges in Expertise Retrieval]

John Breslin john.breslin at deri.org
Fri May 16 09:42:42 BST 2008

Deadline Extension and
Last Call for Papers
Future Challenges in Expertise Retrieval
SIGIR 2008 Workshop, 24 July 2008, Singapore


At the TREC Enterprise Track in 2005 the need to study and understand
expertise retrieval (ER) was recognized through the introduction of an
Expert Finding task (as opposed to mere document retrieval). The task
has generated a lot of interest in the IR community, and rapid progress
has been made in terms of modeling, algorithms, and evaluation over the
past 3 years. In fact, expertise retrieval has reached the point where
it is appropriate to assess progress, bring people from different
research communities together, and define a research agenda for the next
years. This workshop aims to determine what we have accomplished and
where we need to go from here in expertise retrieval.


The main theme of the workshop concerns future challenges in Expertise
Retrieval. Instead of focusing on core algorithmic aspects of a specific
expert finding scenario (as is the case for the TREC Expert Finding
task), our aim is to broaden the topic area and to seek for potential
connections with other related fields. We expect submissions from the
following areas:

    * Information Retrieval
    * Knowledge Management
    * Organization Information Systems
    * Social Network Analysis
    * Social Web
    * Virtual Communities
    * User Modeling
    * Human-Computer Interaction


This venue accepts submissions of research papers (up to 8 pages),
position papers (up to 4 pages), and demo descriptions (up to 2 pages).
Submissions must be in English, and must contain original work. All
papers, independent of being a research, position, or demo paper, must
be able to generate discussion during the workshop, and consequently the
PC will favor original and controversial ideas.


    * 23 May Paper submission deadline (extended)
    * 13 Jun Notification of acceptance
    * 23 Jun Camera-ready papers due
    * 24 Jul Workshop


The workshop is aimed to facilitate discussion and interaction among
participants. The workshop will feature regular contributed paper
presentations (20 min/each), demo presentations (5 min/each) and include
discussion between presenters and the audience (10 min/each). The
workshop will also feature an invited speaker, as well as a panel to
wrap up the event.


    * Krisztian Balog, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    * Yong Yu, Apex Knowledge & Data Management Lab, China


    * Arjen de Vries, CWI, The Netherlands
    * Bettina Berendt, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    * ChengXiang Zhai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
    * Craig Macdonald, University of Glasgow, UK
    * David Hawking, CSIRO, Australia
    * Elaine Toms, Dalhousie University, Canada
    * Henry Kautz, University of Rochester, USA
    * Ian Soboroff, NIST, USA
    * Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Florida International University, USA
    * Jianhan Zhu, Open University, UK
    * Jimmy Huang, York University, Canada
    * Jun Wang, University College London, UK
    * Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow, UK
    * Loren Terveen, University of Minnesota, USA
    * Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    * Mark S. Ackerman, University of Michigan, USA
    * Peter Bailey, Microsoft Research, USA
    * Peter Mika, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain
    * Yutaka Matsuo, Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial 
      Science and Technology, Japan

Dr. John Breslin
DERI, NUI Galway
john.breslin at deri.org

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