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FYI: Call for Tutorials: SIGIR 2010

Author: SIGIR Announcements

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
General Linguistics

FYI Body: 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

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;
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 the Tutorial Chair, Djoerd Hiemstra, using the following email
address: 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.

Important Dates:

12 February 2010: Tutorial proposals due
24 March 2010: Acceptance notifications
19-23 July 2010: Conference in Geneva

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