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Wed Dec 09 2009

FYI: Call for Course Proposals: Russian Summer School in Info Retrieval

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        1.    Tatiana Lando, Call for Course Proposals: Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval

Message 1: Call for Course Proposals: Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval
Date: 09-Dec-2009
From: Tatiana Lando <tatiana.landogmail.com>
Subject: Call for Course Proposals: Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval
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4th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2010)
Monday September 13 - Saturday September 18, 2010
Voronezh, Russia


First Call for Course Proposals:

The 4th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2010) will
be held on September 13-18, 2010 in Voronezh, Russia, one of the major
cities in south-western Russia. The mission of the school is to teach
students about modern problems and methods in Information Retrieval, to
stimulate scientific research in the field of Information Retrieval, and to
create an opportunity for informal contacts among scientists, students and
industry professionals. The Russian Conference for Young Scientists in
Information Retrieval will be co-located with the school. RuSSIR 2010 will
offer 4 or 5 courses and host approximately 100 participants. The working
languages of the school are English (preferable) and Russian. The target
audience of RuSSIR is advanced graduate and PhD students, post-doctoral
researchers, academic and industrial researchers, and developers.

The RuSSIR 2010 Organizing Committee invites proposals for courses on a
wide range of IR-related topics, including but not limited to:
- IR theory and models
- IR architectures
- Algorithms and data structures for IR
- Text IR
- Multimedia (including music, speech, image, video) IR
- Natural language techniques for IR tasks
- User interfaces for IR
- Web IR (including duplicate detection, hyperlink analysis, query logs)
- Text mining, information and fact extraction
- Mobile applications for IR
- Dynamic media IR (blogs, news, WIKIs)
- Social IR (collaborative filtering, tagging, recommender systems)
- IR evaluation.

Each course should consist of five 90-minute-long sessions (normally in
five consecutive days). The course may include both lectures and practical
exercises in computer labs.

Ricardo Baeza-Yates, VP of Research for Europe and Latin America at Yahoo,
has confirmed as an invited lecturer for RuSSIR 2010 with the course 'Web
Data Mining.'

RuSSIR 2010 organizers will cover travel expenses and accommodations at the
school for one lecturer per course, but there is no additional honorarium.
The RuSSIR organizers would highly appreciate if, whenever possible,
lecturers could find alternative funding to cover travel and accommodation
expenses and indicate this possibility in the proposal.

Course proposals for RuSSIR 2010 must be submitted by email to Pavel
Braslavski (pbyandex-team.ru), by February 14, 2010. A course proposal
should contain a brief description of the course (up to 200 words),
preferred schedule, prerequisites, equipment needs, a short description of
teaching/research experience and contact information of the lecturer(s).
All proposals will be evaluated by the RuSSIR 2010 program committee
according to the school goals, presentation clarity, lecturer's
qualifications and experience. Topics not featured at previous RuSSIRs are
preferred. All submitters will be notified by March 1, 2010. Early informal
inquiries about the school or the proposal evaluation process are encouraged.

About RuSSIR: The Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval is
co-organized by the Russian Information Retrieval Evaluation Seminar
(ROMIP) and Voronezh State University. Previous schools took place in
Ekaterinburg, Taganrog, and Petrozavodsk. Previous RuSSIR courses included
IR Models (by Djoerd Hiemstra), Modeling Web Searcher Behavior and
Interactions (by Eugene Agichtein), Computational Advertising (by James
Shanahan), Text Mining, Information and Fact Extraction (by Marie-Francine
Moens), Natural Language Processing for Information Access (by Horacio
Saggion), Music IR (by Andreas Rauber), and others.

About the RuSSIR 2010 location: Voronezh is a major city in southwestern
Russia, spanning both sides of the Voronezh River, with population of
850,000. Express trains from Moscow to Voronezh take about 10 hours. There
are also regular flights from Moscow, Munich, Prague, Tel-Aviv, and
Istanbul. The town was founded in 1586. In the 17th century, Voronezh
gradually evolved into a sizeable town, especially after Tsar Peter the
Great built a dockyard in Voronezh. Currently, Voronezh is an
administrative, economic and cultural center of the Voronezh region.
Voronezh's surrounding area has many attractions including an archeological
museum, nature and historical reserve Divnogorie, Kostomarovo cave
monastery, and the Orlov trotter stud farm at Khrenovoe. Voronezh has a
large student population: 37 institutions of higher education and 53
colleges educating over 127,000 students today. Voronezh State University
was founded in 1918 and is one of the largest universities in Russia, with
a total enrollment of 22,000.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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