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LINGUIST List 21.2102

Wed May 05 2010

Calls: Applied Ling, Comp Ling/Switzerland

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        1.    MIchael Bendersky, Query Representation and Understanding Workshop

Message 1: Query Representation and Understanding Workshop
Date: 03-May-2010
From: MIchael Bendersky <bemikecs.umass.edu>
Subject: Query Representation and Understanding Workshop
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Full Title: Query Representation and Understanding Workshop
Short Title: QRU 2010

Date: 23-Jul-2010 - 23-Jul-2010
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Contact Person: Michael Bendersky
Meeting Email: bemikecs.umass.edu
Web Site: http://ciir.cs.umass.edu/sigir2010/qru/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 02-Jun-2010

Meeting Description:

Understanding the user's intent or information need that underlies a query
has long been recognized as a crucial part of effective information retrieval.
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.

Call For Papers

This workshop has the goal of bringing together the different strands of
research on query understanding, increasing the dialogue between
researchers 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 believe that this call for short papers will be of interest to linguists who
study (or are interested in studying) the way people use language on the
web in general, and specifically in queries issued to the search engines.
Syntactic and semantic structure of web search queries is very different
from other available textual corpora. There is still no general consensus on
the principles of how people formulate their search queries and what is the
best way to build their syntactic and semantic representations. However,
working toward finding such principles is of great interest to both Information
Retrieval research community and web search companies, as this work can
significantly improve the performance of current web search engines (which
are generally geared toward short "keyword queries") on longer, more
complex queries. We believe that the involvement of the linguistics
community can be a key factor in the success of this endeavor.

We solicit short papers that would be presented as posters during the
workshop.
Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
-Models and algorithms for query understanding and representing user
intent
-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
discussions.

Submission:
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 electronically 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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