Workshops Venue : The Guinness Storehouse Conference Centre.
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Workshops Date : 18th April 2011

Information: There will be ECIR and Guinness staff on hand all day to send you, upon arival, to the registration desk on the second floor  of the storehouse.

Information Retrieval over Query Sessions / Diversity in Document Retrieval Evaluating Personal Search Workshop / Information Access for Personal Media Archives 
8:15 - 20:00 Registration   8:15 - 20:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:30 Session A 9:00 - 10:30 EPS Session A
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee   10:30 - 11:00 Coffee
11:00 - 13:00 Session B   11:00 - 13:00 Session B / Close
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch   13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Session C   14:00 - 15:30 IAPMA Session A
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee 15:30 - 16:00 Coffee
16:00 - 18:00 Session D / Close   16:00 - 18:00 IAPMA Session B / Close
18:00 - 19:30 Storehouse - Access to the Visitor Experience   18:00 - 19:30 Storehouse - Access to the Visitor Experience
19:30 - 23:00 ECIR 2011 Welcome Reception in the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar   19:30 - 23:00 ECIR 2011 Welcome Reception in the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar

EPS 2011: Evaluating Personal Search Workshop

Personal Search refers to the process of searching within one's personal space of digital information, e.g., searching one's desktop or mobile phone for required data items or information. This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in working towards standardized evaluation approaches for the personal search space. Due to the large space that this covers, as a first step towards overall standardized personal search evaluation this workshop will focus on evaluation for the textual elements within personal desktop collections and known item keyword queries for these elements.


Submission Deadline: 21th February 2011

David Elsweiler - University of Erlangen, Germany
Liadh Kelly - Dublin City University, Ireland
Jinyoung Kim - UMass Amherst, USA

Program Committee:
Leif Azzopardi - University of Glasgow, UK
Robert Capra - University of North Carolina, USA
Sergey Chernov - L3S, Germany
Bruce Croft - Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Ronald Fernandez - University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Karl Gyllstrom - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Beligium
Donna Harman - NIST, USA
David Hawking - Funnelback, Australia
Gareth Jones - Dublin City University, Ireland
Noriko Kando - National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Diane Kelly - University of North Carolina, USA
David Losada - University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Ian Ruthven - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Alan Smeaton - Dublin City University, Ireland
Jaime Teevan - Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA
Paul Thomas - CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia

Diversity in Document Retrieval (DDR)

When an ambiguous query is received, a sensible approach is for the information retrieval (IR) system to diversify the results retrieved for this query, in the hope that at least one of the interpretations of the query intent will satisfy the user. Diversity is an increasingly important topic, of interest to both academic researchers (such as participants in the TREC Web and Blog track diversity tasks), as well as to search engines professionals. In this workshop, we solicit
submissions both on approaches and models for diversity, the evaluation of diverse search results, and on applications and presentation of diverse search results.


Submission Deadline: 20th February 2011

Craig Macdonald, University of Glasgow
Jun Wang, University College London
Charles Clarke, University of Waterloo

IAPMA 2011: 2nd Workshop Information Access for Personal Media Archives (IAPMA)

In this workshop we seek to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines to exchange ideas on how we can advance towards the goal of effective capture, retrieval and exploration of e-memories. In addition to directly exploring relevant issues in information retrieval, we believe it is important for computing scientists to be aware of advances made in sensing technology by hardware engineers and material scientists, or for cognitive psychologists to be aware of the advances made by information scientists which may be of benefits to those with memory conditions, etc.

We are interested in the report of current work including: development of new sensing devices and technologies to capture novel data of personal interest, algorithmic research, user studies on the real-life benefits of efficiently accessing personal media archives, and also position papers on the place of personal media archive research within IR or proposals for research strategies in this area. Submissions will be selected for presentation to reflect a spectrum of work and to encourage discussion in the workshop.


Submission Deadline: 23rd February 2011

Aiden R. Doherty, University of Oxford
Alan F. Smeaton, CLARITY DCU
Kiyoharu Aizawa, Tokyo
Kieron O'Hara, University of Southampton

Information Retrieval over Query Sessions

Research in Information Retrieval has traditionally focused on serving the best results for a single query. But users often begin an interaction with a search engine with a sufficiently ill-specified query that they will need to reformulate their query and/or information need several times before they find what they are looking for. This workshop will focus on advances in Information Retrieval technology over query sessions. We aim to provide discussion and promote research & development on two main themes: (A) retrieval models & ranking, and (B) evaluation & test collections that model users interacting with engines over sessions of reformulations.

(A) Retrieval Models & Ranking: How to analyze/model/predict user interactions and use these findings to improve retrieval performance? How can we adapt ranking/retrieval models and IR theory in the light of a sequence of user interactions.

(B) Evaluation & Test Collections: How can we evaluate retrieval system performance over entire query sessions? How can we build reusable test collections to study this IR task? How can we model/simulate user interactions over a session?


Submission deadline: February 18, 2011

Ben Carterette, University of Delaware, USA
Paul Clough, University of Sheffield,UK
Evangelos Kanoulas, University of Sheffield,UK
Mark Sanderson, RMIT University, Australia

Information Management and Retrieval in Mobile Adhoc Societies Workshop (MASoc 2011)

This workshop will not be taking place at ECIR 2011.

Supported By

  • Dublin City University
  • University of Sheffield
  • The British Computer Society