Call for Papers

                19th International Conference on Research 
                 and Development in Information Retrieval

                     Held at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

                        August 18 - August 22, 1996
                               Organized by:
            UBILAB, Union Bank of Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland
       ETH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

                           In co-operation with:
                             AICA-GLIR (Italy)
                               BCS-IRSG (UK)
                          CEPIS-EIRSG (Europe)
                                GI (Germany)
                                IPSJ (Japan)
                               OCG (Austria)
                             SI (Switzerland)



SIGIR '96 is an international research conference on information retrieval (IR) 
theory, systems, and applications. The ACM SIGIR conference occurs annually, 
alternating between locations in North America and elsewhere (e.g. Europe). 
It attracts a broad range of professionals including theoreticians, developers, 
publishers, researchers, educators, and designers of systems, interfaces,
information bases, and related applications. 


SIGIR '96 seeks original papers (i.e. never before submitted or published) on 
significant contributions to the broad field of information storage and 
retrieval covering the handling of all types of information as well as the 
underlying theories, models, and implementations. 

We encourage discussions of experimental studies, tests of usability, 
explorations of information retrieval behavior, reports on largescale system 
performance, and demonstrations of advanced approaches. We prefer theoretical 
contributions to have sufficient proof of utility, and designs that have been 
proven by a prototype. Similarly, reports on smallscale experiments should 
include convincing arguments or simulations to show their likelihood of 


Topics are addressed at the theoretical, experimental and applications level 
and include, but are not limited to:

Information Retrieval Theory: 
     Probabilistic and Logic Retrieval Models, Data Fusion.
User Interaction: 
     Models, Interfaces, Query (Re-)Formulation, Visualization.
     Audio, Video, and Image Retrieval, Links, Composite Documents.
     Test Collections, Evaluation Measures.
Natural Language Processing: 
     Indexing and Retrieval using Linguistic Resources, Multilingual Retrieval.
Systems and Implementation Issues: 
     Integration with Database Systems, Networked Systems, Compression, 
     Efficient Query Evaluation.
     Workflow Management, Electronic Publishing, Digital Libraries.


Submissions to SIGIR '96 can be made in the form of papers, tutorials, panels, 
posters, or demonstrations, and should be addressed to the relevant Chairs. 
With the exception of papers and posters, submissions may be made via e-mail 
(plain ASCII text). All submissions should include complete contact information
including mail address, telephone, fax, and e-mail.


Papers (4 copies) should be submitted in English to the relevant Program 
Co-chair. Papers should contain at most 5000 words and should be double-spaced. 
The first page must contain the title of the paper and an abstract of not more 
than 100 words, but no indication about the author(s) and affiliation(s). In 
addition, authors must provide a separate page with the title, the author 
name(s), and the author affiliation(s), plus complete contact information 
(mailing address, telephone, fax, and e-mail) for the author to whom 
correspondence should be sent. Please indicate if the paper is to be 
considered for the Best Student Paper Award. This Award requires that the 
first and primary author be a fulltime student at time of submission.


SIGIR '96 will begin with a full day of tutorials, each of which is intended 
to cover a single topic in detail. Proposals are solicited for tutorials of 
either a half day (4 hours) or full day in length. Submissions should be made 
to the Tutorials and Panels Chair and should include an extended abstract 
(3 - 5 pages) and an indication of the tutorial length, objectives, and 
intended audience.


SIGIR '96 will include a small number of panel sessions. These are intended to 
examine issues of interest to the research and development community and to 
stimulate lively debate between panelists and audience. Proposals are solicited 
from prospective moderators. Submissions to the Tutorials and Panels Chair 
should include an extended abstract outlining the proposed topic and a list of 
panel members. 


Demonstrations provide an opportunity for first-hand, interactive experience 
with information retrieval systems. Proposals (up to 3 pages) should be 
submitted to the Demonstrations Chair. The proposal should indicate how the 
demonstration will illustrate new ideas and describe the technical 
specifications of the system. The hardware, software, and network requirements 
for the demonstration, including the electrical requirements of the equipment, 
should be indicated. 


SIGIR '96 will include poster presentations to offer researchers an opportunity 
to present late-breaking results, significant work in progress, or research 
that is best communicated in presentational format. Abstracts of posters will 
appear in the conference proceedings.

Submissions to the Posters Chair should consist of an extended abstract 
(3 copies) of approximately 3 - 4 pages emphasizing the research problem and 
the methods being used. In addition, a separate cover page is required 
containing the title of the poster, the name and affiliation of the author(s) 
as well as complete contact information.


Proposals are being solicited from both individuals and groups for one-day 
workshops to be held on August 22, 1996. Workshops bring together researchers 
to share information and discuss a topic that relates to their particular 
field of expertise. Submissions of up to 3 pages should be made to the 
Workshops Chair. They should include the theme and goal of the workshop, the 
planned activities, the maximum number of participants and the selection 
process, plus a list of potential participants. Please include a CV for each 
organizer detailing relevant qualifications and experience. After the workshop, 
organizers are to provide an article summarizing the workshop for SIGIR Forum.


Presently: E-mail with subject 'subscribe' and an empty 
     message body to be added to the mailing list.
January 26, 1996: Submission of papers to the relevant Program Co-chair.
March 1, 1996: Submission of proposals for tutorials, panels, demonstrations, 
     posters, and workshops to the relevant Chair.
April 3, 1996: Author notification.
May 10, 1996: Final manuscript due in camera ready and electronic forms. 


Detailed information on the SIGIR '96 conference is available on the World 
Wide Web. URL: Questions 
should be addressed to

General Conference Chair:

Hans-Peter Frei
UBILAB, Union Bank of Switzerland
Bahnhofstr. 45, 8021 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41/1-236 5714; Fax: +41/1-236 4671

Local Arrangements Chair:

Gabriele Sonnenberger
UBILAB, Union Bank of Switzerland
P.O. Box 2336, 8033 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41/1-234 4457; Fax: +41/1-234 6518

Local Organization:

Simone Barth
UBILAB, Union Bank of Switzerland
P.O. Box 2336, 8033 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41/1-236 5714; Fax: +41/1-234 6518


Peter Schaeuble
Informationssysteme, ETH Zentrum
8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41/1-632 7222; Fax: +41/1-632 1172

Program Co-chairs:

Europe, Africa:
Peter Schaeuble
Informationssysteme, ETH Zentrum
8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41/1-632 7222; Fax: +41/1-632 1172

North and South America:
Donna Harman
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Building 225, Room A216, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, USA
Phone: +1/301-975 3569; Fax: +1/301-840 1357

Asia, Pacific:
Ross Wilkinson
723 Swanston Street, Carlton, 3053, Australia
Phone: +61/3-9282 2485; Fax: +61/3-9282 2490

Tutorials and Panels Chair:

Norbert Fuhr
Lehrstuhl Informatik VI, Universitaet Dortmund
44221 Dortmund, Germany
Phone: +49/231-755 2045, or 2779; Fax: +49/231-755 2405

Posters Chair:

Elizabeth D. Liddy
4-206 Center for Science and Technology, Syracuse University, 
Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
Phone: +1/315-443 4456; Fax: +1/315-443 5806

Demonstrations Chair:

Marc Rittberger
Informationswissenschaft, Universitaet Konstanz
P.O. Box 5560, 78434 Constance, Germany
Phone: +49/7531-88 3595; Fax: +49/7531-88 26 01

Workshops Chair:

Robert R. Korfhage
Dept. of Information Science, Univ. of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
Phone: +1/412-624 9420 or: 421 1428; Fax: +1/412-624 2788

Program Committee:

IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Philips, The Netherlands
Maristella Agosti, U. Padua, Italy
Peter Anick, Digital Equipment Corp., USA
Micheline Beaulieu, City U., UK
Richard K. Belew, UC San Diego, USA
Nicholas Belkin, Rutgers U., USA
Abraham Bookstein, U. Chicago, USA
Giorgio Brajnik, U. Udine, Italy
Peter D. Bruza, QUT, Australia
Chris Buckley, Cornell U., USA
Yves Chiaramella, LGI-IMAG, France
Stavros Christodoulakis, Technical U. of Crete, Greece
W. Bruce Croft, U. Massachusetts, USA
Raya Fidel, U. of Washington, USA
Edward Fox, Virginia Tech, USA
Norbert Fuhr, U. Dortmund, Germany
Richard Furuta, Texas A&M U., USA
Frederic Gey, UC Berkeley, USA
Gregory Grefenstette, Rank Xerox Research Centre, France
David Harper, Robert Gordon U., UK
William Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences U., USA
David Hull, Rank Xerox Research Centre, France
Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Peter Ingwersen, School of Librarianship, Denmark
Tetsuya Ishikawa, ULIS, Japan
Kalervo Jarvelin, U. Tampere, Finland
Paul Kantor, Rutgers U., USA
Haruo Kimoto, NTT, Japan
Shmuel T. Klein, Bar-Ilan U., Israel
Robert Korfhage, U. Pittsburgh, USA
Donald Kraft, Louisiana State U., USA
Dik L. Lee, Hong Kong U., Hong Kong
Joon Ho Lee, KIST, Korea
David Lewis, AT&T, USA
Elizabeth D. Liddy, Syracuse U., USA
Elke Mittendorf, ETH, Switzerland
Alistair Moffat, U. of Melbourne, Australia
Sung Hyun Myaeng, Chungnam National U., Korea
Desai Narasimhalu, National U. of Singapore, Singapore
Yasushi Ogawa, RICOH, Japan
Jan O. Pedersen, Xerox PARC, USA
Annelise Mark Pejtersen, Risoe, Denmark
Keith van Rijsbergen, U. Glasgow, UK
Stephen Robertson, City U., UK 
Tefko Saracevic, Rutgers U., USA
Fabrizio Sebastiani, IEI-CHR, Italy
Alan Smeaton, Dublin City U., Ireland
Phil Smith, Ohio State U., USA
Craig Stanfill, Ab Initio Software, USA
Jean Tague-Sutcliffe, U. of Western Ontario, Canada
Ulrich Thiel, GMD IPSI, Germany
Richard Tong, Verity, USA
Howard Turtle, West Publishing, USA
Ellen Voorhees, Siemens, USA
Peter Willett, U. Sheffield, UK
Justin Zobel, RMIT, Australia