Thursday, August 10, 2006, and Friday August 11, 2006.
9:00am - 5:30pm

Two-Day Workshops

Personal Information Management: Now that we're talking, what are we learning?

William Jones, University of Washingon, USA
Nicholas Belkin, Rutgers University, USA
Ofer Bergman, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Robert G. Capra III, Virginia Tech, USA
Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research, USA
Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research, USA
Jacek Gwizdka, Rutgers University, USA
David Maier, Portland State University, USA
Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones, Virginia Tech, USA
Jaime Teevan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Good research relating to Personal Information Management (PIM) is being done in several disciplines including database management, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence and, certainly, information retrieval. This two-day workshop will continue momentum towards building a community of researchers doing PIM-related research.


One-Day Workshops

Adversarial Information Retrieval on the Web (AIRWeb 2006)

Tim Converse, Yahoo! Search, USA
Brian D. Davison, Lehigh University, USA
Marc Najork, Microsoft Research, USA

AIRWeb 2006 connects researchers and practitioners that are passionate about the on-going efforts in adversarial information retrieval on the Web, such as web spam, link-bombing, comment spam, splogs, referrer spam, search engine optimization, and more.


Evaluating Exploratory Search Systems (ESS 2006)

Ryen White, University of Maryland, USA
Gheorghe Muresan, Rutgers University, USA
Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina, USA

Exploratory Search Systems (ESS) support learning and investigation. They can be effective in situations where: searchers struggle to formulate queries, they must navigate complex information spaces, the search task requires browsing and exploration, or system indexing is inadequate. This workshop gathers researchers to discuss the formative and summative evaluation of ESS.


Faceted Search

Andrei Z. Broder, Yahoo! Research, USA
Yoelle S. Maarek, Google Haifa, Israel

Faceted search enables users to navigate a multi-dimensional information space by combining text search with a progressive narrowing of choices in each dimension. It has become the prevailing user interaction mechanism in e-commerce sites and is being extended to deal with semi-structured data, continuous dimensions, and folksonomies. The workshop will discuss all aspects of faceted search, from underlying technology to user interfaces and commercial use.


Geographic Information Retrieval (GIR06)

Ross Purves, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Chris Jones, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

This workshop will address all aspects of Geographic Information Retrieval - that is the provision and evaluation of methods to identify geographic scope, retrieve and relevance rank documents or other resources from both unstructured and partially structured collections on the basis of queries specifying both theme and geographic scope.


New Directions In Multilingual Information Access

Fredric C. Gey, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Noriko Kando, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Carol Peters, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Chin-Yew Lin, Microsoft Research Asia, China

This workshop will summarize the current state of research and development in multilingual information access, including among others, cross-language information retrieval, cross-language question answering, multilingual, multi-document summarization. Practical issues in implementing large-scale multilingual digital libraries will be a focus.


Open Source Information Retrieval (OSIR 2006)

Michel Beigbeder, École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France
Wray Buntine, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Finland
Wai Gen Yee, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

The goal of the Open Source Information Retrieval Workshop (OSIR) is to bring together practitioners developing open source search technologies to share their recent advances, and to coordinate their strategy and research plans. The intent is to foster community-based development, to promote distribution of transparent Web search tools, and to strengthen the interaction with the research community in IR.


Stylistics for Text Retrieval in Practice

Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Jussi Karlgren, Swedish Institute for Computer Science, Sweden
Ozlem Uzuner, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA

This workshop will focus on the practical craft of style analysis in natural language texts. Participants are expected to bring with them a method for applying stylistic analysis to information access tasks. Before lunch, methods are discussed in session; after lunch, demonstrated in practice.


XML Element Retrieval Methodology

Andrew Trotman, University of Otago, New Zealand
Shlomo Geva, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

XML-IR evaluation experiments have shown improvements in retrieval precision, while at the same time raising new questions about methodology, application, use, and so on. For example, how should we assess the success of XML-IR systems in relation to the suitability of user models, tasks, and interfaces? This workshop will allow researchers to present and discuss their ideas, to form new collaborations, and to help define research community experiments on a scale that cannot be carried out even by relatively large individual groups.


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