Pisa, Italy - April 14-16, 2003

Call for Papers

The annual European Conference on Information Retrieval Research, organized by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the British Computer Society (BCS-IRSG), is the main European forum for the presentation of research results in the field of information retrieval. We encourage the submission of papers reporting original, unpublished research results in information retrieval, broadly intended to cover all aspects of computer-based access to data with poorly specified semantics. Papers whose sole or main author is an MSc, PhD or postdoctoral student are especially welcome.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Text search and browsing
  • Text representation and indexing
  • Formal models and language models for information retrieval
  • Cross-lingual and multilingual information retrieval
  • Metasearching, rank aggregation and data fusion
  • Text classification (categorization or clustering)
  • Text mining and information extraction
  • Content-based adaptive filtering and routing
  • Collaborative filtering and recommender systems
  • Topic detection and tracking
  • Text summarization
  • Question answering
  • Information retrieval on the Web
  • Retrieval of structured documents, including XML documents
  • Usability, interactivity, and visualization issues in information retrieval
  • User modelling and user studies for information retrieval
  • Evaluation issues and test collections
  • Distributed information retrieval and source selection
  • Compression, scalability, and other performance issues in information retrieval
  • Architectures for information retrieval
  • Spoken text retrieval and music retrieval
  • Image and video retrieval
  • Optical character recognition and information retrieval
  • Natural language processing for information retrieval
  • Information retrieval on mobile platforms
  • Information retrieval for lexical acquisition
  • Information retrieval for digital libraries

For details on how to submit a paper, please read carefully the instructions for submission.

All papers will be refereed according to the usual scientific standards. Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, which will be distributed to all delegates at the Conference. An award will be presented to the author of the Best Student Paper.

Important Dates

Abstract submission (closed) 20 November, 2002
Paper submission (closed) 25 November, 2002
Acceptance/rejection notification 21 December, 2002
Submission of camera-ready copy 20 January, 2003
Conference 14--16 April, 2003


For posting on bulletin boards, you can download these pdf versions of the call for papers:

  • leaflet (44Kb), which can be printed on a standard A4 black-and-white printer;
  • poster (1965Kb), best printed on an A3 colour printer.


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