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BCS IRSG Symposium: Future Directions in Information Access 2007

Tuesday, 28th and Wednesday, 29th of August,

Glasgow, Scotland

Held in conjunction with the European Summer School on IR (ESSIR2007).

The proceedings can be donwloaded from here.

Promoting and Encouraging Early Research in IR

Information Retrieval conferences are now becoming highly competitive. As such, it is difficult for many new researchers to present and share their ideas which are at more formative or tentative stages. The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum where future directions of information access can be presented and discussed in an open and friendly environment.

Why future directions, because we want to encourage submission that focus on the possible paths so that they can be discussed. Presenting the, what if scenarios, and solutions to them.

Why Information Access, because it captures the broader ideas of information retrieval, storage and management to include interaction and usage.

Symposium Aims

The objectives of the IRSG FDIA Symposium are:
  • To provide an accessible forum for early researchers (particularly PhD students, and researchers new to the field) to share and discuss their research.
  • To create and foster the formative and tentative research ideas.
  • To encourage discussion and debate.
The IRSG FDIA Symposium aims to provide researchers with an excellent opportunity to receive constructive feedback on their current and future research directions.


Tuesday, 28th of August, 15:30 - 19:00

  • 15.30 - 15.40 Introduction to Part I of FDIA

  • 15.40 - 17:30 Boaster Presentations

    • Automatic Genre Identification: Towards a Flexible Classification Scheme
      Marina Santini
    • The Effect Of Smoothing In Language Models For Novelty Detection
      Ronald T. Fernandez
    • How different social groups within the music industry communicate meaning in order to satisfy their information needs
      Charlie Inskip
    • Challenges in Urdu Stemming (A Progress Report)
      Kashif Riaz
    • Named Entities Patterns across News Domains
      Masnizah Mohd
    • Moving Toward Web-Scale: Adapting Semantic Components for Use in Large Collections
      Susan Price
    • Exploring Temporal Evidence in Web Information Retrieval
      Sergio Nunes
    • Narrowing gaps in science
      Ulises Cervino Beresi
    • Focused Retrieval Using Topical Language and Structure
      A.M. Kaptein
    • Formulating XML-IR Queries
      Alan Woodley
    • A language model which integrates uncertainty Caroline
    • Category labelling for automatic subject scheme generation
      Rodrigo Sanchez
    • Advanced Information Retrieval from Web Pages
      Anton Vedeshin
    • Multimedia Retrieval and Classification for Web Content
      Jana Kludas
    • Personalization of Social Media
      Maarten Clements
    • Using Genetic Algorithms for Query Reformulation
      Jose R. Perez-Aguera
    • Structured Text Retrieval by means of Affordances and Genre
      Malcolm Clark
    • The Information Retrieval Challenge of Human Digital Memories
      Liadh Kelly
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Poster Session with refreshments.

    Includes posters of presentations above, plus:
    • Empirical Stop Word Identification in Urdu Corpora
      Kashif Riaz
    • Adaptive Algorithms for Weighted Queries on Weighted Binary Relations and Labeled Trees
      Aleh Veraskouski
    • Generating News Summaries at Indexing Time
      Javier Parapar Lopez
    • Topic specific association rules mining from social bookmarks
      Ilija Subasic
    • A Hybrid Approach incorporating XML and NLP Techniques for Focused Information Retrieval in the Biomedical Domain
      Thilakshmi Perera
  • 19:30 - FDIA Social Event at The Primary

    ( 311 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG)

Wednesday, 29th of August, 14:00 - 17:30

  • 14:00 - 14:05 Introduction to Part II of FDIA

  • 14:05- 15:10 Session: How to write a good IR paper

    • 14:05 - 14:30 Overview of guidelines for paper writers and reviewers - Leif Azzopardi
    • 14:30 - 14:50 How to write a good Evaluation Paper - Stephen Robertson
    • 14:50 - 15:10 How to write a good Multimedia Paper - Arjen de Vries
  • 15:10 - 15:40 Session: Industry Session

    • IR and Business Talk - Theo Huibers
  • Coffee Break

  • 16:00 - 17:30 Panel Session: What makes a good IR PhD?

    • Discussion with Panelists:
    • Maristella Agosti
    • Fidel Cacheda
    • Yves Chiaramella
    • Theo Huibers
    • Andy MacFarlane
    • Vassilis Plachouras
    • Alan Smeaton


The event will be collocated with ESSIR 2007, the European Summer School on IR in Glasgow.

The venue is the Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre in the University of Glasgow .

Important Dates

1st of August - Camera Ready Papers Due.
21st of August - Papers will be made available online via the eWic system
28th of August (15:30-19:00pm) - Symposium (Part i)
29th of August (14:00-17.30pm) Symposium (Part ii)


Registration fees are as follows:
BCS or BCS-IRSG member rate:£69
Non-member rate:£99

Registration fees include tea, coffee, beer, wine and food, along with a social event.

Save £30, and register to become an BCS-IRSG member for free.
Visit our membership enquiry page, if you are a BCS-IRSG member and would like to retrieve your membership number.

To register complete the registration form for ESSIR 2007 and tick the FDIA box.

Local Organization

Leif Azzopardi
Iadh Ounis

Program Committee Chair

Andy MacFarlane

Program Committee

Bettina Berendt
Wray Buntine
Nick Craswell
Norbert Fuhr
David Hawking
Theo Huibers
Kal Jarvelin
Mounia Lalmas
Stephen Robertson
Ian Ruthven
Mark Sanderson
Alan Smeaton
Maarten de Rijke
Stefan Rueger
Ayse Goker
Micheal Oakes
David Losada
Keith van Rijsbergen
Iadh Ounis
Leif Azzopardi
Andy MacFarlane
Amanda Spink
Yves Chiaramella
Monica Landoni
Maristella Agosti
Juan Manuel Fernandez
Martin Porter