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BCS IRSG Symposium: Future Directions in Information Access 2008

Monday, 22nd September
BCS Central London Office
Held in conjunction with Search Solutions 2008 (SS2008).

Registration Closed

FDIA 2008

This year's Symposium aims to provide a forum where future directions of information access can be presented and discussed in an open and friendly environment. The programme is packed with early career researchers with novel and interesting research to share in interactive sessions throughout the day.

Why future directions, because we want to encourage the discussion on tentative and speculative research about to be undertaken or currently being performed. For instance discussing pilot studies, presenting challenges and future opportunities, motivating and developing conceptual and theoretical work, etc.

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


Monday, 22nd of September, 09:30 - 19:00

09:00-9:30 Coffee on Arrival

09:30-10:00 Welcome Address

10:00-11:30 Session One: Context and Language in IR

  • Modeling the Evolution of Context in Information Retrieval, Emanuele Di Buccio.
  • Integrating Memory Context into Personal Information Re-finding, Yi Chen.
  • Automatically Adapting the Context of an Intranet Query, Deirdre Lungley.
  • Towards a better understanding of language model information retrieval, M. van der Heijden, I.G. Sprinkhuizen-Kuyper and T.P. van der Weide.
11:30-12:00 Coffee Breakout Session

12:00-13:15 Session Two: Applications and Distributed Systems

  • An Investigation into Query Throughput and Load Balance Using Grid IR, Ahmad Abusukhon and Michael Oakes.
  • Gianmaria Silvello. Building a Distributed Digital Library System Enhancing the Role of Metadata
  • Testing a Genre-Enabled Application: A Preliminary Assessment, Marina Santini and Mark Rosso
13:15-14:00 Lunch Breakout Session

14:00- 15:30 Session Three: New Domains of IR

  • Children's information retrieval: beyond examining search strategies and interfaces, Hanna Jochmann-Mannak, Theo Huibers and Ted Sanders.
  • Management and analysis of chinese database extracted knowledge, Nadège Guénec, Eloise Loubier, Ilhème Ghalamallah & Bernard Dousset
  • Building a Test Collection for IR in Urdu, Kashif Riaz.
15:30-17:30 Session Four: Breakout Discussion Zone: Meet, Mingle, Mix Session, with
  • Poster presentations: comment, question, find out more about
  • White board analysis: explain, argue, enlighten
  • Served with coffee and snacks, and later followed by a small buffet along with plenty of beer and wine.

Important Dates

15th of May: Submissions open
1st of July: Paper Deadline
1st of August: Review Deadline
4th of August: Paper Notification
31st of August: Camera Ready Papers Due and Author Registration
22nd of September: BCS-IRSG FDIA 2008 Symposium

Followed by:
23rd of September: BCS-IRSG Search Solutions 2008


The Symposium will be held in the BCS Central London Office .

BCS, 1st Floor
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA


Registration is closed.


Any enquiries please address to: Andy MacFarlane
E: andym [at] soi [dot] city [dot] ac [dot] uk
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8386