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SIGIR 2004

Twenty-Seventh Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference
on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

July 25 - 29, 2004
Sheffield, UK

Organized by
The University of Sheffield and ACM


SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new
research results and for the demonstration of new systems and
techniques in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The
Conference and Program Chairs invite all those working in areas
related to IR to submit original research contributions, posters,
and proposals for tutorials, workshops, and demonstrations of systems.


SIGIR 2004 welcomes contributions related to any aspect of IR, but
the major areas of interest are listed below. For each general
area, two to four area coordinators will guide the reviewing process.

Formal Models, Language Models, Fusion/Combination
-Keith van Rijsbergen, University of Glasgow
-John Lafferty, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Text Representation and Indexing, XML and Metadata
-Airi Salminen, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
-Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg, Germany

Performance, Compression, Scalability, Architectures, Mobile
-Chris Buckley, SabIR research, USA
-Justin Zobel, RMIT University, Australia

Web IR, Intranet/Enterprise Search, Citation and Link Analysis,
Digital Libraries, Distributed IR
-Andrei Broder, IBM Research, USA
-David Hawking, CSIRO, Australia

Cross-language Retrieval, Multilingual Retrieval, Machine
Translation for IR
-Ari Pirkola, University of Tampere, Finland
-Bruce Croft, University of Massachusetts, USA

Video and Image Access, Audio and Speech Retrieval, Music Retrieval
-Hong-Jiang Zhang, Microsoft Research, China
-R. Manmatha, University of Massachusetts, USA

Machine Learning for IR, Text Data Mining, Clustering, Text
-Fabrizio Sebastiani, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
-Wai Lam, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
-David Hull, Clairvoyance, USA
-Yoram Singer, The Hebrew University, Israel

Topic Detection and Tracking, Content-Based Filtering,
Collaborative Filtering, Agents
-Stephen Robertson, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
-John Riedl, University of Minnesota, USA

Summarization, Question Answering, Natural Language Processing for
IR, Information Extraction, Lexical Acquisition
-Jussi Karlgren, SICS, Sweden
-Charlie Clarke, University of Waterloo, Canada

Interfaces, Visualization, Interactive IR, User Models, User Studies
-Pia Borlund, Royal School of Librarianship and Information
Science, Denmark
-Nick Belkin, Rutgers University, USA

Specialized Applications of IR, including Genomic IR, IR in
Software Engineering, and IR for Chemical Structures
-Bill Hersh, Oregon Health & Science University, USA
-Hugh E. Williams, RMIT University, Australia

Evaluation, Building Test Collections, Experimental Design and Metrics
-Donna Harman, NIST, USA
-Noriko Kando, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

-John Tait, University of Sunderland, UK
-Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina, USA
-Alistair Moffat, University of Melbourne, Australia

November 14, 2003 - Mentoring program
January 26, 2004 - Paper submissions due.
February 27, 2004 - Tutorials, workshops, demonstrations, posters,
and doctoral consortium due.
April 12, 2004 - Notification of acceptance for all submissions.
May 21, 2004 - Camera-ready copy due.
July 25, 2004 - Conference opens.

Authors are invited to submit research papers, not exceeding 5000
words, representing original, previously unpublished work, on or
before January 26, 2004.  Papers must be submitted electronically,
via the submission web page. For paper submission guidelines, see
author instructions on the Conference web site.

Submission Guidlines:


For requirements and details on submission of

-Doctoral Consortium
-Demonstrations of systems

and on proposals for

-Tutorials (either a full day or half day)

see the Conference web site.

SIGIR 2004 CFPs:

Once devoted to being a world-leading steel town, Sheffield's
largest money-making industries are now its Universities. The
fifth largest city in the UK, Sheffield is one of the country's
greenest: filled with parks and trees. The University of Sheffield
is located in one of the pleasantest parts: the west end. Here,
restaurants, cafes, and bars - all within walking distance of the
conference location - offer evening activities for all.

Sheffield is an excellent starting point to explore the North of
England. To the west, only 5 miles from the city centre, is the
Peak District National Park. Here, internationally renowned
stately homes, such as Chatsworth, Lyme Park, and Haddon Hall,
combine with famous rock climbing crags and great opportunities to
walk to produce one of the worlds most visited national parks. To
the north east, the city of York offers to the visitor its Minster
(the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe), the Jorvik
Viking centre, and the National Railway Museum, the largest such
museum in the world. The other great cities of the North,
Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool can all be visited as a day trip
from Sheffield. London to the south is only 2.5 hours on the train.

Travel to Sheffield:

Programme Committee
-Kalervo Jarvelin, University of Tampere, Finland
-James Allan, University of Massachusetts, USA
-Peter Bruza, Distributed Systems Technology Centre, Australia

Posters Chair
-Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland

Best Papers Chair
-John Tait, University of Sunderland, UK

Mentoring Chair
-Doug Oard, University of Maryland, USA

Doctoral Consortium
-David Harper, Robert Gordon University, UK

Tutorials Chair
-Fabio Crestani, University of Strathclyde, UK

Workshops Chair
-Mounia Lalmas, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Demos Chair
-Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde, UK

Allocation of EU Student Travel Grants
-Stefan Rueger, Imperial College London, UK

Local Organisers
   General Chair
   -Mark Sanderson, University of Sheffield, UK

   -Micheline Beaulieu, University of Sheffield, UK
   -Kathryn Cobley (Conference accountant), University of
Sheffield, UK

   Local Arrangements
   -Peter Willett, University of Sheffield, UK

   Registration chair
   -Daniela Petrelli, University of Sheffield, UK

   Publicity & Website
   -Hideo Joho, University of Sheffield, UK
   -Steve Levin, University of Sheffield, UK

   Organiser of PC meeting in London
   -Mounia Lalmas, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

For further details, see the Conference web site.