5th International Workshop on Text-based Information Retrieval

in conjunction with DEXA 2008
Politecnico di Torino
Turin, Italy
1-5 September 2008

Workshop Program

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Session 1: Information Retrieval Theory
09:30-10:00A Formalization of Logical Imaging for Information Retrieval using Quantum Theory
Guido Zuccon, Leif Azzopardi, Keith van Rijsbergen [paper] [slides]
10:00-10:30Language Models and Smoothing Methods for Collections with Large Variation in Document Length
Najeeb Abdulmutalib, Norbert Fuhr [paper] [slides]
10:30-11:00Proximity estimation and hardness of short-text corpora
Marcelo Errecalde, Diego Ingaramo, Paolo Rosso [paper] [slides]
11:00-11:30Coffee break
Session 2: Information Extraction and Deep Text Analysis
11:30-12:00Text Extraction from the Web via Text-to-Tag Ratio
Tim Weninger, William Hsu [paper] [slides]
12:00-12:30Content Code Blurring: A New Approach to Content Extraction
Thomas Gottron [paper] [slides]
12:30-13:00Meta Analysis within Authorship Verification
Benno Stein, Nedim Lipka, Sven Meyer zu Eissen [paper] [slides]
Session 3: Clustering and Mining
14:30-15:00Semantically rich spaces for document clustering
Roberto Basili, Paolo Marocco, Danele Milizia [paper] [slides]
15:00-15:30Learning Visual Entities and their Visual Attributes from Text Corpora
Erik Boiy, Koen Deschacht, Marie-Francine Moens [paper] [slides]
15:30-16:00Topic Detection by Clustering Keywords
Christian Wartena, Rogier Brussee [paper] [slides]
16:00-16:30Coffee break
Session 4: Advanced Application
16:30-17:00Enhanced Query Expansion in English-Arabic CLIR
Abdelghani Bellaachia, Ghita Amor-Tijani [paper]
17:00-17:30Using NLP and Ontologies for Notary Document Management Systems
Flora Amato, Antonino Mazzeo, Antonio Penta, Antonio Picariello [paper] [slides]
17:30Closing Remarks

Call for Papers

Intelligent algorithms for mining and retrieval are the key technology to cope with the information need challenges in our media-centered society. Methods for text-based information retrieval receive special attention, which results from the important role of written text, from the high availability of the Internet, and from the enormous importance of Web communities.

Advanced information retrieval and extraction uses methods from different areas: machine learning, computer linguistics and psychology, user interaction and modeling, information visualization, Web engineering, artificial intelligence, or distributed systems. The development of intelligent retrieval tools requires the understanding and combination of the achievements in these areas, and in this sense the workshop provides a common platform for presenting and discussing new solutions.

The following list organizes classic and ongoing topics from the field of text-based IR for which contributions are welcome:

  • Theory. Retrieval models, language models, similarity measures, formal analysis
  • Mining and Classification. Category formation, clustering, entity resolution, document classification
  • Web. Community mining, social network analysis, structured retrieval from XML documents
  • NLP. Text summarization, keyword extraction, topic identification
  • User Interface. Paradigms and algorithms for information visualization, personalization, privacy issues
  • User Context. Context models for IR, context analysis from user behavior and from social networks
  • Multilinguality. Cross-language retrieval, multilingual retrieval, machine translation for IR
  • Evaluation. Corpus construction, experiment design, conception of user studies
  • Semantic Web. Meta data analysis and tagging, knowledge extraction, inference, and maintenance
  • Software Engineering. Frameworks and architectures for retrieval technology, distributed IR

The workshop is held for the eighth time. In the past, it was characterized by a stimulating atmosphere, and it attracted high quality contributions from all over the world. In particular, we encourage participants to present research prototypes and demonstration tools of their research ideas.

Submission Guideline

  • Research papers submitted to TIR-08 must be original contributions.
  • Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two experts from the related field.
  • The review process will be single-blind (the identity of authors is known to the reviewers).
  • Accepted papers will be published as IEEE proceedings by IEEE CS Press.
  • At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the contribution.
  • The camera ready papers are limited to 5 (five) pages in IEEE format (two columns in A4).
  • Papers must be written in English.

Submit a Contribution

Submissions must generally be in electronic form using the Portable Document Format (PDF) or Postscript. It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that their papers use no unusual format features and are printable on a standard Postscript printer.

Please use our conference management system ConfDriver to submit your paper.

Important Dates

  • Apr 08, 2008, 24:00 (CET): Postponed deadline for paper submission
  • May 05, 2008:Notification to authors
  • Jun 06, 2008: Camera-ready copy due
  • Sep 01, 2008: TIR-08 Workshop

Organizing Committee

  • Benno Stein (Co-Chair), Bauhaus University Weimar
  • Sven Meyer zu Eissen (Co-Chair), Bauhaus University Weimar

Program Committee

  • Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow
  • Mikhail Alexandrov, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Michael Busch, IBM
  • Ingo Frommholz, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Thomas Gottron, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • Josephine Griffith, National University of Ireland
  • Michael Granitzer, Know-Center Graz
  • Christian Gütl, Technical University Graz
  • Heiko Holzheuer, Lycos Europe
  • Andreas Hotho, University of Kassel
  • Álvaro Francisco Huertas-Rosero, University of Glasgow
  • Maciej Janik, University of Georgia
  • Vangelis Karkaletsis, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos"
  • Sebastian Marius Kirsch, Google
  • Matthias Lux, Klagenfurt University
  • Thomas Mandl, University of Hildesheim
  • Oliver Niggemann, dSPACE
  • Nick Pendar, Iowa State University
  • David Pinto, Benemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
  • Martin Potthast, Bauhaus University Weimar
  • Paolo Rosso, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
  • Marina Santini, University of Brighton
  • Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds
  • Peter Scheir, Know-Center Graz
  • Efstathios Stamatatos, University of the Aegean
  • Hans Friedrich Witschel, University of Leipzig
  • Guido Zuccon, University of Glasgow