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GRUMPS 2013 : ECIR 2013 workshop on Group Membership and Search (GRUMPS)


When Mar 24, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013
Where Moscow, Russia
Submission Deadline Jan 7, 2013
Notification Due Jan 21, 2013
Final Version Due Feb 4, 2013
Categories    information retrieval   multimedia   web   HCI

Call For Papers

From Republicans to Teenagers: Group Membership and Search (GRUMPS)

24 March 2013, Moscow, Russia

In the early years of information retrieval, the focus of research was on systems aspects such as crawling, indexing, and relevancy ranking. Over the years, more and more user-related information such as click information or search history has entered the equation, creating more and more personalized search experiences, though still within the scope of the same overall system.

Though fully personalized search is probably desirable, this individualistic perspective does not exploit the fact that a lot of a user's behavior can be explained through their group membership. Children, despite individual differences, share many challenges and needs; as do men, Republicans, Chinese or any user group.

This workshop, co-located with ECIR'13 in Moscow, takes a group-centric approach to IR and invites contributions that either (i) propose and evaluate IR systems for a particular user group or that (ii) describe how the search behavior of specific groups differ, potentially requiring a different way of addressing their needs.

Workshop web site

Topics of Interest

GRUMPS welcomes contributions on any issue concerning adapting search for specific user groups and, in particular, on:
* Understanding of search behavior and relevance criteria of
specific user groups
* Identifying labeled user groups from search behavior
* Using specific user features (e.g. demographic) for personalized
advertising/sponsored search
* Understanding the effects of domain expertise, age, user experience
and cognitive abilities on search goals and results evaluation
* Development of test collections for evaluation of personalized
search systems focused on users with specific features
* Search interfaces and result representation for people with
specific needs and specific interests

Important Dates

Papers deadline: January 7, 2013
Acceptance notification: January 21, 2013
Camera-ready version: February 4, 2013
Workshop: March 24, 2013

All due dates are defined in terms of times before 11:59pm, Hawaii time (i.e., UTC/GMT - 10 hours) of the due date.

Submission Details

We welcome 2-4 page position papers to be presented as short talks and 6-8 page full papers to be presented as
regular talks. Please submit your papers through

Submissions should follow the two-column style without page numbers available at Accepted papers will be published as CEUR Workshop Proceedings ( and will be available for free download.

All submissions must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Please ensure that any special fonts used are included in the submitted documents. All papers must be original and must not have been published or be under review elsewhere.

Program Committee Members

Udi Weinsberg, Technicolor
Carlos Castillo, QCRI
Marty Hearst, UC Berkeley
Ed Chi, Google
Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Microsoft
Andrew McFarlane, City University London
Bernard James Jansen, Penn State University
Alejandro Jaimes, Yahoo!
Haibin Cheng, Facebook

Workshop Organizers

Ingmar Weber, QCRI
Djoerd Hiemstra, University of Twente
Pavel Serdyukov, Yandex

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