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FDIA 2013 : 5th Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access


When Sep 3, 2013 - Sep 3, 2013
Where Granada, Spain
Submission Deadline May 13, 2013
Notification Due Jun 18, 2013
Final Version Due Jul 10, 2013
Categories    information retrieval

Call For Papers

FDIA 2013: 5th Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access


September 3, 2013, Granada, Spain

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The 5th Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) will be held in conjunction with the European Summer School in Information Retrieval ( in Granada, Spain. The symposium aims to provide a forum for participants of the summer school to share their research and interaction with senior researchers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The previous symposiums were held in Koblenz, Germany in 2011 (with ESSIR 2011), Padova, Italy in 2009 (with ESSIR 2009), London, England in 2008, and Glasgow, Scotland in 2007 (with ESSIR 2007) and have provided an entertaining and exciting forum for sharing new research ideas.

Why future directions, because we want to encourage submissions that focus on the early research such as pilot studies, presenting challenges and future opportunities, conceptual and theoretical work, and the contributions from doctoral work.

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

Symposium Aims

The IRSG FDIA Symposium is mainly turned to PhD students, researchers new to the field, and post doctoral researchers. The objectives are:

• To provide an accessible forum for new researchers to discuss their research and projects.

• To help foster formative and tentative research ideas.

• To encourage discussion and successful progression.

• To share outcomes of doctoral work.

Call for Papers

This symposium calls for research papers to be submitted on topics about Information Access. We especially encourage submissions on late breaking and formative research which presents initial work that survey and present future challenges and opportunities, present pilot studies, explore conceptual and/or theoretical models, or which present results, findings and future directions on experiments conducted using an existing approach in a new space or on a new collection.

Submissions focusing on new directions and emerging work in Information Access/Retrieval which create discussion and provoke reaction are strongly encouraged. Submissions should provide the necessary background and motivation of the topic, so as to maximize the benefit to the author and fellow participants.

A paper should aim to include the following:

• Motivation for the research
• Background and related work (with key references)
• Particular issues highlighted for discussion and main research questions/challenges

Late breaking and formative research papers may also wish to include:

• Description of proposed or performed research
• Outline of Conceptual/Theoretical Models
• Research methodology and experiment

Use of existing approaches papers should also include:

• Outline of Conceptual/Theoretical Models
• Description of performed research methodology and experiment
• Experiment findings and future directions

Areas of research include, but are not limited to:

• Databases
• Information Retrieval
• Human Computer Interaction
• Multimedia and Multimodal
• Knowledge Management
• Bio, Chemo, Med, Eco, etc. Informatics

All papers will be peer reviewed by at least one senior researchers on the Programme Committee. Papers should be up to 6 pages. All submissions should be in eWics Format using the Word or Latex templates. Note submissions should be converted to PDF.

All submissions should be from a solo author: the idea is to encourage and promote one's own research.

Call for Posters

We would also like to invite shorter submissions which provide a summary of your current research to present as a poster during the symposium. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your research with your peers and senior IR researchers and practitioners during FDIA / ESSIR.

All poster papers will be reviewed. Poster papers should be 1-2 pages in length in eWics Format using the Word or Latex templates. Submissions should be converted to PDF.

The Proceedings will be printed online as part of the Ewics series.

All submissions should be uploaded via the EasyChair site.

Important Dates:

13th of May: Paper/Poster Deadline

18th of June: Paper Notification

10th of July: Camera Ready Papers Due

3rd of September: FDIA as part of ESSIR 2013

Tentative Programme (to be confirmed)

FDIA @ ESSIR 2013 - 3rd of September

Welcome and Introduction

Keynote Speaker: an inspirational talk by an awesome researcher

Interactive Session: a fast paced interactive session where you get to meet summer school participants and create new ideas

Paper Sessions: short 10-15 minute presentations on exciting new future directions

Panel Session: tbd

Poster Sessions: an informal setting with drinks to talk about your research


General Chairs

Pablo Castells (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
Juan M. Fernádez-Luna, Universidad de Granada, Spain
Juan F. Huete, Universidad de Granada, Spain

PC Chairs

Liadh Kelly, Dubin City University
Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow

Programme Committee

Massimo Melucci, University of Padua
Michael Oakes, University of Sunderland
Andrew Macfarlane, City University London
Bettina Berendt, K.U. Leuven
Kal Jarvelin, School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere
Mounia Lalmas, Yahoo! Labs Barcelona
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex
Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam
Martin Halvey, Glasgow Caledonian University
Benjamin Piwowarski, CNRS / University Pierre et Marie Curie
David Elsweiler, University of Regensburg
Stephen Robertson, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Iadh Ounis, University of Glasgow
Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg-Essen
Maristella Agosti, University of Padua
Jun Wang, University College London
Paul Thomas, CSIRO
Hideo Joho, University of Tsukuba
Tamara Polajnar, University of Glasgow
Juan M. Fernández-Luna, University of Granada
Monica Landoni, USI
Gareth Jones, Dublin City University
Fabio Crestani, University of Lugano
Stefan Rueger, Knowledge Media Institute
Emine Yilmaz, Microsoft Research Cambridge




SEPTEMBER 2nd - 6th, 2013
Granada, SPAIN
(essir2013 (AT)


The European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR) is a scientific event founded in 1990, which has given rise to a series of Summer Schools held on a regular basis to provide high quality teaching of Information Retrieval (IR) and advanced IR topics to an audience of researchers and research students. ESSIR is typically a week-long event consisting of guest lectures and seminars from invited lecturers who are recognized experts in the field.

The 9th European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2013) will be held in Granada, Spain, hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Granada.

ESSIR 2013 is configured as a 5 day event, from the 2nd till the 6th of September, 2013, which offers high quality teaching on IR and related research topics, in a friendly atmosphere. Some of the topics covered in the school are the following:

- IR Foundations and Formal Models,

- IR Diversity,

- Recommender Systems,

- Semantic Search,

- Indexing and MapReduce,

- Data Mining and IR,]

- ...

All this will have as background the incomparable setting of the beautiful and magical city of GRANADA, one of the top visitor destinations in Spain.

A number of bursaries will be available for students. More information will be available at the School website in the coming weeks.


Contact the ESSIR 2013 organisers at: essir2013 (AT)

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