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ACM SAC IAR 2009 : Information Access and Retrieval


When Mar 8, 2009 - Mar 12, 2009
Where Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii
Submission Deadline Aug 16, 2008
Categories    information retrieval   IR

Call For Papers


24th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2009)
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, March 8 - 12, 2009

Important Dates
Aug 16, 2008: Submission of papers by authors (submission deadline is strict)
Oct 11, 2008: Notification of paper acceptance/rejection
Oct 25, 2008: Camera-ready copies of accepted papers
For the past twenty-three years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists,
computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from around the world.
Its proceedings are published by ACM in both printed
form and CD-ROM; they are also available on the web through ACM's Digital Library.
SAC 2009 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on
Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and is hosted by
University of Hawaii at Manoa and Chaminade
University of Honolulu.
Visit the SAC 2009 home page for further information:

Special Track on Information Access and Retrieval (SAC-IAR)

The research context of information access and retrieval aims at modeling, designing and
implementing systems able to provide efficient and effective content-based multimodal
(possibly ubiquitous) access to a large amount of multimedia (possibly distributed) information.
Information Retrieval (IR) is the first historical research area aimed at defining systems for
the automatic access to huge amounts of textual information. Information Retrieval technologies
are currently being used in many different application contexts that go far beyond the initial
scope of their design. The application of models and techniques proposed and tested in standard
experimental contexts to new application areas is a very challenging task that is worth of great
attention by the researchers.
Nowadays there is a growing need to access and retrieve relevant distributed information from
anywhere and across media, across languages and across modalities. With the expansion of the Internet
and of the Web, and the availability of mobile devices other access techniques have been identified
and developed, such as Recommender Systems and Information Filtering systems, Question Answering
Systems, Meta-search engines, and location based services. The current trends of the research in
information access and retrieval include (multimedia) document indexing, (multimedia) document classification and categorization, (multimodal) user interfaces, information visualization, query
languages, topic detection and tracking, management of multi-lingual and multimodal information
access and retrieval, Geographic Information retrieval etc.
This special track is the eighth edition in the context of SAC and is concerned with the theory, implementation and evaluation of information access and retrieval technologies to novel application
areas and novel contexts.
We invite submission of original research contributions, and experimentations in emerging fields such
as Geographic Information Retrieval, multimodal Interfaces for information access and presentation.

The topics of interest include:
* (multimedia) document classification and categorization,
* (multimodal) information visualization and user interfaces,
* flexible query languages,
* topic detection,
* cross language retrieval,
* content indexing of multimedia information,
* Information extraction and mining
* Modeling user context,
* Ontology based Information Retrieval Systems,
* Spoken IR,
* Search engines,
* Mobile search engines,
* models of information access and retrieval,
* applications of advanced information access and retrieval systems,
* multimedia and multimodal information access and retrieval,
* content-based and collaborative information filtering,
* distributed information access and retrieval.

Track Chairs
Gabriella Pasi
Department of Informatics,Systems and Communication (DISCo),
University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy
Gloria Bordogna,
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, IDPA ,
Dalmine (BG), Italy.

Guidelines for Submission:
Original papers from the above-mentioned or other related areas will be considered.
This includes three categories of submissions:
1) original and unpublished research;
2) reports of innovative computing applications; and
3) reports of successful technology transfer to new problem domains.
Peer groups with expertise in the IAR area will blindly review submissions to the track.
Each submitted paper will be reviewed by at least three referees.
Accepted papers will be published in the annual ACM SAC conference proceedings.
Submissions should be in electronic format,
via the website: eCMS site
Submissions must follow the template reported at:
Each paper can have a length of 5 pages according to the template, with a maximum of 3
extra pages in the camera ready format; each extra page will be charged 80USD.
Submissions should be printable on a standard printer on common paper formats, such as
US letter and A4.
The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must NOT appear in the body of the paper,
and self-reference should be in the third person. This is to facilitate blind review.
Only the title should be shown at the first page without the author's information."
Papers should be submitted per track using the provided automated submission system.
Submission of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed. For more information
please visit the SAC 2009 Website.


Gabriella Pasi
Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication (DISCo),
University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy

Gloria Bordogna,
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, IDPA ,
Dalmine (BG), Italy
Email :

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