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ESAIR 2016 : Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Information Retrieval


Conference Series : Exploiting Semantic Annotations in Information Retrieval
When Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 28, 2016
Where Indianapolis, USA
Submission Deadline Aug 8, 2016
Notification Due Aug 22, 2016
Final Version Due Sep 1, 2016
Categories    NLP   information retrieval

Call For Papers

9th Workshop on

Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Information Retrieval (ESAIR’16)

in conjunction with CIKM 2016


28 October 2016, Indianapolis, USA
Position paper submission: 8 August 2016 (extended)
Demo track submission: 15 August 2016 (extended)

Notification of acceptance: 22 August 2016

Camera ready: 1 September 2016

Workshop: 28 October 2016

The amount of structured content published on the Web has been growing rapidly, making it possible to address increasingly complex information access tasks. Recent years have witnessed the emergence of large scale human-curated knowledge bases as well as a growing array of techniques that identify or extract information automatically from unstructured and semi-structured sources. The ESAIR workshop series aims to advance the general research agenda on the problem of creating and exploiting semantic annotations. The ninth edition of ESAIR sets its focus on personal mobile applications. The desired result of the workshop is a roadmap and research agenda that guides academic efforts and aligns them with industrial directions and developments.

The continuing goal of the ESAIR workshop series is to create a forum for researchers interested in the application of semantic annotations for information access tasks.

ESAIR ’16 aims at shifting researchers’ focus to new opportunities in exploiting semantic annotations for personal mobile applications.

Mobile usage is on the rise and now accounts for 60% of total time spent on digital media platforms; even more interestingly, mobile apps alone account for 51% of total time spent on digital media [1]. We are looking for different use cases of semantic annotations to enhance information retrieval tasks on personal applications, such as: personal assistants, personal tracking and general information seeking applications on mobile platforms. One main question we seek to answer is the types of semantic annotations needed for such use cases. Another important issue on our agenda is the (un)availability of large-scale (personal) data for (academic) research.
This year we will continue with our demo track with a primary focus on personal applications. We invite researchers and practitioners to present their innovative prototypes in a dedicated demo track at the workshop.

Topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

Applications and use cases
What are use cases that make obvious the need for semantic annotation of information?
What tasks cannot be solved by traditional (bag-of-words) retrieval approaches?
What types of annotation are available and what is missing?
Are there crucial differences between human and machine-generated annotations?
How should we deal with the uncertainty of annotations?
User interfaces and interaction
How to aid users in articulating powerful queries (beyond a few keywords)?
How to present results and interact with users in an intelligible way (esp. on mobile devices)?
How to evaluate semantic annotations (component-based vs. end-to-end)?
How to make interesting and large-scale real-world data available for academic research (esp. for personal mobile applications)?


We accept two types of contributions: position papers (2+1 pages) and demo papers (4+ pages).

All submissions must be formatted according to the ACM SIG proceedings format (option 2).

The reviewing process is single-blind, so submissions do not need to be anonymized. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to present their work at the workshop.

Please submit your paper through the submission website:
Position papers

We like short and focused contributions highlighting your main point, claim, observation, finding, experiment, project, etc, (roughly 2 pages of mainly text) but we also like clear tables, graphs, and full citations (that’s the “+1” page). So your submission can up three pages, as long as max. 2 of them are narrative text.

Submission deadline: 8 August, 2016 (extended)
Acceptance notification: 22 August, 2016
Camera-ready version: 1 September, 2016

Demo papers

We invite researchers and practitioners to present their innovative prototypes in a dedicated demo track at the workshop. Demo submissions must be based on an implemented system that pursues one or more aspects relevant to the interest areas of the workshop.

Submission deadline: 15 August, 2016 (extended)
Acceptance notification: 22 August, 2016
Camera-ready version: 1 September, 2016


(some are yet to be confirmed)

Omar Alonso (Microsoft Bing, USA)
Gianluca Demartini (University of Sheffield, UK)
David Graus (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Claudia Hauff (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
Jaap Kamps (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Noriko Kando (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Nattiya Kanhabua (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Jussi Karlgren (Gavagai, Sweden)
Maarten Marx (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Edgar Meij (Yahoo!, London, England)
Isabelle Moulinier (Thomson Reuters, USA)
Ralf Schenkel (Universität Passau, Germany)
Andrew Trotman (eBay Inc, USA)


Krisztian Balog, University of Stavanger, Norway
Jeffrey Dalton, Google Research, USA
Antoine Doucet, University of La Rochelle, L3i Laboratory, France
Yusra Ibrahim, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany

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