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SAC IAR 2010 : ACM SAC Secial Track on: Information Access and Retrieval


When Mar 21, 2010 - Mar 26, 2010
Where Sierre, Switzerland
Submission Deadline Sep 8, 2009
Notification Due Oct 19, 2009
Final Version Due Nov 2, 2009
Categories    information retrieval   databases

Call For Papers



The 25th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
21 - 26 March 2010, Sierre, Switzerland


Important Dates

September 08, 2009: Full Paper Submission
October 19, 2009: Notification of paper acceptance/rejection
November 02, 2009: Camera-ready copies of accepted papers


For the past twenty-four years the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) has been a primary and international forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers and application developers to gather, interact and present their work. The ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP) is the sole sponsor of SAC. The conference proceedings are published by ACM and are also available online through ACM's Digital Library.

The 25th Annual SAC meeting will be held March 2010 in Sierre, Switzerland, and is hosted by the University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland (HES-SO) and Ecole Polytechnique f?d?rale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Visit the SAC 2010 home page for further information:

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

The research on information access and retrieval aims at modelling, designing, implementing and evaluating systems that provide a fast and effective content-based access to a large amount of multimedia information. One main issue of such systems is to estimate the relevance of documents to user information needs. This is a very hard and complex task due to several reasons that a large volume of research has attempted to analyse and tackle, among which the subjective and multi-aspect nature of relevance. Information Retrieval (IR) can be considered as the first historical research area aimed at defining systems for the automatic access to huge amounts of information (together with DBMSs whose main aim is to manage and access huge amounts of data). In the past 30 years, IR has grown well beyond its primary goals of indexing and searching textual documents in static bibliographic collections, and has moved away from the perception of being the narrow area of interest of librarians and information experts. With the expansion of the Internet and of the Web, other access techniques have been identified and developed, such as Recommender Systems and Information Filtering systems, Question Answering Systems, Meta-search engines, Geomap information services, and collaborative information retreieval services.
Information access technologies and IR in particular, 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 we believe is worth of great attention by the researchers. Nowadays, research in information access includes document indexing, document classification and categorization, system architecture, user interfaces, information visualisation, query languages, topic detection, management of multi-lingual information, content indexing of audio-visual information, collaborative searching, etc.

This special track is the ninth 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, Collaborative search and retrieval, User Interfaces for information access, presentation, and exploration, information retreival on the Web.


The topics of interest include:

* (Multimedia) document clustering and categorization,
* (Multimodal) Interfaces for information access, presentation, and exploration,
* Flexible query languages,
* Topic detection and tracking
* Cross language retrieval,
* Content indexing of multimedia information,
* Information extraction and mining
* Modeling user context,
* Ontology based Information Retrieval Systems,
* Conceptual information retrieval
* Collaborative information searching and retrieval
* Spoken IR,
* (Mobile) Search engines and meta-search engines,
* Models of information access and retrieval,
* Applications of advanced information access and retrieval systems,
* (Multimedia and multimodal) information access and retrieval systems,
* 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. Submissions fall into the following categories:
Original and unpublished work
Reports of innovative computing applications in the arts, sciences, engineering, and business areas
Reports of successful technology transfer to new problem domains
Reports of industrial experience and demos of new innovative systems

Peer groups with expertise in the track focus area will blindly review submissions to that track. Each submitted paper will be reviewed by at least three referees. Accepted papers will be published in the annual conference proceedings. Submission guidelines can be found on SAC 2010 Website

Papers should be submitted per track using the provided automated submission system via the website: eCMS site
Submission of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed. For more information please visit the SAC 2010 Website.
Submissions must follow the template reported at the conference web site.
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. There will be a charge of 80USD per extra page. 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. Notice that Papers that report the author names will not be sent to the reviews and will be rejected. Only the title should be shown at the first page without the author's information."


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
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