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LINGUIST List 21.1341

Fri Mar 19 2010

Confs: Computational Ling, Semantics/UK

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        1.    Udo Kruschwitz, Industry Day at ECIR 2010

Message 1: Industry Day at ECIR 2010
Date: 19-Mar-2010
From: Udo Kruschwitz <udoessex.ac.uk>
Subject: Industry Day at ECIR 2010
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Industry Day at ECIR 2010

Date: 01-Apr-2010 - 01-Apr-2010
Location: Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Contact: Udo Kruschwitz
Contact Email: udoessex.ac.uk
Meeting URL: http://dces.essex.ac.uk/staff/udo/ecir2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

We are pleased to announce the European Conference on Information Retrieval
(ECIR) 2010 Industry Day. This event takes place the day after the main ECIR
programme closes and so it is a unique chance to meet and share ideas with a
broad mix of experts from both industry and academia. We have a great list of
speakers who will present the latest challenges faced by practitioners in both
enterprise and web search.

This year, both ECIR 2010 and ECIR 2010 Industry Day have a distinct focus on
applying sophisticated natural language processing methods to advance the state
of the art in information retrieval. We are therefore looking at a great mix of
attendees from a range of areas including computational linguistics and natural
language engineering.

The event should appeal to students, academics, industrial researchers,
designers, and developers alike.

ECIR 2010 will be followed by a special day on Thursday 1st April 2010 devoted
to the interests and needs of Information Retrieval practitioners. In common
with previous IRSG Industry Days, it will be organised as a topical selection of
talks, panels and case studies from the world of search and information access,
with the emphasis on content drawn from the IR practitioner community. Industry
Day also aims to build bridges between IR specialists in industry and academia.
This will be the third ECIR Industry Day following very successful events at
ECIR 2006 in London and ECIR 2008 in Glasgow.

Call for Participation:


09:00 - 10:00
Registration (Berrill Building)

10:00 - 10:10

Session 1: Advancing Web Search

Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Yahoo! Research) ''Mining the Web 2.0 to Improve Search''

Dan Crow (Google) ''Google Squared: Web Scale, Open Domain Information
Extraction and Presentation''

Milad Shokouhi (Microsoft Research) ''Relevance Challenges at Bing''

11:25 - 11:55
Coffee break

Session 2: Enterprise Search

Vegard Sandvold (Comperio) ''Search User Experience - The Essentials of Great
Search Design''

12:20 David Hawking (Funnelback) ''Getting Value from the Search Master's Toolbox''
Nick Patience (The 451 Group) ''Enterprise Search: State of the Market 2010 &

13:10 - 14:10

Session 3: Domain-Specific Search

Rob Blackwell (Active Web Solutions) ''Project Plaza - A New Approach to
Information Management in the Construction Sector''

Sally Chambers (The European Library) ''Rethinking the Library Catalogue: Making
Search Work for the Library User''

Francisco de Sousa Webber (Matrixware)

15:25 - 16:00
Coffee break

Session 4: Beyond Search: Question-Answering

Jon McLoone (Wolfram Alpha)''WolframAlpha - the New Computational Knowledge Engine''

Simon Overell (True Knowledge) ''Using AI to get Answers from the Internet''

Panel Discussion

Panel Topic: ''Leveraging Semantics to Enable Better Search Experiences''

Dan Crow (Google), Gjergji Kasneci (Microsoft Research), Jon McLoone
(WolframAlpha), Simon Overell (True Knowledge). Panel moderator: Mike Taylor

This discussion will centre on the exciting subject of semantic analysis. We
will try to cover both technological and application orientated aspects of this
field. For example, some of the questions we will attempt to address are as
follows: How feasible is it to automatically infer useful semantic information
from the Web? How should we quantify trust and ambiguity in knowledge extracted
from the Web? Could semantic search ever replace keyword search? What is a good
UI for semantic search?

17:30 - 19:30
Drinks reception
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