30th March - 3rd April 2008, Glasgow, Scotland


In ECIR 2008, there are 33 accepted full papers, 19 accepted short papers, and 28 accepted posters.

Sunday 30th March 2008 from 08.30-10.30 at the department of Computing Science, Sir Alwyn Williams (SAW) Building (D16 on campus map).
Monday 31st March 2008 from 08.30-10.30 in Hunter Halls West (A14 on campus map).


Conference Schedule

Sunday 30th March Monday 31st March Tuesday 1st April Wednesday 2nd April Thursday 3rd April
  Opening & Welcome      
Tutorials & Workshops Keynote 1 Keynote 2 Keynote 3 Industry day
  Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break  
  Session 1 (Evaluation) Session 3a(CLIR) Session 5a (Wikipedia and e-books)  
    Session 3b (Theory 1) Session 5b (Expert search)  
  Lunch break IRSG AGM / Lunch break Lunch break  
  Session 2a (Web IR) Session 4a (Video) Session 6a (Representation 2)  
  Session 2b (Social media) Session 4b (Representation 1) Session 6b (Theory 2)  
  Coffee break Coffee break Closing and ECIR 2009  
  Poster session Short paper session  
Tutorials & Workshops welcome drink reception Banquet [Kelvingrove] Civic reception Glasgow Science Centre reception (Sponsored by Google)  

Sunday 30th March

Tutorial 1 (09:00 - 12:30, Sunday, 30th March -- SAW 404 Level 4)
Advanced language modeling approaches (Case study: Expert search)
Djoerd Hiemstra, University of Twente, The Netherlands


Tutorial 2a (14:00 - 17:30, Sunday, 30th March -- SAW 203 Level 2)
Search and Discovery in User-Generated Text Content

Maarten de Rijke, ISLA, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wouter Weerkamp, ISLA, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Tutorial 2b (14:00 - 17:30, Sunday, 30th March -- SAW 404 Level 4)
Researching and building IR applications using Terrier

Craig Macdonald, University of Glasgow, UK
Ben He, University of Glasgow, UK


Workshop 1a (09:00 - 17:30, Sunday, 30th March -- SAW 423 Level 4)
Workshop on novel methodologies for evaluation in information retrieval

Mark Sanderson, University of Sheffield, UK
Martin Braschler, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Nicola Ferro, University of Padova, Italy
Julio Gonzalo, UNED, Spain


Workshop 1b (09:00 - 17:30, Sunday, 30th March -- SAW 303 Level 3)
Efficiency Issues in Information Retrieval Workshop

Roi Blanco, Universidade da Coruña, Spain
Fabrizio Silvestri, ISTI CNR, Italy


Workshop 1c (09:00 - 17:30, Sunday, 30th March -- SAW 422 Level 4)
Exploiting Semantic Annotations in Information Retrieval

Omar Alonso, A9.com, USA
Hugo Zaragoza, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain


Tutorials & Workshops welcome drink reception (17:30 - 19:30, Sunday, 30th March -- SAW Level 5)


Coffee break 10:30 - 11:00
Lunch break 12:30 - 14:00
Coffee break 15:30 - 16:00

Monday 31st March

Opening & Welcome (09:00 - 09:30, Monday, 31st March -- Bute Hall)
Iadh Ounis - ECIR 2008 General Chair


Keynote (09:30 - 10:30, Monay, 31st March -- Bute Hall)
Ian Ruthven

Some(what) Grand Challenges for Information Retrieval

Nicholas J Belkin (Rutgers University)


Coffee break (10:30 - 11:00, Monday, 31st March -- Hunter Halls West)

Session 1 (Evaluation) (11:00 - 12:30, Monday, 31st March -- Bute Hall)
Stefano Mizzaro

Discounted Cumulated Gain based Evaluation of Multiple-Query IR Sessions

Kälervo Jarvelin (University of Tampere)
Susan L. Price, Lois M. L. Delcambre (Portland State University)
Marianne Lykke Nielsen (Royal School of Library and Information Science)

Here or There: Preference Judgments for Relevance
Ben Carterette (University of Massachusetts)
Paul N. Bennett (Microsoft Research)
David Maxwell Chickering (Microsoft Live Labs)
Susan T. Dumais (Microsoft Research)

Using Clicks as Implicit Judgments: Expectations Versus Observations
Falk Scholer (RMIT University)
Milad Shokouhi, Bodo Billerbeck (Microsoft Research)
Andrew Turpin (RMIT University)


Lunch break (12:30 - 14:00, Monday, 31st March)

Session 2a (Web IR) (14:00 - 15:30, Monday, 31st March -- Bute Hall)
Hugo Zaragoza

Clustering Template Based Web Documents

Thomas Gottron (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Effective Pre-retrieval Query Performance Prediction Using Similarity and Variability Evidence
Ying Zhao, Falk Scholer, Yohannes Tsegay (RMIT University)

iCluster: a Self-Organizing Overlay Network for P2P Information Retrieval
Paraskevi Raftopoulou, Euripides G.M. Petrakis (Technical University of Crete)


Session 2b (Social media) (14:00 - 15:30, Monday, 31st March -- East Quad Lecture Theatre)
Maarten de Rijke

Labeling Categories and Relationships in an Evolving Social Network

Ming-Shun Lin, Hsin-Hsi Chen (National Taiwan University Taipei)

Automatic construction of an opinion-term vocabulary for ad hoc retrieval
Giambattista Amati (Fondazione Ugo Bordoni)
Edgardo Ambrosi, Marco Bianchi, Carlo Gaibisso (CNR, Rome)
Giorgio Gambosi (University of Tor Vergata)

A Comparison of Social Bookmarking with Traditional Search

Beate Krause (University of Kassel, Research Center L3S)
Andreas Hotho (University of Kassel)
Gerd Stumme (University of Kassel, Research Center L3S)


Coffee break (15:30 - 16:00, Monday, 31st March -- Hunter Halls West)


Poster session (16:00 - 17:30, Monday, 31st March -- Hunter Halls West)
Ranking Categories for Web Search

Gianluca Demartini, Ingo Brunkhorst, Wolfgang Nejdl (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Paul-Alexandru Chirita (Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Key Design Issues with Visualising Images using Google Earth
Paul Clough, Simon Read (University of Sheffield)

Methods for Augmenting Semantic Models with Structural Information for Text Classification
Jonathan M. Fishbein, Chris Eliasmith (University of Waterloo)

Use of Temporal Expressions in Web Queries
Sérgio Nunes, Cristina Ribeiro, Gabriel David (University of Porto)

Towards an Automatically Generated Music Information System via Web Content Mining
Markus Schedl, Peter Knees, Tim Pohle, Gerhard Widmer (Johannes Kepler University Linz)

Investigating the Effectiveness of Clickthrough Data for Document Reordering
Milad Shokouhi (Microsoft Research Cambridge)
Falk Scholer, Andrew Turpin (RMIT University)

Analysis of Link Graph Compression Techniques
David Hannah, Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis (University of Glasgow)

An Evaluation and Analysis of Incorporating Term Dependency for Ad-hoc Retrieval
Hao Lang, Bin Wang, Jintao Li, Yang Xu (Chinese Academy of Science)
Gareth Jones (Dublin City University)

An Evaluation Measure for Distributed Information Retrieval Systems
Florian Holz, Gregor Heinrich, Sven Teresniak (University of Leipzig)

Optimizing Language Models for Polarity Classification
Michael Wiegand, Dietrich Klakow (Saarland University)

Improving Web Image Retrieval Using Image Annotations and Inference Network
Peng Huang, Jiajun Bu, Chun Chen, Guang Qiu (Zhejiang University)

Slide-Film Interface: Overcoming Small Screen Limitations in Mobile Web Search
Roman Y. Shtykh, Jian Chen, Qun Jin (Waseda University)

A Document-centered Approach to a Natural Language Music Search Engine
Peter Knees, Tim Pohle, Markus Schedl, Dominik Schnitzer, Klaus Seyerlehner (Johannes Kepler University Linz)

Collaborative Topic Tracking in an Enterprise Environment
Conny Franke, Omar Alonso (University of California at Davis)

Graph-based Profile Similarity Calculation Method and Evaluation
Hassan Naderi (Béatrice Rumpler INSA Lyon)

The Good, the Bad, the Difficult, and the Easy: Something Wrong with Information Retrieval Evaluation?
Stefano Mizzaro (University of Udine)

Hybrid Method for Personalized Search in Digital Libraries
Thanh-Trung Van, Michel Beigbeder (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne)

Exploiting Session Context for Information Retrieval - A Comparative Study
Gaurav Pandey, Julia Luxenburger (Max-Planck Institute of Informatics)

Structural Re-Ranking with Cluster-based Retrieval
Seung-Hoon Na, Jong-Hyeok Lee (POSTECH)
In-Su Kang (KISTI)

Automatic Vandalism Detection in Wikipedia
Martin Potthast, Benno Stein, Robert Gerling (Bauhaus University Weimar)

Evaluating paragraph retrieval for why-QA
Suzan Verberne, Lou Boves, Nelleke Oostdijk, Peter-Arno Coppen (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Revisit of Nearest Neighbor Test for Direct Evaluation of Inter-Document Similarities
Seung-Hoon Na, Jong-Hyeok Lee (POSTECH)
In-Su Kang (KISTI)

A Comparison of Named Entity Patterns from a User Analysis and a System Analysis
Masnizah Mohd, Ian Ruthven (University of Strathclyde)
Fabio Crestani (University of Lugano)

Query-based Inter-Document Similarity Using Probabilistic Co-relevance Model
Seung-Hoon Na, Jong-Hyeok Lee (POSTECH)
In-Su Kang (KISTI)

Using Coherence-based Measures to Predict Query Difficulty
Jiyin He, Martha Larson, Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam)

Efficient Processing of Category-Restricted Queries for Web Directories
Ismail Sengor Altingovde, Fazli Can, Özgür Ulusoy ( Bilkent University)

Focused Browsing: Providing Topical Feedback for Link Selection in Hypertext Browsing
Gareth J. F. Jones, Quixiang Li (Dublin City University)

The Impact of Named Entity Normalization on Information Retrieval for Question Answering
Mahboob Alam Khalid, Valentin Jijkoun, Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam)


Banquet (19:00 - 22:00, Monday, 31st March -- Kelvingrove)
URL: http://www.glasgowmuseums.com/venue/index.cfm?venueid=4

Tuesday 1st April

Keynote (09:30 - 10:30, Tuesday, 1st April -- Bute Hall)
Iadh Ounis

Web Search: Challenges and Directions

Amit Singhal (Google)


Coffee break (10:30 - 11:00, Tuesday, 1st April -- Hunter Halls West)

Session 3a (CLIR) (11:00 - 12:30, Tuesday, 1st April -- Bute Hall)
Michael Oakes

Effects of Aligned Corpus Quality and Size in Corpus-based CLIR
Tuomas Talvensaari (University of Tampere)

Exploring the Effects of Language Skills on Multilingual Web Search
Jennifer Marlow, Paul Clough (University of Sheffield)
Juan Cigaran Recuero, Javier Artiles (Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia)

A Novel Implementation of the FITE-TRT Translation Method
Aki Loponen, Ari Pirkola, Kalervo Järvelin and Heikki Keskustalo (University of Tampere)


Session 3b (Theory 1) (11:00 - 12:30, Tuesday, 1st April -- East Quad Lecture Theatre)
Mohand Boughanem

The BNB Distribution for Text Modeling

Stéphane Clinchant (Xerox Research Centre Europe)
Eric Gaussier (University Joseph Fourier (LIG))

Utilizing Passage-Based Language Models for Document Retrieval
Michael Bendersky (University of Massachusetts)
Oren Kurland (Technion)

A Statistical View of Binned Retrieval Models
Donald Metzler (Yahoo! Research)
Trevor Strohman, W. Bruce Croft (University of Massachusetts)


IRSG AGM (12:30 - 14:00, Tuesday, 1st April -- Bute Hall)


Lunch break (12:30 - 14:00, Tuesday, 1st April)


Session 4a (Video) (14:00 - 15:00, Tuesday, 1st April -- Bute Hall)
Gareth Jones

Video Corpus Annotation using Active Learning

Stéphane e Ayache and Georges Quénot (Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble (LIG))

Use of Implicit Graph for Recommending Relevant Videos: A Simulated Evaluation
David Vallet (Universidad Autnoma de Madrid, University of Glasgow)
Frank Hopfgartner, Joemon Jose (University of Glasgow)


Session 4b (Representation 1) (14:00 - 15:00, Tuesday, 1st April -- East Quad Lecture Theatre)
Jaap Kamps

Using Terms from Citations for IR: Some First Results

Anna Ritchie, Simone Teufel (University of Cambridge)
Stephen Robertson (Microsoft Research)

Automatic Extraction of Domain-Specific Stopwords from Labeled Documents
Masoud Makrehchi, Mohamed S. Kamel (University of Waterloo)


Coffee break (15:00 - 15:30, Tuesday, 1st April -- Hunter Halls West)


Short paper session (15:30 - 17:30, Tuesday, 1st April -- Bute Hall)
Gianni Amati

Applying Maximum Entropy to Known-Item Email Retrieval
Sirvan Yahyaei, Christof Monz (Queen Mary, University of London)

The Impact of Semantic Class Identification and Semantic Role Labeling on Natural Language Answer Extraction
Bahadorreza Ofoghi, John Yearwood, Liping Ma (University of Ballarat)

Improving Complex Interactive Question Answering with Wikipedia Anchor Text
Ian MacKinnon, Olga Vechtomova (University of Waterloo)

A Cluster-Sensitive Graph Model for Query-Oriented Multi-Document Summarization
Furu Wei, Wenjie Li (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Evaluating Text Representations for Retrieval of the Best Group of Documents
Xiaoyong Liu, Bruce Croft (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

Semantic Relationships in Multi-modal Graphs for Automatic Image Annotation
Vassilios Stathopoulos, Joemon Jose (University of Glasgow)

Conversation Detection in Email Systems
Shai Erera (University of Haifa)
David Carmel (IBM Research in Haifa)

A Wikipedia-based Multilingual Retrieval Model
Martin Potthast, Benno Stein, Maik Anderka (Bauhaus University Weimar)

Expert Search Evaluation by Supporting Documents
Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis (University of Glasgow)

Towards Characterization of Actor Evolution and Interactions in News Corpora
Rohan Choudhary, Amitabha Bagchi (Indian Institute of Technology)
Sameep Mehta (IBM Research)

Accessibility in Information Retrieval
Leif Azzopardi (University of Glasgow)
Vishwa Vinay (Microsoft Research Cambridge)

Finding the Best Picture: Cross-Media Retrieval of Content
Xu Zhang, Koen Deschacht, Marie-Francine Moens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Ontology Matching Using Vector Space
Zahra Eidoon, Nasser Yazdani (University of Tehran)
Farhad Oroumchian (University of Wollongong)

Efficient Multimedia Time Series Data Retrieval under Uniform Scaling and Normalization
Waiyawuth Euachongprasit, Chotirat Ann Ratanamahatana (Chulalongkorn University)

Enhancing Relevance Models with Adaptive Passage Retrieval
Xiaoyan Li (Mount Holyoke College)

Integrating Structure and Meaning: A New Method for Encoding Structure for Text Classification
Jonathan Fishbein, Chris Eliasmith (University of Waterloo)

Robust Query-specific Pseudo Feedback Document Selection for Query Expansion
Qiang Huang, Dawei Song, Stefan Rueger (The Open University)

Computing Information Retrieval Performance Measures Efficiently in the Presence of Tied Scores
Frank McSherry, Marc Najork (Microsoft Research)

Filaments of meaning in word space
Jussi Karlgren, Anders Holst, Magnus Sahlgren (Swedish Institute of Computer Science)


Civic reception (19:00 - 20:00, Tuesday, 1st April -- City Chambers)
URL: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/YourCouncil/Council_Committees/CityChambers/

Wednesday 2nd April

Keynote (09:30 - 10:30, Wednesday, 2nd April -- Bute Hall)
Ian Ruthven

You are a Document too: Web mining and IR for Next-Generation Information Literacy

Bettina Berendt (KU Leuven)


Coffee break (10:30 - 11:00, Wednesday, 2nd April -- Hunter Halls West)


Session 5a (Wikipedia and e-books) (11:00 - 13:00, Wednesday, 2nd April -- Bute Hall)
Milad Shokouhi

Book Search Experiments: Investigating IR methods for the indexing and retrieval of books

Hengzhi Wu (Queen Mary, University of London)
Gabriella Kazai, Michael Taylor (Microsoft Research)

Using a Task-Based Approach in Evaluating the Usability of BoBIs in an E-book Environment
Noorhidawati Abdullah (University of Malaya)
Forbes Gibb (University of Strathclyde)

Exploiting Locality of Wikipedia Links in Entity Ranking
Jovan Pehcevski, Anne-Marie Vercoustre (INRIA)
James A. Thom (RMIT University)

The Importance of Link Evidence in Wikipedia
Jaap Kamps, Marijn Koolen (University of Amsterdam)

Session 5b (Expert search) (11:00 - 13:00, Wednesday, 2nd April -- East Quad Lecture Theatre)
John Tait

High Quality Expertise Evidence for Expert Search

Craig Macdonald, David Hannah, Iadh Ounis (University of Glasgow)

Associating People and Documents
Krisztian Balog, Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam)

Modeling documents as mixtures of persons for expert finding
Pavel Serdyukov, Djoerd Hiemstra (University of Twente)

Ranking Users for Intelligent Message Addressing
Vitor R. Carvalho, William W. Cohen (Carnegie Mellon University)


Lunch break (13:00 - 14:00, Wednesday, 2nd April)


Session 6a (Representation 2) (14:00 - 15:30, Wednesday, 2nd April -- Bute Hall)
Djoerd Hiemstra

Facilitating Query Decomposition in Query Language Modeling by Association Rule Mining Using Multiple Sliding Windows

Dawei Song, Qiang Huang, Stefan Rueger (The Open University)
Peter Bruza (Queensland University of Technology)

Viewing Term Proximity from a Different Perspective
Ruihua Song (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Microsoft Research Asia)
Michael J Taylor (Microsoft Research Ltd)
Ji-Rong Wen (Microsoft Research Asia)
Hsiao-Wuen Hon (Microsoft Research Asia)
Yong Yu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Extending Probabilistic Data Fusion Using Sliding Windows
David Lillis (University College Dublin)
Fergus Toolan (Griffith College Dublin)
Rem Collier, John Dunnion (University College Dublin)


Session 6b (Theory 2) (14:00 - 15:30, Wednesday, 2nd April -- East Quad Lecture Theatre)
Alvaro Barreiro

Semi-supervised Document Classification with a Mislabeling Error Model

Anastasia Krithara (Xerox Research Centre Europe)
Massih R. Amini (University Pierre et Marie Curie)
Jean-Michel Renders (Xerox Research Centre Europe)
Cyril Goutte (National Research Council Canada)

Improving Term Frequency Normalization for Multi-topical Documents, and Application to Language Modeling Approaches
Seung-Hoon Na (POSTECH)
In-Su Kang (KISTI)
Jong-Hyeok Lee (POSTECH)

Probabilistic document length priors for language models
Roi Blanco, Alvaro Barreiro (University of A Coruña)


Closing and ECIR 2009 (15:30 - 16:00, Wednesday, 2nd April -- Bute Hall)
Chair: Iadh Ounis

Presentation of ECIR 2009
Mohand Boughanem (IRIT-UPS)


Glasgow Science Centre reception (18:30 - 22:00, Wednesday, 2nd April -- Glasgow Science Centre)
URL: http://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/

Thursday 3rd April

Industry day (08:50 - 17:45, Thursday, 3rd April -- SAW Level 5) More details