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The 30th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference
23-27 July 2007, Amsterdam

Conference Schedule

(see also: time table)

Sunday, 22 July 2007

Conference Registration in Hotel Krasnapolsky (Sun 13:00-17:00)

Monday, 23 July 2007

Tutorials take place at the University of Amsterdam, Building A.

Conference Registration at University of Amsterdam, Building A (Mon 8:00-17:30)

Tutorials Session 1 (Mon 8:30-12:15)

  • 2A - Conducting Interactive IR User Studies
    Diane Kelly, room A1.02
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  • 2B - Introduction to Web Retrieval
    Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Andrei Broder, and Prabhakar Raghavan, room AB.43 (room C)
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  • 2C - Introduction to Text Mining
    David D. Lewis, room A4.06
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  • 2D - The Probabilistic Relevance Model: BM25 and Beyond
    Hugo Zaragoza and Stephen Robertson, room A2.23 (room E)
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  • 2E - Cross-Language Information Access
    Jianqiang Wang and Daqing He, room A1.08
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The morning programme has a coffee break at 10:00-10:30.

Lunch (Mon 12:15-13:15)

At the Agora, Roeterstraat 11, Amsterdam

Tutorials Session 2 (Mon 13:15-17:00)

  • 2A - Conducting Interactive IR User Studies (part 2)
    Diane Kelly, room A1.02
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  • 2F - Introduction to Web Advertising
    Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Andrei Broder, and Prabhakar Raghaven, room AB.43 (room C)
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  • 2G - Supervised and Semi-Supervised Learning for IR
    Yi Zhang and Rong Jin, room A2.23 (room E)
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  • 2H - XML Retrieval: Integrated IR-DB Challenges and Solutions
    Sihem Amer-Yahia, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Mariano Consens, and Mounia Lalmas, room A1.08
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  • 2K - Introduction to Recommender Systems
    Joseph A. Konstan, room 4.06
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The afternoon programme has a coffee break at 15:00-15:30.

Doctoral Consortium (Mon 9:00-17:00)

The SIGIR doctoral consortium takes place at the University of Amsterdam, Building E.

Welcoming reception (Mon 18:00-19:00)

The mayor of Amsterdam invites the SIGIR attendees to a welcoming reception at the Foyer of the City Hall, Amstel 1, Amsterdam. The invitation can be found in your conference bag.
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Tuesday, 24 July 2007

The main conference is held at Hotel Krasnapolsky.

Conference Registration (8:00-12:00)

Newcomer's breakfast (Tue 7:30-8:45)

St. John's Rooms
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Opening (Tue 9:00)

Grand Ballroom
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Keynote 1 (Tue 9:15-10:15)

Chair: Franciska de Jong, Grand Ballroom

  • Strategy follows Technology
    Edwin van Huis (Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision)
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Coffee break (Tue 10:15-11:00)

St. John's Rooms

Session 1: Personalization (Tue 11:00-12:30)

Chair: Susan Dumais, Grand Ballroom

  • Personalized Query Expansion for the Web
    Paul - Alexandru Chirita, Claudiu Firan, Wolfgang Nejdl
  • Using Query Contexts in Information Retrieval
    Jing Bai, Jian-Yun Nie, Hugue Bouchard, Guihong Cao
  • Towards Task-based Personal Information Management Evaluations
    David Elsweiler, Ian Ruthven

Session 2: Routing and Filtering (Tue 11:00-12:30)

Chair: Sung-Hyon Myaeng, Amsterdam Room

  • Utility-based Information Distillation Over Temporally Sequenced Documents
    Yiming Yang, Abhimanyu Lad, Ni Lao, Abhay Harpale, Bryan Kisiel, Monica Rogati, Jian Zhang, Jaime Carbonell, Peter Brusilovsky, Daqing He
  • Effective Missing Data Prediction for Collaborative Filtering
    Hao Ma, Irwin King, Michael R. Lyu
  • Efficient Bayesian Hierarchical User Modeling for Recommendation Systems
    Yi Zhang, Jonathan Koren

Session 3: Evaluation I (Tue 11:00-12:30)

Chair: Stephen Robertson, Foyer Room

  • Robust Test Collections for Retrieval Evaluation
    Ben Carterette
  • Reliable Information Retrieval Evaluation with Incomplete and Biased Judgements
    Stefan Buettcher, Charles Clarke, Peter Yeung, Ian Soboroff
  • Alternatives to Bpref
    Tetsuya Sakai

Lunch (Tue 12:30-14:00)

At the Binnengasthuis/Atrium, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 237, Amsterdam

Session 4: Classification and Clustering (Tue 14:00-15:30)

Chair: Thomas Hofmann, Grand Ballroom

  • An InterActive Algorithm For Asking And Incorporating Feature Feedback into Support Vector Machines
    Hema Raghavan, James Allan
  • Learn from Web Search Logs to Organize Search Results
    Xuanhui Wang, ChengXiang Zhai
  • Regularized Clustering for Documents
    Fei Wang, Changshui Zhang, Tao Li

Session 5: Image Retrieval (Tue 14:00-15:30)

Chair: Stefan Rueger, Amsterdam Room

  • Towards Automatic Extraction of Event and Place Semantics from Flickr Tags
    Mor Naaman, Tye Rattenbury, Nathaniel Good
  • Hierarchical Classification for Automatic Image Annotation
    Jianping Fan
  • Laplacian Optimal Design for Image Retrieval
    Xiaofei He, Deng Cai

Session 6: Summaries (Tue 14:00-15:30)

Chair: Doug Oard, Foyer Room

  • Fast Generation of Result Snippets in Web Search
    Andrew Turpin, Yohannes Tsegay, David Hawking, Hugh E. Williams
  • The Influence of Caption Features on Clickthrough Patterns in Web Search
    Charles Clarke, Eugene Agichtein, Susan Dumais, Ryen White
  • CollabSum: Exploiting Multiple Document Clustering for Collaborative Single Document Summarizations
    Xiaojun Wan

Coffee break (Tue 15:30-16:00)

St. John's Rooms

Session 7: Users and the Web (Tue 16:00-17:30)

Chair: Diane Kelly, Grand Ballroom

  • Information Re-Retrieval: Repeat Queries in Yahoo's Logs
    Eytan Adar, Jaime Teevan, Rosie Jones, Michael Potts
  • Studying the Use of Popular Destinations to Enhance Web Search Interaction
    Ryen White, Mikhail Bilenko, Silviu Cucerzan
  • Neighborhood Restrictions in Geographic IR
    Steven Schockaert, Martine De Cock

Session 8: Managing Memory (Tue 16:00-17:30)

Chair: Alistair Moffat, Amsterdam Room

  • Efficient Document Retrieval in Main Memory
    Trevor Strohman, Bruce Croft
  • The Impact of Caching on Search Engines
    Aristides Gionis, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Flavio Junqueira, Vanessa Murdock, Vassilis Plachouras, Fabrizio Silvestri
  • Pruning Policies for Two-Tiered Inverted Index with Correctness Guarantee
    Alexandros Ntoulas, Junghoo-John Cho

Session 9: Topic Detection and Tracking (Tue 16:00-17:30)

Chair: James Allan, Foyer Room

  • Topic Segmentation with Shared Topic Detection and Alignment of Multiple Documents
    Sun Bingjun, Prasenjit Mitra, Lee Giles, Hongyuan Zha, John Yen
  • Analyzing Feature Trajectories for Event Detection
    QI HE, Kuiyu Chang, Ee-Peng Lim
  • New Event Detection Based on Indexing-tree and Named Entity
    Kuo ZHANG, JuanZi LI, Gang WU

Poster & Demo session (Tue 17:45-21:00)


Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Session 10: Web IR I (Wed 09:00-10:30)

Chair: David Hawking, Grand Ballroom

  • Multiple-Signal Duplicate Detection for Search Evaluation
    Howard Wong-Toi, Scott Huffman, April Lehman, Alexei Stolboushkin, Fan Yang, Hein Roehrig
  • Robust Classification of Rare Queries Using Web Knowledge
    Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Andrei Broder, Marcus Fontoura, Amruta Joshi, Vanja Josifovski, Tong Zhang
  • Random Walks on the Click Graph
    Nick Craswell, Martin Szummer

Session 11: Interaction (Wed 09:00-10:30)

Chair: Ian Ruthven, Amsterdam Room

  • Supporting Multiple Information-Seeking Strategies in a Single System Framework
    Xiaojun Yuan, Nicholas Belkin
  • Investigating the Querying and Browsing Behavior of Advanced Search Engine Users
    Ryen White, Dan Morris
  • Term Feedback for Information Retrieval with Language Models
    Bin Tan, Atulya Velivelli, Hui Fang, ChengXiang Zhai

Session 12: Learning to Rank I (Wed 09:00-10:30)

Chair: Bruce Croft, Foyer Room

  • A Support Vector Method for Optimizing Average Precision
    Yisong Yue, Thomas Finley, Filip Radlinski, Thorsten Joachims
  • Ranking with Multiple Hyperplanes
    Tie-Yan Liu, Tao Qin, Wei Lai, Xu-Dong Zhang, De-Sheng Wang, Hang Li
  • A Regression Framework for Learning Ranking Functions Using Relative Relevance Judgments
    Zhaohui Zheng, Hongyuan Zha, Keke Chen, Gordon Sun

Coffee break (Wed 10:30-11:00)

St. John's Rooms

Session 13: Formal Models (Wed 11:00-13:00)

Chair: Mounia Lalmas, Amsterdam Room

  • An Exploration of Proximity Measures in Information Retrieval
    Tao Tao, ChengXiang Zhai
  • Estimation and Use of Uncertainty in Pseudo-relevance Feedback
    Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Jamie Callan
  • Latent Concept Expansion Using Markov Random Fields
    Donald Metzler, Bruce Croft
  • A Study of Poisson Query Generation Model for Information Retrieval
    Qiaozhu Mei, Hui Fang, ChengXiang Zhai

Session 14: Question Answering (Wed 11:00-13:00)

Chair: Donna Harman, Foyer Room

  • Deconstructing Nuggets: The Stability and Reliability of Complex Question Answering Evaluation
    Jimmy Lin, Pengyi Zhang
  • Interesting Nuggets and Their Impact on Definitional Question Answering
    Kian-Wei Kor, Tat Seng Chua
  • A Probabilistic Graphical Model for Joint Answer Ranking in Question Answering
    Jeongwoo Ko, Luo Si, Eric Nyberg
  • Structured Retrieval for Question Answering
    Matthew Bilotti, Paul Ogilvie, Jamie Callan, Eric Nyberg

Session 15: Evaluation II (Wed 11:00-12:30)

Chair: Ian Soboroff, Grand Ballroom

  • On the Robustness of Relevance Measures with Incomplete Judgments
    Ravi Kumar, Tanuja Bompada, Chi-Chao Chang, John Chen, Rajesh Shenoy
  • Test Theory for Assessing IR Test Collections
    David Bodoff, Pu Li
  • Strategic System Comparisons via Targeted Relevance Judgments
    Alistair Moffat, William Webber, Justin Zobel

Lunch (Wed 13:00-14:30)

At the Binnengasthuis/Atrium, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 237, Amsterdam

Session 16: Learning to Rank II (Wed 14:30-16:30)

Chair: Keith van Rijsbergen, Grand Ballroom

  • FRank: A Ranking Method with Fidelity Loss
    Ming-Feng Tsai, Tie-Yan Liu, Tao Qin, Hsin-Hsi Chen, Wei-Ying Ma
  • AdaRank: A Boosting Algorithm for Information Retrieval
    Jun Xu, Hang Li
  • A Combined Component Approach for Finding Collection-Adapted Ranking Functions based on Genetic Programming
    Humberto Almeida, Marcos Goncalves, Marco Cristo, Pavel Calado
  • Feature Selection for Ranking
    Tie-Yan Liu, Xiubo Geng, Tao Qin

Session 17: Spam Spam Spam (Wed 14:30-16:00)

Chair: Gord Cormack, Foyer Room

  • Relaxed Online SVMs for Spam Filtering
    D. Sculley, Gabriel Wachman
  • Know your Neighbors: Web Spam Detection using the Web Topology
    Aristides Gionis, Carlos Castillo, Debora Donato, Vanessa Murdock, Fabrizio Silvestri
  • DiffusionRank: A Possible Penicillin for Web Spamming
    Haixuan Yang, Irwin King, Michael R. Lyu

Session 18: Music Retrieval (Wed 14:30-15:30)

Chair: Stephen Downie, Amsterdam Room

  • Towards Musical Query-by-Semantic-Description using the CAL500 Data Set
    Douglas Turnbull, Luke Barrington, David Torres, Gert Lanckriet
  • A Music Search Engine Built upon Audio-based and Web-based Similarity Measures
    Peter Knees, Tim Pohle, Markus Schedl, Gerhard Widmer

Session 19: Multi-Lingual IR (Wed 15:30-16:30)

Chair to be determined, Amsterdam Room

  • Building Simulated Queries for Known-Item Topics
    Leif Azzopardi, Maarten de Rijke, Krisztian Balog
  • Cross-Lingual Query Suggestion Using Query Logs of Different Languages
    Wei Gao, Cheng Niu, Jian-Yun Nie, Ming Zhou, Jian Hu, Kam-Fai Wong, Hsiao-Wuen Hon

Surprise (Wed 17:15-18:00)

Grand Ballroom

Banquet (Wed 19:00-23:00)

In the Grote Zaal of the Beurs van Berlage, Beursplein 1, Amsterdam.
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Thursday 26 July 2007

Keynote 2 (Thu 9:00-10:00)

Grand Ballroom

Coffee break (Thu 10:00-10:30)

St. John's Rooms

Session 20: Link Analysis (Thu 10:30-12:00)

Chair: Nick Craswell, Grand Ballroom

  • HITS on the Web: How does it Compare?
    Marc Najork, Hugo Zaragoza, Michael Taylor
  • HITS Hits TREC - Exploring IR Evaluation Results with Network Analysis
    Stephen Robertson, Stefano Mizzaro
  • Combining Content and Link for Classification using Matrix Factorization
    Shenghuo Zhu, Kai Yu, Yun Chi, Yihong Gong

Session 21: Collection Representation in Distributed IR (Thu 10:30-12:00)

Chair: Jamie Callan, Amsterdam Room

  • Federated Text Retrieval From Uncooperative Overlapped Collections
    Milad Shokouhi, Justin Zobel
  • Evaluating Sampling Methods for Uncooperative Collections
    Paul Thomas, David Hawking
  • Updating Collection Representations For Federated Search
    Milad Shokouhi, Mark Baillie, Leif Azzopardi

Session 22: Index Structures (Thu 10:30-12:00)

Chair: Chris Buckley, Foyer Room

  • A Time Machine for Text Search
    Klaus Berberich, Srikanta Bedathur, Thomas Neumann, Gerhard Weikum
  • Principles of Hash-based Text Retrieval
    Benno Stein
  • Compressed Permuterm Index
    Paolo Ferragina, Rossano Venturini

Lunch break (Thu 12:00-14:00)


With the ACM SIGIR Business Meeting (12:30-14:00) in the Grand Ballroom.

Session 23: Web IR II (Thu 14:00-15:30)

Chair: Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Grand Ballroom

  • Query Performance Prediction in Web Search Environments
    Yun Zhou, Bruce Croft
  • Broad Expertise Retrieval in Sparse Data Environments
    Leif Azzopardi, Krisztian Balog, Maarten de Rijke
  • A Semantic Approach to Contextual Advertising
    Vanja Josifovski, Andrei Broder, Lance Riedel, Marcus Fontoura

Session 24: Evaluation III (Thu 14:00-15:30)

Chair: Jaana Kekäläinen, Amsterdam Room

  • How Well does Result Relevance Predict Session Satisfaction?
    Scott Huffman, Michael Hochster
  • A New Approach for Evaluating Query Expansion: Query-Document Term Mismatch
    Tonya Custis, Khalid Al-Kofahi
  • Measuring the Spatial Correlation of Retrieval Functions for Zero-Judgment Performance Prediction
    Fernando Diaz

Session 25: Combination and Fusion (Thu 14:00-15:30)

Chair: Fabrizio Sebastiani, Foyer Room

  • An Outranking Approach for Rank Aggregation in Information Retrieval
    Mohamed Farah, Daniel Vanderpooten
  • Enhancing Relevance Scoring with Chronological Term Rank
    Adam Troy, Guo-Qiang Zhang
  • ARSA: A Sentiment-Aware Model for Predicting Sales Performance Using Blogs
    Jimmy Huang, Yang Liu, Aijun An, Xiaohui Yu

Coffee break (Thu 15:30-16:00)

St. John's Rooms

Session 26: Spoken Document Retrieval (Thu 16:00-17:30)

Chair: Gareth Jones, Amsterdam Room

  • Vocabulary Independent Spoken Term Detection
    Jonathan Mamou, Bhuvana Ramabhadran, Olivier Siohan
  • Improving Text Classification for Oral History Archives with Temporal Domain Knowledge
    James Olsson, Douglas Oard
  • Indexing Confusion Networks for Morph-based Spoken Document Retrieval
    Ville Turunen, Mikko Kurimo

Session 27: Domain Specific NLP (Thu 16:00-17:30)

Chair: Maarten de Rijke, Foyer Room

  • Context Sensitive Stemming for Web Search
    Fuchun Peng, Nawaaz Ahmed, Xin Li, Yumao Lu
  • Detecting Categorizing and Clustering Entity Mentions in Chinese Text
    Wenjie Li, Donglei Qian, Chunfa Yuan, Qin Lu
  • Knowledge-intensive Conceptual Retrieval and Passage Extraction of Biomedical Literature
    Wei Zhou, Clement Yu, Neil Smalheiser, Vetle Torvik, Jie Hong

Session 28: Query Processing Strategies (Thu 16:00-17:30)

Chair: Jan Pedersen, Grand Ballroom

  • Heavy-Tailed Distributions and Multi-Keyword Queries
    Arnd Konig, Surajit Chaudhuri, Liying Sui, Kenneth Church
  • ESTER: Efficient Search on Text Entities and Relations
    Holger Bast, Alexandru Chitea, Fabian Suchanek, Ingmar Weber
  • Web Text Retrieval with a P2P Query-Driven Index
    Gleb Skobeltsyn, Toan Luu, Ivana Podnar, Martin Rajman, Karl Aberer

Conference Closing (Thu 17:30-17:45)

Grand Ballroom

Friday, 27 July 2007

Workshops take place at the University of Amsterdam, Building A.

Workshops (Fri 9:00-17:00)

  • 3A - Learning to Rank for Information Retrieval
    Room AB.42 (room B)
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  • 3B - Web Information Seeking and Interaction
    Room A4.04
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  • 3C - Plagiarism Analysis, Authorship Identification, and Near-Duplicate Detection
    Room A3.03
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  • 3D - Improving Web retrieval for non-English queries
    Room A3.04
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  • 3E - Multimedia Information Retrieval
    Room A3.05
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  • 3F - Large scale Distributed Systems for Information Retrieval
    Room A3.06
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  • 3G - Information retrieval and applications of graphical models
    Room A1.08
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  • 3H - Focused Retrieval (Question Answering, Passage Retrieval, Element Retrieval)
    Room A2.23 (room E)
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  • 3K - Searching Spontaneous Conversational Speech
    Room A4.06
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Workshops have coffee breaks 10:30-11:00 and 15:30-16:00, and a lunch break 12:30-14:00.

Industry Event (Fri 9:00-19:00)

The SIGIR Industry Event takes place at Paviljoen het Oosten (map).

  • See also the Programme of the Industry Event.