- Submissions Due: July 2, 2012
- Notification of Acceptance: July 23, 2012
- Camera Ready: August 1, 2012
- Workshop date: August 16th, 2012
Located at the 35th ACM SIGIR Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA, August 12–16, 2012.
From the homepage of the workshop:
About the Workshop:
The workshop encompasses various tasks and approaches that go beyond the traditional bag-of-words paradigm and incorporate an explicit representation of the semantics behind information needs and relevant content. This kind of semantic search, based on concepts, entities and relations between them, has attracted attention both from industry and from the research community. The workshop aims to bring people from different communities (IR, SW, DB, NLP, HCI, etc.) and backgrounds (both academics and industry practitioners) together, to identify and discuss emerging trends, tasks and challenges. This joint workshop is a sequel of the Entity-oriented Search and Semantic Search Workshop series held at different conferences in previous years.
The workshop aims to gather all works that discuss entities along three dimensions: tasks, data and interaction. Tasks include entity search (search for entities or documents representing entities), relation search (search entities related to an entity), as well as more complex tasks (involving multiple entities, spatio-temporal relations inclusive, involving multiple queries). In the data dimension, we consider (web/enterprise) documents (possibly annotated with entities/relations), Linked Open Data (LOD), as well as user generated content. The interaction dimension gives room for research into user interaction with entities, also considering how to display results, as well as whether to aggregate over multiple entities to construct entity profiles. The workshop especially encourages submissions on the interface of IR and other disciplines, such as the Semantic Web, Databases, Computational Linguistics, Data Mining, Machine Learning, or Human Computer Interaction. Examples of topic of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Data acquisition and processing (crawling, storage, and indexing)
- Dealing with noisy, vague and incomplete data
- Integration of data from multiple sources
- Identification, resolution, and representation of entities (in documents and in queries)
- Retrieval and ranking
- Semantic query modeling (detecting, modeling, and understanding search intents)
- Novel entity-oriented information access tasks
- Interaction paradigms (natural language, keyword-based, and hybrid interfaces) and result representation
- Test collections and evaluation methodology
- Case studies and applications
All workshops are special to someone. This one sounds more special than most. Collocated with the ACM SIGIR 2012 meeting. Perhaps that’s the difference.