Monday, October 20, 2008

CIKM 2008

We will shortly be travelling to attend the CIKM 2008 conference in Napa Valley. The organisers are announcing that it will be the biggest ever CIKM conference, and hope that it will be the most memorable one.

Following the ECIR 2008 conference example, I'm pleased to note that the organisers are making CIKM 2008 a green conference, through optimal usage of logistics and resources.

The conference has a very exciting scientific program, and an impressive social program, including a Halloween party.

We will be presenting two full papers in the Blog session on Wednesday 29th October 2008, 10:15-11:45am:. Both papers tackle search tasks investigated within the TREC Blog track:

  • Key Blog Distillation: Ranking Aggregate. Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis (University of Glasgow, UK) - The paper addresses the blog distillation task, as task characterised as “Find me a blog with a principle, recurring interest in X.”
  • An Effective Statistical Approach to Blog Post Opinion Retrieval. Ben He, Craig Macdonald, Jiyin He, Iadh Ounis (University of Glasgow, UK) - The paper tackles the opinion-finding task in the blogosphere, a task characterised by “What do people think about X?”
The third paper of the Blog session is from UMass, a regular participant in the TREC Blog track. It also investigates the blog distillation search task:
  • Blog Site Search Using Resource Selection. Jangwon Seo, Bruce Croft (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
We hope to see you in CIKM!

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