hCard microformat Validator (beta, of course)

This is an unofficial validator¹/conformance checker of the hCard microformat.

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URL

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    GEO latitude
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    Organization Org. Name
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    • Error: hCard must have fn property

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      More info

    • Error: hCard must have n property

      It can be either set explicitly or implied from fn, when fn contains one or two words or is identical to organization-name.

      More info

    Card source
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    Note
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<div id="welcom" style="display:block"><H1><span itemprop="name" class="title">ESSIR 2011</span></H1>

<h2><span itemprop="description">8th European Summer School on Information Retrieval</span></h2>

<H3>29 Aug - 02 Sep 2011, Koblenz, Germany</H3>

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<h2 class="title">Time to say goodbye<BR></h2>

<P>
<span itemprop="offers" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Offer">
The 8th International Summer School on Information Retrieval offered 
<span itemprop="description">
high quality teaching on Information Retrieval and related research topics 
</span></span>
to a broad audience of 
<span itemprop="attendees" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Person">
<span itemprop="jobTitle">computer scientists</span>
 and 
<span itemprop="jobTitle">research students</span>
working on topics related to management of information on the Internet, as well as 
for 
<span itemprop="jobTitle">industrialists</span>
</span>
who wish to know more about this highly important topic.
Traditionally, ESSIR served a 
central meeting point for IR-oriented students and 
young researchers and, accordingly, an incubator for new ideas and paradigms. 
</P>

<P>
ESSIR is the only world-wide school in Information Retrieval. It's a scientific event with temporal regularity 
founded in 1990
which gave rise to a <A href="http://ims.dei.unipd.it/websites/essir/home.html">series of IR Summer Schools</A>.
ESSIR 2011 
took place in Koblenz / Germany (Rhineland) 
in the week between 
<span itemprop="startDate">2011-08-29</span> and <span itemprop="endDate">2011-09-02</span>. 
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<h2 class="title">Many thanks to our Sponsors!<BR></h2>

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</div><div id="topics" style="display:none"><h2 class="title">School outline<br></h2>

<P>
ESSIR 2011 offered  high-quality teaching in Computer Science disciplines related to Information Retrieval, 
at the Master level of University education. The summer primarily addressed the following IR fields:
</P>

<UL>	
<LI> IR foundations and formal models</LI>
<LI> Text processing, organization, and retrieval</LI>
<LI> Graph models and methods in IR</LI>
<LI> Multimedia IR</LI>
<LI> Web Retrieval</LI>
<LI> IR in Social Media</LI>
<LI> Evaluation methodology and experimental design</LI>
<LI> IR in the Cloud</LI>
<LI> IR for structured data, semantic search</LI>
</UL>

<P>
&nbsp;
</P>

<H3>Prerequisites for participation</H3>

<P>
School participants were expected to have background 
knowledge in foundational Computer Science disciplines, at least at the Bachelor level in Informatics 
or related fields. Strongly recommended backgrounds included core courses in Linear Algebra, Stochastics and Theory of Probabilities, Graph Theory, 
Data Structures and Algorithms.
</P>

<H3>Certification</H3>

<P>
Upon successful participation in ESSIR lectures, all participants 
received the written "Acknowledgement of participation" and/or the "Transcript of records" in 
ECTS format (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Further information 
can be found in section <a href="index7fc7.html?target=grading" onClick="activate('grading');return false;">Certification</a>.
</P>

<H3>Co-located satellite events</H3>

<UL>
<LI>Symposium on <a href="index5e5b.html?target=future" onClick="activate('future');return false;">Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access</a></LI>
<LI>Symposium on <a href="index9b80.html?target=diversity" onClick="activate('diversity');return false;">Symposium on Bias and Diversity in IR</a></LI>
</UL>


<P>&nbsp;</P><P style="text-align:right">Back to <a href="indexc31d.html?target=welcom" onClick="activate('welcom');return false;">Welcome</a> page</P>
</div><div id="grading" style="display:none"><h2 class="title">Certification<br></h2>

<H3>Acknowledgement of Participation</H3>

<P>
Upon successful participation in ESSIR lectures, all participants 
received the written "Acknowledgement of participation", 
i.e. a confirmation that they have successfully attended the Summer School. 
</P>

<H3>ECTS Transcript of Records</H3>

<P>
Upon successful participation in ESSIR 2011 lectures, some participants received on request the "Transcript of records" in 
ECTS format (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, 3 credit points for the master course "Information Retrieval") 
from University of Koblenz. This option was only available for students currently enrolled in bachelor/master/diploma programs, 
the original proof of enrolment / matriculation from home university was required to be presented on site. 
</P>

<P>
The "Transcript of records" was issued in category Y (successful participation in all lectures, 
no examination) or with graded result A/B/C/D/E (after examination). Examination forms and success criteria have been announced 
during ESSIR 2011 and explained in detail to requesting students.
</P>

<P>
We strongly recommended our student participants to ensure in advance with their home university 
whether the ECTS trancript of ESSIR'11 can be accepted and attributed as part of the respective 
participant's curriculum.
</P>


<P>&nbsp;</P><P style="text-align:right">Back to <a href="indexc31d.html?target=welcom" onClick="activate('welcom');return false;">Welcome</a> page</P>
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<h2 class="title">Stay in touch<br></h2>

<h3>ESSIR'11 in social media:</h3>

<UL>
<LI> follow our microblog on <A href="index3633.html?target=twitter">Twitter</A></LI>
<LI> join our special interest group on <A target="_blank" href="http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_207507589274927">Facebook</A></LI> 
<LI> geotagged photos of venue on <A target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/35937964@N08/sets/72157626187656992/">Flickr</A> </LI>
<LI> virtual campus tour on  <A target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSw6HNo1hg4">YouTube</A> </LI>
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     <span class="postal-code">56070</span>
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<div>Fax: <div style="display:inline" class="note" itemprop="faxNumber">+49 261 287 100 2736</div></div>
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   <div class="street-address">Universit&auml;tsstrasse 1</div>
   <div><div style="display:inline" class="extendedaddress">Dept. of Computer Science</div>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<A href="http://west.uni-koblenz.de/fb4">FB4</A></div>
     <span class="postal-code">56070</span>
     <span class="locality">Koblenz</span>
     <div class="country-name">Germany</div>
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<div>Phone: <div style="display:inline" class="tel" itemprop="telephone">+49 261 287 2712</div></div>
<div>Fax: <div style="display:inline" class="note" itemprop="faxNumber">+49 261 287 100 2712</div></div>
<div>Email: confsec@uni-koblenz.de
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<BR>
 <span class="geo">
     <a href="http://www.koblenz.de/cityguide/cgi-bin/cityguide.pl?action=show&amp;lang=en&a­mp;size=1076&amp;mapper=1&amp;zoom=100&amp;mapX=3397553&amp;mapY=5581806" target="_blank">Interactive Map</a>, <a href="http://g.co/maps/crh6" target="_blank">Google Maps</a>: &nbsp;
     <abbr class="latitude" title="50.362938">50.362938</abbr>
     <abbr class="longitude" title="7.558973">7.558973</abbr>
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<LI> <B>General chair:</B> Sergej Sizov, University of Koblenz, Germany
<LI> <B>Program chair:</B> Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz, Germany
<LI> <B>Program co-chair:</B> Thomas Gottron, University of Koblenz, Germany 
<LI> <B>Symposium chair:</B> Stefan Siersdorfer, L3S Research Centre, Germany  
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<B><A href="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~sizov/" itemprop="url" content="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~sizov/"><span itemprop="name">Dr. Dr. Sergej Sizov</span></A></B> 
(University of Koblenz, Germany) holds two PhD degrees, 
in Applied Mathematics (Technical University of St.-Petersburg, Russia) and 
Computer Science (University of Saarland, Germany). Sergej Sizov recently held 
positions as researcher, project leader and lecturer at the University of Saarland and the 
Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science, Germany. Currently he is working with the research group 
WeST (Institute for Web Science and Technologies) at the University of Koblenz, Germany. Sergej Sizov
acts a <span itemprop="contactType">General Chair of ESSIR 2011</span>.
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<B><A href="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~staab/" itemprop="url" content="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~staab/"><span itemprop="name">Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab</span></A></B> 
is leading the Institute for Web Science and Technologies WeST. 
Before his current position Prof. Staab held positions as researcher, project leader and 
lecturer at the University of Freiburg, the University of Stuttgart/Fraunhofer Institute IAO, the 
University of Karlsruhe and at Ontoprise GmbH. 
In his previous work, he has originally developed the concept of semantic portals, the notion 
of ontology learning and was among the first to consider emergent semantics as an important research domain.
Steffen Staab
acts a <span itemprop="contactType">General Scientific Advisor of ESSIR 2011</span>.
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<B><A href="http://www.l3s.de/~siersdorfer/" itemprop="url" content="http://www.l3s.de/~siersdorfer/"><span itemprop="name">Dr. Stefan Siersdorfer</span></A></B>
(L3S research centre, University of Hannover, Germany) holds PhD degree in 
Computer Science (University of Saarland, Germany). Stefan Siersdorfer recently held positions as researcher and project leader at 
the Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science, Germany, and in the department for Information Studies at the University of Sheffield (UK). 
His research interests include collaborative and meta methods for data organization, multimedia retrieval, and Web 2.0 IR.
Stefan Siersdorfer
acts a <span itemprop="contactType">Symposium Chair of ESSIR 2011</span>.
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<B><A href="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~gottron/" itemprop="url" content="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~gottron/"><span itemprop="name">Dr. Thomas Gottron</span></A></B>
(University of Koblenz, Germany) has been awarded a PhD in computer science from University of Mainz, 
Germany, in 2008. His research interests include analysis of Social Web communities, 
explicit semantic analysis of document collections, and predictive models for IR systems quality.
Thomas Gottron
acts a <span itemprop="contactType">Program Co-Chair of ESSIR 2011</span>.
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Everything you should know for trip planning!
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<B><a href="indexcaee.html?target=venue" onClick="activate('venue');return false;">Venue</a></B> - the most beautiful "corner" of Germany.
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<B><a href="index2637.html?target=transportation" onClick="activate('transportation');return false;">Transportation</a></B> - getting to Koblenz/Germany from everywhere, navigating through the city.
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<B><a href="index2361.html?target=accommodation" onClick="activate('accommodation');return false;">Accommodation</a></B> - we offer a number of suitable accommodation options in different price ranges.
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<B><a href="index9ba6.html?target=travel" onClick="activate('travel');return false;">Travel Information</a></B> - a couple of useful hints for your information.
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<B><a href="indexe258.html?target=leisure" onClick="activate('leisure');return false;">Leisure activities</a></B> - learning where others spend their holidays !!
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<B><a href="index2e56.html?target=caching" onClick="activate('caching');return false;">Geocaching</a></B> - geospatial retrieval in practice! Several geocaches will guide you to ESSIR places in Koblenz!
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<H3>Fees</H3>

<UL>
<LI>Early registration rate: <B>325 EUR</B> (on or before 30th June 2011)</LI>
<LI>Late registration rate: 425 EUR (1th July 2011 and later)</LI>
</UL>

<P>
The registration fees include participation in the Summer School and co-located PhD Symposiums, 
coffee breaks and lunches, poster reception, school materials, wireless internet access, and participation 
in the main social event (Rhine Loreley cruise with dinner).
</P>

<P>
All payments shall be made by the Participant without set-off or deduction of any kind in Euro (EUR) using PayPal or wired transfer 
as instructed by the electronic registration service. The reception date of the full payment will be considered as the registration date. 
</P>

<H3>Registration procedure</h3>

<P>
ESSIR'11 registrations can only take place through the electronic registration service, 
followed by payment of participation fees. 
By applying for participation through the electronic registration service, the applicant communicates their acceptance of 
ESSIR 2011 <B><A href="essir2011-terms.pdf">Terms and Conditions</A></B>. 
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>>> <B><A target="_blank" href="https://www.conftool.net/essir2011/">ESSIR 2011 REGISTRATION</A></B> <<<<BR>
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<P>
Applications without immediate online payment will be considered as provisional applications. 
The reception date of the full payment will be considered as the registration date. Payments must be 
received within 10 working days after application and no later than 7 days before the starting day of 
the event. The participant cannot derive any rights from the provisional application.
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<H3>Cancellation policy</h3>

<P>
Any cancellation must be actually received by ESSIR'11 in writing 
(fax or postal mail). Cancellations before start date of the School will be on the following terms:
</P>

<UL>
<LI>30+ days before ESSIR'11 beginning: Refund 80%</LI>
<LI>0-29 days before ESSIR'11 beginning: Refund 0%</LI>
</UL>

<P>
Cancellations or terminations occurring after the commencement date of the School for any reason will receive no refund of any participation fees.
</P>

<P>
All refunds are less any foreign exchange or money transfer charges and any similar expenses incurred by ESSIR'11, plus a nominal management charge of 50 EUR.
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<h2 class="title">School Program and Materials</h2>

<H3>Sunday, 28 Aug 2011</H3>

<P>
20:00-22:30: Get-together in <A target="_blank" href="http://www.geckolounge.de/">Gecko Lounge</A>, <BR>
old town of Koblenz (small streets Gem&uuml;segasse / Mehlgasse, see <A target="_blank" href="http://g.co/maps/fy8p">Map</A>).
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<H3>Monday, 29 Aug 2011</H3>

<P>
09.00-09.15: Welcome (<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_sizov_welcome/">Video</A>)
<BR><BR>

09.15-10.30: <B>Keynote</B> by Nigel Shadbolt: The Challenges and Opportunities of Web Science<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_shadbolt_challenges/">Video</A>, Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/full/63480614?access_key=key-2fvq6tc8d9nlmvkn4qfy">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/keynote.pdf">PDF</A>
<BR><BR>

10.30-11.00: Coffee break<BR><BR>

11.00-12.30: <B>Foundations: Models and Methods of IR</B> by Hinrich Schuetze<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_schutze_foundations/">Video</A>, Slides on Scribd: 
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480693?access_key=key-55oj4xhbtk34ig2csrk">part 1</A>,
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480696?access_key=key-1k3coznbgmjsk9lvikll">part 2</A>,
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480695?access_key=key-te9xpjd16kifxin2tte">part 3</A>
and in PDF:  
<A target="_blank" href="slides/01-01.pdf">part 1</A>,
<A target="_blank" href="slides/01-03.pdf">part 2</A>,
<A target="_blank" href="slides/01-02.pdf">part 3</A>
<BR><BR>

12.30-14.00: Lunch<BR><BR>

14.00-15.30: <B>Foundations: Models and Methods of IR</B> by Hinrich Schuetze<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_schutze_foundations/">Video</A>,
Slides on Scribd: 
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480698?access_key=key-1re5qln24shu1c6oaxh2">part 4</A>,
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480697?access_key=key-1bhmz6s6t3znlj47m9no">part 5</A>,
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480699?access_key=key-1cbatezobqsvuiym45gj">part 6</A>
and in PDF:  
<A target="_blank" href="slides/01-05.pdf">part 4</A>,
<A target="_blank" href="slides/01-04.pdf">part 5</A>,
<A target="_blank" href="slides/01-06.pdf">part 6</A>
<BR><BR>

15.30-16.00: Coffee break<BR><BR>

16.00-17:30: <B>Network Theory</B> by Vladimir Batagelj<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_batagelj_pajek/">Video</A>, Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63492524?access_key=key-2b346f97usxh6uxritom">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/02.pdf">PDF</A><BR><BR>
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<H3>Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011</H3>

<P>
09.00-10.30: <B>Web Retrieval</B> by Ricardo Baeza-Yates<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_baeza_yates_retrieval/">Video</A>,
Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/full/63556847?access_key=key-26vyr1z8u28s2qyjaira">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/03.pdf">PDF</A><BR><BR>

10.30-11.00: Coffee break<BR><BR>

11.00-12.30: <B>IR in Social Media</B> by Andreas Hotho<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_hotho_media/">Video</A>,
Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63567263?access_key=key-j4i0yx8e0jld7vfb2le">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/04.pdf">PDF</A><BR><BR>

12.30-14.00: Lunch<BR><BR>

14.00-15.30: <B>IR on structured data / semantic search</B> by Thanh Tran<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_thanh_tran_structured/">Video</A>,
Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63567274?access_key=key-1i9hhvq3o6qjaehcr8my">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/05.pdf">PDF</A><BR><BR>

15.30-16.00: Coffee break<BR><BR>

16.00-17:30: <B>Plenary Discussion</B>: PhD experiences and recommendations from ESSIR lecturers! 
<BR><BR>

Informal guided walk in the evening through the old center of Koblenz (app. 2h), meeting point  "Pegelhaus" at Rhine landing stages 19.30
- <A target="_blank" href="http://g.co/maps/xbux">Map</A>
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<H3>Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011</H3>

<P>
09.00-10.30: <B>PhD Symposiums</B><BR>
10.30-11.00: Coffee break<BR>
11.00-12.30: <B>PhD Symposiums</B><BR>
12.30-14.00: Lunch<BR>
14.00-15.30: <B>PhD Symposiums</B><BR>
15.30-16.00: Coffee break<BR>
16.00-18.00: <B>Poster session</B>: ESSIR participants present and discuss their research 
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<H3>Thursday, 01 Sep 2011</H3>

<P>
09.00-10.30: <B>Multimedia IR</B> by Stefan Rueger<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_ruger_retrieval/">Video</A>,
Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/full/63717807?access_key=key-tjqsnwb1xoy70ragtmy">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/06.pdf">PDF</A><BR><BR>

10.30-11.00: Coffee break<BR><BR>

11.00-12.30: <B>Multimedia IR</B> Stefan Rueger<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_ruger_retrieval/">Video</A>,
Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/full/63717807?access_key=key-tjqsnwb1xoy70ragtmy">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/06.pdf">PDF</A><BR><BR>

12.30-14.00: Lunch<BR><BR>

14.00-15.30: <B>Distributed Web Search</B> by Ricardo Baeza-Yates<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_baeza_yates_distributed/">Video</A>,
Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/full/63981428?access_key=key-1qet94uysdj360kfz88a">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/07.pdf">PDF</A><BR><BR>

15.30-16.00: Break<BR><BR>

16.30-22.00: Social event (Rhine cruise with dinner, main meeting point at Lecture Hall at 16.15, departure from Rhine landing stage #8 near "Pegelhaus" at 17:00, return ca. 22.00) - <A target="_blank" href="http://g.co/maps/hkue">Map</A>
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<H3>Friday, 02 Sep 2011</H3>

<P>
09.00-10.30: <B>Human Aspects in IR</B> by Peter Ingwersen<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_ingwersen_aspects/">Video</A>,
Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63980754?access_key=key-1u1wg21ydp8asiw9q3v0">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/08.pdf">PDF</A> 
and 
Bibliography: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63980756?access_key=key-xwlf364rse3c8m88vr1">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/08-bib.pdf">PDF</A> 
<BR><BR>

10.30-11.00: Coffee break<BR><BR>
11.00-12.30: <B>Human Aspects in IR</B> by Peter Ingwersen<BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_ingwersen_aspects/">Video</A>,
Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63980754?access_key=key-1u1wg21ydp8asiw9q3v0">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/08.pdf">PDF</A> 
and 
Bibliography: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63980756?access_key=key-xwlf364rse3c8m88vr1">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/08-bib.pdf">PDF</A> 
<BR><BR>

12.30-12.40: <B>Closing</B> by Sergej Sizov <BR>
<A target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_sizov_closing/">Video</A>,
Slides: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63980433?access_key=key-uknqs1nm8xd23e069xd">Scribd</A>, <A target="_blank" href="slides/closing.pdf">PDF</A><BR><BR>

12.40-14.00: Lunch<BR><BR>

DEPARTURE
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<H2>Beyond lectures</H2>

<H3>Participant presentations - Posters</H3>

<P>
All school participants are invited (and strongly encouraged) to bring a poster (portrait orientation, max size DIN A0) 
and present their research interests and current investigations 
in the <B>poster session</B> of ESSIR. 
This is an excellent opportunity to collect freindly feedback on own work from other students and 
from experienced researchers, including ESSIR lecturers!
</P>

<H3>Plenary discussion with lecturers</H3>

<P>
ESSIR lecturers speak about their PhD and academic experiences and discuss recommendations for a successful research career 
in IR and Computer Science with School students. The discussion is a dialogue - please come prepared and bring 
tricky questions to your lecturers!
</P>

<h3 class="title">Social Events<br></h3>

<p>
A summer school is not just lectures and classes - social networking and the fun factor are very important! 
ESSIR'11 offers a couple of social events:
</p>

<ul>
<li><b>Come together:</b> informal school opening in the old town of Koblenz, in a friendly and laid-back atmosphere</li>
<li><b>Poster evening:</b> in the assembly hall on the university campus</li>
<li><b>Social event:</b> river cruise to the medieval castles of Rhine valley and the world-famous Loreley rock.
</ul>

<P>
Depending of weather conditions, we plan further informal social activities in the late afternoon of Monday and Tuesday. 
Currently we are planning an evening on the city beach (Statt Strand with beach volleyball) for Monday and a city tour on Tuesday.
Short-term announcements will be published on the ESSIR Web site and in <A target="_blank" href="http://www.facebook.com/groups/essir2011">ESSIR Facebook group</A>.
</P>

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<h3 class="title">Program remarks<br></h3>

<P>
ESSIR 2011 will address advertised learning expectations and content as far as possible. We ask participants to recognize that sometimes Summer School 
lecturers are prevented from attending for personal or business reasons. In such cases, ESSIR 2011 will endeavour to find suitable equal-quality replacements. 
In this connection, ESSIR 2011 reserves the right to appropriately adjust the School outline.
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<P> 
<IMG src="images/caching.jpg" border=0 alt="geocache" size=100%>
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<P>
Geospatial retrieval in practice! Conceptually, geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. 
Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS devices and then share their 
experiences online. The impressive <a href="http://www.geocaching.com/map/beta/default.aspx?lat=50.3567&amp;lng=7.59962" target="_blank">Geocaching Map</a> of Koblenz 
shows over 100 caches, including many puzzles, adventures, and lost places - many of them in the direct vicinity of ESSIR.
</P>

<H3>ESSIR Venue from geocacher's perspective </h3>

<P>
Several registered geocaches will guide you to places of ESSIR in Koblenz:
</P>

<UL>
<LI> <B>Lecture hall:</B> <a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC20FHP" target="_blank">GC20FHP</a> is a small tradi, located right in front of ESSIR lecture hall</LI> 
<LI> <B>Get-together:</B> <a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2PX44" target="_blank">GC2PX44</a> is a small tradi, located in the old town of 
Koblenz, close to our get-together event in <A target="_blank" href="http://www.geckolounge.de/">Gecko Lounge</A> (Sunday, August 28, 20:00). 
To find the Gecko lounge, have a lookout for small streets Gem&uuml;segasse / Mehlgasse that begin here</LI> 
<LI> <B>Social event:</B> <a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2QJVY" target="_blank">GC2QJVY</a> is a small tradi, this is a very nice panoramic Rhine view quite
close to the Rhine landing stage #8 (boarding place for our social event - Rhine Loreley tour - on Thursday, 01 Sep 2011)</LI>
<LI> <B>Students' nightlife:</B> After your first days in Koblenz, you might be interested to try
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2JPJA" target="_blank">GC2JPJA</a> - a tricky puzzle 
that is closely related to both University Campus and to student nightlife in Koblenz! The cache description is available in English. 
As a small spoiler, the final is somewehere just 5 min away from ESSIR lecture halls. </LI>
<LI> <B>From Campus to German Corner:</B> There is a very nice panoramic footpath along the Moselle river from University Campus to the most famous place of Koblenz, the 
<A target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsches_Eck">German Corner</A> (aka Teutonic Knights corner), confluence of rivers Moselle and Rhine. The walk takes 30-40 min. Our 
<A href="eck.gpx">GPX Track</A> can guide you! Some segments of the footpath are quite new and may not appear on older maps. On the footpath, you will 
direcly pass geocaches 
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2VMMC" target="_blank">GC2VMMC</A> (puzzle), 
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2B1EG" target="_blank">GC2B1EG</A> (traditional) 
and
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2JDA9" target="_blank">GC2JDA9</A> (traditional). 
At the end of your walk, 
you can try the traditional cache
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC228YX" target="_blank">GC228YX</A>
directly at the German Corner!</LI>
</UL>

<H3>GC Adventures close to ESSIR venue</h3>

<P>
Fans of T5 adventures and lost places might be interested to try 
<a href="http://coord.info/GCWZMD" target="_blank">GCWZMD</a>, <a href="http://coord.info/GC16T4B" target="_blank">GC16T4B</a> or
<a href="http://coord.info/GC1M83W" target="_blank">GC1M83W</a> - gallery photos speak volumes. It's worth the translation for some 
German descriptions, we will be glad to assist you. 
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<H3>Rhine boat trips</h3>

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A MUST: Rhine cruise to the magnificent <A href="http://www.welterbe-mittelrheintal.de/">Rhine valley</A> at the Loreley - Unesco World
Heritage with wineyards, numerous medieval castles, and Rhine of course. <B>The ESSIR social program will include the Loreley boat trip!</B>
Furthermore, <A href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/activities/boat-tours.html">Koblenz Touristik</A> provides nice
tour recommendations and a detailed overview of <A href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/activities/boat-tours.html">shipping lines</A>.
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<H3>Medieval castles</h3>

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<A target="_blank" href="http://www.marksburg.de/">Castle of Marksburg</A> in Braubach close to Koblenz, is the most famous medieval castle of the
Rhine valley which has never been destroyed (unlike many others).
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<H3>Wine tasting</h3>

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Rhine and Moselle are famous for excellent wines, especially white
Riesling. Small villages and towns along the river valleys offer numerous
opportunities for wine tasting. Avoid central, large restaurants 
(full of Japanese tourists) and have a lookout for a
besom on the wall of a small wine-grower shop - it shows that his small wine
pub is open! It is often called "Besenwirtschaft" or "Strausswirtschaft".
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<H3>Hiking and bike tours</h3>

<P>
Rhineland has the best infrastructure in Germany! Many
ideas and tour suggestions for the surroundings of Koblenz can be found at
portals <A target="_blank" href="http://www.traumpfade.info/">Traumpfade</A> and <A target="_blank" href="http://www.radwanderland.de/">Radwanderland</A>.
These sites are mostly in
German, so do not hesitate to ask us if you are interested and need some help! 
<A href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/activities/cycling.html">Koblenz Touristik</A> 
provides addresses of local
<A href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/activities/cycling.html">bike rental</A> shops and some tour recommendations.
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<H3>The Beach</h3>

<P>
A nice sand beach <A href="http://www.statt-strand-koblenz.de/" target="_blank">Statt Strand</A> is situated on the Moselle river,
right in front of the University campus!! You will find tons of sand, beach volleyball, summer feelings, and very good beach cocktails 
just 5 min away from your lecture hall!!
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<H3>Geysers</h3>

<P>
The world-largest <A target="_blank" href="http://www.geysir-andernach.de/">cold geyser</A> in Andernach near Koblenz.
Trip
includes the visit to the interactive geyser museum, a short boat trip on the Rhine to the
near nature reserve where the geyser is situated, and of course a geyser eruption (50-
60m high !!!).
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<H3>Volcanos</h3>

<P>
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.lava-dome.de/">Volcano museum "Lava-Dome"</A> in Mendig near Koblenz. 
We are
situated in the area of high volcanic activity (hotspot area) which results in
numerous volcanoes, volcanic seas, lava streams, and sometimes also perceptible earthquakes!!
The trip includes a visit to the interactive museum, guided tour with descent
into lava mine, and explanations of old stonemason handicraft in Rhineland that origins from Roman times.
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<H3>Segway</h3>

<P>
Guided Segway tours across Koblenz are offered by <A href="http://www.biwakschachtel.de/" target="_blank">Biwakschachtel</A>, the shop 
is located close to main station.
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<H3>Geocaching</h3>

<P>
<A href="http://www.geocaching.com/map/beta/default.aspx?lat=50.3567&amp;lng=7.59962" target="_blank">Geocaching</A>
will guide you to many local attractions and beautiful places in Koblenz. Fans of T5 adventures and lost places might be interested to try 
<A href="http://coord.info/GCWZMD" target="_blank">GCWZMD</A>, <A href="http://coord.info/GC16T4B" target="_blank">GC16T4B</A> or
<A href="http://coord.info/GC1M83W" target="_blank">GC1M83W</A> - gallery photos speak volumes. It's worth the translation for some 
German descriptions, we will be glad to assist you. 
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<H3>Climbing</h3>

<P>
Climbing: <A href="http://www.summitpost.org/via-ferrata-boppard-bopparder-klettersteig/235110" target="_blank">Via Ferrata Boppard</A> 
close to Koblenz offers alpine feelings on the rocks of the Rhine valley. Can be combined with nice walks in the surrounding hills. 
Equipment can be borrowed nearby, in the ARAL gasoline station at the main road B9. Detailed maps and track for the walk can be found 
<A href="http://www.via-ferrata.de/img-mittelrhein-klettersteig-boppard-337.htm" target="_blank">here</A>. 
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<P>
A nice high-rope parcours in the woods
is installed in <A href="http://www.kletterwald-sayn.de/en" target="_blank">Kletterwald Sayn</A> close to Koblenz.
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<H3>Flying</h3>

<P>
Panoramic flights with <A href="http://www.rhein-mosel-flug.de/" target="_blank">Rhein-Mosel-Flug</A> (RMF) from the airfield Winningen close to Koblenz. 
You will enjoy the valleys of Rhine and Moselle in a very special and unique manner. Can be combined with a nice walk through slate vineyards down to the 
Moselle - the village of Winningen is one of the most beautiful winegrower villages in all Germany.
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<P>
For more action, RMF also owns two professional aerobatic machines. Aerobatics with an open biplane is fun!
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<H3>Federal garden show</h3>

<P>
In summer 2011, Koblenz hosts the prestigious <A href="http://www.buga2011.de/" target="_blank">German horticultural show</A>. ESSIR 2011 benefits from 
advanced tourism infrastructure and additional attractions (e.g. a new panoramic cable car over the Rhine, restored historical buildings, 
various installations, and rich cultural program).
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<H2>Authors of best recent IR books <BR>gave lectures at ESSIR 2011</H2>

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<area shape="rect" alt="Ricardo Baeza-Yates" title="Ricardo Baeza-Yates" coords="2,1,142,197" href="http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Information-Retrieval-Concepts-Technology/dp/0321416910/" target="_blank">
<area shape="rect" alt="Hinrich Schuetze" title="Hinrich Schuetze" coords="148,0,280,195" href="http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Information-Retrieval-Christopher-Manning/dp/0521865719/" target="_blank">
<area shape="rect" alt="Stefan Rueger" title="Stefan Rueger" coords="285,0,422,194" href="http://www.amazon.com/Multimedia-Information-Retrieval-Synthesis-Lectures/dp/160845097X/" target="_blank">
<area shape="rect" alt="Peter Ingwersen" title="Peter Ingwersen" coords="427,2,559,195" href="http://www.amazon.com/Turn-Integration-Information-Seeking-Retrieval/dp/904816981X/" target="_blank">
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.dcc.uchile.cl/~rbaeza/"><B><span itemprop="name">Ricardo Baeza-Yates</span></B></A><BR>
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<span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">Yahoo! Research Barcelona</span>
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and 
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<span itemprop="name">Universidad de Chile</span>
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<B>Learn about Web Retrieval and IR in the Cloud from head of <A href="http://labs.yahoo.com/Yahoo_Labs_Barcelona" target="_blank">Yahoo! Research Barcelona</A> 
and author of the famous schoolbook "<A target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Information-Retrieval-Concepts-Technology/dp/0321416910/">Modern Information Retrieval</A>"!!
</B>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>: 
<A target="_blank" href="http://wiki.ims.uni-stuttgart.de/extern/HinrichSchuetze"><B><span itemprop="name">Hinrich Sch&uuml;tze</span></B></A><BR>
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<span itemprop="name">University of Stuttgart, Germany</span>
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<BR><BR>
<B>Learn about foundational models and methods in IR from author of the famous books 
"<A target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Information-Retrieval-Christopher-Manning/dp/0521865719/">Introduction to Information Retrieval</A>" and 
"<A target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Foundations-Statistical-Natural-Language-Processing/dp/0262133601/">Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing</A>"
 (the "Manning-Sch&uuml;tze" math bible for computer scientists)!!
</B>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<A target="_blank" href="http://forskning.iva.dk/en/persons/peter-ingwersen(06732ae6-b7ec-4427-8049-6b087f1e5f6d).html"><B><span itemprop="name">Peter Ingwersen</span></B></A><BR>
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<span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">Royal School of Information and Library Science, IVA Denmark</span>
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<BR><BR>
<B>Learn about human aspects in IR and evaluation from author of the recent book 
"<A target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Turn-Integration-Information-Seeking-Retrieval/dp/904816981X/">The Turn: Integration of Information Seeking and Retrieval in Context</A>"!!
</B>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<A target="_blank" href="http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/stefan/"><B><span itemprop="name">Stefan R&uuml;ger</span></B></A><BR>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/stefan/">

<span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK</span>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.kmi.open.ac.uk/">
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<BR><BR>
<B>Learn about Multimedia IR from author of the recent schoolbook 
"<A target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Multimedia-Information-Retrieval-Synthesis-Lectures/dp/160845097X/">Multimedia Information Retrieval</A>"!!
</B>
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<span itemprop="description">Keynote Speaker</span>:
<A target="_blank" href="http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/nrs/"><B><span itemprop="name">Nigel Shadbolt</span></B></A><BR>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/nrs/">

<span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">University of Southampton, UK</span>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.soton.ac.uk/">
</span>

<BR><BR>
<B>Learn about recent challenges of Web Science from co-founder of the 
<A target="_blank" href="http://webscience.org/">Web Science Trust</A> foundation!</B>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<A target="_blank" href="http://vlado.fmf.uni-lj.si/"><B><span itemprop="name">Vladimir Batagelj</span></B></A><BR>
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<span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">University of Ljubljana, Slovenia</span>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.uni-lj.si/">
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<BR><BR>
<B>Learn about Graph Theory and Network Analysis from "godfather" of 
<A target="_blank" href="http://pajek.imfm.si/">Pajek</A> - the famous large-scale network analysis package!!</B>
</P>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.is.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/staff/hotho/"><B><span itemprop="name">Andreas Hotho</span></B></A><BR>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.is.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/staff/hotho/">

<span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">University of W&uuml;rzburg, Germany</span>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/">
</span>

<BR><BR>
<B>Learn about Retrieval in Social Media from "godfather" of
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.bibsonomy.org/">Bibsonomy</A> - a popular Web 2.0 platform for social bookmark/publication sharing!!
</B>
</P>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.aifb.kit.edu/web/Duc_Thanh_Tran/en"><B><span itemprop="name">Duc Thanh Tran</span></B></A><BR>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.aifb.kit.edu/web/Duc_Thanh_Tran/en">

<span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">Stanford University, USA</span>
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<span itemprop="name">Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany</span>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.kit.edu/">
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<BR><BR>
Learn about Semantic Search from co-founder of the SemSearch workshop and one of the leading researchers in this field.
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<h2 class="title"><span itemprop="description">Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access</span> (<span itemprop="name">FDIA-2011</span>)</h2>

<P>
After having 31 students talk to each other for 3 minutes and write down some key words after each 3 minutes, this is the resulting tag cloud and shows what is hot at the moment in IR.
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<a href="http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/4003722/FDIA_2011_Collaborations_Tag" 
          title="Wordle: FDIA 2011 Collaborations Tag"><img
          src="http://www.wordle.net/thumb/wrdl/4003722/FDIA_2011_Collaborations_Tag"
          alt="Wordle: FDIA 2011 Collaborations Tag"
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<H3>Symposium Keynote</H3>

<P>
<B>David Elsweiler:</B> Working at (and Pushing) the Boundaries of IR: how Other Fields can 
Influence Your IR Research<BR><BR>
<UL>
<LI><A href="slides/elsweiler_fdia2011_keynote.pdf">PDF slides</A></LI>
</UL>

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<H3>Key Dates</H3>

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<B>10th of June:</B> Paper/Poster Deadline (extended, approaching !!)<BR>
21st of June: Review Deadline<BR>
28th of June: Paper Notification<BR>
17th of July: Camera Ready Papers Due<BR>
August 2011: FDIA 2011 as part of ESSIR 2011
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<P>
The 4th Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) will be held in conjunction with the European Summer School in Information Retrieval in Koblenz, Germany. The symposium aims to provide a forum for participants of the summer school to share their research and interaction with senior researchers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The previous symposiums were held in Padova, Italy in 2009 (with ESSIR 2009),  London, England in 2008, and Glasgow, Scotland in 2007 (with ESSIR 2007) and have provided an entertaining and exciting forum for sharing and forming tentative ideas and work.
Why future directions, because we want to encourage submissions that focus on the early research such as pilot studies, presenting challenges and future opportunities, conceptual and theoretical work, and the contributions from doctoral work.
Why Information Access, because it captures the broader ideas of information retrieval, storage and management to include interaction and usage.
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<H3>Symposium Aims</h3>
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The IRSG FDIA Symposium is mainly turned to PhD students, researchers new to the field, and post doctoral researchers. The objectives are:
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<UL>
<LI>To provide an accessible forum for new researchers to discuss 
		their research and projects</LI>
<LI>To help foster formative and tentative research ideas</LI>
<LI>To encourage discussion and successful progression</LI>
<LI>To share outcomes of doctoral work</LI>
</UL>

<h3>Call for Papers</h3>

<P>
This symposium calls for research papers to be submitted on topics about Information Access. We especially encourage submissions on late breaking and formative research which presents initial work that survey and present future challenges and opportunities, present pilot studies, explore conceptual and/or theoretical models, or which present results, findings and future directions on experiments conducted using an existing approach in a new space or on a new collection.
Submissions focusing on new directions and emerging work in Information Access/Retrieval which create discussion and provoke reaction are strongly encouraged. Submissions should provide the necessary background and motivation of the topic, so as to maximize the benefit to the author and fellow participants.
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<P>A paper should aim to include the following:</P>

<UL>
<LI> Motivation for the research</LI>
<LI> Background and related work (with key references)</LI>
<LI> Particular issues highlighted for discussion and main research 
	 questions/challenges</LI>
</UL>

<P>Late breaking and formative research papers may also wish to include:</P>
<UL>
<LI> Description of proposed or performed research</LI>
<LI> Outline of Conceptual/Theoretical Models</LI>
<LI> Research methodology and experiment</LI>
</UL>
	
<P>Use of existing approaches papers should also include:</P>
<UL>
	<LI> Outline of Conceptual/Theoretical Models</LI>
	<LI> Description of performed research methodology and experiment</LI>
	<LI> Experiment findings and future directions</LI>
</UL>

<P>Areas of research include, but are not limited to:</P>
<UL>
	<LI>Databases</LI>
	<LI>Information Retrieval</LI>
	<LI>Human Computer Interaction</LI>
	<LI>Multimedia and Multimodal</LI>
	<LI>Knowledge Management</LI>
	<LI>Bio, Chemo, Med, Eco, etc. Informatics</LI>
</UL>

<P>
All papers will be peer reviewed by at least one senior researchers on the Programme Committee. Papers should be 4-6 pages in length in eWics Format using the Word or Latex templates. Submissions should be converted to PDF.
All submissions must be from a <B>solo author</B>: the idea is to encourage and promote one's own research.
</P>

<h3>Call for Posters</h3>

<P>
We would also like to invite shorter submissions which provide a summary of the your current research to present as a poster during the symposium. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your research with your peers and senior IR researchers and practitioners during FDIA / ESSIR.
All posters will be reviewed. Poster paperss should be 1-2 pages in length in eWics Format eWics Format using the Word or Latex templates. Submissions should be converted to PDF.
</P>

<P>
The Proceedings will be printed online as part of the Ewics series. All submissions should be uploaded via:
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<H3>Tentative Programme</h3>

<P>
Welcome and Introduction<BR>
Boaster Session: quick fire presentations to promote one's work and tell the audience why they should come and talk to you about your research<BR>
Poster Sessions: time for in depth discussions about your research and the directions you are taking<BR>
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<h3>Organization</H3>

<P>
<B>PC Chairs:</B><BR><BR>

Liadh Kelly, Dubin City University<BR>
Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow<BR>
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<B>General Chair:</B> Sergej Sizov, University of Koblenz
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<h2 class="title"><span itemprop="description">Symposium on Bias and Diversity in IR</span> (<span itemprop="name">DIV-2011</span>)</h2>

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This symposium will address diversity and bias of content from a multitude of users and information sources on the Web. In this context, we will discuss methodologies and applications for diversification of search results as well as combining and extracting information from multiple sources. To this end, we will present and discuss innovative methods in NLP, multimedia analysis, search technology, and opinion mining that enable bias-aware and diversity-aware information access technology for the Web. 
The symposium is intended for a broad range of students, researchers, and IR practitioners interested in and dealing with diversity of content occurring in Web search results, on the Social Web, or in blogs. 
The Web and especially the Social Web lives from the multitude of actors that are involved in content creation.  It has achieved a democratization of content production that potentially gives a voice to everybody. However, today's search technology fails to reflect this variety in an explicit and structured way. For controversially discussed topics such as "global warming" the content available on the Web reflects the full variety of positions and their evolution over time. However, due to the sheer mass of available content and the way content is ranked by current search technology (mainly based on relevance and popularity) it is difficult to get a structured diversity overview. In addition, content is partly strongly biased without making the underlying intention explicit. A better overview over existing opinions - and support in discovering bias and analysing the underlying diversity (driven by differences in cultural backgrounds, schools of thoughts, temporal context etc.) - clearly helps in building an own opinion in a well-informed way and in reflecting and contextualizing own positions. We will present leading edge technology that can help making diversity a real and tangible asset of the Web.
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<H3>Materials</h3>

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<LI><A href="slides/div_intro.pdf">Introduction</A></LI>
<LI>Tutorial 1: <A href="slides/div_part1.1.pdf">Part 1</A>,
<A href="slides/div_part1.2.pdf">Part 2</A></LI>
<LI>Tutorial 2: <A href="slides/div_part2.1.pdf">Part 1</A>,
<A href="slides/div_part2.2.pdf">Part 2</A></LI>
<LI>Tutorial 3: <A href="slides/div_part3.pdf">Slides</A></LI>
</UL>

<H3>Structure</h3>

<P>
After a general introduction into the topic and the main research challenges in the area, this symposium day will be structured into three sessions covering different aspects of dealing with bias and diversity in Web search, 
</P>
<UL>
<LI>Discovering facts and opinions and their evolution over time </LI>
<LI>Detecting bias and diversity in multimedia data</LI>
<LI>A testbed for diversification in search </LI>
</UL>
<P>
Organizationally, the day will combine tutorial style parts given by experts in the field, a high level of interactivity with the audience and hands-on style parts that give the audience the opportunity to gather deep technical knowledge and first-hand experience in building bias- and diversity-aware technology for next-generation services on the Web. 
</P>

<H3>Discovering Fact and Opinions and their Evolution over Time </H3>
<P>
This session will be split into two parts: The first part will deal with methods and technologies for discovering opinions from different types of Web content. The second part will deal with discovering entity evolution and temporal facts.
Discovering opinions articulated in Web content is one of the cornerstones of dealing in a systematic way with diversity on the Web. This part of the session will give an introduction into state-of-the-art technology in opinion mining and sentiment analysis, and will also look into more in depth analysis methods for opinion mining. 
The constantly evolving Web reflects the evolution of society in the cyberspace. Web collections contain knowledge about entities (people, companies, political parties, etc.) as of a certain time point. Within the tutorial we will present approaches that allow discovering entity evolution and associating them with the appropriate temporal fact(s). To this end, we will first introduce and compare approaches for temporal fact extraction from factual knowledge sources such as Wikipedia. After that, we will present strategies to resolve ambiguous names and map them onto the right entity in order to trace their evolution. 
</P>
<H3>Detecting Bias and Diversity in Multimedia Content</H3>
<P>
Documents on the Web increasingly use images and other non-textual materials to convey additional information or enhance the content in some way. The tutorial will (also) explore how multimedia content analysis using recent tools from research in image processing and computer vision can be coupled with textual information extraction and used to enhance web search in a variety of ways. The use of these tools to support diversity in both querying and result presentation will be covered together with approaches to sentiment analysis in images and other emerging multimedia techniques.
</P>

<H3>A Testbed for Diversification in Search</H3>
<P>
The goal of this practical session is to put the theory discussed in the previous sessions into action.  We will start with an introduction to the testbed developed in the EU FET Project LivingKnowledge, which is a development platform supporting bias and diversity aware search. The testbed integrates the technologies developed in the project, and a framework for adding and evaluating new bias and diversity aware components as well as using the integrated components to support bias and diversity aware applications.
In the hands on session, we will use the testbed to create a baseline application. We will then walk through a real example of integrating an opinion extractor into the application including adding the extractor to a document analysis pipeline, evaluating the performance of the extractor, indexing and searching on the output of the extractor, and finally integrating the output into the baseline application. Time permitting we will perform the same steps for an image analysis tool.
</P>

<H3>Organizers</H3>

<P>
DIV-2011 is supported and organized by the 
EU FET Project <A target="_blank" href="http://livingknowledge-project.eu/">LivingKnowledge</A>. 
</P>

<UL>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://disi.unitn.it/~fausto/">Fausto Giunchiglia</A> (University of Trento, Italy)</LI>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://www.l3s.de/~siersdorfer/">Stefan Siersdorfer</A> (L3S Research Centre, Germany)  </LI>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://www.l3s.de/web/page15g.do?kcond1g.userOID=350">Claudia Niederee</A>  (L3S Research Centre, Germany) </LI>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/people/phl">Paul Lewis</A> (University of Southampton, UK) </LI>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/~mspaniol/">Marc Spaniol</A> (Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany) </LI>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://research.yahoo.com/Roi_Blanco">Roi Blanco</A> (Yahoo! Research, Spain) </LI>
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Koblenz has a very central position in central Europe and in Germany. The ESSIR location can be easily 
reached by plane (including many low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair, Germanwings, Air Berlin, easyJet), by 
train (the majority of international long-distance trains in Germany pass through the Rhine valley and Koblenz), and by 
car (three highways, part of the European highway network).
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<P>
<A href="http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/content/frankfurt_airport/en.html">Airport Frankfurt International</A> 
(FRA): Major international airport about 115 km from Koblenz. All international airlines. Many direct trains to Koblenz, 
travel time app. 70 min (25 EUR), car ride from the airport app. 60 min. 
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<P>
<A href="http://www.airport-cgn.de/index.php?lang=2">Airport Cologne-Bonn</A> 
(CGN): International airport about 100 km from Koblenz, major hub of low-cost airlines Germanwings and AirBerlin. Excellent connection to
Koblenz by direct trains, travel time 60 min (14 EUR) car ride from the airport app. 60 min.
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<P>
<A href="http://www.hahn-airport.de/default.aspx?menu=passengers_visitors&amp;cc=en">Airport Frankfurt Hahn</A>
(HHN): International airport 65 km from Koblenz, major Ryan Air hub in Europe. Direct coach link to Koblenz, travel time
 70 min (15 EUR) or by car, travel time 40 min.
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<P>
<A href="http://www.duesseldorf-international.de/dus_en/">
Airport Dusseldorf International</A>
(DUS): International airport 130 km from Koblenz. Many international airlines. Many direct trains to Koblenz, travel time app. 
90-120 min (23 EUR), car ride from the airport app. 75 min.
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<h2>Arrival by train</h2>

<P>
<A href="http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml">Deutsche Bahn</A>
(German Railways):
Koblenz is located at the IC/EC track that connects the major cities from north to south in Germany. 
Many international long-distance trains (including EuroCityNight) to Cologne, Frankfurt, Hannover, Hamburg pass through Koblenz. 
Direct trains to the airports Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Hahn, Cologne-Bonn, Dusseldorf are available. 
A dedicated bus link (Bus #20) connects the main station with university campus (15 min).
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<P>
Use the <A href="#">journey planner of German railways</A> 
with destination "Koblenz HBF" (Koblenz main station). It is
possible to buy tickets online. From Koblenz main station, you can
take a bus or taxi to your hotel/hostel or to the Campus. The taxi rank 
and the large bus station are located in front of the main
entrance.
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<h2>Arrival by car</h2>

<P>
Major car rental companies have offices in all mentioned airports. 
In general, all non-residents (including non-EU nationals) are permitted to use the driving license (issued by their local authority) 
during the first 6 months of stay in Germany. EU/EWR driving licences are even accepted without this temporal limitation. 
In some cases, care rental companies may require an authenticated translation of the original driving license, in order 
to ensure your eliglibility. This is often the case if the driving license is not completely written in English and/or does not clearly
show categories of vehicles. For instance, Russian "international" driving licenses often cause this kind of questions. 
Last but not least: Make sure you drive alive! Drive on the right!
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<P>
For GPS navigation, please use the following target address: 56070 Koblenz, intersection Oberweiher - Universit&auml;tsstrasse (50.362318,7.557238). 
This will bring you to the main entry of the campus. Parking lots can be found in front of the main entry on the right (small), the way down to 
the Moselle river on the left side (large) and also - just few steps away - under the big Moselle bridge (large). Just follow the corresponding 
signs for parking. All parking lots are free of charge.
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<H2>Getting around in Koblenz</h2>

<P>
<B>Koblenz maps:</B> <a href="http://www.koblenz.de/stadtplan/k62_stadtplan_startseite_englisch.html" target="_blank">Interactive Map</a>, <a href="http://g.co/maps/xddd" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> <BR>
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<P>
<B>Campus maps:</B> <a href="http://www.koblenz.de/cityguide/cgi-bin/cityguide.pl?action=show&amp;lang=en&a­mp;size=1076&amp;mapper=1&amp;zoom=100&amp;mapX=3397553&amp;mapY=5581806" target="_blank">Interactive Map</a>, <a href="http://g.co/maps/crh6" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></P>

<P>
The taxi from the city centre or the train station to the ESSIR venue (8-9 min) costs app. 10 EUR. We recommend to explicitly ask for 
<B>'University Campus Metternich'</B>
(Metternich is a district of Koblenz). Many years ago, the Campus was located on the opposite side of the city, and some mature 
taxi drivers may mix up destinations. 
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<P>
Taking a bus from the city centre or from the train station to the ESSIR venue (University campus) takes 12-15 minutes and costs 2,45 EUR for a single journey. 
A variety of special fares (e.g. 1-day ticket, group ticket for 5 people) are also available. 
Buses to/from the campus are: #3 (from city center), #15 (from main station/city center) and #20 (from main station, this is the fastest link). 
<A href="http://www.kevag.de/verkehrs-service/fahrplaene/fahrplanbuch-2011/">Complete Timetables</A> (Campus bus stops are "Winninger Strasse" or "Oberweiher/Uni"). Please consult 
<a href="http://www.koblenz.de/cityguide/cgi-bin/cityguide.pl?action=show&amp;lang=en&a­mp;size=1076&amp;mapper=1&amp;zoom=100&amp;mapX=3397553&amp;mapY=5581806" target="_blank">Interactive Map</a>, <a href="http://g.co/maps/crh6" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> for detailed information about available bus stops.
</P>

<P>
For regional bus connections around Koblenz, you should check the <A href="http://www.vrminfo.de/en/" target="_blank">VRM Web site</A>. 
Many destinations can be reached by <A href="http://www.der-takt.de/" target="_blank">regional trains</A>. The cheapest way
to explore Rhineland is one-day <A href="http://www.bahn.de/regional/view/regionen/saar/freizeit/saar_ticket.shtml" target="_blank">Rhineland</A> ticket which is valid on almost all buses, 
coaches, and buses in Rhineland-Palatinate and in Saarland. This ticket is available in 
Internet, from ticket vending machines in train stations, and on the bus from bus driver.
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<H2>Address</h2>

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<span itemprop="addressRegion">Rhineland</span>, <span itemprop="addressCountry">Germany</span><BR>
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Phone <span itemprop="telephone">+49-261-287-2736</span><BR>
Fax <span itemprop="faxNumber">+49-261-287-2721</span><BR>
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<H3>Posters:</H3>

<P>
Our mobile poster boards allow presentation of posters up to DIN A0 size, portrait orientation (NOT landscape!). 
If you demand a poster printing service on site in Koblenz, following copyshops (<A target="_blank" href="http://g.co/maps/djft">Map</A>) can assist you:
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<UL>
<LI> <A target="_blank" href="http://www.print-koblenz.de/">Print+Design</A> (ca. 45 EUR)</LI>
<LI> <A target="_blank" href="http://www.cps-koblenz.de/">CPS</A> (ca. 60 EUR)</LI>
<LI> <A target="_blank" href="http://www.adrian-koblenz.de/">Adrian Druck + Kopie</A> (ca. 40 EUR)</LI>
</UL>


<H3> 
Entry permission:
</H3>

<P>
In many cases, non-EU nationals are required to obtain the entry
permission (Schengen Visa) for Germany. Please consult 
the <A href="http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/diplo/en/Infoservice/FAQ/VisumFuerD/01-VisumNoetig.html" target="_blank">advices of the German Federal Foreign Office</A> 
for further information regarding your country and visa requirements. School participants that are required to obtain an entry permission before entering Germany, 
can be provided with ESSIR reference letters for respective German missions. We ask for your understanding that reference letters can only be issued after 
registration <B>and</B> payment of ESSIR participation fees (no exceptions). 
</P>

<P>
Please take into account that August/September is also holiday time. We recommended to check the application processing times at the responsible German mission,
and to submit yor visa application in good time before ESSIR starts.
</P>

<H3>Weather:</H3>

<P>
Due to an unique and favourable geographic location (Rhine valley, surrounded by low mountain ranges of Westerwald, Eifel, and Hunsrueck), 
Koblenz is known for very good weather conditions all over the year. The average air temperature in August/September is rather moderate with
ca. 17-18&deg;C, but the last summer 2010 also had very hot weeks over 30&deg;C. For detailed information,
check <A href="http://www.timeanddate.com/weather/germany/koblenz" target="_blank">timeanddate.com</A>
</P>

<H3>Time Zone:</H3>

<P>
Germany is located in the CET/CEST time zone (UTC+1/+2). This means in the week of ESSIR we will have <B>UTC/GMT +2 hours</B>. 
For more information, 
look at <A href="http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=1015" target="_blank">timeanddate.com</A>.
</P>

<H3>
Money:
</H3>

<P>
The German currency is Euro (EUR). Currency exchange desks can be found at all international airports. 
Lokal bank offices offer currency exchange as well (for safety reasons, they reluctantly exchange big amounts of cash).
ATM machines offer cash withdawal by credit cards and Maestro (in almost the cases this service is not free of charge, 
you should ask your bank about cash withdrawal fees). To estimate exchange rates, play around with 
<A href="http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/currencies/converter/" target="_blank">Yahoo! currency converter</A>.
A full-featured ATM service can be found in a small "Sparkasse"-house at the main Campus entry.
</P>

<P> 
Larger shops and restaurants 
accept all major credit cards and Maestro as well. Common supermarkets (Aldi, Lidl, Rewe, Norma, Plus) accept Maestro but NOT credit cards. Small 
shops and pubs may have no electronic payment facilities on site. Tip is accepted but not mandatory, 10% is the common value. 
Travel cheques are not really common and not widely accepted. Visitors from non-EC countries can benefit 
from <A href="http://www.zoll.de/english_version/a0_passenger_traffic/c0_holidays_germany/a0_tax_free_shopping/index.html" target="_blank">Tax-Free Shopping</A> 
in Germany.
</P>

<H3>Tourism office:</H3>
<P>
<A href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en">Koblenz Touristik</A> provides a very detailed and well structured Web portal 
for Koblenz visitors. Highly recommended!
</P>

<H3>
Electricity:
</H3>

<P>
German mains power system offers 230 V 50 Hz AC, common outlets (i.e. plugs and sockets) are <A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuko" target="_blank">SchuKo</A> (symmetrical plug with side grounding contacts), 
sometimes also the simpler 
<A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europlug" target="_blank">Europlug</A> (2-pin plug without grounding contacts). Travel stores at all airports 
and local electronics stores in Koblenz (e.g. MediaMarkt, Saturn, Expert, ProMarkt) offer a broad range of adaptors at reasonable prices. Devices designed 
for lower voltage levels (e.g. 110V hairdryers) also require a suitable upstream transformer!
</P>

<H3>
Communication:
</H3>

<P>
Major telecommunication providers in Germany are German Telekom and Vodafone (900 MHz) as well as O2 and E-Plus (1800 MHz). 
It is recommended to check in advance the roaming conditions 
for in/out mobile calls. Possible alternatives are Skype/VoIP and callback services 
(e.g. Bellshare, flat2flat, Flexsys, Sparruf, to name a few). In parallel, the network of public telephone stations is shrinking - at the moment, 
there is no public telephone box on the Campus.
</P>

<P>
Mobile internet via UMTS (WWAN aka 3G) has already reasonably 
good support in Koblenz, Vodafone D2 seems to have the best coverage. Stable HSDPA is available in the city center, EDGE almost everywhere. 
It is recommended to check in advance your data roaming conditions, many providers do not support roaming at high HSDPA speeds, and volume prices
are also quite different.
</P>

<P>
The Campus offers dedicated W-Lan access vor visitors, which will be available for ESSIR participants on request, free of charge. 
As an alternative, you also can authenticate your W-Lan access via Eduroam, which is fully supported in our University. The bakery and coffee shop 
"Hoefer" in front of the Campus offers its own W-Lan access for free (!). Wired internet will be available in lecture halls.
</P>


<H3>Post office:</H3>

<P>
There is no public post office and no letter box on the campus. However, there is a full-service Retail Outlet in the 
<A href="http://standorte.deutschepost.de/Standortsuche?standorttyp=filialen_verk­aufspunkte&amp;lang=en&amp;do_search=1&amp;origina­l_entered_city=Koblenz&amp;postleitzahl=56070&amp;­ort=Koblenz&amp;strasse=Universit%C3%A4tsstra%C3%9­Fe&amp;wochentag=4&amp;oeffnungszeit=12%3A15" target="_blank">REWE shop nearby</A>.
</P>

<H3>Shops:</H3>

<P>
The supermarkets REWE, Norma, Edeka and Aldi are located next to the Campus. A big shopping mall "L&ouml;hr Centre" 
can be found in the city center, it is co-located with main bus interchange.
</P>

<P>
A huge (one of the largest in Germany) shopping areal with numerous outlets and stores 
is located in M&uuml;lheim-K&auml;rlich near Koblenz. To get there, take the regional Bus #357 
from one of the central bus stops in the city
(consult <A href="http://www.vrminfo.de/en/" target="_blank">VRM Web site</A> for bus stops, timetables and fares).
In this case, don't miss also a nice public swimming pool <A target="_blank" href="http://www.tauris.net/">Tauris</A> nearby (Bus #354).
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<P>
<A href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/activities/shopping.html">Koblenz Touristik</A> provides further shopping ideas
in and around Koblenz. 
</P>

<H3>Handicapped access:</H3>

<P>
ESSIR offers full access for disabled attendees on the entire campus: elevators in all buildings, stairs-free pathways and ramps, dedicated 
restroom facilities. On request, people with disabilities can access the Campus by car and use dedicated parking lots 
directly in front of particular buildings. Koblenz operates only low-floor buses with improved disabled access, dedicated places for wheelchairs, 
and call buttons for boarding assistance. Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) offers systematic and comprehensive 
<A target="_blank" href="http://www.bahn.de/i/view/DEU/en/services/overview/handicap.shtml">support for passengers with disabilities</A>.
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<H3>
Smoking:
</H3>

<P>
In Germany, smoking is not permitted in public rooms (including all Campus facilities, city shops, restaurants and pubs, 
with quite few exceptions). Smoking is also quite expensive: one cigarette packet costs 4.50 EUR and taxes are expected to grow further 
in near future. Cigarette vending machines can be found in front of the campus entrance (age verification by Maestro 
chipcard of by driver license), you may also buy cigarettes in kiosks, petrol stations and some shops around, but NOT on the Campus.
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<P>
Koblenz combines the advantage of an established tourism destination (with many accommodation facilities of different price and comfort 
levels) with the charm and modest prices of a small town.
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<P>
The early registration and accommodation request(s) will not affect the 
success of your eventual grant/student grant application for the Summer School!
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<H3>Pre-arranged accommodation options</h3>

<P>
The summer school management has arranged reserved pools of rooms in several city hotels (in different price categories),
all with very good reachability from the ESSIR venue (by bus or a short walk distance). Hotel reservations are managed by 
<A target="_blank" href="http://koblenz-kongress.de/">Koblenz-Kongress</A>, accommodation requests should use the 
following interactive PDF form. In any questions to Koblenz-Kongress, please explicitly
refer to "ESSIR 2011" as target event. The accommodation reservation form should be sent to the Koblenz-Kongress
contact point <B>no later than 18 July 2011</B>. Room booking will occur on a first come first serve principle, the 
choice of a particular hotel, room type or price category cannot be guaranteed. 
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<A target="_blank" href="hotelreservation_es­sir2011.pdf"><B>Accommodation request form</B></A> (PDF)
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<UL>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://www.hotelbb.de/">B&amp;B Hotel</A> **+ (single 52,90 EUR, double 67,80 EUR) - Campus distance 20 min (walk + bus) </LI>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://www.ghotel.de/">GHOTEl</A> ** (single 67 EUR, double 69 EUR) - Campus distance 20 min (walk + bus) </LI>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://www.hotel-hamm.de/">Hotel Hamm</A> *** (single 59 EUR, double 85 EUR)  - Campus distance 23 min (walk + bus) </LI>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://www.hotelscholz.de/">Hotel Scholz</A> (single 55 EUR, double 80 EUR) - Campus distance 7 min (walk + bus) </LI>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://www.triererhof.de/">Hotel Trierer Hof</A> *** (single 64 EUR) - Campus distance 25 min (walk + bus) </LI>
</UL>

<P>
In addition, the following hotel close to Campus holds a reserved pool of rooms for direct booking <B>until 30 May 2011</B>.
This hotel should be contacted directly, refering to ESSIR 2011 as target event:
</P>

<UL>
<LI><A target="_blank" href="http://www.hotel-oronto.de/">Hotel Oronto</A> *** (single 56 EUR) - Campus distance 20 min (walk) or 7 min (walk + bus) </LI>
</UL>

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<H3>Booking on your own</h3>

<P>
If you prefer to arrange your accommodation on your own, we recommend to try major hotel 
reservation systems like <A target="_blank" href="http://www.hrs.de/web3/?client=en__NEXT">HRS</A> and <A target="_blank" href="http://www.hotels.com/">Hotels.com</A>.
In particular the following hotels might be of interest for you:
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<UL>
<LI> <A href="http://contel-koblenz.de/en.html">Contel</A> </LI>
<LI> <A href="http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1831-ibis-koblenz/index.shtml">Ibis</A> </LI>
<LI> <A href="http://www.cityhotel-koblenz.de/home-71.html">Kurf&uuml;rst Balduin</A> </LI>
<LI> <A href="http://www.germany.hotel-hoehmann-koblenz.com/">H&ouml;hmann</A> </LI>
</UL>

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Koblenz is a wonderful old Roman town with modern infrastructure and a young spirit. 
The University of Koblenz offers a fully equipped modern campus with comprehensive congress 
facilities, convenient hotels nearby, surrounded by a beautiful, UNESCO world heritage 
landscape of the Rhine valley, historical attractions like medieval Rhine castles, and a 
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Koblenz is situated in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle (UNESCO world heritage), 
known for excellent wines, romantic medieval castles, Loreley and Goethe. The town owes its name 
to the Romans who named the castle "castellum apud confluentes" - this means "castle at the confluence of the rivers". 
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A variety of cultural offers (sightseeing, museums, boat trips on Rhine and Moselle), outdoor activities (hiking, bike tours) 
and a certain portion of nightlife with several attractive locations in the historical city centre make Koblenz an ideal location for our summer school.
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Due to a favourable geographic location (Rhine valley, surrounded by low mountain ranges of Westerwald, Eifel, and Hunsrueck), Koblenz is 
also known for very good weather conditions all over the year.
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<P>
<B>ESSIR in Koblenz:</B> <a href="http://www.koblenz.de/stadtplan/k62_stadtplan_startseite_englisch.html" target="_blank">Interactive Map</a>, <a href="http://g.co/maps/xddd" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></P>

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<div id="welcom" style="display:block"><h1><span itemprop="name" class="title">ESSIR 2011</span></h1>

<h2><span itemprop="description">8th European Summer School on Information Retrieval</span></h2>

<h3>29 Aug - 02 Sep 2011, Koblenz, Germany</h3>

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<p>
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The 8th International Summer School on Information Retrieval offered 
<span itemprop="description">
high quality teaching on Information Retrieval and related research topics 
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to a broad audience of 
<span itemprop="attendees" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person">
<span itemprop="jobTitle">computer scientists</span>
 and 
<span itemprop="jobTitle">research students</span>
working on topics related to management of information on the Internet, as well as 
for 
<span itemprop="jobTitle">industrialists</span>
</span>
who wish to know more about this highly important topic.
Traditionally, ESSIR served a 
central meeting point for IR-oriented students and 
young researchers and, accordingly, an incubator for new ideas and paradigms. 
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<p>
ESSIR is the only world-wide school in Information Retrieval. It's a scientific event with temporal regularity 
founded in 1990
which gave rise to a <a href="http://ims.dei.unipd.it/websites/essir/home.html">series of IR Summer Schools</a>.
ESSIR 2011 
took place in Koblenz / Germany (Rhineland) 
in the week between 
<span itemprop="startDate">2011-08-29</span> and <span itemprop="endDate">2011-09-02</span>. 
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<h2 class="title">Many thanks to our Sponsors!<br/></h2>

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<p>
ESSIR 2011 offered  high-quality teaching in Computer Science disciplines related to Information Retrieval, 
at the Master level of University education. The summer primarily addressed the following IR fields:
</p>

<ul><li> IR foundations and formal models</li>
<li> Text processing, organization, and retrieval</li>
<li> Graph models and methods in IR</li>
<li> Multimedia IR</li>
<li> Web Retrieval</li>
<li> IR in Social Media</li>
<li> Evaluation methodology and experimental design</li>
<li> IR in the Cloud</li>
<li> IR for structured data, semantic search</li>
</ul><p>
 
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<h3>Prerequisites for participation</h3>

<p>
School participants were expected to have background 
knowledge in foundational Computer Science disciplines, at least at the Bachelor level in Informatics 
or related fields. Strongly recommended backgrounds included core courses in Linear Algebra, Stochastics and Theory of Probabilities, Graph Theory, 
Data Structures and Algorithms.
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<h3>Certification</h3>

<p>
Upon successful participation in ESSIR lectures, all participants 
received the written "Acknowledgement of participation" and/or the "Transcript of records" in 
ECTS format (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Further information 
can be found in section <a href="index7fc7.html?target=grading" onclick="activate('grading');return false;">Certification</a>.
</p>

<h3>Co-located satellite events</h3>

<ul><li>Symposium on <a href="index5e5b.html?target=future" onclick="activate('future');return false;">Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access</a></li>
<li>Symposium on <a href="index9b80.html?target=diversity" onclick="activate('diversity');return false;">Symposium on Bias and Diversity in IR</a></li>
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<h3>Acknowledgement of Participation</h3>

<p>
Upon successful participation in ESSIR lectures, all participants 
received the written "Acknowledgement of participation", 
i.e. a confirmation that they have successfully attended the Summer School. 
</p>

<h3>ECTS Transcript of Records</h3>

<p>
Upon successful participation in ESSIR 2011 lectures, some participants received on request the "Transcript of records" in 
ECTS format (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, 3 credit points for the master course "Information Retrieval") 
from University of Koblenz. This option was only available for students currently enrolled in bachelor/master/diploma programs, 
the original proof of enrolment / matriculation from home university was required to be presented on site. 
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<p>
The "Transcript of records" was issued in category Y (successful participation in all lectures, 
no examination) or with graded result A/B/C/D/E (after examination). Examination forms and success criteria have been announced 
during ESSIR 2011 and explained in detail to requesting students.
</p>

<p>
We strongly recommended our student participants to ensure in advance with their home university 
whether the ECTS trancript of ESSIR'11 can be accepted and attributed as part of the respective 
participant's curriculum.
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<h2 class="title">Stay in touch<br/></h2>

<h3>ESSIR'11 in social media:</h3>

<ul><li> follow our microblog on <a href="index3633.html?target=twitter">Twitter</a></li>
<li> join our special interest group on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_207507589274927">Facebook</a></li> 
<li> geotagged photos of venue on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/35937964@N08/sets/72157626187656992/">Flickr</a> </li>
<li> virtual campus tour on  <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSw6HNo1hg4">YouTube</a> </li>
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     <span class="postal-code">56070</span>
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     <div class="country-name">Germany</div>
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<div>Fax: <div style="display:inline" class="note" itemprop="faxNumber">+49 261 287 100 2736</div></div>
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     <span class="postal-code">56070</span>
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     <div class="country-name">Germany</div>
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     <span class="postal-code">56070</span>
     <span class="locality">Koblenz</span>
     <div class="country-name">Germany</div>
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<div>Fax: <div style="display:inline" class="note" itemprop="faxNumber">+49 261 287 100 2712</div></div>
<div>Email: confsec@uni-koblenz.de
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<br/><span class="geo">
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<ul><li> <b>General chair:</b> Sergej Sizov, University of Koblenz, Germany
</li><li> <b>Program chair:</b> Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz, Germany
</li><li> <b>Program co-chair:</b> Thomas Gottron, University of Koblenz, Germany 
</li><li> <b>Symposium chair:</b> Stefan Siersdorfer, L3S Research Centre, Germany  
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<b><a href="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~sizov/" itemprop="url" content="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~sizov/"><span itemprop="name">Dr. Dr. Sergej Sizov</span></a></b> 
(University of Koblenz, Germany) holds two PhD degrees, 
in Applied Mathematics (Technical University of St.-Petersburg, Russia) and 
Computer Science (University of Saarland, Germany). Sergej Sizov recently held 
positions as researcher, project leader and lecturer at the University of Saarland and the 
Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science, Germany. Currently he is working with the research group 
WeST (Institute for Web Science and Technologies) at the University of Koblenz, Germany. Sergej Sizov
acts a <span itemprop="contactType">General Chair of ESSIR 2011</span>.
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<p itemprop="contactPoints" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/ContactPoint">
<b><a href="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~staab/" itemprop="url" content="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~staab/"><span itemprop="name">Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab</span></a></b> 
is leading the Institute for Web Science and Technologies WeST. 
Before his current position Prof. Staab held positions as researcher, project leader and 
lecturer at the University of Freiburg, the University of Stuttgart/Fraunhofer Institute IAO, the 
University of Karlsruhe and at Ontoprise GmbH. 
In his previous work, he has originally developed the concept of semantic portals, the notion 
of ontology learning and was among the first to consider emergent semantics as an important research domain.
Steffen Staab
acts a <span itemprop="contactType">General Scientific Advisor of ESSIR 2011</span>.
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<b><a href="http://www.l3s.de/~siersdorfer/" itemprop="url" content="http://www.l3s.de/~siersdorfer/"><span itemprop="name">Dr. Stefan Siersdorfer</span></a></b>
(L3S research centre, University of Hannover, Germany) holds PhD degree in 
Computer Science (University of Saarland, Germany). Stefan Siersdorfer recently held positions as researcher and project leader at 
the Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science, Germany, and in the department for Information Studies at the University of Sheffield (UK). 
His research interests include collaborative and meta methods for data organization, multimedia retrieval, and Web 2.0 IR.
Stefan Siersdorfer
acts a <span itemprop="contactType">Symposium Chair of ESSIR 2011</span>.
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<b><a href="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~gottron/" itemprop="url" content="http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~gottron/"><span itemprop="name">Dr. Thomas Gottron</span></a></b>
(University of Koblenz, Germany) has been awarded a PhD in computer science from University of Mainz, 
Germany, in 2008. His research interests include analysis of Social Web communities, 
explicit semantic analysis of document collections, and predictive models for IR systems quality.
Thomas Gottron
acts a <span itemprop="contactType">Program Co-Chair of ESSIR 2011</span>.
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<b><a href="index2637.html?target=transportation" onclick="activate('transportation');return false;">Transportation</a></b> - getting to Koblenz/Germany from everywhere, navigating through the city.
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<b><a href="index2361.html?target=accommodation" onclick="activate('accommodation');return false;">Accommodation</a></b> - we offer a number of suitable accommodation options in different price ranges.
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<b><a href="index9ba6.html?target=travel" onclick="activate('travel');return false;">Travel Information</a></b> - a couple of useful hints for your information.
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<b><a href="indexe258.html?target=leisure" onclick="activate('leisure');return false;">Leisure activities</a></b> - learning where others spend their holidays !!
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<b><a href="index2e56.html?target=caching" onclick="activate('caching');return false;">Geocaching</a></b> - geospatial retrieval in practice! Several geocaches will guide you to ESSIR places in Koblenz!
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<h3>Fees</h3>

<ul><li>Early registration rate: <b>325 EUR</b> (on or before 30th June 2011)</li>
<li>Late registration rate: 425 EUR (1th July 2011 and later)</li>
</ul><p>
The registration fees include participation in the Summer School and co-located PhD Symposiums, 
coffee breaks and lunches, poster reception, school materials, wireless internet access, and participation 
in the main social event (Rhine Loreley cruise with dinner).
</p>

<p>
All payments shall be made by the Participant without set-off or deduction of any kind in Euro (EUR) using PayPal or wired transfer 
as instructed by the electronic registration service. The reception date of the full payment will be considered as the registration date. 
</p>

<h3>Registration procedure</h3>

<p>
ESSIR'11 registrations can only take place through the electronic registration service, 
followed by payment of participation fees. 
By applying for participation through the electronic registration service, the applicant communicates their acceptance of 
ESSIR 2011 <b><a href="essir2011-terms.pdf">Terms and Conditions</a></b>. 
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<p align="center">
&gt;&gt;&gt; <b><a target="_blank" href="https://www.conftool.net/essir2011/">ESSIR 2011 REGISTRATION</a></b> 
</p>

<p>
Applications without immediate online payment will be considered as provisional applications. 
The reception date of the full payment will be considered as the registration date. Payments must be 
received within 10 working days after application and no later than 7 days before the starting day of 
the event. The participant cannot derive any rights from the provisional application.
</p>

<h3>Cancellation policy</h3>

<p>
Any cancellation must be actually received by ESSIR'11 in writing 
(fax or postal mail). Cancellations before start date of the School will be on the following terms:
</p>

<ul><li>30+ days before ESSIR'11 beginning: Refund 80%</li>
<li>0-29 days before ESSIR'11 beginning: Refund 0%</li>
</ul><p>
Cancellations or terminations occurring after the commencement date of the School for any reason will receive no refund of any participation fees.
</p>

<p>
All refunds are less any foreign exchange or money transfer charges and any similar expenses incurred by ESSIR'11, plus a nominal management charge of 50 EUR.
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<h2 class="title">School Program and Materials</h2>

<h3>Sunday, 28 Aug 2011</h3>

<p>
20:00-22:30: Get-together in <a target="_blank" href="http://www.geckolounge.de/">Gecko Lounge</a>, <br/>
old town of Koblenz (small streets Gemüsegasse / Mehlgasse, see <a target="_blank" href="http://g.co/maps/fy8p">Map</a>).
</p>

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<h3>Monday, 29 Aug 2011</h3>

<p>
09.00-09.15: Welcome (<a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_sizov_welcome/">Video</a>)
<br/><br/>

09.15-10.30: <b>Keynote</b> by Nigel Shadbolt: The Challenges and Opportunities of Web Science<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_shadbolt_challenges/">Video</a>, Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/full/63480614?access_key=key-2fvq6tc8d9nlmvkn4qfy">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/keynote.pdf">PDF</a>
<br/><br/>

10.30-11.00: Coffee break<br/><br/>

11.00-12.30: <b>Foundations: Models and Methods of IR</b> by Hinrich Schuetze<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_schutze_foundations/">Video</a>, Slides on Scribd: 
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480693?access_key=key-55oj4xhbtk34ig2csrk">part 1</a>,
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480696?access_key=key-1k3coznbgmjsk9lvikll">part 2</a>,
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480695?access_key=key-te9xpjd16kifxin2tte">part 3</a>
and in PDF:  
<a target="_blank" href="slides/01-01.pdf">part 1</a>,
<a target="_blank" href="slides/01-03.pdf">part 2</a>,
<a target="_blank" href="slides/01-02.pdf">part 3</a>
<br/><br/>

12.30-14.00: Lunch<br/><br/>

14.00-15.30: <b>Foundations: Models and Methods of IR</b> by Hinrich Schuetze<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_schutze_foundations/">Video</a>,
Slides on Scribd: 
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480698?access_key=key-1re5qln24shu1c6oaxh2">part 4</a>,
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480697?access_key=key-1bhmz6s6t3znlj47m9no">part 5</a>,
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63480699?access_key=key-1cbatezobqsvuiym45gj">part 6</a>
and in PDF:  
<a target="_blank" href="slides/01-05.pdf">part 4</a>,
<a target="_blank" href="slides/01-04.pdf">part 5</a>,
<a target="_blank" href="slides/01-06.pdf">part 6</a>
<br/><br/>

15.30-16.00: Coffee break<br/><br/>

16.00-17:30: <b>Network Theory</b> by Vladimir Batagelj<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_batagelj_pajek/">Video</a>, Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63492524?access_key=key-2b346f97usxh6uxritom">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/02.pdf">PDF</a><br/><br/></p>

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<h3>Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011</h3>

<p>
09.00-10.30: <b>Web Retrieval</b> by Ricardo Baeza-Yates<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_baeza_yates_retrieval/">Video</a>,
Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/full/63556847?access_key=key-26vyr1z8u28s2qyjaira">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/03.pdf">PDF</a><br/><br/>

10.30-11.00: Coffee break<br/><br/>

11.00-12.30: <b>IR in Social Media</b> by Andreas Hotho<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_hotho_media/">Video</a>,
Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63567263?access_key=key-j4i0yx8e0jld7vfb2le">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/04.pdf">PDF</a><br/><br/>

12.30-14.00: Lunch<br/><br/>

14.00-15.30: <b>IR on structured data / semantic search</b> by Thanh Tran<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_thanh_tran_structured/">Video</a>,
Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63567274?access_key=key-1i9hhvq3o6qjaehcr8my">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/05.pdf">PDF</a><br/><br/>

15.30-16.00: Coffee break<br/><br/>

16.00-17:30: <b>Plenary Discussion</b>: PhD experiences and recommendations from ESSIR lecturers! 
<br/><br/>

Informal guided walk in the evening through the old center of Koblenz (app. 2h), meeting point  "Pegelhaus" at Rhine landing stages 19.30
- <a target="_blank" href="http://g.co/maps/xbux">Map</a>
</p>

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<h3>Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011</h3>

<p>
09.00-10.30: <b>PhD Symposiums</b><br/>
10.30-11.00: Coffee break<br/>
11.00-12.30: <b>PhD Symposiums</b><br/>
12.30-14.00: Lunch<br/>
14.00-15.30: <b>PhD Symposiums</b><br/>
15.30-16.00: Coffee break<br/>
16.00-18.00: <b>Poster session</b>: ESSIR participants present and discuss their research 
</p>

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<h3>Thursday, 01 Sep 2011</h3>

<p>
09.00-10.30: <b>Multimedia IR</b> by Stefan Rueger<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_ruger_retrieval/">Video</a>,
Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/full/63717807?access_key=key-tjqsnwb1xoy70ragtmy">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/06.pdf">PDF</a><br/><br/>

10.30-11.00: Coffee break<br/><br/>

11.00-12.30: <b>Multimedia IR</b> Stefan Rueger<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_ruger_retrieval/">Video</a>,
Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/full/63717807?access_key=key-tjqsnwb1xoy70ragtmy">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/06.pdf">PDF</a><br/><br/>

12.30-14.00: Lunch<br/><br/>

14.00-15.30: <b>Distributed Web Search</b> by Ricardo Baeza-Yates<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_baeza_yates_distributed/">Video</a>,
Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/full/63981428?access_key=key-1qet94uysdj360kfz88a">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/07.pdf">PDF</a><br/><br/>

15.30-16.00: Break<br/><br/>

16.30-22.00: Social event (Rhine cruise with dinner, main meeting point at Lecture Hall at 16.15, departure from Rhine landing stage #8 near "Pegelhaus" at 17:00, return ca. 22.00) - <a target="_blank" href="http://g.co/maps/hkue">Map</a>
</p>

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<h3>Friday, 02 Sep 2011</h3>

<p>
09.00-10.30: <b>Human Aspects in IR</b> by Peter Ingwersen<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_ingwersen_aspects/">Video</a>,
Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63980754?access_key=key-1u1wg21ydp8asiw9q3v0">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/08.pdf">PDF</a> 
and 
Bibliography: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63980756?access_key=key-xwlf364rse3c8m88vr1">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/08-bib.pdf">PDF</a> 
<br/><br/>

10.30-11.00: Coffee break<br/><br/>
11.00-12.30: <b>Human Aspects in IR</b> by Peter Ingwersen<br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_ingwersen_aspects/">Video</a>,
Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63980754?access_key=key-1u1wg21ydp8asiw9q3v0">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/08.pdf">PDF</a> 
and 
Bibliography: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63980756?access_key=key-xwlf364rse3c8m88vr1">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/08-bib.pdf">PDF</a> 
<br/><br/>

12.30-12.40: <b>Closing</b> by Sergej Sizov <br/><a target="_blank" href="http://videolectures.net/essir2011_sizov_closing/">Video</a>,
Slides: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/63980433?access_key=key-uknqs1nm8xd23e069xd">Scribd</a>, <a target="_blank" href="slides/closing.pdf">PDF</a><br/><br/>

12.40-14.00: Lunch<br/><br/>

DEPARTURE
</p>

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<h2>Beyond lectures</h2>

<h3>Participant presentations - Posters</h3>

<p>
All school participants are invited (and strongly encouraged) to bring a poster (portrait orientation, max size DIN A0) 
and present their research interests and current investigations 
in the <b>poster session</b> of ESSIR. 
This is an excellent opportunity to collect freindly feedback on own work from other students and 
from experienced researchers, including ESSIR lecturers!
</p>

<h3>Plenary discussion with lecturers</h3>

<p>
ESSIR lecturers speak about their PhD and academic experiences and discuss recommendations for a successful research career 
in IR and Computer Science with School students. The discussion is a dialogue - please come prepared and bring 
tricky questions to your lecturers!
</p>

<h3 class="title">Social Events<br/></h3>

<p>
A summer school is not just lectures and classes - social networking and the fun factor are very important! 
ESSIR'11 offers a couple of social events:
</p>

<ul><li><b>Come together:</b> informal school opening in the old town of Koblenz, in a friendly and laid-back atmosphere</li>
<li><b>Poster evening:</b> in the assembly hall on the university campus</li>
<li><b>Social event:</b> river cruise to the medieval castles of Rhine valley and the world-famous Loreley rock.
</li></ul><p>
Depending of weather conditions, we plan further informal social activities in the late afternoon of Monday and Tuesday. 
Currently we are planning an evening on the city beach (Statt Strand with beach volleyball) for Monday and a city tour on Tuesday.
Short-term announcements will be published on the ESSIR Web site and in <a target="_blank" href="http://www.facebook.com/groups/essir2011">ESSIR Facebook group</a>.
</p>

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<h3 class="title">Program remarks<br/></h3>

<p>
ESSIR 2011 will address advertised learning expectations and content as far as possible. We ask participants to recognize that sometimes Summer School 
lecturers are prevented from attending for personal or business reasons. In such cases, ESSIR 2011 will endeavour to find suitable equal-quality replacements. 
In this connection, ESSIR 2011 reserves the right to appropriately adjust the School outline.
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<p> 
<img src="images/caching.jpg" border="0" alt="geocache" size="100%"/></p>

<p>
Geospatial retrieval in practice! Conceptually, geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. 
Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS devices and then share their 
experiences online. The impressive <a href="http://www.geocaching.com/map/beta/default.aspx?lat=50.3567&amp;lng=7.59962" target="_blank">Geocaching Map</a> of Koblenz 
shows over 100 caches, including many puzzles, adventures, and lost places - many of them in the direct vicinity of ESSIR.
</p>

<h3>ESSIR Venue from geocacher's perspective </h3>

<p>
Several registered geocaches will guide you to places of ESSIR in Koblenz:
</p>

<ul><li> <b>Lecture hall:</b> <a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC20FHP" target="_blank">GC20FHP</a> is a small tradi, located right in front of ESSIR lecture hall</li> 
<li> <b>Get-together:</b> <a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2PX44" target="_blank">GC2PX44</a> is a small tradi, located in the old town of 
Koblenz, close to our get-together event in <a target="_blank" href="http://www.geckolounge.de/">Gecko Lounge</a> (Sunday, August 28, 20:00). 
To find the Gecko lounge, have a lookout for small streets Gemüsegasse / Mehlgasse that begin here</li> 
<li> <b>Social event:</b> <a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2QJVY" target="_blank">GC2QJVY</a> is a small tradi, this is a very nice panoramic Rhine view quite
close to the Rhine landing stage #8 (boarding place for our social event - Rhine Loreley tour - on Thursday, 01 Sep 2011)</li>
<li> <b>Students' nightlife:</b> After your first days in Koblenz, you might be interested to try
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2JPJA" target="_blank">GC2JPJA</a> - a tricky puzzle 
that is closely related to both University Campus and to student nightlife in Koblenz! The cache description is available in English. 
As a small spoiler, the final is somewehere just 5 min away from ESSIR lecture halls. </li>
<li> <b>From Campus to German Corner:</b> There is a very nice panoramic footpath along the Moselle river from University Campus to the most famous place of Koblenz, the 
<a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsches_Eck">German Corner</a> (aka Teutonic Knights corner), confluence of rivers Moselle and Rhine. The walk takes 30-40 min. Our 
<a href="eck.gpx">GPX Track</a> can guide you! Some segments of the footpath are quite new and may not appear on older maps. On the footpath, you will 
direcly pass geocaches 
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2VMMC" target="_blank">GC2VMMC</a> (puzzle), 
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2B1EG" target="_blank">GC2B1EG</a> (traditional) 
and
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2JDA9" target="_blank">GC2JDA9</a> (traditional). 
At the end of your walk, 
you can try the traditional cache
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC228YX" target="_blank">GC228YX</a>
directly at the German Corner!</li>
</ul><h3>GC Adventures close to ESSIR venue</h3>

<p>
Fans of T5 adventures and lost places might be interested to try 
<a href="http://coord.info/GCWZMD" target="_blank">GCWZMD</a>, <a href="http://coord.info/GC16T4B" target="_blank">GC16T4B</a> or
<a href="http://coord.info/GC1M83W" target="_blank">GC1M83W</a> - gallery photos speak volumes. It's worth the translation for some 
German descriptions, we will be glad to assist you. 
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<p> 
<img src="images/leisure2.jpg" border="0" alt="leisure" size="100%"/></p>


<h3>Rhine boat trips</h3>

<p>
A MUST: Rhine cruise to the magnificent <a href="http://www.welterbe-mittelrheintal.de/">Rhine valley</a> at the Loreley - Unesco World
Heritage with wineyards, numerous medieval castles, and Rhine of course. <b>The ESSIR social program will include the Loreley boat trip!</b>
Furthermore, <a href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/activities/boat-tours.html">Koblenz Touristik</a> provides nice
tour recommendations and a detailed overview of <a href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/activities/boat-tours.html">shipping lines</a>.
</p>


<h3>Medieval castles</h3>

<p>
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.marksburg.de/">Castle of Marksburg</a> in Braubach close to Koblenz, is the most famous medieval castle of the
Rhine valley which has never been destroyed (unlike many others).
</p>

<h3>Wine tasting</h3>

<p>
Rhine and Moselle are famous for excellent wines, especially white
Riesling. Small villages and towns along the river valleys offer numerous
opportunities for wine tasting. Avoid central, large restaurants 
(full of Japanese tourists) and have a lookout for a
besom on the wall of a small wine-grower shop - it shows that his small wine
pub is open! It is often called "Besenwirtschaft" or "Strausswirtschaft".
</p>

<h3>Hiking and bike tours</h3>

<p>
Rhineland has the best infrastructure in Germany! Many
ideas and tour suggestions for the surroundings of Koblenz can be found at
portals <a target="_blank" href="http://www.traumpfade.info/">Traumpfade</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.radwanderland.de/">Radwanderland</a>.
These sites are mostly in
German, so do not hesitate to ask us if you are interested and need some help! 
<a href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/activities/cycling.html">Koblenz Touristik</a> 
provides addresses of local
<a href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/activities/cycling.html">bike rental</a> shops and some tour recommendations.
</p>

<h3>The Beach</h3>

<p>
A nice sand beach <a href="http://www.statt-strand-koblenz.de/" target="_blank">Statt Strand</a> is situated on the Moselle river,
right in front of the University campus!! You will find tons of sand, beach volleyball, summer feelings, and very good beach cocktails 
just 5 min away from your lecture hall!!
</p>

<h3>Geysers</h3>

<p>
The world-largest <a target="_blank" href="http://www.geysir-andernach.de/">cold geyser</a> in Andernach near Koblenz.
Trip
includes the visit to the interactive geyser museum, a short boat trip on the Rhine to the
near nature reserve where the geyser is situated, and of course a geyser eruption (50-
60m high !!!).
</p>

<h3>Volcanos</h3>

<p>
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.lava-dome.de/">Volcano museum "Lava-Dome"</a> in Mendig near Koblenz. 
We are
situated in the area of high volcanic activity (hotspot area) which results in
numerous volcanoes, volcanic seas, lava streams, and sometimes also perceptible earthquakes!!
The trip includes a visit to the interactive museum, guided tour with descent
into lava mine, and explanations of old stonemason handicraft in Rhineland that origins from Roman times.
</p>

<h3>Segway</h3>

<p>
Guided Segway tours across Koblenz are offered by <a href="http://www.biwakschachtel.de/" target="_blank">Biwakschachtel</a>, the shop 
is located close to main station.
</p>

<h3>Geocaching</h3>

<p>
<a href="http://www.geocaching.com/map/beta/default.aspx?lat=50.3567&amp;lng=7.59962" target="_blank">Geocaching</a>
will guide you to many local attractions and beautiful places in Koblenz. Fans of T5 adventures and lost places might be interested to try 
<a href="http://coord.info/GCWZMD" target="_blank">GCWZMD</a>, <a href="http://coord.info/GC16T4B" target="_blank">GC16T4B</a> or
<a href="http://coord.info/GC1M83W" target="_blank">GC1M83W</a> - gallery photos speak volumes. It's worth the translation for some 
German descriptions, we will be glad to assist you. 
</p>

<h3>Climbing</h3>

<p>
Climbing: <a href="http://www.summitpost.org/via-ferrata-boppard-bopparder-klettersteig/235110" target="_blank">Via Ferrata Boppard</a> 
close to Koblenz offers alpine feelings on the rocks of the Rhine valley. Can be combined with nice walks in the surrounding hills. 
Equipment can be borrowed nearby, in the ARAL gasoline station at the main road B9. Detailed maps and track for the walk can be found 
<a href="http://www.via-ferrata.de/img-mittelrhein-klettersteig-boppard-337.htm" target="_blank">here</a>. 
</p>

<p>
A nice high-rope parcours in the woods
is installed in <a href="http://www.kletterwald-sayn.de/en" target="_blank">Kletterwald Sayn</a> close to Koblenz.
</p>

<h3>Flying</h3>

<p>
Panoramic flights with <a href="http://www.rhein-mosel-flug.de/" target="_blank">Rhein-Mosel-Flug</a> (RMF) from the airfield Winningen close to Koblenz. 
You will enjoy the valleys of Rhine and Moselle in a very special and unique manner. Can be combined with a nice walk through slate vineyards down to the 
Moselle - the village of Winningen is one of the most beautiful winegrower villages in all Germany.
</p>

<p>
For more action, RMF also owns two professional aerobatic machines. Aerobatics with an open biplane is fun!
</p>

<h3>Federal garden show</h3>

<p>
In summer 2011, Koblenz hosts the prestigious <a href="http://www.buga2011.de/" target="_blank">German horticultural show</a>. ESSIR 2011 benefits from 
advanced tourism infrastructure and additional attractions (e.g. a new panoramic cable car over the Rhine, restored historical buildings, 
various installations, and rich cultural program).
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<h2>Authors of best recent IR books <br/>gave lectures at ESSIR 2011</h2>

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<p>
<map id="books" name="books"><area shape="rect" alt="Ricardo Baeza-Yates" title="Ricardo Baeza-Yates" coords="2,1,142,197" href="http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Information-Retrieval-Concepts-Technology/dp/0321416910/" target="_blank"/><area shape="rect" alt="Hinrich Schuetze" title="Hinrich Schuetze" coords="148,0,280,195" href="http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Information-Retrieval-Christopher-Manning/dp/0521865719/" target="_blank"/><area shape="rect" alt="Stefan Rueger" title="Stefan Rueger" coords="285,0,422,194" href="http://www.amazon.com/Multimedia-Information-Retrieval-Synthesis-Lectures/dp/160845097X/" target="_blank"/><area shape="rect" alt="Peter Ingwersen" title="Peter Ingwersen" coords="427,2,559,195" href="http://www.amazon.com/Turn-Integration-Information-Seeking-Retrieval/dp/904816981X/" target="_blank"/></map><img src="images/book2.jpg" usemap="#books" border="0" alt="books"/></p>
</div>

<div class="post" itemprop="performers" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person">
<p>
<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.dcc.uchile.cl/~rbaeza/"><b><span itemprop="name">Ricardo Baeza-Yates</span></b></a><br/><meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.dcc.uchile.cl/~rbaeza/"/><span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">Yahoo! Research Barcelona</span>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://labs.yahoo.com/Yahoo_Labs_Barcelona"/></span>
and 
<span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">Universidad de Chile</span>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.uchile.cl/"/></span><br/><br/><b>Learn about Web Retrieval and IR in the Cloud from head of <a href="http://labs.yahoo.com/Yahoo_Labs_Barcelona" target="_blank">Yahoo! Research Barcelona</a> 
and author of the famous schoolbook "<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Information-Retrieval-Concepts-Technology/dp/0321416910/">Modern Information Retrieval</a>"!!
</b>
</p>
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<p>
<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>: 
<a target="_blank" href="http://wiki.ims.uni-stuttgart.de/extern/HinrichSchuetze"><b><span itemprop="name">Hinrich Schütze</span></b></a><br/><meta itemprop="url" content="http://wiki.ims.uni-stuttgart.de/extern/HinrichSchuetze"/><span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">University of Stuttgart, Germany</span>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/"/></span>
<br/><br/><b>Learn about foundational models and methods in IR from author of the famous books 
"<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Information-Retrieval-Christopher-Manning/dp/0521865719/">Introduction to Information Retrieval</a>" and 
"<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Foundations-Statistical-Natural-Language-Processing/dp/0262133601/">Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing</a>"
 (the "Manning-Schütze" math bible for computer scientists)!!
</b>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<a target="_blank" href="http://forskning.iva.dk/en/persons/peter-ingwersen(06732ae6-b7ec-4427-8049-6b087f1e5f6d).html"><b><span itemprop="name">Peter Ingwersen</span></b></a><br/><meta itemprop="url" content="http://forskning.iva.dk/en/persons/peter-ingwersen(06732ae6-b7ec-4427-8049-6b087f1e5f6d).html"/><span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">Royal School of Information and Library Science, IVA Denmark</span>
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<br/><br/><b>Learn about human aspects in IR and evaluation from author of the recent book 
"<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Turn-Integration-Information-Seeking-Retrieval/dp/904816981X/">The Turn: Integration of Information Seeking and Retrieval in Context</a>"!!
</b>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<a target="_blank" href="http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/stefan/"><b><span itemprop="name">Stefan Rüger</span></b></a><br/><meta itemprop="url" content="http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/stefan/"/><span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK</span>
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<br/><br/><b>Learn about Multimedia IR from author of the recent schoolbook 
"<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Multimedia-Information-Retrieval-Synthesis-Lectures/dp/160845097X/">Multimedia Information Retrieval</a>"!!
</b>
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<span itemprop="description">Keynote Speaker</span>:
<a target="_blank" href="http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/nrs/"><b><span itemprop="name">Nigel Shadbolt</span></b></a><br/><meta itemprop="url" content="http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/nrs/"/><span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">University of Southampton, UK</span>
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<br/><br/><b>Learn about recent challenges of Web Science from co-founder of the 
<a target="_blank" href="http://webscience.org/">Web Science Trust</a> foundation!</b>
</p>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<a target="_blank" href="http://vlado.fmf.uni-lj.si/"><b><span itemprop="name">Vladimir Batagelj</span></b></a><br/><meta itemprop="url" content="http://vlado.fmf.uni-lj.si/"/><span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">University of Ljubljana, Slovenia</span>
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<br/><br/><b>Learn about Graph Theory and Network Analysis from "godfather" of 
<a target="_blank" href="http://pajek.imfm.si/">Pajek</a> - the famous large-scale network analysis package!!</b>
</p>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.is.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/staff/hotho/"><b><span itemprop="name">Andreas Hotho</span></b></a><br/><meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.is.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/staff/hotho/"/><span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">University of Würzburg, Germany</span>
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<br/><br/><b>Learn about Retrieval in Social Media from "godfather" of
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.bibsonomy.org/">Bibsonomy</a> - a popular Web 2.0 platform for social bookmark/publication sharing!!
</b>
</p>
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<span itemprop="description">Lecturer</span>:
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.aifb.kit.edu/web/Duc_Thanh_Tran/en"><b><span itemprop="name">Duc Thanh Tran</span></b></a><br/><meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.aifb.kit.edu/web/Duc_Thanh_Tran/en"/><span itemprop="affiliation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization">
<span itemprop="name">Stanford University, USA</span>
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<span itemprop="name">Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany</span>
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<br/><br/>
Learn about Semantic Search from co-founder of the SemSearch workshop and one of the leading researchers in this field.
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<h2 class="title"><span itemprop="description">Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access</span> (<span itemprop="name">FDIA-2011</span>)</h2>

<p>
After having 31 students talk to each other for 3 minutes and write down some key words after each 3 minutes, this is the resulting tag cloud and shows what is hot at the moment in IR.
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<a href="http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/4003722/FDIA_2011_Collaborations_Tag" title="Wordle: FDIA 2011 Collaborations Tag"><img src="http://www.wordle.net/thumb/wrdl/4003722/FDIA_2011_Collaborations_Tag" alt="Wordle: FDIA 2011 Collaborations Tag" style="padding:4px;border:1px solid #ddd"/></a>
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<h3>Symposium Keynote</h3>

<p>
<b>David Elsweiler:</b> Working at (and Pushing) the Boundaries of IR: how Other Fields can 
Influence Your IR Research<br/><br/></p><ul><li><a href="slides/elsweiler_fdia2011_keynote.pdf">PDF slides</a></li>
</ul><h3>Key Dates</h3>

<p>
<b>10th of June:</b> Paper/Poster Deadline (extended, approaching !!)<br/>
21st of June: Review Deadline<br/>
28th of June: Paper Notification<br/>
17th of July: Camera Ready Papers Due<br/>
August 2011: FDIA 2011 as part of ESSIR 2011
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The 4th Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) will be held in conjunction with the European Summer School in Information Retrieval in Koblenz, Germany. The symposium aims to provide a forum for participants of the summer school to share their research and interaction with senior researchers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The previous symposiums were held in Padova, Italy in 2009 (with ESSIR 2009),  London, England in 2008, and Glasgow, Scotland in 2007 (with ESSIR 2007) and have provided an entertaining and exciting forum for sharing and forming tentative ideas and work.
Why future directions, because we want to encourage submissions that focus on the early research such as pilot studies, presenting challenges and future opportunities, conceptual and theoretical work, and the contributions from doctoral work.
Why Information Access, because it captures the broader ideas of information retrieval, storage and management to include interaction and usage.
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<h3>Symposium Aims</h3>
<p>
The IRSG FDIA Symposium is mainly turned to PhD students, researchers new to the field, and post doctoral researchers. The objectives are:
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<ul><li>To provide an accessible forum for new researchers to discuss 
		their research and projects</li>
<li>To help foster formative and tentative research ideas</li>
<li>To encourage discussion and successful progression</li>
<li>To share outcomes of doctoral work</li>
</ul><h3>Call for Papers</h3>

<p>
This symposium calls for research papers to be submitted on topics about Information Access. We especially encourage submissions on late breaking and formative research which presents initial work that survey and present future challenges and opportunities, present pilot studies, explore conceptual and/or theoretical models, or which present results, findings and future directions on experiments conducted using an existing approach in a new space or on a new collection.
Submissions focusing on new directions and emerging work in Information Access/Retrieval which create discussion and provoke reaction are strongly encouraged. Submissions should provide the necessary background and motivation of the topic, so as to maximize the benefit to the author and fellow participants.
</p>

<p>A paper should aim to include the following:</p>

<ul><li> Motivation for the research</li>
<li> Background and related work (with key references)</li>
<li> Particular issues highlighted for discussion and main research 
	 questions/challenges</li>
</ul><p>Late breaking and formative research papers may also wish to include:</p>
<ul><li> Description of proposed or performed research</li>
<li> Outline of Conceptual/Theoretical Models</li>
<li> Research methodology and experiment</li>
</ul><p>Use of existing approaches papers should also include:</p>
<ul><li> Outline of Conceptual/Theoretical Models</li>
	<li> Description of performed research methodology and experiment</li>
	<li> Experiment findings and future directions</li>
</ul><p>Areas of research include, but are not limited to:</p>
<ul><li>Databases</li>
	<li>Information Retrieval</li>
	<li>Human Computer Interaction</li>
	<li>Multimedia and Multimodal</li>
	<li>Knowledge Management</li>
	<li>Bio, Chemo, Med, Eco, etc. Informatics</li>
</ul><p>
All papers will be peer reviewed by at least one senior researchers on the Programme Committee. Papers should be 4-6 pages in length in eWics Format using the Word or Latex templates. Submissions should be converted to PDF.
All submissions must be from a <b>solo author</b>: the idea is to encourage and promote one's own research.
</p>

<h3>Call for Posters</h3>

<p>
We would also like to invite shorter submissions which provide a summary of the your current research to present as a poster during the symposium. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your research with your peers and senior IR researchers and practitioners during FDIA / ESSIR.
All posters will be reviewed. Poster paperss should be 1-2 pages in length in eWics Format eWics Format using the Word or Latex templates. Submissions should be converted to PDF.
</p>

<p>
The Proceedings will be printed online as part of the Ewics series. All submissions should be uploaded via:
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<h3>Tentative Programme</h3>

<p>
Welcome and Introduction<br/>
Boaster Session: quick fire presentations to promote one's work and tell the audience why they should come and talk to you about your research<br/>
Poster Sessions: time for in depth discussions about your research and the directions you are taking<br/></p>

<h3>Organization</h3>

<p>
<b>PC Chairs:</b><br/><br/>

Liadh Kelly, Dubin City University<br/>
Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow<br/></p>

<p>
<b>General Chair:</b> Sergej Sizov, University of Koblenz
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<h2 class="title"><span itemprop="description">Symposium on Bias and Diversity in IR</span> (<span itemprop="name">DIV-2011</span>)</h2>

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This symposium will address diversity and bias of content from a multitude of users and information sources on the Web. In this context, we will discuss methodologies and applications for diversification of search results as well as combining and extracting information from multiple sources. To this end, we will present and discuss innovative methods in NLP, multimedia analysis, search technology, and opinion mining that enable bias-aware and diversity-aware information access technology for the Web. 
The symposium is intended for a broad range of students, researchers, and IR practitioners interested in and dealing with diversity of content occurring in Web search results, on the Social Web, or in blogs. 
The Web and especially the Social Web lives from the multitude of actors that are involved in content creation.  It has achieved a democratization of content production that potentially gives a voice to everybody. However, today's search technology fails to reflect this variety in an explicit and structured way. For controversially discussed topics such as "global warming" the content available on the Web reflects the full variety of positions and their evolution over time. However, due to the sheer mass of available content and the way content is ranked by current search technology (mainly based on relevance and popularity) it is difficult to get a structured diversity overview. In addition, content is partly strongly biased without making the underlying intention explicit. A better overview over existing opinions - and support in discovering bias and analysing the underlying diversity (driven by differences in cultural backgrounds, schools of thoughts, temporal context etc.) - clearly helps in building an own opinion in a well-informed way and in reflecting and contextualizing own positions. We will present leading edge technology that can help making diversity a real and tangible asset of the Web.
</p>

<h3>Materials</h3>

<ul><li><a href="slides/div_intro.pdf">Introduction</a></li>
<li>Tutorial 1: <a href="slides/div_part1.1.pdf">Part 1</a>,
<a href="slides/div_part1.2.pdf">Part 2</a></li>
<li>Tutorial 2: <a href="slides/div_part2.1.pdf">Part 1</a>,
<a href="slides/div_part2.2.pdf">Part 2</a></li>
<li>Tutorial 3: <a href="slides/div_part3.pdf">Slides</a></li>
</ul><h3>Structure</h3>

<p>
After a general introduction into the topic and the main research challenges in the area, this symposium day will be structured into three sessions covering different aspects of dealing with bias and diversity in Web search, 
</p>
<ul><li>Discovering facts and opinions and their evolution over time </li>
<li>Detecting bias and diversity in multimedia data</li>
<li>A testbed for diversification in search </li>
</ul><p>
Organizationally, the day will combine tutorial style parts given by experts in the field, a high level of interactivity with the audience and hands-on style parts that give the audience the opportunity to gather deep technical knowledge and first-hand experience in building bias- and diversity-aware technology for next-generation services on the Web. 
</p>

<h3>Discovering Fact and Opinions and their Evolution over Time </h3>
<p>
This session will be split into two parts: The first part will deal with methods and technologies for discovering opinions from different types of Web content. The second part will deal with discovering entity evolution and temporal facts.
Discovering opinions articulated in Web content is one of the cornerstones of dealing in a systematic way with diversity on the Web. This part of the session will give an introduction into state-of-the-art technology in opinion mining and sentiment analysis, and will also look into more in depth analysis methods for opinion mining. 
The constantly evolving Web reflects the evolution of society in the cyberspace. Web collections contain knowledge about entities (people, companies, political parties, etc.) as of a certain time point. Within the tutorial we will present approaches that allow discovering entity evolution and associating them with the appropriate temporal fact(s). To this end, we will first introduce and compare approaches for temporal fact extraction from factual knowledge sources such as Wikipedia. After that, we will present strategies to resolve ambiguous names and map them onto the right entity in order to trace their evolution. 
</p>
<h3>Detecting Bias and Diversity in Multimedia Content</h3>
<p>
Documents on the Web increasingly use images and other non-textual materials to convey additional information or enhance the content in some way. The tutorial will (also) explore how multimedia content analysis using recent tools from research in image processing and computer vision can be coupled with textual information extraction and used to enhance web search in a variety of ways. The use of these tools to support diversity in both querying and result presentation will be covered together with approaches to sentiment analysis in images and other emerging multimedia techniques.
</p>

<h3>A Testbed for Diversification in Search</h3>
<p>
The goal of this practical session is to put the theory discussed in the previous sessions into action.  We will start with an introduction to the testbed developed in the EU FET Project LivingKnowledge, which is a development platform supporting bias and diversity aware search. The testbed integrates the technologies developed in the project, and a framework for adding and evaluating new bias and diversity aware components as well as using the integrated components to support bias and diversity aware applications.
In the hands on session, we will use the testbed to create a baseline application. We will then walk through a real example of integrating an opinion extractor into the application including adding the extractor to a document analysis pipeline, evaluating the performance of the extractor, indexing and searching on the output of the extractor, and finally integrating the output into the baseline application. Time permitting we will perform the same steps for an image analysis tool.
</p>

<h3>Organizers</h3>

<p>
DIV-2011 is supported and organized by the 
EU FET Project <a target="_blank" href="http://livingknowledge-project.eu/">LivingKnowledge</a>. 
</p>

<ul><li><a target="_blank" href="http://disi.unitn.it/~fausto/">Fausto Giunchiglia</a> (University of Trento, Italy)</li>
<li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.l3s.de/~siersdorfer/">Stefan Siersdorfer</a> (L3S Research Centre, Germany)  </li>
<li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.l3s.de/web/page15g.do?kcond1g.userOID=350">Claudia Niederee</a>  (L3S Research Centre, Germany) </li>
<li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/people/phl">Paul Lewis</a> (University of Southampton, UK) </li>
<li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/~mspaniol/">Marc Spaniol</a> (Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany) </li>
<li><a target="_blank" href="http://research.yahoo.com/Roi_Blanco">Roi Blanco</a> (Yahoo! Research, Spain) </li>
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<p>
Koblenz has a very central position in central Europe and in Germany. The ESSIR location can be easily 
reached by plane (including many low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair, Germanwings, Air Berlin, easyJet), by 
train (the majority of international long-distance trains in Germany pass through the Rhine valley and Koblenz), and by 
car (three highways, part of the European highway network).
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<p>
<a href="http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/content/frankfurt_airport/en.html">Airport Frankfurt International</a> 
(FRA): Major international airport about 115 km from Koblenz. All international airlines. Many direct trains to Koblenz, 
travel time app. 70 min (25 EUR), car ride from the airport app. 60 min. 
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<p>
<a href="http://www.airport-cgn.de/index.php?lang=2">Airport Cologne-Bonn</a> 
(CGN): International airport about 100 km from Koblenz, major hub of low-cost airlines Germanwings and AirBerlin. Excellent connection to
Koblenz by direct trains, travel time 60 min (14 EUR) car ride from the airport app. 60 min.
</p>

<p>
<a href="http://www.hahn-airport.de/default.aspx?menu=passengers_visitors&amp;cc=en">Airport Frankfurt Hahn</a>
(HHN): International airport 65 km from Koblenz, major Ryan Air hub in Europe. Direct coach link to Koblenz, travel time
 70 min (15 EUR) or by car, travel time 40 min.
</p>

<p>
<a href="http://www.duesseldorf-international.de/dus_en/">
Airport Dusseldorf International</a>
(DUS): International airport 130 km from Koblenz. Many international airlines. Many direct trains to Koblenz, travel time app. 
90-120 min (23 EUR), car ride from the airport app. 75 min.
</p>

<h2>Arrival by train</h2>

<p>
<a href="http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml">Deutsche Bahn</a>
(German Railways):
Koblenz is located at the IC/EC track that connects the major cities from north to south in Germany. 
Many international long-distance trains (including EuroCityNight) to Cologne, Frankfurt, Hannover, Hamburg pass through Koblenz. 
Direct trains to the airports Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Hahn, Cologne-Bonn, Dusseldorf are available. 
A dedicated bus link (Bus #20) connects the main station with university campus (15 min).
</p>

<p>
Use the <a href="#">journey planner of German railways</a> 
with destination "Koblenz HBF" (Koblenz main station). It is
possible to buy tickets online. From Koblenz main station, you can
take a bus or taxi to your hotel/hostel or to the Campus. The taxi rank 
and the large bus station are located in front of the main
entrance.
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<h2>Arrival by car</h2>

<p>
Major car rental companies have offices in all mentioned airports. 
In general, all non-residents (including non-EU nationals) are permitted to use the driving license (issued by their local authority) 
during the first 6 months of stay in Germany. EU/EWR driving licences are even accepted without this temporal limitation. 
In some cases, care rental companies may require an authenticated translation of the original driving license, in order 
to ensure your eliglibility. This is often the case if the driving license is not completely written in English and/or does not clearly
show categories of vehicles. For instance, Russian "international" driving licenses often cause this kind of questions. 
Last but not least: Make sure you drive alive! Drive on the right!
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<p>
For GPS navigation, please use the following target address: 56070 Koblenz, intersection Oberweiher - Universitätsstrasse (50.362318,7.557238). 
This will bring you to the main entry of the campus. Parking lots can be found in front of the main entry on the right (small), the way down to 
the Moselle river on the left side (large) and also - just few steps away - under the big Moselle bridge (large). Just follow the corresponding 
signs for parking. All parking lots are free of charge.
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<h2>Getting around in Koblenz</h2>

<p>
<b>Koblenz maps:</b> <a href="http://www.koblenz.de/stadtplan/k62_stadtplan_startseite_englisch.html" target="_blank">Interactive Map</a>, <a href="http://g.co/maps/xddd" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> <br/></p>

<p>
<b>Campus maps:</b> <a href="http://www.koblenz.de/cityguide/cgi-bin/cityguide.pl?action=show&amp;lang=en&a­mp;size=1076&amp;mapper=1&amp;zoom=100&amp;mapX=3397553&amp;mapY=5581806" target="_blank">Interactive Map</a>, <a href="http://g.co/maps/crh6" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></p>

<p>
The taxi from the city centre or the train station to the ESSIR venue (8-9 min) costs app. 10 EUR. We recommend to explicitly ask for 
<b>'University Campus Metternich'</b>
(Metternich is a district of Koblenz). Many years ago, the Campus was located on the opposite side of the city, and some mature 
taxi drivers may mix up destinations. 
</p>

<p>
Taking a bus from the city centre or from the train station to the ESSIR venue (University campus) takes 12-15 minutes and costs 2,45 EUR for a single journey. 
A variety of special fares (e.g. 1-day ticket, group ticket for 5 people) are also available. 
Buses to/from the campus are: #3 (from city center), #15 (from main station/city center) and #20 (from main station, this is the fastest link). 
<a href="http://www.kevag.de/verkehrs-service/fahrplaene/fahrplanbuch-2011/">Complete Timetables</a> (Campus bus stops are "Winninger Strasse" or "Oberweiher/Uni"). Please consult 
<a href="http://www.koblenz.de/cityguide/cgi-bin/cityguide.pl?action=show&amp;lang=en&a­mp;size=1076&amp;mapper=1&amp;zoom=100&amp;mapX=3397553&amp;mapY=5581806" target="_blank">Interactive Map</a>, <a href="http://g.co/maps/crh6" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> for detailed information about available bus stops.
</p>

<p>
For regional bus connections around Koblenz, you should check the <a href="http://www.vrminfo.de/en/" target="_blank">VRM Web site</a>. 
Many destinations can be reached by <a href="http://www.der-takt.de/" target="_blank">regional trains</a>. The cheapest way
to explore Rhineland is one-day <a href="http://www.bahn.de/regional/view/regionen/saar/freizeit/saar_ticket.shtml" target="_blank">Rhineland</a> ticket which is valid on almost all buses, 
coaches, and buses in Rhineland-Palatinate and in Saarland. This ticket is available in 
Internet, from ticket vending machines in train stations, and on the bus from bus driver.
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<h2>Address</h2>

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Phone <span itemprop="telephone">+49-261-287-2736</span><br/>
Fax <span itemprop="faxNumber">+49-261-287-2721</span><br/></span>
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<h3>Posters:</h3>

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Our mobile poster boards allow presentation of posters up to DIN A0 size, portrait orientation (NOT landscape!). 
If you demand a poster printing service on site in Koblenz, following copyshops (<a target="_blank" href="http://g.co/maps/djft">Map</a>) can assist you:
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<ul><li> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.print-koblenz.de/">Print+Design</a> (ca. 45 EUR)</li>
<li> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cps-koblenz.de/">CPS</a> (ca. 60 EUR)</li>
<li> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.adrian-koblenz.de/">Adrian Druck + Kopie</a> (ca. 40 EUR)</li>
</ul><h3> 
Entry permission:
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<p>
In many cases, non-EU nationals are required to obtain the entry
permission (Schengen Visa) for Germany. Please consult 
the <a href="http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/diplo/en/Infoservice/FAQ/VisumFuerD/01-VisumNoetig.html" target="_blank">advices of the German Federal Foreign Office</a> 
for further information regarding your country and visa requirements. School participants that are required to obtain an entry permission before entering Germany, 
can be provided with ESSIR reference letters for respective German missions. We ask for your understanding that reference letters can only be issued after 
registration <b>and</b> payment of ESSIR participation fees (no exceptions). 
</p>

<p>
Please take into account that August/September is also holiday time. We recommended to check the application processing times at the responsible German mission,
and to submit yor visa application in good time before ESSIR starts.
</p>

<h3>Weather:</h3>

<p>
Due to an unique and favourable geographic location (Rhine valley, surrounded by low mountain ranges of Westerwald, Eifel, and Hunsrueck), 
Koblenz is known for very good weather conditions all over the year. The average air temperature in August/September is rather moderate with
ca. 17-18°C, but the last summer 2010 also had very hot weeks over 30°C. For detailed information,
check <a href="http://www.timeanddate.com/weather/germany/koblenz" target="_blank">timeanddate.com</a>
</p>

<h3>Time Zone:</h3>

<p>
Germany is located in the CET/CEST time zone (UTC+1/+2). This means in the week of ESSIR we will have <b>UTC/GMT +2 hours</b>. 
For more information, 
look at <a href="http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=1015" target="_blank">timeanddate.com</a>.
</p>

<h3>
Money:
</h3>

<p>
The German currency is Euro (EUR). Currency exchange desks can be found at all international airports. 
Lokal bank offices offer currency exchange as well (for safety reasons, they reluctantly exchange big amounts of cash).
ATM machines offer cash withdawal by credit cards and Maestro (in almost the cases this service is not free of charge, 
you should ask your bank about cash withdrawal fees). To estimate exchange rates, play around with 
<a href="http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/currencies/converter/" target="_blank">Yahoo! currency converter</a>.
A full-featured ATM service can be found in a small "Sparkasse"-house at the main Campus entry.
</p>

<p> 
Larger shops and restaurants 
accept all major credit cards and Maestro as well. Common supermarkets (Aldi, Lidl, Rewe, Norma, Plus) accept Maestro but NOT credit cards. Small 
shops and pubs may have no electronic payment facilities on site. Tip is accepted but not mandatory, 10% is the common value. 
Travel cheques are not really common and not widely accepted. Visitors from non-EC countries can benefit 
from <a href="http://www.zoll.de/english_version/a0_passenger_traffic/c0_holidays_germany/a0_tax_free_shopping/index.html" target="_blank">Tax-Free Shopping</a> 
in Germany.
</p>

<h3>Tourism office:</h3>
<p>
<a href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en">Koblenz Touristik</a> provides a very detailed and well structured Web portal 
for Koblenz visitors. Highly recommended!
</p>

<h3>
Electricity:
</h3>

<p>
German mains power system offers 230 V 50 Hz AC, common outlets (i.e. plugs and sockets) are <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuko" target="_blank">SchuKo</a> (symmetrical plug with side grounding contacts), 
sometimes also the simpler 
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europlug" target="_blank">Europlug</a> (2-pin plug without grounding contacts). Travel stores at all airports 
and local electronics stores in Koblenz (e.g. MediaMarkt, Saturn, Expert, ProMarkt) offer a broad range of adaptors at reasonable prices. Devices designed 
for lower voltage levels (e.g. 110V hairdryers) also require a suitable upstream transformer!
</p>

<h3>
Communication:
</h3>

<p>
Major telecommunication providers in Germany are German Telekom and Vodafone (900 MHz) as well as O2 and E-Plus (1800 MHz). 
It is recommended to check in advance the roaming conditions 
for in/out mobile calls. Possible alternatives are Skype/VoIP and callback services 
(e.g. Bellshare, flat2flat, Flexsys, Sparruf, to name a few). In parallel, the network of public telephone stations is shrinking - at the moment, 
there is no public telephone box on the Campus.
</p>

<p>
Mobile internet via UMTS (WWAN aka 3G) has already reasonably 
good support in Koblenz, Vodafone D2 seems to have the best coverage. Stable HSDPA is available in the city center, EDGE almost everywhere. 
It is recommended to check in advance your data roaming conditions, many providers do not support roaming at high HSDPA speeds, and volume prices
are also quite different.
</p>

<p>
The Campus offers dedicated W-Lan access vor visitors, which will be available for ESSIR participants on request, free of charge. 
As an alternative, you also can authenticate your W-Lan access via Eduroam, which is fully supported in our University. The bakery and coffee shop 
"Hoefer" in front of the Campus offers its own W-Lan access for free (!). Wired internet will be available in lecture halls.
</p>


<h3>Post office:</h3>

<p>
There is no public post office and no letter box on the campus. However, there is a full-service Retail Outlet in the 
<a href="http://standorte.deutschepost.de/Standortsuche?standorttyp=filialen_verk­aufspunkte&amp;lang=en&amp;do_search=1&amp;origina­l_entered_city=Koblenz&amp;postleitzahl=56070&amp;­ort=Koblenz&amp;strasse=Universit%C3%A4tsstra%C3%9­Fe&amp;wochentag=4&amp;oeffnungszeit=12%3A15" target="_blank">REWE shop nearby</a>.
</p>

<h3>Shops:</h3>

<p>
The supermarkets REWE, Norma, Edeka and Aldi are located next to the Campus. A big shopping mall "Löhr Centre" 
can be found in the city center, it is co-located with main bus interchange.
</p>

<p>
A huge (one of the largest in Germany) shopping areal with numerous outlets and stores 
is located in Mülheim-Kärlich near Koblenz. To get there, take the regional Bus #357 
from one of the central bus stops in the city
(consult <a href="http://www.vrminfo.de/en/" target="_blank">VRM Web site</a> for bus stops, timetables and fares).
In this case, don't miss also a nice public swimming pool <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tauris.net/">Tauris</a> nearby (Bus #354).
</p>

<p>
<a href="http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/activities/shopping.html">Koblenz Touristik</a> provides further shopping ideas
in and around Koblenz. 
</p>

<h3>Handicapped access:</h3>

<p>
ESSIR offers full access for disabled attendees on the entire campus: elevators in all buildings, stairs-free pathways and ramps, dedicated 
restroom facilities. On request, people with disabilities can access the Campus by car and use dedicated parking lots 
directly in front of particular buildings. Koblenz operates only low-floor buses with improved disabled access, dedicated places for wheelchairs, 
and call buttons for boarding assistance. Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) offers systematic and comprehensive 
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.bahn.de/i/view/DEU/en/services/overview/handicap.shtml">support for passengers with disabilities</a>.
</p>

<h3>
Smoking:
</h3>

<p>
In Germany, smoking is not permitted in public rooms (including all Campus facilities, city shops, restaurants and pubs, 
with quite few exceptions). Smoking is also quite expensive: one cigarette packet costs 4.50 EUR and taxes are expected to grow further 
in near future. Cigarette vending machines can be found in front of the campus entrance (age verification by Maestro 
chipcard of by driver license), you may also buy cigarettes in kiosks, petrol stations and some shops around, but NOT on the Campus.
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<p>
Koblenz combines the advantage of an established tourism destination (with many accommodation facilities of different price and comfort 
levels) with the charm and modest prices of a small town.
</p>

<p>
The early registration and accommodation request(s) will not affect the 
success of your eventual grant/student grant application for the Summer School!
</p>


<h3>Pre-arranged accommodation options</h3>

<p>
The summer school management has arranged reserved pools of rooms in several city hotels (in different price categories),
all with very good reachability from the ESSIR venue (by bus or a short walk distance). Hotel reservations are managed by 
<a target="_blank" href="http://koblenz-kongress.de/">Koblenz-Kongress</a>, accommodation requests should use the 
following interactive PDF form. In any questions to Koblenz-Kongress, please explicitly
refer to "ESSIR 2011" as target event. The accommodation reservation form should be sent to the Koblenz-Kongress
contact point <b>no later than 18 July 2011</b>. Room booking will occur on a first come first serve principle, the 
choice of a particular hotel, room type or price category cannot be guaranteed. 
</p>

<p align="center">
<a target="_blank" href="hotelreservation_es­sir2011.pdf"><b>Accommodation request form</b></a> (PDF)
</p>

<ul><li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.hotelbb.de/">B&amp;B Hotel</a> **+ (single 52,90 EUR, double 67,80 EUR) - Campus distance 20 min (walk + bus) </li>
<li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ghotel.de/">GHOTEl</a> ** (single 67 EUR, double 69 EUR) - Campus distance 20 min (walk + bus) </li>
<li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.hotel-hamm.de/">Hotel Hamm</a> *** (single 59 EUR, double 85 EUR)  - Campus distance 23 min (walk + bus) </li>
<li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.hotelscholz.de/">Hotel Scholz</a> (single 55 EUR, double 80 EUR) - Campus distance 7 min (walk + bus) </li>
<li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.triererhof.de/">Hotel Trierer Hof</a> *** (single 64 EUR) - Campus distance 25 min (walk + bus) </li>
</ul><p>
In addition, the following hotel close to Campus holds a reserved pool of rooms for direct booking <b>until 30 May 2011</b>.
This hotel should be contacted directly, refering to ESSIR 2011 as target event:
</p>

<ul><li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.hotel-oronto.de/">Hotel Oronto</a> *** (single 56 EUR) - Campus distance 20 min (walk) or 7 min (walk + bus) </li>
</ul><p>
 
</p>

<h3>Booking on your own</h3>

<p>
If you prefer to arrange your accommodation on your own, we recommend to try major hotel 
reservation systems like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hrs.de/web3/?client=en__NEXT">HRS</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hotels.com/">Hotels.com</a>.
In particular the following hotels might be of interest for you:
</p>

<ul><li> <a href="http://contel-koblenz.de/en.html">Contel</a> </li>
<li> <a href="http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1831-ibis-koblenz/index.shtml">Ibis</a> </li>
<li> <a href="http://www.cityhotel-koblenz.de/home-71.html">Kurfürst Balduin</a> </li>
<li> <a href="http://www.germany.hotel-hoehmann-koblenz.com/">Höhmann</a> </li>
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Koblenz is a wonderful old Roman town with modern infrastructure and a young spirit. 
The University of Koblenz offers a fully equipped modern campus with comprehensive congress 
facilities, convenient hotels nearby, surrounded by a beautiful, UNESCO world heritage 
landscape of the Rhine valley, historical attractions like medieval Rhine castles, and a 
convenient infrastructure for travel from all over the world, including four international airports, 
excellent railway connections, and several highways. 
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Koblenz is situated in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle (UNESCO world heritage), 
known for excellent wines, romantic medieval castles, Loreley and Goethe. The town owes its name 
to the Romans who named the castle "castellum apud confluentes" - this means "castle at the confluence of the rivers". 
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A variety of cultural offers (sightseeing, museums, boat trips on Rhine and Moselle), outdoor activities (hiking, bike tours) 
and a certain portion of nightlife with several attractive locations in the historical city centre make Koblenz an ideal location for our summer school.
Take your time for reading further infos about <a href="indexe258.html?target=leisure" onclick="activate('leisure');return false;">Leisure activities</a>; this list is quite long!!
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Due to a favourable geographic location (Rhine valley, surrounded by low mountain ranges of Westerwald, Eifel, and Hunsrueck), Koblenz is 
also known for very good weather conditions all over the year.
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<p>
<b>ESSIR in Koblenz:</b> <a href="http://www.koblenz.de/stadtplan/k62_stadtplan_startseite_englisch.html" target="_blank">Interactive Map</a>, <a href="http://g.co/maps/xddd" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></p>

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The University of Koblenz is located on the newest, fully developed university campus in Germany. 
The campus offers an excellent infrastructure for ESSIR hosting:
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<ul><li>Modern, fully equipped lecture halls and seminar rooms;</li>
<li>Free wireless Internet access all over the campus, through a dedicated high-speed (300 Mbit) wireless network for visitors, guest access including Eduroam;</li>
<li>Representative assembly hall for poster sessions - with a capacity for about 100 posters/demos in one session; sufficient number of poster boards for A0 posters;</li>
<li>Short ways between lecture halls and seminar rooms. Full access for disabled attendees on the entire campus;</li>
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<b>Campus maps:</b> <a href="http://www.koblenz.de/cityguide/cgi-bin/cityguide.pl?action=show&amp;lang=en&a­mp;size=1076&amp;mapper=1&amp;zoom=100&amp;mapX=3397553&amp;mapY=5581806" target="_blank">Interactive Map</a>, <a href="http://g.co/maps/crh6" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:right">Back to <a href="indexc31d.html?target=welcom" onclick="activate('welcom');return false;">Welcome</a> page</p>
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<h3>General terms</h3>

<p>
ESSIR 2011 will contribute to the expenses of some full-time students and PhD students attending 
the School by awarding a limited number of grants.
Grant applicants are requested to submit:
</p>

<ul><li> one-page CV including full personal data, details of academic career, and contact email</li>
<li> one-page explanation for a) why the applicant wants/needs to attend ESSIR 2011, and b) why he demands funding support</li>
<li> proof of student status / PhD student status (e.g. copy of valid student ID, matriculation confirmation, 
written confirmation by PhD supervisor)</li>
<li> optional recommendation letters (e.g. from PhD supervisors or professors from the home university)</li>
</ul><p>
Fulltime students currently enrolled in bachelor/master/diploma programs are also requested dto submit
</p>

<ul><li> a recent copy of the Transcript of Records from home university (i.e. an overview of attended lectures/seminars with scores/marks achieved so far)
</li></ul><p>
All files of the grant application must be in PDF format, they must not exceed 5 Mb in total. 
Grant applications must be directed with subject line "ESSIR'11 grant application" to the Email address 
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In order to make use of the granted support, the successful applicant must register to ESSIR 2011 (including payment of participation fees) 
and successfully attend the entire School program. Detailed 
instructions on grant claiming will be sent to successful applicants together with grant notification.
</p>

<h3>Key dates</h3>

<ul><li>Submission deadline: 01 Jun 2011, 23:59 CEST (application Email must be received on ESSIR servers by deadline)</li>
<li>Notification of granted support: 10 Jun 2011</li> 
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Dr.Dr. Sergej Sizov<br/>
University Street 1<br/>
56070 Koblenz<br/>
Germany
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Universität Koblenz-Landau<br/>
Fachbereich Informatik<br/>
Institut für Web Science und Technologien<br/>
Dr.Dr. Sergej Sizov<br/>
Universitätsstr. 1<br/>
56070 Koblenz<br/>
Germany
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Fax: +49-261-287-2721<br/>
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We do not have any control over external linked Web sources. Insofar, we cannot ensure the liability of them, especially 
there is no guarantee that the external contents is correct and up to date. 
The views expressed on external Web sites are purely those of the respetive writer or 
content provider and may not in any circumstances be regarded as 
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<div id="hcalendar-ESSIR-2011" class="vevent">
  <span class="summary">ESSIR 2011 - 8th International Summer School on Information Retrieval</span>
  <div class="contact">Sergej Sizov</div>
  <div class="description">ESSIR 2011 will provide high quality teaching on Information Retrieval and related research topics 
to a broad audience of computer scientists and research students working on topics related to management of information on the Internet, as well as 
for industrialists who wish to know more about this highly important topic</div>.
  <a href="index.html" class="url">ESSIR 2011</a>
  <div class="status">in preparation</div>
  <span class="location">Koblenz / Germany</span>
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     <abbr class="latitude" title="50.363814">50.363814</abbr>
     <abbr class="longitude" title="7.558534">7.558534</abbr>
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  <abbr title="2011-08-29" class="dtstart">2011-08-29</abbr>
  <abbr title="2011-09-03" class="dtend">2011-09-03</abbr>
  <div class="organizer">Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST)</div>
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