8th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval

Abbreviated Title: 
RuSSIR 2014
Call for Proposals
Submission Deadline: 
9 Mar 2014
Event Dates: 
18 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014
City: 
Nizhny Novgorod
Country: 
Russia

8th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2014)
Monday August 18 - Friday August 22, 2014
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
http://russir.org

1ST CALL FOR COURSE PROPOSALS

Course proposals deadline: 9 March 2014

The 8th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2014)
will be held on August 18-22, 2014 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The
school is co-organized by the National Research University Higher
School of Economics in Nizhny Novgorod (http://nnov.hse.ru/en/) and
the Russian Information Retrieval Evaluation Seminar (ROMIP,
http://romip.ru/en/). RuSSIR 2014 is planned to have an additional
focus on visualization for IR.

The missions of the RuSSIR school series are to enable students to
learn about modern problems and methods in information retrieval and
related disciplines; to stimulate scientific research and collaboration
in the field; and to create an environment for informal contacts
between scientists, students and industry professionals.

RuSSIR 2014 will offer up to seven courses and host approximately 100
participants. The target audience of the school is advanced graduate
and PhD students, academic and industrial researchers, and developers.
The working language of the school is English.

RuSSIR 2014 welcomes course proposals on any aspect of IR theory and
applications, as well as visualization for IR including, but not
limited to:
- IR models
- Web and social media IR
- System architectures and scalability
- Content representation and analysis
- User aspects and interaction models for IR
- Multimedia IR
- Evaluation and user studies
- Information visualization methods
- Text analytics
- Visual analytics
- Perceptual and cognitive aspects
- Applications

Each course should consist of five 90-minute-long sessions (normally in
five consecutive days) and may include both lectures and practical
exercises.

Summer school organizers will cover travel expenses and accommodation
for one lecturer per course; no additional honorarium will be paid to
lecturer(s). The school organizers would highly appreciate if, whenever
possible, lecturers could find alternative funding to cover the travel
and accommodation expenses, and indicate this possibility in their
proposals.

Course proposals must be submitted in PDF format to the submission web
site https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=russir2014, by March
9, 2014. A course proposal should contain the following:
- Title and keywords
- Description of teaching and research experience, and contact
information of the lecturer(s)
- Relevance of the course to the school's scope and objectives
- Brief description of the course (up to 300 words suitable for
inclusion in school materials)
- Full description (1-2 pages - to be used for evaluation)
- Target audience and expected prerequisite knowledge of the
audience
- Relevant references to support proposal evaluation
- Preferred schedule and necessary equipment

All proposals will be evaluated by the program committee according to
the school's goals, the clarity of presentation, and the lecturers'
qualifications and experience. All applicants will be notified of the
committee's decision by March 25, 2014. Early informal inquiries about
the school or the proposal evaluation process are encouraged.

About RuSSIR: the school series started in 2007 and has developed into
a renowned academic event with solid international participation.
Previous schools took place in Yekaterinburg, Taganrog, Petrozavodsk,
Voronezh, Saint Petersburg, Yaroslavl, and Kazan. Previous RuSSIR
courses were taught by many prominent IR researchers and scholars
from cognate fields.

About the venue: Nizhny Novgorod is a beautiful historical city located
about 400 km east of Moscow. The city lies on the confluence of the
Volga and the Oka rivers. The population of the city is about 1.3
million people. The 16th century Kremlin is the central historic
citadel of the city. Nizhny Novgorod will be one of the sites of the
2018 FIFA World Cup. The most convenient way to reach Nizhny Novgorod
from abroad is to arrive to Moscow and change to a high-speed train;
Nizhny Novgorod airport has also direct connection to Frankfurt, Prague,
and Istanbul. RuSSIR teachers will be assisted in obtaining Russian
visas if needed.

Higher School of Economics (HSE) is a young and fast-growing
university. Founded in 1992, it was rewarded the status of National
Research University in October 2009. The HSE has grown into a
multiregional structure housing its education and research facilities
in four campuses (Moscow, Saint- Petersburg, Perm, and Nizhny
Novgorod). HSE - Nizhny Novgorod campus was established in 1996. It
offers high-quality education within its 5 faculties, 3 laboratories,
and 19 academic departments.

Program committee co-chairs:
- Pavel Braslavski (Kontur Labs/Ural Federal University, Russia)
- Marcel Worring (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)