String Processing and Information Retrieval 2009

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 to Friday, 28 August 2009
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 1 May 2009

Full Title: String Processing and Information Retrieval 2009
Short Title: SPIRE

Date: 25-Aug-2009 - 28-Aug-2009
Location: Saariselkä, Finland
Contact Person: Jussi Karlgren
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-May-2009

Meeting Description:

SPIRE 2009
16th International Symposium on String Processing and Information Retrieval
25-27 August 2009
Saariselka, Finland

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: 1 May 2009
(based on International Date Line West, corresponds to 2 May 12:00 UTC/GMT)

SPIRE 2009 is the 16th International Symposium on String Processing and
Information Retrieval. The first four editions of the conference focused
primarily on string processing and were held in South America under the
WSP (South American Workshop on String Processing). WSP was transformed into
SPIRE in 1998, when the scope of the conference was broadened to include
information retrieval. This was motivated by the increasing relevance of
information retrieval and its close inter- relationship with string
The last three SPIRE conference sites have been Glasgow, Scotland (2006),
Santiago, Chile (2007) and Melbourne, Australia (2008). The conference
proceedings have been published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer
(LNCS) series since 2002. This tradition continues also in 2009.

SPIRE 2009 will be organized by the Department of Computer Sciences of
University of Tampere, Finland. The conference will take place in the
village of
Saariselka, which is located in northern Finland ("Lapland"), some 250 km
of the polar circle. The surrounding nature and lack of big city noise and
such distractions will provide a peaceful setting for the conference.
its population of merely around 350 people, Saariselka is a popular travel
destination with good services. The conference hotel has hosted even
minister-level meetings of the European Union. Saariselka offers good
opportunitied for enjoying beautiful unspoilt nature e.g. by hiking, biking,
canoeing. In addition to the magnificent landscape dominated by numerous
popular nearby attractions include e.g. active gold panning sites along
Lemmenjoki, the 3rd largest lake in Finland (Lake Inari), reindeer farms,
cultural sites related to the indigenous Sami people. See for more information.

SPIRE 2009 covers research in all aspects of string processing, information
retrieval, computational biology, pattern matching, semi-structured data,
related applications. Typical topics of interest include (but are not
limited to):

- String Processing: dictionary algorithms, text searching, pattern
text and sequence compression, text mining, natural language processing, and
automata based string processing.
- Information Retrieval (IR): IR modeling, evaluation, indexing, ranking and
filtering, interface design, visualization, cross-lingual IR systems,
IR, digital libraries, collaborative retrieval, and Web related
- Interaction of biology and computation: DNA sequencing and applications in
molecular biology, evolution and phylogenetics, recognition of genes and
regulatory elements, and sequence driven protein structure prediction.
- Information Retrieval languages and applications: XML, semi-structured
retrieval, language models (both structural and semantic), knowledge
representation, text mining, and generation of structured data from text.

We plan to host workshops on topics in both string processing and
retrieval. The workshops will take place after the main conference, on 28
2009. More details will be posted on the conference website.

SPIRE 2009 will invite submissions in two categories: long papers (12 pages)
short papers (6 pages). Submissions should be anonymous and formatted using
style. At least three reviewers will evaluate each paper based on its
originality, quality and significance of theoretical and/or practical
contribution, the validity and robustness of the used methodology, and the
overall contribution to our understanding of the context of the work. More
detailed submission instructions will be posted on the conference website.

Program Committee Co-chairs:
- Jorma Tarhio, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
- Jussi Karlgren, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden

Program Committee:
Information will appear soon on the conference website.