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IAR 2012
- Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - DISCo - IAR 2012 -

Important Dates

Submission of full papers due: September 14, 2011



Track Chairs

Gabriella Pasi
Department of Informatics,
Systems and Communication (DISCo),
University of Milano Bicocca,
Milano, Italy


Gloria Bordogna,
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche,
Dalmine (BG), Italy.




Gabriella Pasi





Gloria Bordogna
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For the past twenty-four years the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) has been a primary and international forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers and application developers to gather, interact and present their work. The ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP) is the sole sponsor of SAC. The conference proceedings are published by ACM and are also available online through ACM's Digital Library.


The 27th Annual SAC meeting will be held from 25th to 29th March 2012 in Trento, Italy, and is hosted by the Microsoft Research - University of Trento.

Visit the SAC 2012 home page for further information:

Special Track on Information Access and Retrieval


Information Retrieval (IR) can be considered as the first historical research area aimed at defining systems for the automatic access to huge amounts of information. The research on information access and retrieval aims at modelling, implementing and evaluating systems that provide a fast and effective content-based access to a large amount of multimedia information. One main issue of such systems is to estimate the relevance of documents to user information needs. This is a very hard and complex task due to several reasons which a large volume of research has attempted to analyse and tackle. IR has grown well beyond its primary goals of indexing and searching textual documents. With the expansion of the Internet and of the Web, other access techniques have emerged, such as Recommender Systems and Information Filtering systems, Question Answering Systems, Meta-search engines, Geomap information services, and Web 2 collaborative retrieval services.
Information access technologies and IR in particular, are currently being used in many different application contexts that go far beyond the initial scope of their design. The application of models and techniques proposed and tested in standard experimental contexts to new application areas is a very challenging task that we believe is worth of great attention by the researchers.
Nowadays, research in information access includes document indexing, document classification and categorization, information visualisation, search results exploration, query languages, topic detection, management of multi-lingual information, content indexing of audio-visual information, collaborative searching, etc.
This special track is concerned with the theory, implementation and evaluation of information access technologies to novel application areas and novel contexts.
This is the tenth edition of this track in the context of SAC.
We invite submission of original research contributions, and experimentations in emerging fields such as Geographic Information Retrieval, Collaborative search and retrieval, User Interfaces for information access, presentation, and exploration of web results, and retrieval in Web 2 applications.


The topics of interest include:

  • (Multimedia) document clustering and categorization,
  • (Multimedia and multimodal) information access and retrieval models and systems,
  • (Multimodal) Interfaces for information access, presentation, and exploration,
  • Flexible query languages,
  • Topic detection and tracking,
  • Cross language retrieval,
  • Content indexing of multimedia information,
  • Semantic and conceptual indexing and retrieval,
  • Modeling user context,
  • Conceptual information retrieval,
  • Collaborative information searching and retrieval,
  • (Mobile) Search engines and meta-search engines,
  • Applications of advanced information access and retrieval systems,
  • Retrieval in Web 2 context,
  • Content-based and collaborative information filtering.

Guidelines for Submission:

Original papers from the above-mentioned or other related areas will be considered. Submissions fall into the following categories:

  • Original and unpublished work
  • Reports of innovative computing applications in the arts, sciences, engineering, and business areas
  • Reports of successful technology transfer to new problem domains
  • Reports of industrial experience and demos of new innovative systems

Peer groups with expertise in the track focus area will blindly review submissions to that track. Each submitted paper will be reviewed by at least three referees. Accepted papers will be published in the annual conference proceedings. Submission guidelines can be found on SAC 2012 Website.

Papers should be submitted per track using the provided automated submission system via the website. Submission of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed. For more information please visit the SAC 2012 Website.

Submissions must follow the template reported at the conference web site. Each paper can have a length of 5 pages according to the template, with a maximum of 3 extra pages in the camera ready format. There will be a charge for extra page.
Submissions should be printable on a standard printer on common paper formats, such as US letter and A4.

The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must NOT appear in the body of the paper, and self-reference should be in the third person. This is to facilitate blind review. Notice that Papers that report the author names will not be sent to the reviews and will be rejected. Only the title should be shown at the first page without the author's information.

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