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IAR 2013
- Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - DISCo - IAR 2012 -


at the 28th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

Sponsored by

ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing

Hosted by

Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, and

Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Mathematical and Computer Sciences Institute, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Track Title

Information Access and Retrieval (IAR) March 18 – 22, 2013, Coimbra, Portugal

Important Dates

September 28th, 2012:
Submission of full papers

November 10th, 2012:
Notification of paper

 November 30th, 2012:
Camera-ready copies
of accepted papers


Track Chairs

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

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



Gabriella Pasi





Gloria Bordogna






For the past twenty-seven 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 28th annual SAC meeting will be held from 18th to 22th March 2013 in Coimbra, Portugal, and is hosted by Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal Mathematical and Computer Sciences Institute, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Special Track on Information Access and Retrieval (SAC-IAR)

The research on information access and retrieval aims at modelling, designing, implementing and evaluating systems that provide a fast and effective access to a large amount of distributed multimedia information heterogeneous with respect to many aspects such as formats, types, genres, authorships. The main issues of the research in this field is providing effective means both to express information needs and to analyse the retrieved results by estimating the relevance of documents to user information needs. These are complex tasks which depend on several factors among which the subjective and multi-dimensional nature of relevance and the user’s and documents’ context.

Information Retrieval (IR) can be considered as the first historical research area aimed at defining systems for the automatically access to huge amounts of unstructured information, together with DBMSs whose main aim is to manage and access huge amounts of data. In the past 30 years, IR has grown well beyond its primary goals of indexing and searching textual documents in static bibliographic collections, and has moved away from the perception of being the narrow area of interest of librarians and information experts. With the diffusion of the Internet other techniques have developed to access information on the Web, such as Recommender Systems and Information Filtering systems, Question Answering Systems, Meta-search engines, Geographic and social information systems and 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 definition of new models as well as the application of models and techniques in standard experimental contexts to new application areas are very challenging tasks that deserve a great attention by the researchers. Nowadays, research in information access includes web page  indexing,  classification  and  categorization,  system  architecture,  user  interfaces, context-modelling, personalization of information access and visualization, query languages, topic detection, management of multi-lingual information, content indexing of audio-visual information, collaborative searching, retrieval in a web 2 context, quality-based ranking, 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 twelfth edition of this track in the context of SAC.

We invite submission of original research contributions, and experimentations in emerging fields such as Context-based IR, Volunteered Geographic Information indexing, access and retrieval,  Collaborative  search  and  retrieval,  User  Interfaces  for information  access, presentation, and exploration of web results, retrieval in Web 2 applications, quality assessment in Information retrieval.

The topics of interest include:

  • (Multimedia) document clustering and categorization,
  • (Multimodal) Interfaces for information access, presentation, and exploration,
  • Context-based IR,
  • Quality-based ranking,
  • Flexible query languages,
  • Topic detection and tracking,
  • Cross language retrieval,
  • Content indexing of multimedia information,
  • Semantic and conceptual indexing and retrieval,
  • Ontology based Information Retrieval,
  • Collaborative information searching and retrieval
  • (Mobile) Search engines and meta-search engines,
  • Models of information access and retrieval,
  • Applications of advanced information access and retrieval systems,
  • Content-based and collaborative information filtering
  • Web Recommendation systems

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

2013 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.

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 pages.

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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