Second Call for Papers: RIAO 2004 - 26-28 avril, 2004

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 Dear Colleague,

 We would like to remind you of the December 15th 2003 submissions deadline 
 for the RIAO'2004 Call for Papers, included below.
 Gregory Grefenstette et Christian Fluhr
                      Call For Papers and Applications


       Coupling Approaches, Coupling Media and Coupling Languages for
                           Information Retrieval

                  University of Avignon (Vaucluse), France

                          April 26th-28th, 2004


   Organized by:

     (C.I.D., France)

     in cooperation with the LIA (Laboratoire d'Informatique d'Avignon -
     Université d'Avignon)

     and with technical support of IRIT (Institut de Recherche en
     Informatique de Toulouse)


   Current  content-based information  management  involves many different
   disciplines. Information must be retrieved from  video, from sound, and
   from  images and graphs.  Question answering  involves both syntax  and

   Information classification and filtering  involve machine learning  and
   linguistics. In addition, as  information technology spreads throughout
   the   world, a   wider variety  of   languages in  increasingly complex
   combinations must be handled. 

   In  response  to these    evolving  needs, RIAO'2004 calls for   papers
   covering the  coupling of techniques from  different domains to improve
   information retrieval. RIAO'2004 will  present innovative  research and
   developments from    all  areas  of   multi-media  and   multi-language
   information  retrieval.   Submissions,   demonstrating combination   of 
   techniques from disparate  domains,  may treat retrieval from  either a
   single  medium, or   across   media  (indexing  one  medium  for   find
   information in another), or  from coupling unstructured  and structured
   information  (e.g. exploiting both   text and XML  structure), or  from
   across languages.   

   Conference Themes:

   Paper submissions should cover one or more of the following themes:

     Multimedia information:

     * Media-specific indexing techniques (text, speech, fixed and
       animated images, music)
     * Indexing composite documents
     * Querying multimedia documents
     * Automatically generating text from images and from video
     * Indexing interactive documents

     Multilingual Information:

     * Cross-lingual information retrieval, especially involving 
       rarer languages 
     * Automatic construction of bilingual lexicons and term banks
     * Production of multilingual documents

     Man Machine Combinations:

     * Coupling search and browsing
     * Coupling search and semantic mapping (ontologies, SOM, etc)
     * Multimodal interfaces
     * Coupling access through structure and through content
     * Automatic presentation of search aids (e.g. key words, phrases)
     * Neuroscience applied to information recognition

     Architecture for Combined Approaches:

     * Architecture for coupling techniques (e.g. Machine Learning for
       Content Management)
     * Architecture for coupling media
     * Architecture for treating multilingual information

     Specific Systems Combining Diverse Approaches:

     * Systems for Collaborative Information Retrieval
     * Question answering systems
     * Multidocument or multilingual summarization
     * Automatic translation, translation memory

     Combining Linguistic and Statistics for Retrieving Content:

     * Improved linguistic analyzers in information retrieval
     * Exploiting linguistic knowledge in search and retrieval 
     * Knowledge Extraction for Information Retrieval
     * Semantics in indexation and retrieval

     Composite Documents and Content:

     * Exploiting document structure
     * Semantic Web, and Ontologies for Full-Scale Information Retrieval
     * Exploiting new multimedia norms for content-based information

     Evaluation of Combined Approaches:

     * User oriented retrieval metrics
     * New retrieval metrics
     * Question-Answering systems evaluation metrics

     Application domains combining techniques:
     (descriptions of systems involving the following domains):

     * Cultural heritage
     * Indexation and retrieval of medical images
     * Applications concerning security
     * Protection of intellectual property
     * Protection of minors
     * E-learning
     * Technology Watch

   Important dates:

     First call for papers:                October 1, 2003
     Deadline for paper submission:        December 15, 2003
     Notification of acceptance of papers: January 31, 2004
     Camera-ready copies due:              March 8, 2004
     Conference dates:                     April 26-28, 2004

   Submissions    should be up to   6000   words (about 20 pages,  double
   spaced),  include an  abstract  and be submitted in  PDF  or PS format. 

   Submissions  for communications will be made electronically on its web
   site :

   The  working  language  of the conference   is  English.   However, in
   agreement with the French regulations  of the "Loi Toubon", submission
   of papers in French and presentation of papers, if selected, in French
   will be accepted.


   Innovative applications and  products related to the  conference topics
   are sought for demonstrations during the three  days of the Conference.   
   They  will be selected  by the international Application committee, on
   the basis of  their innovation  and  future or  present marketability.  
   Selected applications will be given free demonstrations spaces.

   Application  submissions should cover one   or  more of the  following

     * Multimedia  indexing  and  retrieval systems (text, sound, speech,
       images, video)
     * Cross-lingual indexing and retrieval systems
     * Peer-to-peer text search engines
     * Cooperative Information Retrieval (grids)
     * Automatic XML structuring of documents
     * Automatic   metadata  generation  for  text,  sound,  and  images,
       automatic annotators
     * Automated ontology construction and annotators
     * Topic  detection  and  event  detection  in  streaming  documents,
       technology watch, strategy watch
     * Intelligent message filtering
     * Intelligent text agents
     * Parent control and anti-spam control by content filtering
     * E-learning - response interpretation
     * Document   summarisation   --   mono   or   multilingal,  mono  or
       multidocument, profile driven
     * Topic maps
     * Domain-specific   application   of   information   retrieval   and
       multimedia   retrieval:  medicine,  e-commerce,  computer-assisted
       teaching, video production, etc

   Important dates:

     First call for applications:                 October 1, 2003
     Deadline for application submission:         January 31, 2004
     Notification for acceptance of applications: March 15, 2004
     Conference dates:                            April 26-28, 2004

   Program Committee

   Co-Chairs   Christian Fluhr   Gregory Grefenstette   Bruce Croft
               CEA, France       Clairvoyance           UMass, Amherst, USA
               Europe, Africa    Asia, Oceania          Americas

               Bruno Bachimont        Tech. Univ. of Compiègne
               Catherine Berrut       IMAG, France
               Georges Carayanis      ILSP, Greece
               Francine Chen          PARC, USA
               Claude Chrisment       IRIT, Toulouse, France
               Roger Dannenberg       CMU, USA
               Franciska de Jong      Univ. Twente, Netherland
               Claude de Loupy        Sinequa, France
               Renato De Mori         Univ. Avignon, France
               Marc El-Bèze           Univ. Avignon, France
               Pascale Fung           Scienc. Tech. Univ., Hong Kong
               Sadaoki Furui          Tokyo Inst. Tech., Japan
               Jean-Luc Gauvain       LIMSI, France
               Edouard Geoffrois      DGA - CTA/CIP, France
               Julio Gonzalo          UNED, Spain
               Donna Harman           NIST, USA
               David Hawking          CSIRO, Australia
               Ulrich Heid            Univ. Stuttgart, Germany
               Eduard Hovy            ISI, Univ. S. California, USA
               Christian Jacquemin    LIMSI, France
               Boris Katz             MIT, USA
               Elisabeth Liddy        Univ. Syracuse, USA
               Simone Marinai         Univ. Florence, Italy
               José Martinez          Univ. Nantes, France
               Christof Monz          Univ. Amsterdam, Netherland
               Frank Nack             CWI, Netherland
               Chahab Nastar          LTU, France
               Jian-Yun Nie           Univ. Montréal, Canada
               Douglas Oard           Univ. Maryland, USA
               Jörg Ontrup            Univ. Bielefeld, Germany
               Gabriella Pasi         Univ. Milano, Italy
               Marie Theresa Pazienza Univ. Roma, Italy
               Carol Peters           CNR, Italy 
               Euripides Petrakis     Tech. Univ. of Crete, Greece
               Marc Pic               Advestigo, France
               Jean-Marie Pierrel     INALF, France
               Jean-Marie Pinon       INSA Lyon, France
               Yan Qu                 Clairvoyance, USA
               Steve Renals           Univ. Sheffield, Great Britain
               Tetsuya Sakai          Toshiba, Japan
               Frédérique Segond      Xerox, France
               Bernadette Sharp       Staffordshire, Great Britain
               Alan Smeaton           Univ. Dublin, Ireland
               Tokunaga Takenobu      Tokyo Inst. Tech., Japan
               Simone Teufel          Univ. Cambridge, Great Britain
               Evelyne Tzoukermann    ACM, USA
               Alex van Ballegooij    CWI, Netherlands
               Keith Van Rijsbergen   Univ. Glasgow, Great Britain
               James Z. Wang          PennState Univ., USA
               Ross Wilkinson         CSIRO, Australia
               Zhiping Zheng          Univ. Saarland, Germany

                                      (Final list forthcoming)

   Applications Committee

   Chair       Chantal Soulé-Dupuy
               Université de Toulouse, France

               Michel Benoit              Sté Itek, France  
               Robert Bentz               Xerox Global Services, France  
               Marie-Françoise Clergeau   Collège de France  
               Daniel Confland            Jouve, France  
               Max Copperman              Kanisa, USA  
               Michel Dureigne            EADS, France  
               Bernard Dousset            Irit, Univ. Paul Sabatier, France  
               Péré Escorsa               Univ. Polytechnic de Catalunya, Spain  
               Muriel Foulonneau          Relais Culture Europe, France  
               Dominique Ladiray          Insee-Ensac Statistics, Canada
               Ornella Mich               Inst. Trentino di Cultura, Italy  
               Norbert Paquel             Canope, France  

                                          (Final list forthcoming)

   Organisation and Coordination Committee

   Chair       Agnès Beriot
               Déléguée Générale du C.I.D.,

               Henriette Allignon     C.I.D., France 
               Peter Brodnitz         Ogilvy & Mather, Japan
               Jean Louis d'Arc       Fédération France-Polonge, France
               Jean Perrière          Administrator, Secretary General, C.I.D.,
               Saryn Rosart           CASIS, USA
               Anne Tabutiaux         Recherche et Diffusion, France

                                      (Final list forthcoming)

   Local Organisation Committee

               Aurélia Barrière       Univ. Avignon, France
               Stéphane Igounet       Univ. Avignon, France

                                      (Final list forthcoming)

   Technical Committee

   Chair       Luc Boulianne
               C.I.D., Canada

               Jonathan Albert        C.I.D., Canada
               Max Chevalier          Univ. Toulouse, France
               Jean-Jacques Guilbart  Collège de France, France
               Cécile Laffaire        Univ. Toulouse, France

                                      (Final list forthcoming)

   Contact Information

     Centre de Hautes Etudes Internationales d'Informatique Documentaire
     36 bis rue Ballu
     75009 Paris France
     Tel: (33 / 0) 1 42 85 04 75
     Fax: (33 / 0) 1 48 78 49 61


Revision: November 6th, 2003

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