GRUPPO DI INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA - ING-INF/05

Call for Papers

Special Track on Knowledge IT Artifacts (KITA) in professional communities and aggregations (KITA 2017)
 
11th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (http://www.mtsr-conf.org/)
November 28th - December 1st 2017
 
Tallinn University, Estonia
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Aim and Scope
In its broadest meaning, a Knowledge Artifact (KA) is any artifact purposely built to enable and support knowledge-related activities. For this reason, KAs come in very different formats and types: a personal recipe notebook is a KA; a cooking manual is a KA; yet also a blog of amateur cookers can be considered a KA. The common themes regard affordances for real and deep appropriation, often cooperative practices of knowledge representation, recording, sharing and combination.
In the last ten years, the interest of researchers from diverse fields has increased towards the design of computational, interactive KAs (what we can denote as Knowledge IT Artifacts, or KITA) i.e., applications and software platforms that specifically support knowledge creation and sharing in cooperative domains [Cabitza & Locoro, 2014], like Health-Care, Products/Processes/Services Manufacturing, Education, and so on. In all of these research fields authors generally acknowledge the challenges to design for KITA that must be flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of single practitioners and teams, to enable learning and to support decision making. Examples of KAs that could be observed and discussed at the KITA special track are:
* video-publishing platforms where clips show how to make home repairs and social comments complement this information;
* online self-diagnosis and medication wizards, also as smartphone app;
* amateur blogs and fora where novices can ask experts for advices before buying electronic devices and components;
* wiki pages that are frequently maintained by a community of enthusiasts and give their members tutorials on how to set up arduino equipments or allow for the sharing of 3D printing models with comments and suggestions of the contributors.
* decision support systems that convey the most pertinent items from the knowledge bodies mentioned above according to the situation or the user requests, profiles and needs;
* on-line digital platforms enabling an aggregation of firms (a cluster, a supply chain) to share valuable knowledge in order to achieve specific strategic aims (such as internationalization, new product development, lean production);
* online wiki encyclopedias and manuals that represent objectively, if not structuredly (e.g., ontologically) a body of specialist knowledge;
* multimedia learning software that integrates different content sources and interactive techniques to have users develop both intellectual and practical competencies on the basis of the knowledge embedded in the artifacts;
* websites to share 3d printing models or electronic boards specifications (eg: open hardware)
* social media for virtual communities of practice.
 
Artifacts from the above classes can be all put on a broad spectrum of concrete applications and interactive systems. The most appreciated efforts of the contribution would lie in describing the main assumptions related to the nature of the knowledge that the KA at hand are intended to manage or support; in characterizing the main objectives and goals that motivate the KA designers and users; and in extracting both the implications for design and lessons learnt from experience with KA that could fit the interest of a multi-disciplinary community of scholars (across the fields of CSCL, CSCW, HCI, KR, to mention a few) that we aim to coalesce with this Special Track.
In the hope of the organizers, this track will set the practice-based foundations to develop a common ground and language by which the "Knowledge Artifact" construct can become useful both to inform the design and to evaluate the impact of knowledge-oriented technologies in the communities of practice that adopt them and adapt them to their ever-evolving bodies of knowledge.
 
Topics
* Knowledge Artifacts Design and evaluation
* Metadata representations of Knowledge Artifacts
* Metadata and Knowledge Artifacts in Health-Care
* Metadata and Knowledge Artifacts in Education
* Big-data and Knowledge Artifacts
* Digital fabrication
* Relationship btw Knowledge Management Technologies and IT Artifacts
* Relationship btw Knowledge Management and Collaborative-oriented Technologies
* Socio-Technical System Theory and Design
* Models, Theories and Methodologies of Knowledge, Collaboration and Learning
* Knowledge and Data Visualization
* Knowledge Artifacts and Collaboration at the firm level in clusters and supply chains
* Learning Technologies
* Business models enabled by Knowledge Artifacts
* Human-Data Interaction
 
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Important Dates
* 30th June 2017 : Submission deadline for papers
* 25th July 2017 : Notification of acceptance
* 20th August 2017 : Camera-ready papers due
* 28th November - 1st December 2017 : Conference in Tallinn University (Tallinn, Estonia)
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Paper Submissions 
Interested authors can submit to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mtsr2017 
The following types of presentation are invited:
* Full papers (12 pages) reporting complete research
* Short papers (6 pages) presenting ongoing or preliminary research
* Posters (4 pages)
Papers should be original and not previously submitted to other Conferences or Journals. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity following a double-blind peer review process. Submissions associated by any MTSR member (e.g. Chairs and PC members of MTSR or any of its Tracks) will follow a double-blind peer review process by an independent review committee.
 
Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings formatting style and guidelines. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to register to the Conference and present their work in the form of either oral presentation or poster presentation. The Conference welcomes Workshops and Tutorial on any issues concerning the main themes of MTSR such as metadata, ontologies, semantic Web, knowledge management, software engineering and digital libraries.
 
 
Conference Proceedings
Proceedings will be published by Springer in the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) book series. CCIS is abstracted/indexed in Scopus, SCImago, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, DBLP, Google Scholar. CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings.
 
Other Publication Opportunities
Selected papers might be considered for a revised and extended version to be published in a range of international journals, including the International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience) and Program (Emerald).
 
Awards
There are two types of awards: the Best paper award and the Best student paper award, both sponsored by euroCRIS.
* Best paper award: This award will be presented to the authors of the best full research paper submitted and presented to the conference.
* Best student paper award: MTSR sponsors a paper competition to recognize excellence in a conference paper contribution whose primary author is a student (normally at a PhD or MRes level). The student is required to present the paper at the MTSR 2017 conference. Submissions are evaluated on their originality, scientific merits, structure, and clarity of composition.
 
Special Track Chairs
* Fabio Sartori, University of Milano-Bicocca, ITALY
* Angela Locoro, University of Milano-Bicocca, ITALY
* Arlindo Flavio da Conceicao, Instituto de Ciencia e Tecnologia (ICT), Universidade Estadual Paulista (Sao Paulo State University - UNESP), BRAZIL
For any other inquiry, contact track chair via fabio.sartori@unimib.it 
 
References
Cabitza, F., Locoro, A. (2014). “Made with knowledge” – Disentangling the Knowledge Artifact by a Qualitative Literature Review. In: In Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing, KMIS 2014, 64-75, 2014, Rome, Italy
 

CALL FOR PAPERS

6th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods
ICPRAM website: http://www.icpram.org/

February 24 - 26, 2017

Porto, Portugal

In Cooperation with: AIXIA, INNS, APRP and AAAI
Endorsed by: IAPR
Sponsored by: INSTICC
INSTICC is Member of: WfMC
Logistics Partner: SCITEVENTS


IMPORTANT DATES:
Regular Paper Submission: October 4, 2016
Authors Notification (regular papers): November 28, 2016
Final Regular Paper Submission and Registration: December 13, 2016

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Dear Colleague

Let me kindly inform you that the 6th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM 2017 - http://www.icpram.org/) steering committee cordially invites you to submit a paper to the ICPRAM 2017 Conference, to be held in Porto, Portugal. The deadline for paper submission is scheduled for October 4, 2016.


The International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods would like to become a major point of contact between researchers, engineers and practitioners on the areas of Pattern Recognition, both from theoretical and application perspectives.
Contributions describing applications of Pattern Recognition techniques to real-world problems, interdisciplinary research, experimental and/or theoretical studies yielding new insights that advance Pattern Recognition methods are especially encouraged.


We would like to highlight the presence of the following keynote speakers:
- Isabel Trancoso, L2f INESC-ID/IST, Portugal
- Vittorio Murino, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
- Lale Akarun, Bogazici University, Turkey
- Antonio Torralba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

 

Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind review process. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.

All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (http://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/). SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/).


Best paper awards will be distributed during the conference closing session. Please check the website for further information (http://www.icpram.org/BestPaperAward.aspx).


Workshops, Special sessions, Tutorials as well as Demonstrations dedicated to other technical/scientific topics are also envisaged: companies interested in presenting their products/methodologies or researchers interested in holding a tutorial are invited to contact the conference secretariat. Workshop chairs and Special Session chairs will benefit from logistics support and other types of support, including secretariat and financial support, to facilitate the development of a valid idea.

 

ICPRAM 2017 will be held in conjunction with ICAART 2017 (http://www.icaart.org/) and ICORES 2017 (http://www.icores.org/) in Porto, Portugal. Registration to ICPRAM will enable free attendance to any sessions of ICAART and ICORES conferences as a non-speaker.

Please check further details at the ICPRAM conference website (http://www.icpram.org/).
Should you have any question please don't hesitate contacting the Scientific Secretariat.

 

Kind regards,

ICPRAM 2017 Chairs

For further information, please contact
Marina Carvalho
ICPRAM Secretariat

Av. D. Manuel I, 27A 2.Esq.
2910-595 Setubal, Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 185
Fax: +351 265 520 186
Email: icpram.secretariat@insticc.org


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CONFERENCE CHAIR:
Ana Fred, Instituto de Telecomunicações / IST, Portugal


PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS:
Maria De Marsico, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
Gabriella Sanniti di Baja, ICAR-CNR, Italy


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:
Please check the program committee members at http://www.icpram.org/ProgramCommittee.aspx

 

CONFERENCE AREAS:


AREA 1: THEORY AND METHODS

- Exact and Approximate Inference
- Density Estimation
- Bayesian Models
- Gaussian Processes
- Model Selection
- Graphical and Graph-based Models
- Missing Data
- Ensemble Methods
- Neural Networks
- Kernel Methods
- Large Margin Methods
- Classification
- Regression
- Sparsity
- Feature Selection and Extraction
- Spectral Methods
- Embedding and Manifold Learning
- Similarity and Distance Learning
- Matrix Factorization
- Clustering
- ICA, PCA, CCA and other Linear Models
- Fuzzy Logic
- Active Learning
- Cost-sensitive Learning
- Incremental Learning
- On-line Learning
- Structured Learning
- Multi-agent Learning
- Multi-instance Learning
- Reinforcement Learning
- Instance-based Learning
- Knowledge Acquisition and Representation
- Meta Learning
- Multi-strategy Learning
- Case-Based Reasoning
- Inductive Learning
- Computational Learning Theory
- Cooperative Learning
- Evolutionary Computation
- Information Retrieval and Learning
- Hybrid Learning Algorithms
- Planning and Learning
- Convex Optimization
- Stochastic Methods
- Combinatorial Optimization
- Multiclassifier Fusion

 

AREA 2: APPLICATIONS

- Natural Language Processing
- Information Retrieval
- Ranking
- Web Applications
- Economics, Business and Forecasting Applications
- Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
- Audio and Speech Processing
- Signal Processing
- Image Understanding
- Sensors and Early Vision
- Motion and Tracking
- Image-based Modelling
- Shape Representation
- Object Recognition
- Video Analysis
- Medical Imaging
- Learning and Adaptive Control
- Perception
- Learning in Process Automation
- Learning of Action Patterns
- Virtual Environments
- Robotics
- Biometrics

*************************** IEEE CIT 2016 CFP ***************************
16th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology
Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa, Fiji, 8-10 December 2016
http://nsclab.org/cit2016/
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INTRODUCTION
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IEEE CIT 2016 is the 16th edition of the highly successful International Conference on Computer and Information Technology. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for scientists, engineers and researchers to discuss and exchange novel ideas, results, experiences and work-in-process on all aspects of computer and information technology. CIT has become a major platform for researchers and industry practitioners from different fields of computer and information technology. Each year, CIT attendees appreciate and benefit from multidisciplinary exchanges in computer and information technology. In previous years, CIT has attracted many high quality research papers spanning over the various aspects of information technology, computing science and computer engineering. These papers highlight foundational work that strives to push beyond limits of existing computer technologies, including experimental efforts, innovative systems, and investigations that identify weaknesses in existing IT services.

IEEE CIT 2016 will be held on 8-10 December 2016 in Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa, Fiji, co-located with SC2-2016, IOV 2016, and IEEE SocialSec 2016.


CO-LOCATED EVENTS
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- 6th International Symposium on Cloud and Service Computing (SC2-2016)
- 3rd International Conference on Internet of Vehicles (IOV 2016)
- 2nd IEEE International Symposium on Security and Privacy in Social Networks and Big Data (IEEE SocialSec 2016)


IMPORTANT DATES
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Paper Submission Due: 7 September 2016 (Firm Deadline)
Author Notification: 28 September 2016
Camera-ready Paper due: 5 October 2016
Registration due: 5 October 2016
Symposium: 8-10 December 2016


SCOPE AND TOPICS
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Topics of particular interests include the following tracks, but are not limited to:

- Information Technology
- Computer Science
- Signal Processing
- Networking and Internet of Things
- Reliability, Security, Privacy and Trust
- Applications, Business and Social Issues
- Database and Data Management
- Software Engineering
- Microwave and Radar
- System Software and Software Engineering
- Pattern Recognition, Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence
- Information Technology for Biomedicine and Smart Health
- Wireless Communications
- Mobile Multimedia Communications
- Wireless and Mobile Computing
- Future Internet
- Cellular Network and 5G
- Social Computing and Social Network
- Web Technologies



AUTHOR GUIDELINE
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All papers need to be submitted electronically through the paper submission system (http://cse.stfx.ca/~cit2016/sub/) with PDF format. The materials presented in the papers should not be published or under submission elsewhere. Each paper is limited to 8 pages (or 10 pages with over length charge) including figures and references using IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscripts style (two columns, single-spaced, 10 fonts). You can confirm the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Author Guidelines at the following web page (http://www.computer.org/web/cs-cps/).

Once accepted, the paper will be included into the IEEE conference proceedings published by IEEE Computer Society Press (indexed by EI). At least one of the authors of any accepted paper is requested to register the paper at the conference.


ORGANISATION COMMITTEES
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General Chairs
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A B M Shawkat Ali, The University of Fiji, Fiji
Yang Xiang, Deakin University, Australia
Albert Zomaya, The University of Sydney, Australia

Program Chairs
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Jiannong Cao, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan
Xiaodong Lin, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Vincenzo Piuri, Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Program Vice-Chairs
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Aniello Castiglione, University of Salerno and University of Naples, Italy
Yu Wang, Deakin University, Australia
Jun Zhang, Deakin University, Australia

Publicity Chairs
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Al-Sakib Khan Pathan, Southeast University, Bangladesh
Yi Qian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Xin Zhu,The University of Aizu, Japan

Workshop Chairs
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Md Zakirul Alam Bhuiyan, Temple University, USA
Wenxi Chen, University of Aizu, Japan
Sheng Wen, Deakin University, Australia

Finance Chair
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Neeraj Sharma, The University of Fiji, Fiji

International Advisory Committee
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Mohammed Atiquzzaman, University of Oklahoma, USA
Hsiao-Hwa Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Hai Jin, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Wanlei Zhou, Deakin University, Australia

Steering Committee
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Daming Wei (Chair), Professor Emeritus, University of Aizu and Tohoku University, Japan
Laurence T. Yang (Chair), St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
Goutam Chakrabarty, Iwate Prefectural University, Japan
Hai Jin, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Xiangjian He, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Chunming Qiao, The State University of New York, USA
Chang-Sung Jeong, Korea University, Korea
Incheon Paik, University of Aizu, Japan
Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan
Xingang Liu, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Geyong Min, University of Exeter, UK
George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Bofeng Zhang, Shanghai University, China
Jinjun Chen, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Yan Zheng, Xidian University, China

Program Committee
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Taufiq Asyhari Bradford University, UK
Mohamed Bakhouya The University of Technology of Belfort Montbeliard, France
Alessandra De Benedictis University of Naples, Italy
Maria Bermudez-Edo University of Granada, Spain
Jakramate Bootkrajang Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Julien Bourgeois University of Franche-Comté, France
Jiuwen Cao Hangzhou Dianzi University, China
Arcangelo Castiglione University of Salerno, Italy
Sudip Chakraborty Valdosta State University, USA
Chaur-Chin Chen National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Chi-Hua Chen National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Jin-Hee Cho U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA
Shuo-Yan Chou NationalTaiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
I-Hsin Chung IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA
Expósito David University Carlos III, Spain
Eugen Dedu University of Franche-Comté, France
Bin Dong Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
Christian Esposito University of Naples, Italy
Franco Frattolillo Universitá del Sannio, Italy
Paul Fremantle University of Portsmouth, UK
Harald Gjermundord University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Marco Guazzone Università del Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogadro", Italy
Bin Guo Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
Hassan Hamdoun Aberdeen University, UK
Fei Hao Shanxi Agricultural University, China
Matthew Hawes University of Sheffield, UK
Jang-Eui Hong Chungbuk National University, Korea
Ronghui Hou Xidian University, China
Chen Hsing-Lung NationalTaiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Robert C. Hsu Chung Hua University, Taiwan
Chun-His Huang University of Connecticut, USA
Jingshan Huang University of South Alabama, USA
Kuo-Chan Huang National Taichung University, Taiwan
Che-Lun Hung Providence University, Taiwan
Lazaros Illiadis University Of Thrace, Greece
Muhammad Ali Imran University of Surrey, UK
Wenbin Jiang Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Carlos Juiz University of Balearic Islands, Spain
Kamen Kanev Shizuoka University, Japan
Panagiotis Karampelas Hellenic Air Force Academy, Greece
Tom Kirkham Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
Hitoshi Kitazawa Tokyo University of Agriculture and Tech, Japan
Sy-Yen Kuo National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Alexey Lastovetsky University College Dublin, Ireland
Che-Rung Lee National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Jeff Y. Lei The University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Guowei Li Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Juan Li North Dakota State University, USA
Ruidong Li National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan
Ruixuan Li Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Hao Liang University of Alberta, Canada
Spiros Likothanassis University of Patras, Greece
Chang Liu Ohio University, USA
Chunfeng Liu Tianjin University, China
Feng Liu Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Jianxun Liu Hunan University of Science and Technology, China
Xin Lou City University of HongKong, China
Wei Lu Keene University, USA
Mourad Maouche Philadelphia University, Jordan
Alejandro Masrur TU Chemnitz, Germany
Barbara Masucci University of Salerno, Italy
P. Takis Mathiopoulos National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Yu Mei Simula Research Lab, Norway/Tianjin University, China
Alba Melo CIC- UnB, Brazil
Souham Meshoul University Constantine 2, Algeria
Spyros Mikroulis University College London, UK
Manki Min South Dakota State University, USA
Yang Mingjing Fuzhou University, China
In Hyun Nahm Sunmoon University, Korea
Michael O'Grady University College Dublin, Ireland
Satoru Ohta Toyama Prefectural University, Japan
Romulo Silva de Oliveira DAS-UFSC, Brazil
Michael Oudshoorn Wentworth Institute of Technology, USA
Gareth Owen University of Portsmouth, UK
Jeng-Shyang Pan National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Taiwan
Eric Pardede La Trobe University, Australia
Cheong Hee Park Chungnam National University, South Korea
Ronald Perrott Queen's University Belfast, UK
Lucian Prodan Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Khaled Ragab King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
Xuebin Ren Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Imed Romdhani Napier University, UK
Subhash Saini NASA, USA
Momodou Sanyang University of Birmingham, UK
Stefan Schaeckeler Cisco, USA
Colas Schretter Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Hussain Seker University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK
Yanming Shen Dalian University of Technolgoy, China
Zhengguo Sheng Sussex University, UK
Frank Siqueira INE-UFSC, Brazil
Liyan Song University of Birmingham, UK
Susanna Spinsante University of Ancona, Italy
Yanzan Sun Shanghai University, China
Daisuke Takahashi University of Tsukuba, Japan
Domenico Talia Università della Calabria, Italy
Qing Tan Athabasca University, Canada
Vahid Taslimi Kno.e.sis, Wright State University, USA
Parimala Thulasiraman University of Manitoba, Canada
I-Hsien Ting National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
George Tsoulos University of Peloponnese, Greece
Luis Javier García Villalba Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain
Klyuev Vitaly University of Aizu, Japan
Haozhe Wang University of Exeter, UK
Siyi Wang Xijiao Liverpool University, China
Weichao Wang University of North Caroline at Charlotte, USA
Martine Wedlake IBM, USA
Wei Wei Xi'an University of Technology , China
Chang Xiaolin Beijing Jiaotong University, China
Li Xu Fujian Normal University, China
Birkan Yilmaz Yonsei University, South Korea
Zhao Yong University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Lei Yu Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Hu Yuan University of Warwick, UK
Qasim Zeeshan Ahmed University of Kent, UK
Lei Zhang University of Surrey, UK
Yong Zhang Liaoning Normal University, China
Peng Zhao Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Huiru Zheng University of Ulster, UK
Kainan Zhu University of Liverpool, UK
Olga Zlydareva Dublin City University, Ireland



CONTACT
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For further information regarding to CIT 2016, please contact nsclab.events@gmail.com.

Preliminary Call for Papers 7th Italian Information Retrieval Workshop (IIR 2016)

http://www.dais.unive.it/IIR2016/

May 30-31, 2016 Venice, IT

Follow us on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iir2016

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iir_2016

AIMS
The purpose of the Italian Information Retrieval Workshop (IIR) is to provide a meeting forum for stimulating and disseminating research in Information Retrieval, where Italian researchers (especially young ones) and researchers affiliated with Italian institutions can network and discuss their research results in an informal way.


TOPICS

IIR 2016 will offer an opportunity to present and discuss both theoretical and empirical research. Relevant topics include, but are not restricted to, the following subjects:

* Document Representation and Content Analysis (text representation, document structure, linguistic analysis, NLP for IR, cross- and multi-lingual IR, information extraction, sentiment analysis, clustering, classification, topic models, facets, text streams)
* Document Indexing (index granularity, distributed indexing and querying, compression of indices and documents)
* Queries and Query Analysis (query intent, query suggestion and prediction, query representation and reformulation, query log analysis, conversational search and dialogue, spoken queries, summarization, question answering, query log mining, query chains and missions)
* Retrieval Models and Ranking (IR theory, language models, probabilistic retrieval models, learning to rank, combining searches, diversity and aggregated search)
* Search Engine Architectures and Scalability (gathering, indexing, compression, distributed IR, P2P IR, mobile IR, cloud IR)
* Users and Interactive IR (user studies, user and task models, interaction analysis, session analysis, exploratory search, personalized search, social and collaborative search, search interface, whole-session support, user engagement)
* Filtering and Recommending (content-based filtering, collaborative filtering, recommender systems)
* Evaluation (test collections, experimental design, effectiveness measures, session-based evaluation, simulation)
* Web IR and Social Media Search (link analysis, click models/behavioral modeling, social tagging, social network analysis, blog and microblog search, forum search, community-based QA, adversarial IR and spam, vertical and local search, expert finding)
* IR and Structured Data (XML search, ranking in databases, desktop search, entity search)
* Multimedia IR (image search, video search, speech/audio search, music search)
* Other Applications (digital libraries, enterprise search, genomics IR, legal IR, patent search, text reuse, new retrieval problems)

SUBMISSIONS
Papers may range from theoretical works to system descriptions. We particularly encourage PhD students or early-stage researchers to submit their research; we also welcome contributions from the industry. The conference languages are Italian and English. Submissions must be written in English or Italian and follow the guidelines set by Springer at http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0. Papers must be submitted through EasyChair at the address https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iir2016 . Each paper will be reviewed by at least two PC members.

Authors are invited to submit:

* Full original papers (up to 12 pages)
* Short original papers (up to 8 pages)
* Extended abstracts containing descriptions of ongoing projects or summarizing already published results (up to 4 pages)

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the on-line proceedings, which will appear in the CEUR-WS on-line proceedings series (http://ceur-ws.org); the proceedings will be indexed by DBLP (as happened for IIR 2010 to 2015 -- see http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/conf/iir/index.html). Submission details will be notified to authors of accepted papers.

###### Accepted papers whose authors have not shown up at the workshop in order to present the paper will not be published in the proceedings. ######

IMPORTANT DATES

* Submission deadline:        April 2, 2016
* Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2016
* IIR 2016:                   May 30-31, 2016

GENERAL CHAIR
* Salvatore Orlando (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia)

PROGRAM CHAIRS
* Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio (Università di Padova)
* Franco Maria Nardini (ISTI-CNR, Pisa)

LOCAL ORGANIZERS

* Webmaster: Salvatore Trani (ISTI-CNR, Pisa)
* Publicity: Cristina Muntean (ISTI-CNR, Pisa)


REGISTRATION
Participation to the IIR 2016 workshop will be free of charge. However, advance registration will be strictly required.

MASCOTS 2016, September 21-23, Imperial College, London, UK

http://san.ee.ic.ac.uk/mascots2016/

The MASCOTS conference is a well-established forum for state-of-the-art research on the measurement, modeling, and performance analysis of computer systems and networks. The 24th edition of this conference will take place september 21-23, 2016 in Imperial College Campus, London. The conference will bring together academics and industry practitioners to present and discuss their latest research results. The technical program for the 3-day conference will include keynote talks, refereed full and work-in-progress papers. The MASCOTS conference encourages original submissions describing state-of-the-art research in the areas of the performance evaluation of computer systems and networks networks, as well as in related areas and emerging technologies and new areas such as nano-networks, social networks, energy networks and the smart grid, the use of Big Data for performance analysis, machine learning techniques for performance analysis and management, and the Cloud. Papers describing results of both theoretical and practical significance are solicited. Measurements and experimental results, and simulation studies are all both in the scope of the conference. Work presenting novel performance evaluation methods or providing insights on the design and runtime management tradeoffs are also encouraged.

Broad topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the performance of:
    ▪    Computer architectures, multi-core processors, and memory systems
    ▪    Computer networks, protocols, and algorithms
    ▪    Nano-networks
    ▪    Databases and Big Data technologies
    ▪    Big Data for computer and network management
    ▪    Distributed and Cloud computing
    ▪    Energy efficient computer systems
    ▪    Mobile systems
    ▪    Multimedia systems
    ▪    Operating systems and virtualization
    ▪    Smart grids and cyber-physical systems
    ▪    Social networks
    ▪    Storage and file systems
    ▪    Web systems, enterprise applications and web services
    ▪    Wireless, mobile, ad-hoc, and sensor networks

SUBMISSIONS:
Papers must be unpublished and must not be submitted or under review for publication elsewhere. Technical Program Committee members and other experts active in the field will review submitted papers to ensure high quality and relevance to the conference program. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings to be published by IEEE press. For accepted papers, attendance by at least one author is mandatory. We invite both full and work-in-progress papers as described below. Full Papers: Submissions may be up to 6 pages in length (including figures and references), formatted in two-column IEEE conference style with font size 10 point or greater. Work-in-progress papers provide a peer-reviewed forum for late-breaking or preliminary research results, giving an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present and demonstrate their recent research, and to obtain feedback from their peers in an informal setting. Unsuccessful full paper submissions, where appropriate, will automatically be considered for publication as a work-in-progress paper. Work-in-progress paper submissions may be up to 3 pages in length (including figures and references), formatted in two-column IEEE conference style with font size 10 point or greater.

Paper submission deadline : May 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance : June 15, 2016
Final paper version : July 5, 2016
Conference dates : September 21-23, 2016

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