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CfP: Workshop on Accessible Search Systems - Deadline extended to 4 June, 2010

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    Workshop on Accessible Search Systems in conjunction with the 33rd Annual ACM SIGIR Conference Geneva, Switzerland, 23 July 2010
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      Workshop on Accessible Search Systems

      in conjunction with the 33rd Annual ACM SIGIR Conference
      Geneva, Switzerland, 23 July 2010
      http://personal.cis.strath.ac.uk/~ir/accessiblesearch

      AIMS

      Current search systems are not adequate for individuals with specific
      needs: children, older adults, people with visual or motor impairments,
      and people with intellectual disabilities or low literacy. Search
      services are typically created for average users (young or middle-aged
      adults without physical or mental disabilities) and information
      retrieval methods are based on their perception of relevance as well.
      The workshop will be the first to raise the discussion on how to make
      search engines accessible for different types of users, including
      those with problems in reading, writing or comprehension of complex
      content. Search accessibility means that people whose abilities are
      considerably different from those that average users have will be able
      to successfully use search systems.

      The objective of the workshop is to provide a forum and initiate
      collaborations between academics and industrial practitioners interested
      in making search more usable for users in general and for users with
      specific needs in particular. We encourage presentation and participation
      from researchers working at the intersection of information retrieval,
      natural language processing, human-computer interaction, ambient
      intelligence and related areas.

      INVITED SPEAKERS

      The organisers are pleased to announce two invited speakers who will
      present at the workshop:

      Dr. T.V. Raman, Senior Research Scientist at Google Labs. Dr. Raman
      leads the project "Google Accessible Search", helping users with
      impairments to find accessible Web content.

      Dr. Allison Druin, Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at
      the University of Maryland. Since 1998, Dr. Druin has led an
      interdisciplinary research teams looking for ways to improve
      information access for children and understand their search behaviour.

      PAPERS AND POSTERS

      The conference language is English. The workshop will be a mix of oral
      presentations for long papers (maximum of 8 pages), a session for posters
      (maximum of 2 pages) and a panel discussion. All submissions will be
      reviewed by at least two program committee members. Workshop proceedings
      will be available at the workshop.

      SUBMISSION DETAILS

      Please, submit papers in pdf-format, using the ACM SIG Proceedings style
      (http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html ) using EasyChair:
      http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=accessiblesearch2010

      IMPORTANT DATES

      4 June: Paper submission deadline (previous deadline: 23 May)
      16 June: Notification of acceptance
      23 June: Camera-ready papers due (provisional, awaiting confirmation
      from the SIGIR conference chairs)
      23 July: Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland

      TOPICS

      The workshop welcomes contributions on any issue concerning accessible
      search, for instance:

      * Understanding of search behavior of users with specific needs
      * Understanding of relevance criteria of users with specific needs
      * Understanding the effects of domain expertise, age, user experience
      and cognitive abilities on search goals and results evaluation
      * Non-topical aspects of relevance: text style, readability,
      appropriateness of language (harassment and explicit content
      detection)
      * Development of test collections for evaluation of accessible search
      systems
      * Collaborative search techniques for assisting users with specific
      needs (e.g. parents helping children)
      * Potential of search personalization techniques to satisfy users with
      specific needs
      * Search interfaces and result representation for people with specific
      needs
      * Using assistive technologies for interaction with search systems,
      e.g. speech recognition or eye tracking software for querying and
      browsing.

      ORGANISATION COMMITTEE

      Pavel Serdyukov, TU Delft
      Djoerd Hiemstra, University of Twente
      Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde

      PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

      Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow
      Dania Bilal, University of Tennessee
      Jamshid Beheshti, McGill University, Montreal
      Carlos Castillo, Yahoo Research
      Kevin Collins-Thompson, Microsoft Research
      Arjen de Vries, CWI, Amsterdam
      Hilary Hutchinson, Google
      Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina
      Mounia Lalmas, University of Glasgow
      Barbara Leporini, CNR, Pisa
      Andrew MacFarlane, City University, London
      Marie-Francine Moens, University of Leuven
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