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DIR 2012 : 12th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop


When Feb 23, 2012 - Feb 24, 2012
Where Ghent, Belgium
Submission Deadline Dec 30, 2011
Categories    information retrieval

Call For Papers

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 12th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop DIR 2012. Established in 2000, the Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop intends to provide an international meeting place where researchers from the domain of information retrieval and related disciplines can exchange information and present innovative research developments. All DIR editions have so far been organized by a Dutch or Belgian university, thus promoting knowledge exchange between Dutch and Belgian research groups and companies that are active in the field or Information Retrieval, yet intended for an international audience.

On Thursday, February 23rd, only a short evening session with invited speakers is being organized. The full-day event on Friday, February 24th, will consist of invited talks, and oral and poster presentations of contributed papers.


You are invited to submit papers according to the deadline given below. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Forensic Search
* Privacy aspects of IR
* Retrieval models, language models
* Natural language processing for IR, text summarization
* Information extraction, question answering
* Machine Learning for IR
* Query processing, thesaurus construction, user models
* Multimedia IR, video retrieval, audio and music retrieval, cross-media retrieval
* Multilingual and cross-lingual retrieval
* Structured document retrieval, XML-IR
* Image processing for IR, audio processing for IR
* Processing and search of e-mail, spam, blogs
* Categorization, topic tracking and event detection
* Distributed and federated IR
* Web IR, enterprise search, search of digital libraries, intranet search, desktop search
* Collaborative filtering, recommender systems
* Efficiency and performance
* IR evaluation

Important Dates

December 30, 2011: Short papers and compressed submissions due
January 10, 2012: Demo papers due
January 20, 2012: Notification of acceptance
February 23-24, 2012: DIR 2012

Submission details

Call for papers

Papers may range from theoretical work to system descriptions. We especially encourage Ph.D. students to submit their research. Submissions will be reviewed by at least two domain experts. The conference language is English.

Two types of submissions are accepted. Research paper submissions should describe original research, with a maximum length of 4 pages. Accepted papers are presented at the conference, either in a talk or a poster presentation (the presentation mode will be decided based on authors' preferences and reviewer suggestions). Compressed paper submissions consist of a summary of previously published work, with a maximum length of two pages.

Both research papers and compressed contributions should be submitted in pdf-format, using the ACM SIG Proceedings style ( Instructions for submission can be found on

Call for demos

In addition to the scientific program, we encourage contributions from industry when they focus on novel research directions. Therefore, we invite demos that showcase state-of-the-art information retrieval technology and applications.

Demos work as follows: submit a 1-2 page overview of the system or technology to be demonstrated. Submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee. All submissions that are on topic are accepted. At the DIR 2011 workshops, authors of demo papers are provided with a table and power socket, to showcase the demo.

Demo papers should be submitted in pdf-format, using the ACM SIG Proceedings style ( Instructions for submission can be found on

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