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             26th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR-04)
                               April  5-7, 2004
                                Sunderland, UK

The British Computer Society's Information Retrieval Specialist Group's
annual European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR'04) is the
main European forum for the presentation of new research results in the
field of Information Retrieval.  The Conference encourages the
submission of high quality research papers reporting original,previously
unpublished results.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following areas:

Text representation and indexing
Cross-lingual and multilingual IR
Metasearching and data fusion
Data mining and information extraction
Topic detection and tracking
Text summarisation
Question answering
Web-based IR
Information Retrieval for digital libraries
Mobile IR
Formal methods and language models for IR
Natural Language Processing for IR
Structured document retrieval, including XML
Image and video retrieval
Text classification (categorization or clustering)
Content-based adaptive filtering and routing
Usability, interactivity and visualization
Search strategies
User modelling and user studies
Evaluation issues and test collections
Distributed IR
Compression and scalability in IR
Architectures for IR
Audio and speech retrieval
Optical character recognition and IR
Machine learning for IR


The conference encourages the submission of high quality research papers
that have not been previously published and are not under review for
another conference or journal. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel
of experts on the basis of the originality of the work, the validity of
the results, chosen methodology, writing quality, and the overall
contribution to the field of Information Retrieval.

All accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings
by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series
( Submissions must be in
English, which is the official language of the conference, and must not
exceed 15 pages including references and figures.

Papers should be submitted as PDF files through the conference web site.
Submission templates and guidelines are available for download at the
following address:

Poster submissions addressing any of the areas identified in the
conference topics are invited. Authors are encouraged to demonstrate
work in progress and late-breaking research results. The submission must
include a two-page summary of the work, prepared in accordance with the
template available on the conference website. All accepted posters will
be published in volume two of the proceedings, which will be distributed
at the conference.

An A4 diagrammatic plan of the poster display is also required. Please
note that because of the late deadline for submissions for this track,
all posters must be submitted in camera-ready copy format. There will be
no opportunity for authors to modify poster papers following the review

For further information about poster submission please contact Dr.
Michael Oakes, ECIR 2004 Posters Chair, email:
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Deadline for Full Papers                1  November 2003
Notification for Full Papers            19 December 2003
Camera ready copy Full Papers           14 January  2004
Deadline for Posters                    07 January  2004
Notification for Posters                07 February 2004

The conference will be held at the School of Computing and Technology at
the University of Sunderland, UK.  Located on the North East Coast of
England, Sunderland is one of the UK's newest cities. Standing on one of
the oldest educational cites in the country, the university campus
successfully blends the old with the new.  To the North of the campus
lies St Peter's church where the Venerable Bede was trained, marking a
tradition of learning that stretches back over a thousand years.

Sunderland is located on the North East coast of England, close to the
A19 and A1. The nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport
providing connections to most major UK and European cities, including
London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Amsterdam Schiphol and Brussels.
Direct Metro link to Newcastle Airport.
Direct Metro and rail links to Newcastle Central Station, with trains to
all major UK cities

For more details about the conference please contact the conference

General Chairs:
Dr. Sharon McDonald and Professor John Tait
School of Computing and Technology
University of Sunderland
United Kingdom
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