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    IJCAI-03 Workshop on Web Request Modeling and Prediction
                      Sunday, August 10, 2003


Web request modeling and prediction has been proposed by many as a
significant tool for personalization, for the optimization of caching
systems, and in Web mining.  An accurate prediction system, for
example, can be used to pre-load content into a browser or proxy's
cache, perform pre-calculation within a Web server, or search ahead
for information of interest to an end user.  Significant end-user
benefits are often claimed from the reduction of client-perceived
latencies that result from increased cache hit rates.

This workshop will provide a focused venue for discussion of
algorithms and implementations for predicting Web requests.  Previous
work on this topic has been scattered across many disciplines, making
definitive progress on this task difficult.  Moreover, researchers
often end up re-discovering useful techniques.  By bringing such
people together in a single venue, we can recognize common ground,
share our experiences, and evolve a common vocabulary.

Likely participants are expected to include researchers in the
AI, ML, KDD, UM and Web systems communities.  We solicit
contributions and participation to examine:

   * state-of-the-art techniques for request prediction

   * the trade-off of complexity and storage versus predictive

   * the role of client-side caching on model accuracy

   * the effect of using HTTP referrer tags

   * the role that request timestamps play in model generation
     and accuracy

   * comparative performance on standardized datasets and

   * appropriate evaluation methods (such as those that are
     tied to real-world utility)

   * the effect of classifying user browsing modes

Submission Instructions

Participants for this one-day workshop will be selected through
three mechanisms.  The first is the traditional high-quality
original peer-reviewed research paper, which would be presented
during the workshop.  The second is a short position statement,
indicating relevant experience, past publications, and interest.
Finally, we will invite the authors of top-performing prediction
software (as measured by pre-workshop performance on a
standardized dataset) to the workshop, and ask the authors of
the best systems to present their techniques in a paper and a
talk at the workshop.   Further details are available on the
workshop web site.

All submissions must be in English, formatted according to IJCAI
standards, and sent to the workshop chair by email as a PDF
(preferred) or Postscript attachment.

Note: Participants are expected to register for the main IJCAI
conference in addition to the workshop, and attendance will be
limited to encourage interaction.

Important Dates and Deadlines

   * Deadline for submitting prediction results of
     standardized datasets: February 14, 2003

   * Deadline for the submission of full papers (6 to 8 pages)
     or position statements (1-2 pages): February 28, 2003.

   * Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 24, 2003.

   * Deadline for the receipt of camera-ready papers:
     May 9, 2003.

Organizing Committee

  Prof. Brian D. Davison (Chair)
  Lehigh University (USA)
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  Prof. Dan Duchamp
  Stevens Institute of Technology (USA)

  Dr. Mike Perkowitz
  University of Washington (USA)

  Prof. Ingrid Zukerman
  Monash University (Australia)

Program Committee

  David W. Albrecht, Monash University (Australia)
  Corin Anderson, Google, Inc. (USA)
  Russ Greiner, University of Alberta (Canada)
  Nicholas Kushmerick, University College Dublin (Ireland)
  Vincenzo Liberatore, Case Western Reserve University (USA)
  Evangelos Markatos, ICS-FORTH and University of Crete (Greece)
  Geoff Voelker, University of California-San Diego (USA)
  Qiang Yang, Simon Fraser University (Canada)


Brian D. Davison, Ph.D.                 davison(at)
Computer Science & Engineering          davison(at)
Lehigh University             
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