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If possible, can you include the following announcement in your next news
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                               CALL FOR PAPERS
          Workshop on Web Search Result Summarization and Presentation
                        http://www.wssp.info/2009.html
      Co-Located with the 18th World Wide Web Conference http://www2009.org/
                              April 20th, 2009
                                Madrid, Spain

OBJECTIVES

Providing a satisfying web search experience can be a challenging task for a
search engine.  Numerous disciplines -- search, summarization, user
interface 
design, usability, metrics, machine learning and modeling -- all have to
come 
together in order to deliver the final experience. Effective summarization
is part 
of the challenge.  In this workshop we will focus on various aspects of web
summarization, presentation, and user satisfaction metrics and models.  The
kinds of questions and issues we would like to address are:

  * What makes an effective web search result summary? What is a summary
for?
  * Technological challenges and opportunities for innovation in how
summaries are generated
  * What should be optimized during summarization?
  * Defining and measuring effectiveness of summarization
  * What real-time measurements (e.g. click logs) and offline (e.g. human
rater 
    judgments) can be used as surrogates for user satisfaction models?
  * How does one model the differences in human scanning and reading
behaviors?
  * How can eye tracking technology be utilized to help understand the
balance 
    between scanning and reading behaviors?
  * What useful qualitative insights can we gauge from usability and field
studies 
    with respect to how users utilize summaries in their search for
information?
  * What are good scalable metrics for summarization?
  * Can one learn layout and presentation using appropriate machine learning
techniques and targets?
  * How do we optimize SERP UI to support user workflow?
  * What's good and not good about presenting ranked results linearly?
  * Do new presentation strategies overcome the limitations?
  * Future trends and directions in search results presentation

TOPICS OF INTEREST

Main topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  * Web summarization and related natural language processing
  * Information presentation, exploration, and design
  * Usability and eye tracking studies of web search results presentation
  * Machine learning for summarization and presentation
  * User models: learning from clicks and human rater judgments
  * Metrics for individual pieces and the final experience

WORKSHOP CHAIRS

  Tapas Kanungo (Yahoo!)
  Chin-Yew Lin (Microsoft)
  Jan Pedersen (A9)
  Maria Stone (Yahoo!)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

  Anne Aula (Google)           Byron Dom (Yahoo!)
  Yunbo Cao (Microsoft)        Oliver Chapelle (Yahoo!)
  Ed Chi (PARC)                Tom Chi (Yahoo!)
  Susan Dumais (Microsoft)     Donna Harman (NIST)
  Marti Hearst (UC Berkeley)   Michael Hochster (Google)
  Thorsten Joachims (Cornell)  Diane Kelly (UNC)
  Tapas Kanungo (Yahoo!)       Chin-Yew Lin (Microsoft)
  Gary Marchionini (UNC)       Daniel Marcu (USC)
  Ryan McDonald (Google)       Don Metzler (Yahoo!)
  Vibhu Mittal (Google)        Boyan Onyshkevych (US DoD)
  Patrick Pantel (Yahoo!)      Jan Pedersen (A9)
  K. Prasad (Yahoo!)           Dan Roth (UIUC)
  Ian Ruthven (U. Strathclyde) Luo Si (Purdue)
  Alex Smola (Yahoo!)          Maria Stone (Yahoo!)
  Tony Thrall (Yahoo!)         Lucy Vanderwende (Microsoft)
  Chen Zhao (Microsoft)
  
SUBMISSION, DATES, CONTACT
Call for papers:  http://www.wssp.info/wssp_2009_cfp.txt
 Submission deadline: 20th February 2009
 Workshop website: http://www.wssp.info/2009.htm





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