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Dear Colleagues,
 
The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be hosting an NSF-sponsored workshop on Task-Based Information Search to be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on March 14-15, 2013. The purpose of the workshop is to gather leading researchers in interactive information retrieval to discuss research and challenges in incorporating models of tasks, task-types, and users' needs into systems/tools to support complex, multi-search, and multi-session tasks.  You will find the abstract for the workshop below.
 
In addition to the invited guests, two slots have been reserved for early-career researchers (must hold Ph.D.) active in this area and interested in attending the Workshop.
 
If you are interested in attending, we invite you to submit an application by following the link below.   You will be asked to submit a CV and a brief description of your current research and interest in task-based search.
 
If your application is accepted, we are pleased to be able to cover your travel (up to a maximum of $500 USD for domestic and $1500 for international travel), lodging, and food costs.
 
Due to the short timeline, applications must be submitted by Friday, February 1st 2013 (very soon!).
 
Application: https://unc.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKxNOgnYR5hvSmx
 
Sincerely,
 
Diane Kelly, Jaime Arguello, Rob Capra and Anita Crescenzi (Project Manager)
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 
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Abstract:
 
Search engines are optimized for particular types of tasks (e.g., look-up tasks and commerce tasks such as travel and shopping), for particular types of search behaviors (i.e., enter a query, review snippets, make a transaction) and for particular types of searchers (i.e., those who want to quickly find a single piece of information). Search engines are not optimized for tasks that require sustained interaction and engagement with information, the use of multiple, diverse search approaches to finding information or for searchers who want to cultivate a deeper understanding of a problem or topic. This workshop will gather leading researchers in interactive information retrieval to discuss research and challenges in incorporating models of tasks, task-types, and users' needs into systems/tools to support complex, multi-search and multi-session tasks.
 
There are many challenges in creating such task-oriented search systems and the goal of this workshop is to enumerate, discuss, and document these issues into a research agenda that can help guide work in this field. Specifically, this workshop will focus on the following topics: (1) Identification, elicitation, modeling and tracking of tasks, processes and states, including the identification of frameworks for conceptualizing task and relevance models; (2) Creation of task-specific and task-aware search environments, including the development of interfaces, tools, features, indexing techniques and search algorithms; and (3) Development of methods and measures for studying user behavior and evaluating task-based search systems.
 
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-1301958.
 
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 

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