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                   CALL for PAPERS/PARTICIPATION

       ACM-SIGIR WORKSHOP on CUSTOMISED INFORMATION DELIVERY

              August 19, 1999 - Berkeley, California

                     for more information, see
                http://www.ted.cmis.csiro.au/sigir99/
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WHAT IS CUSTOMISED INFORMATION DELIVERY?

We say that information delivery is customised when it is tailored
or adapted to a specific user need or user profile. The Web
provides good examples of customised information delivery with
virtual documents and adaptive hypertexts. In Information
Retrieval, information can be customised by means of user
interaction, synthesized answers, etc.

The process of customising information and delivering it to a user
may involve these tasks:
 - developing some generic answer,
 - filling components of the answer with elements from a list
   derived from an IR query,
 - filling components of the answer with elements from a list
   derived from a database query,
 - synthesizing information using language technology, clustering
   relevant information components into useful structures, and
 - integrating the components of an answer into a useful document,
   or network of documents.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

In this workshop we aim to bring together researchers from various
communities that have worked on customised information delivery:
the Web, Information Retrieval, Natural Language, etc. Topics of
interest include (but are not limited to):

Information Retrieval and Filtering:
 - building a set of queries out of an information need, to
   address different aspects of that need
 - clustering answers around either information descriptors, or
   using self-clustering techniques
 - building tables of contents, and navigation tools
 - abstracting information from long documents
 - using better user models to describe information needs
 - using dialogue models to support interactive retrieval

Virtual Documents and Adaptive Hypertexts:
 - visualisation/results presentation of hypertext structure
 - user modelling on the Web
 - usability studies of hypertext
 - applications of adaptive/dynamic hypermedia (e.g. museum,
   digital libraries, electronic catalogues for e-business)

Natural Language:
 - text generation with a user profile
 - text generation on the web (generation of hypertext)
 - applications of context-sensitive text generation
 - multimedia generation; interaction of text and other media

SUBMISSION/PARTICIPATION

We invite position papers discussing either theoretical issues or
practical aspects such as results of experiments or descriptions of
systems. Submissions should be 3-6 pages long (no more than 3000
words) in HTML format. Send a URL or the HTML file to François
Paradis ([log in to unmask]) by June 22. Proceedings
will be published on the Web.

Persons wishing only to attend the workshop should submit a brief
statement of interest including a list of relevant publications.

IMPORTANT DATES

June 22        Papers due.
July 3         Notification of acceptance.
August 15-18   ACM SIGIR '99 tutorials and papers.
August 19      Workshop.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Maria Milosavljevic  Dynamic Multimedia Pty. Limited, Australia.
François Paradis     CSIRO, Australia
Cécile Paris         CSIRO, Australia
Ross Wilkinson       CSIRO, Australia

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