International Workshop on Intelligent Information Access (IIIA-2006)

Co-Chairs Wray Buntine, HIIT
Henry Tirri, Nokia Research Center
Local Arrangements     Petri Myllymäki, University of Helsinki
Date July 6-8, 2006
Venue Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland

Areas of interest: statistical methods, machine learning, probabilistic and information theoretic models, and other approaches to uncertainty and complexity in all areas of Information Access, including but not limited to:
  • search and information retrieval,
  • cross-language access
  • question answering,
  • peer to peer support,
  • semantic annotation,
  • information extraction,
  • community and reputation analysis, and
  • support tools for machine translation.
  • personalisation
  • multimedia aspects of information access

Invited speakers:

Fernando PereiraUniversity of PennsylvaniaStructured Linear Models
Soumen ChakrabartiIIT Bombay Building blocks for semantic search engines: Ranking and compact indexing in entity-relation graphs
Doug CuttingNutch+LuceneNutch & Hadoop: Platforms for Search
Kamal AliYahoo A Framework for Human Evaluation of Search Engine Relevance (Cancelled)
Henry TirriNokia Searching Internet of Things
Loretta AnaniaEuropean Commission Introduction to panel on Future Search Engines
Ralf SteinbergerEuropean Commission Cross-lingual Linking of News Clusters in Various Languages Avoiding the Usage of Bilingual Linguistic Resources

Workshop format: The workshop will consist of two and a half days of talks, panels, informal breakout sessions, and a boat trip to local Helsinki islands. The number of workshop attendants is limited so you are advised to register early.

Submission of abstracts or extended abstracts: April 15th
Notification of invitation to attend the workshop: May 15th
Deadline for hotel booking: June 5th
Workshop dates: July 6th-8th

Arrangements: The workshop will be held at the Marina Congress Center in downtown Helsinki overlooking the harbour. A block of rooms has been reserved for workshop attendees until June 5. The special workshop rate of 80 euros/night for a single room includes a full breakfast buffet, and is available for those presenting an IIIA reservation code that will be emailed to registered participants (the workshop attendees are expected to arrange their accommodation directly with the Marina Congress Senter). See "Location" for more details.

The registration fee of 250 euros covers all meals during the workshop plus the boat cruise on Saturday. See "Registration" for more details.

Sponsors: Nokia, EU's 6th Framework Programme (Alvis Strep and PASCAL Network of Excellence), OpenSourceSearch, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT). The workshop is part of PASCAL's 2006 Thematic Programme on Intelligent Information Access.

Further information: For enquiries concerning the workshop, please send email to .