Our 2018 PhD Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) will be held in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR 2018) on 14th September 2018, in Tianjin, China.

We cordially invite masters and doctoral students to submit a short 2-4 page paper on their research topic to the symposium. You will learn different topics of Information Access and Retrieval and get great feedback on your topic, meet lots of other students, as well as hear inspiring talks.

The Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for students to provide pointers to their work and obtain experience in presenting and communicating their research.

We especially encourage submissions on formative research ideas which present a summary of their doctoral work, initial empirical findings/pilot studies, explore conceptual and/or theoretical models, and/or describe current challenges and opportunities. Submissions focusing on new directions and emerging work in Information Access and Retrieval which create discussion and provoke reaction are strongly encouraged. Note the work need not be original and can be a summary of past and current work.

Areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  •     Information Retrieval Theory
  •     Human Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, Interactive IR
  •     Collaborative Information Seeking and Searching
  •     Learning to Rank
  •     Multimedia and Multimodal IR
  •     Recommender Systems
  •     Databases + IR
  •     Semantic Search
  •     Social Search
  •     Web IR
  •     Clustering and Categorization
  •     Enterprise Search
  •     Conversational Agents, knowledge graphs
  •     IR Applications (e.g. Digital Humanities, E-Learning, etc.)

Submission Details

All papers will be peer reviewed by at least one senior researcher on the Programme Committee. Papers should be 2-4 pages in length for presentation and poster (e.g., an outline of the PhD or Master’s project), and 1-2 pages for poster only (e.g., a summary of research direction). All submissions should be submitted in Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC) Format using the Word or Latex templates (see http://ewic.bcs.org/category/15364). Submissions should be converted to PDF and submitted via Easy Chair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fdia2018

We strongly encourage students to submit as a solo author papers. A selection of papers will be invited to give a short oral presentation, while all participants will be asked to present a poster.

Important dates

  • July 29, 2018 (midnight anywhere in the world): Submission deadline
  • August 14, 2018: Notification deadline
  • September 14, 2018: FDIA Symposium as part of ICTIR2018


PC Chairs

  • Haiming Liu, University of Bedfordshire
  • Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire

General Chairs

  • Ingo Schmitt, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
  • Dawei Song, The Open University