Call for Papers

International Workshop on Context-Based Information Retrieval

Held in conjunction with the 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context

July 5, 2005Paris, France


Workshop Organizers

Bich-Liên DOAN,     Supélec, France


Scientific Committee

Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy

Patrick Brézillon, LIP6, Paris

Bich-Liên Doan, Supélec, France

Gilles Falquet, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Joemon Jose, University of Glasgow, UK

Mounia Lalmas, University of London, UK

Massimo Melucci, University of Padua, Italy

Iadh Ounis, University of Glasgow, UK

François Paradis, University of Montreal, Canada

Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde, UK

Rohini K.Srihari, University of New-York , US

Amanda Spink, University of Pittsburgh, US

Julien Tane, University of Kassel, Germany

Anne-MarieVercoustre, INRIA, France










With the explosion of the volume of available information on the Web, the information retrieval systems (IRSs) have become necessary to help the users to find relevant documents. Traditional IRSs may be drastically different if they may take into account the context of the information and the context of the query. Contextual information includes both explicit and implicit knowledge about intentions of the user, environment the user is attached to and the system itself. Such factors constrain the search without intervening in it explicitly. One idea to improve the efficiency of IRSs is to make explicit the contextual information in order to enhance the retrieval performance.

The workshop audience is intended to explore related work, theoretical framework and applications which focus on contextual IRSs. It is intended for researchers in the area of computer science, information retrieval, and digital libraries. The workshop's aim is to promote exchanges in these fields, to establish the current state of the art, to identify the emerging problems and to propose future research directions. Besides, we encourage interested researchers from related areas to attend the workshop.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to: 

§        Contextual information retrieval modeling

§        Contextual information retrieval metrics and assessments

§        Use of contextual graph to model information retrieval systems

§        Theory in context and information retrieval

§        Multiple contexts in information retrieval

§        Adaptive and interactive information retrieval

§        Multi-context based browsing

§        Use of ontology and thesaurus to contextualize the querying and indexing

§        Querying contextual information retrieval systems

§        Experiments with test collection of contextual information retrieval systems

§        Tools to support contextual information retrieval


Papers and Evaluations

Authors are invited to submit electronically original papers through the CONTEXT’05 web site, Papers should be single-spaced with a font size of 11. Two types of papers are solicited:

full paper : 8-12 pages

short paper: 4-6 pages

The organizers will oversee a peer-review process for all the submitted papers. Selection will be based on originality, clarity, and technical quality. A synopsis of the presentations and discussions will be posted on the workshop web page. Revised versions of research papers will appear in the CEUR Workshops Proceedings ( At least one author of each paper should attend the workshop to present the paper. For more information, please contact the workshop chairs. Please send all submissions to workshop chairs at:

Key dates

                                                      Submissions due:             March 31, 2005

                                            Acceptance notification:             April 15th, 2005

                               Camera-ready papers received:             April 30th, 2005

 Program on line:             May 5th, 2005

                                                                 Workshop:             July 5th, 2005