CFP: NAACL-HLT 2010 Workshop on Semantic Search (SemanticSearch 2010)

NAACL-HLT 2010 Workshop on Semantic Search (SemanticSearch 2010)
June 5 or 6, Los Angeles, CA

Information retrieval (IR) research has been actively driven by the challenging information overload problem and many successful general-purpose commercial search engines. While the popularity of the largest search engines are a confirmation of the success and utility of IR, the identification, representation, and use of the often-complex semantics behind user queries has not yet been fully explored.

In this workshop we target methods that exploit semantics in search-related tasks. One of the major obstacles in bridging the gap between IR and Natural Language Processing (NLP) is how to retain the flexibility and precision of working with text at the lexical level while gaining the greater descriptive precision that NLP provides. We encourage contributions on automatic analysis of queries and documents in order to encode and exploit information beyond surface-level keywords: named entities, relations, semantic roles, etc.

This workshop is meant to accelerate the pace of progress in semantic search techniques by connecting IR and NLP, bridging semantic analysis and search methodologies, and exploring the potentials of search utilizing semantics. We also focus on forming an interest group from different areas of research, exploring collaboration opportunities, providing deeper insight into bringing semantics into search, and provoking or encouraging discussions on all of its potential.

We invite submissions on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Query Parsing and Semantic Tagging
  • Query Suggestion and Recommendation
  • Query Expansion
  • Query Intention Detection
  • Web Query Analysis and Mining
  • Semantic Annotation and Indexing
  • Language Modeling for Information Retrieval
  • Information Extraction and Summarization for Indexing and Search
  • Question Answering
  • Search Reranking Integrating Semantic Features
  • Search Relevance Evaluation using Semantic Technology
  • Topic Modeling and Semantic Tagging


  • Mar 1, 2010 Submissions due
  • Mar 30, 2010 Notification of acceptance
  • Apr 12, 2010 Camera-ready due
  • Jun 5 or 6, 2010 Workshop date

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