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--> Due to multiple requests Deadline has been EXTENDED to March 12.

*** Special topic: IR for Good ***

August 27-31, 2018, Kazan, Russia

The school is co-organized by Kazan Federal University (https://kpfu.ru/eng)
and Russian Information Retrieval Evaluation Seminar (ROMIP,
http://romip.ru/en/). RuSSIR 2018 will have an additional focus on "IR for
Good", emphasizing humanitarian and other public interest problems. The
missions of the RuSSIR school series are to enable students to learn about
modern problems and methods in information retrieval and related
disciplines; to stimulate scientific research and collaboration in the
field; and to create an environment for informal contacts between
scientists, students and industry professionals. RuSSIR 2018 will offer up
to 6 courses and host approximately 100 participants. The target audience
of the school is advanced graduate students, young scientists, academic and
industrial researchers, and developers. The working language of the school
is English.

RuSSIR 2018 welcomes course proposals on any aspect of Information
Retrieval, either generally on latest methodologies in the field or with a
particular emphasis on IR for Good. Each course should consist of four or
five 90 minute-long sessions. Courses may include lectures and/or practical

Summer school organizers will cover travel and accommodation expenses for
one lecturer per course; no additional honorarium will be paid to
lecturer(s). The school organizers would highly appreciate if, whenever
possible, lecturers could find alternative funding to cover the travel and
accommodation expenses, and indicate this possibility in their proposals.


Course proposals submission deadline: March 12, 2018 <<<< Extended
Notification: March 26, 2018
School: August 27-31, 2018


Course proposals must be submitted in PDF format to the submission web site
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=russir2018, by March 3, 2018.
A course proposal should contain the following:
- Title and keywords.
- Description of teaching and research experience, and contact information
ofthe lecturer(s).
- Relevance of the course to the school's scope and objectives.
- Brief description of the course (up to 300 words suitable for inclusion
inschool materials).
- Full description (1-2 pages – to be used for evaluation).
- Target audience and expected prerequisite knowledge of the audience.
- Relevant references to support proposal evaluation.
- Preferred schedule and necessary equipment.
All proposals will be evaluated by the program committee according to
theschool's goals, the clarity of presentation, and the lecturers'
qualificationand experience.
All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by March 18,
2018. Early informal inquiries about the school or the proposalevaluation
process are encouraged (please send an email to sch...@romip.ru).


The first RuSSIR summer school took place in 2007 and since then has
evolved into a popular academic event with solid international
participation. Previous schools took place in Yekaterinburg, Taganrog,
Petrozavodsk, Voronezh, Yaroslavl, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg
and Saratov. Courses in previous editions of RuSSIR were taught by many
prominent researchers in information retrieval and related disciplines.


Kazan is one of the largest cities in Russia, and the third capital of the
Russian Federation. It was founded more than 1000 years ago by the ancient
Bulgars, where the great trade routes between Europe and Asia met. A vast
array of sporting facilities have recently been constructed in and around
Kazan, to the extent that the city was chosen to hold the 2013 Summer
Universiade, the FINA World Aquatics Championships in 2015, the FIFA World
Cup in 2018. Every year more and more tourists flock to Kazan to be
enthralled by its stunning architecture, visit the Kazan State Theatre to
experience the festivals of opera and ballet  and sample true Tatar
cuisine. Kazan is also a student town, and is home to many universities and
institutes of learning, including the third oldest university in Russia,
the Kazan Federal University, founded as Kazan Imperial University in 1804.

Kazan University has gained its international fame thanks to its
distinguished scholars and graduates whose achievements have had a
beneficial effect on the whole mankind. The unique culture of University
has shaped the development of Kazan and the Volga region. The University's
new federal status obtained in 2010 poses new interesting challenges and
calls for new approaches in the rapidly changing world. Today Kazan Federal
University is a dynamic modern University actively participating in local
and international cooperation, networking with academia and industry,
boosting the region's human resources development as well as top-level
research and innovation in different areas. 17 Centers of excellence and 80
world-class research and teaching  laboratories have been established in
recent years.


- Yelena Mejova <yelena.mej...@gmail.com> (Qatar Computing Research
Institute), Program co-chair
- Ekaterina L. Chernyak <echern...@hse.ru> (National Research University
Higher School of Economics), Program co-chair


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