Workshop programme
Registration details
Proceedings (2.7Mb PDF)
Call for Papers
Program Committee

Important dates

Submission deadline:
November 15, 2004

Notification of acceptance:
December 13, 2004

Deadline for final versions:
December 31, 2004

January 10 and 11, 2005

5th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop (DIR'5)

Dates: 10 and 11 January, 2005
Location: De Uithof, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Web-site: http://www.cs.uu.nl/dir2005/


Under the auspicien of:
SIKS: Dutch research school for Information and Knowledge Systems

Sponsored by:
WGI: Dutch Working Community on Information Sciences


The fifth Dutch-Belgian Workshop on Information Retrieval will take place on 10 and 11 January 2005 at Utrecht University in Utrecht. The primary aim of the workshop is to provide an international meeting place where researchers, who are working in the domain of information retrieval and related disciplines, can exchange information and present new research developments. This year, there is a special interest in contributions focusing on multimedia- and structured document retrieval.

Workshop Programme

Monday January 10, 2005 - van Unnik building - Room: 001

Time slot Activity
12:00 - 13:15 Registration, coffee, and sandwiches
13:15 - 14:15 Opening and keynote session:

Mounia Lalmas. XML retrieval and evaluation: where are we?
14:15 - 14:30 Coffee break
14:30 - 15:30 Article session:

* David Ahn, Sisay Fissaha Adafre, Maarten de Rijke. Extracting Temporal Information from Open Domain Text: A Comparative Exploration.
* Sun Yang, Soon Cheol Park. Generation of Non-redundant Summary Based on Sum of Similarity and Semantic Analysis.
15:30 - 15:45 Tea break
15:45 - 16:45 Article session:

* Rachel Tsz-Wai Lo, Ben He, Iadh Ounis. Automatically Building a Stopword List for an Information Retrieval System.
* Loes Braun, Floris Wiesman, Jaap van den Herik. Towards Automatic Formulation of a Physician's Information Needs.
16:45 - 17:45 Reception

Tuesday January 11, 2005 - Went building - Room: Groen (Green)

Time slot Activity
09:00 - 9:45 Registration, and coffee
9:45 - 10:45 Article session:

* Borkur Sigurbjornsson, Jaap Kamps, Maarten de Rijke. Building a Cross-Lingual Web Retrieval Collection.
* Maria Biryukov, Roxana Angheluta, Marie-Francine Moens. Multidocument Question Answering Text Summarization using Topic Signatures.
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00 Article session:

* Matthijs Bomhoff, Theo Huibers, Paul van der Vet. User Intentions in Information Retrieval.
* Dolf Trieschnigg, Wessel Kraaij. Hierarchical topic detection in large digital news archives.
12:00 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 Article session:

* Rainer Typke, Marc den Hoed, Justin de Nooijer, Frans Wiering, Remco Veltkamp. A Ground Truth For Half A Million Musical Incipits.
* Sau Kwan Chan, Ben He, Iadh Ounis. An In-depth Study of the Automatic Detection and Correction of Spelling Mistakes.
14:15 - 14:30 Coffee break
14:30 - 15:30 Article session:

* Ameelie Imafouo, Michel Beigbeder. An experimental methodology to study collections size impact on retrieval effectiveness.
* Gilad Mishne, Maarten de Rijke, Valentin Jijkoun. Using a Reference Corpus as a User Model for Focused Information Retrieval.
15:30 - 15:35 Closing

Registration details

The fee for the Workshop is 50 euros, to be paid in cash, on-site. This includes workshop proceedings, lunch, breaks and reception. Participants are requested to register for the workshop before 10:00 am on Monday, Januari 10, 2005. To register send an e-mail to dir@cs.uu.nl, with as subject: DIR2005 registration.

Special offer for SIKS Ph.D. students: SIKS will pay the registration fee for a fixed number of SIKS Ph.D. students. Applications will be honoured based on a 'first come - first served' principle. Identify yourself as a SIKS student upon registration, to apply for this special offer!


The workshop will be held at Utrecht University on De Uithof in Utrecht, the Netherlands. On monday the workshop is organised in the Van Unnik building, while the location for Tuesday is set at the Went Building. Both buildings at conveniently located on the campus of the university.

Travel Information:

By car:

Watch road traffic around Utrecht.

  • motorway A28 from Utrecht in direction Amersfoort,
  • exit 2, "De Uithof",
  • Universiteitsweg and Leuvenlaan to a parking lot nearby (see map), Note: The Padualaan is restricted to public transport only. You have to pay for parking; up to approx 5 euro per day.

By train:

Consult the Dutch Railways site for schedules and other travel information.

  • Take a train to Utrecht Central Station,
  • Take city bus 11 or 12 to "De Uithof", approx. 15 minutes.
    (from 0800 to 1700: 8 to 10 times hourly, from 0600 to 0800 and from 1700 to 2400: 3 to 6 times hourly)
We advise travellers to buy a 'strippenkaart' You can buy a blue 'strippenkaart' with 15 'strippen' when you arrive at 'Utrecht Centraal' in the arrival/departure hall. Probably you can get them where you buy a train ticket (from a person), but they recently changed this to buying them at the kiosks. You can also buy your ticket on the bus in Utrecht, but that is relatively very expensive. If you go back and forth to the campus twice, you'll need 12 strippen in total. You can stamp your own strippenkaart in the bus by folding it. The stamp will be on the frontmost top position. So for 3 strippen, you fold the top part including strippen 1 and 2 down and backwards.

Call for papers

Authors who are interested in presenting original research at the workshop are invited to submit papers on or before November 15, 2004. Papers should be maximum 8 pages long, and formatted in ACM SIG Proceedings style. Submissions will be reviewed by at least two domain experts. Papers can cover any topic related to IR, including:

  • Multimedia IR, video retrieval, audio retrieval
  • Structured document retrieval, XML-IR
  • Retrieval models, language models
  • Text representation, information extraction, text summarisation,
  • text categorisation, topic tracking and event detection
  • Query processing, thesaurus construction, user models
  • Cross-language IR
  • IR for the Web, XML and meta-data, link analysis
  • Question answering systems
  • Domain-specific IR applications
  • IR evaluation

Papers may range from theoretical work to system-descriptions. We especially welcome contributions from industry.

Practical information:
The conference language is English and papers need to be submitted in English. Papers should be maximum 8 pages long, and formatted in ACM SIG Proceedings style.

In addition, selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Digital Information Management (JDIM), expected in March 2005.

Submit papers electronically, in PDF format, to dir@cs.uu.nl .

Program committee

Anne Diekema (Syracuse University)
Djoerd Hiemstra (University of Twente, co-chair)
Theo Huibers (University of Twente / KPMG)
Franciska de Jong (University of Twente)
Marie-Francine Moens (K.U. Leuven)
Arjen de Vries (CWI Amsterdam, co-chair)
Roelof van Zwol (Utrecht University, co-chair)


The workshop is organised by Utrecht University, with additional sponsoring by Dutch Working Community on Information Sciences (WGI), and the Dutch Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS).