RuSSIR 2009: call for participation

3rd Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2009)
Friday September 11 – Wednesday September 16, 2009
Petrozavodsk, Russia


The 3rd Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval will be held September 11-16, 2009 in Petrozavodsk, Russia. The school is co-organized by the Russian Information Retrieval Evaluation Seminar (ROMIP,, Petrozavodsk State University (, and Institute of Applied Mathematical Research ( Yandex ( confirmed as golden sponsor of the event. The first and second RuSSIRs took place in Ekaterinburg in 2007 and Taganrog in 2008, respectively (see and Both schools were very successful.

Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia, was founded in 1703. It is a large industrial and cultural center of the Russian North-West. Petrozavodsk is 400 km away from Saint-Petersburg, an overnight train journey from Saint-Petersburg takes about eight hours.

The target audience of the Summer School is advanced graduate and PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic and industrial researchers, and developers. The mission of the school is to teach students about a wide range of modern problems and methods in Information Retrieval; to stimulate scientific research in the field of Information Retrieval; and to create an opportunity for informal contacts among scientists, students and industry professionals. RuSSIR2009 will host approximately 100 participants. The working languages of the school are English and Russian.

The main RuSSIR 2009 program includes four courses, five lectures each:

Information Retrieval Modeling
Djoerd Hiemstra, University of Twente

Modeling Web Searcher Behavior and Interactions
Eugene Agichtein, Emory University

Enterprise and Desktop search
Pavel Dmitriev, Yahoo! Labs
Pavel Serdyukov, University of Twente
Sergey Chernov, L3S Research Center

Computational advertising: business models, technologies and issues
James G. Shanahan, Independent Consultant

The Russian Conference for Young Scientists in Information Retrieval will be co-organized with the school. The school is expected to have a versatile social program.

Participation in the school is free of charge. The Program Committee will form the body of participants based on received applications.

RuSSIR 2009 is co-located with the yearly ROMIP meeting ( and Russian Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 (

All inquiries can be sent to school[at]romip[dot]ru.