RuSSIR 2016: Call for Course Proposals (deadline — April 10, 2016)


10th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2016)
August 22-26, 2016, Saratov, Russia,

*Course proposals deadline: April 10, 2016*

The 10th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2016) will be
held August 22-26, 2016 in Saratov, Russia. The school is co-organized by
Saratov National Research State University ( and Russian
Information Retrieval Evaluation Seminar (ROMIP,
<> RuSSIR 2016 will have an additional
focus on semantic search, construction of knowledge repositories (dictionaries,
thesauri, ontologies, semantic networks, knowledge graphs, etc.) and their
utilization in Information Retrieval.

The mission of the RuSSIR school series is to introduce current research
problems and methods in information retrieval and related disciplines to
students and researchers and to create an environment for informal contacts
between scientists, students and industry professionals. RuSSIR 2016 will offer
up to 8 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

RuSSIR 2016 welcomes course proposals on any aspect of information retrieval,
with particular emphasis on semantic search, construction and utilization of
knowledge repositories. Each course should consist of four or five 90
minute-long sessions. Courses may include lectures and/or practical exercises.

Summer school organizers will cover travel and accommodation expenses for one
lecturer per course; no additional honorarium will be paid to the 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 course proposals.


Course proposals submission deadline: April 10, 2016
Notification: May 1, 2016
School: August 22-26, 2016


Course proposals must be submitted in PDF format to the submission web site, by April 10, 2016. A
course proposal should contain the following:

— Title and keywords.
— Description of teaching and research experience, and contact information of
the 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 in
school 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 the
school’s goals, the clarity of presentation, and the lecturers’ qualification
and experience. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by
May 1, 2016. Early informal inquiries about the school or the proposal
evaluation process are encouraged (please send an email to


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 and St. Petersburg. Courses in previous
editions of RuSSIR were taught by many prominent researchers in information
retrieval and related disciplines.


Saratov is one of the cultural and educational centers in Russia. It was founded
in 1590 as a fortress to protect the southern borders of the Russian state. The
city is located on the Volga river, about 850 km southeast of Moscow. A
3-kilometer long bridge across the Volga river, Radishchev Art Museum and the
Victory Park are among the city’s attractions. Saratov is widely known as a city
of students. More than 10 universities and colleges, including Saratov State
University, Saratov State Medical University, Saratov State Technical
University, Saratov State Agricultural University, Saratov Socio-Economic
Institute of the Russian Economic University and others are located in the city.

Saratov State University was founded in 1909. Many outstanding scholars of the
20th century, including a philosopher Semyon L. Frank, the founder of Russian
genetics Nikolai I. Vavilov and N. N. Semyonov, a Nobel Prize winner in
Chemistry, worked at the university at different times. Over the years, Saratov
State University has become one of the largest universities in Russia. At
present, it comprises 15 schools, 6 educational institutes and 2 colleges, which
have 166 departments in total, including 12 corporate chairs. In 2010, Saratov
State University has acquired the status of a National Research University.

— Alexander Kotov (Wayne State University), PC chair


Об авторе Лидия Пивоварова

СПбГУ - старший преподаватель, University of Helsinki - PhD student
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