Call for participation: 12th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2018), August 27-31, 2018, Kazan, Russia

12th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2018)

August 27-31, 2018, Kazan, Russia,

Application deadline: July 10, 2018

*Information Retrieval for Good*
The school will be held with a special focus on applications in humanitarian, medical, and health domains.

The 12th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2018) will be held on August 27-31, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. The school is co-organized by the Kazan Federal University and the Russian Information Retrieval Evaluation Seminar (ROMIP).

The main goals 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; to create an environment for successful networking between scientists, students, and industry professionals.

RuSSIR 2018 will offer the following keynotes and courses:

* Carlos Castillo (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) — “Crisis Informatics”, “The Biases of Social Data”

* Cathal Gurrin (School of Computing, Dublin City University) — “The Information Retrieval Challenge of Lifelogs and Personal Life Archives”

* Henning Müller (University of Geneva) — “Evaluation of IR systems and multi-modal retrieval in the medical domain”


* Valentin Malykh, Mikhail Burtsev (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) — “Conversational AI through Deep Learning”

* Rishabh Mehrotra (Spotify Research) — “Learning from User Interactions”

* Guido Zuccon (Queensland University of Technology) — “Health Search”

* Harrie Oosterhuis (University of Amsterdam) — “Learning to Rank and Evaluation in the Online Setting”

* Prasenjit Mitra (Pennsylvania State University) — “Retrieving Information Interactively Using Natural Language”

Summer school participants will be provided with space and timeslot to present their current research projects/ideas at poster sessions to get feedback from the fellow students and the lecturers.

In addition to educational and social activity, the school will have a versatile social program.


Application deadline: July 10, 2018

Notification: July 20, 2018

School: August 27-31, 2018

A limited number of grant partially covering travel expenses for international students will be available. Deadline for grant applications is *June 10, 2018*. You can indicate that you need a grant and provide motivation in the application form.

Due to visa process could take up to several weeks, we advise you to apply in advance. Deadline for applicants who is required to have a visa to visit Russia is *July 1, 2018*. Please check the requirements for your visa application on the site of Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (For example, for Canadian citizens requirements are presented here:


The target audience of the school is advanced graduate and Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers, academic and industrial researchers and developers. The school will admit up to 100 qualified and motivated candidates on competitive terms. The working language of the school is English. Participation is free of charge, a limited number of travel/accommodation grants will be provided.

To participate in the school, please fill an application form at . In particular, you need to provide the following information:

— Name, country of residence and affiliation.

— One paragraph description of what you expect to gain from attending RuSSIR 2018.

— A short paper.

— Curriculum vitae.

Short papers are two-page pdf documents in English that describe applicants’ early-stage, ongoing or completed research/educational projects. Already published кesearch results and current project descriptions are also acceptable. The template for above-mentioned papers could be found here: . Short papers will be presented during poster sessions at RuSSIR 2018.

You could also apply for a grant in the application form.

We will be happy to answer your questions at


The first RuSSIR took place in 2008 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, it is sometimes called 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, and 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 educational institutions, including the third oldest Russian university, 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 of 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.


Об авторе Лидия Пивоварова

СПбГУ - старший преподаватель, University of Helsinki - PhD student
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