Web Search Systems and Applications

We invite original research submissions addressing all the aspects of Web search, from complex efficient systems to novel applications. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to the ones listed below.

  • Adversarial search: spam and abuse issues, link farms, etc.
  • Evaluation methodologies and metrics including click analysis, online and offline approaches, implicit signals, etc.
  • Indexing web content: text, metadata, semantic and social annotations, etc.
  • Interactive search: query suggestion/completion, search assistance applications
  • Mobile and local search
  • New search paradigms and applications: implicit search, zero query, task-based, real-time search, crowdsourcing in web search, etc.
  • Personalized or context-aware search and ranking including privacy-aware search
  • Query analysis: segmentation, intent prediction, enrichment, rewriting, etc.
  • Query processing: caching and pruning strategies, efficiency issues
  • Relevance ranking: relevance feedback, learning to rank, rank aggregation, diversity, ranking fresh results, etc.
  • Search engine architecture and scalability: index compression, distribution, federation, fault tolerance, etc.
  • Search result presentation: snippet generation, direct answers, interactive results, SERP generation, etc.
  • Semantic search: entity retrieval, geo/temporal search, entity and knowledge graph for web search and applications
  • Social search
  • Vertical and specialized search: enterprise, multimedia, social media, news, dynamic content, academic, e-commerce, etc.
  • Web crawling: high performance crawling, refresh crawling, focused crawling, content monitoring, and other crawling strategies and applications

For questions related to this call, please email: research-search@www2015.it

Area Chairs

  • Yi Chang, Yahoo Labs Sunnyvale
  • Yoelle Maarek, Yahoo Labs Haifa
  • Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam

Program Committee

  • James Allan, UMass Amherst, USA
  • Omar Alonso, Microsoft, USA
  • Ziv Bar-Yossef, Google, Israel
  • Behshad Behzadi, Google, Swizerland
  • Edward Bortnikov, Yahoo Labs, Israel
  • B. Barla Cambazoglu, Yahoo Labs, Spain
  • Kevin Chang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Xueqi Cheng, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Arjen de Vries, CWI, Netherlands
  • Fernando Diaz, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Marcus Fontoura, Google, USA
  • C. Lee Giles, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Nadav Golbandi, Yahoo Labs, USA
  • Luis Gravano, Columbia University, USA
  • Maxim Gurevich, RelateIQ, USA
  • Xu Hongbo, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Xuanjing Huang, Fudan University, China
  • Amruta Joshi, UCLA, USA
  • Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Oren Kurland, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Rui Li, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Ee-Peng Lim, Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Hongfei Lin, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Wei-Ying Ma, Microsoft Research, China
  • Ilya Markov, University of Lugano, Switzerland
  • Wolfgang Nejdl, Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover, Germany
  • Hua Ouyang, Yahoo Labs, USA
  • Uri Schonfeld, Yahoo Labs, USA
  • Torsten Suel New York University, USA
  • Neel Sundaresan, eBay Research Labs, USA
  • Stratis Viglas, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Wouter Weerkamp, 904Labs, Netherlands
  • Michael Welch, UCLA, USA
  • Ran Wolff, Yahoo Labs, Israel
  • Makoto Yamada, Yahoo Labs, USA
  • Hengshuai Yao, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Emine Yilmaz, Microsoft Research, UK
  • Min Zhang, Tsinghua University, China