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CfP: ECIR Workshop on Information Management and Retrieval in Mobile Adhoc Societies (MASoc 2011)

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Call for Papers – MASoc 2011

MASoc 2011: ECIR Workshop on Information Management and Retrieval in Mobile Adhoc Societies

Monday, 18th April 2011
Dublin, Ireland (colocated with ECIR 2011)


This workshop focuses on Information Retrieval (IR) challenges for dynamic, mobile adhoc societies (MASocs). Current social networks are based on the typical web paradigm where support from fixed infrastructures is required, and therefore interactions are largely based on users’ permanent information needs and characteristics. On the other hand, due to the increasing popularity and technological advances in mobile devices (increased dependability, connectivity, user-friendliness, battery life) we can envision a new type of decentralised social network able to directly address ephemeral information needs and interactions. IR and related technologies will be at the core of this new paradigm due to its inherent lack of fixed points of reference.

The amalgamation of IR, mobile adhoc networking and social networks can lead to the development of such infrastructureless, locality-aware social spaces. Application domains of interest may include, among others, local service location, advertising and community-generated content and organisation. However, before such advances can take shape, significant research needs doing individually as well as at the intersection of the three fields. Research or application advances with respect to these fields as well as ideas which can lead to fruitful discussions are all relevant and welcome.

In particular, topics of interest for presentations and discussions include, but are not limited to:

  • New domains and potential killer applications for mobile adhoc social networks
  • Information retrieval, filtering and personalisation for peer-to-peer and mobile platforms
  • Decentralised intelligence
  • Technology for developing mobile applications and related requirements
  • Message routing and information dissemination
  • Distributed/federated information retrieval models and algorithms
  • Distributed publish-subscribe algorithms
  • New IR evaluation methods for adhoc, mobile environments
  • Integration of MASocs with web-based social networks

Keynote Speaker

  • Fabio Crestani, University of Lugano, Switzerland

Target Audience

This workshop will be of relevance to IR and other researchers and practitioners interested in the fields of mobile technology, decentralised and distributed searching, peer-to-peer networking, content- and context-based mobile routing, social networks, personalisation, profiling and filtering.

Important Dates

Submission: Friday, 11th February 2011
Notification: Friday, 11th March 2011
Camera-ready: Monday, 21st March 2011
Workshop: Monday, 18th April 2011

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit quality research, position or industry papers presenting original, previously unpublished work through the EasyChair system at:


Submissions must be written in English following the LNCS guidelines and must not exceed 12 pages including references and figures. All papers will be peer-reviewed.

Accepted papers will be compiled and handed out to delegates in printed form as well as they will be made accessible from the workshop’s website. Depending on participation and significance of outcomes the possibility to publish the workshop proceedings with ISBN will also be explored.


  • Iraklis A. Klampanos, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Dimitrios Pezaros, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Thomas Roelleke, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Programme Committee

  • Avi Arampatzis, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece
  • Roi Blanco, Yahoo! Research, Barcelona, Spain
  • Ingemar Cox, University College London, London, UK
  • Christos Efstratiou, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • Jie Lu, IBM Research, New York, USA
  • Simon Robinson, University of Swansea, Swansea, UK
  • Ralf Schenkel, University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Elina Vartiainen, Nokia Research, Helsinki, Finland

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