Call for Participants

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

Application deadline: July 10, 2018. Recommended: July 1, 2018


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 missions 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.

Special Topic:

Information Retrieval for Good
With a special focus on applications in humanitarian, medical and health domains.
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”

RuSSIR 2018 Full Program. Download

Additionally, industry sponsors will give talks on applied information retrieval and data analysis problems.

Summer school participants will have an opportunity to present their current research projects/ideas at poster sessions and to get feedback from the fellow students and the lecturers. The school will have a versatile social program.


Grant application deadline: June 10, 2018
Application deadline: July 10, 2018.
Application deadline for participants who need a visa to enter Russia: July 1, 2018.
Notification: July 20, 2018
School: August 27-31, 2018


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 grants 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 through application form. As visa application process could take up to several weeks, we strongly advise international participants to apply to the school well in advance.

To participate in the school, please fill an application form at http://romip.ru/russir2018/97-2/ . 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 research results and current project descriptions are also acceptable. The template for above-mentioned papers could be found here: http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template. Short papers will be presented during poster sessions at RuSSIR 2018.

Questions and inquiries are welcome at russir2018@gmail.com

Please attach a PDF file with a description of your experience in information retrieval, machine learning and related disciplines
Please attach a PDF file with a two-page paper in the ACM proceedings format intended for presentation at RuSSIR poster session
Please give us one paragraph describing the benefit you hope to gain from attending RuSSIR 2017
Please attach a scanned copy of your recommendation letter with your recommender’s signature
Please provide contact information of the recommender: name, email
A limited number of grants will be awarded on a competition basis