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Proposal Submission Deadline: May 2, 2010
Next Generation Search Engines: Advanced Models for Information Retrieval
A book edited by Dr. Christophe Jouis (1, 3), Prof. Ismaïl Biskri (2), Prof. Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (1) and CNRS Research director Magali Roux (1, 4)
(1) Universite Paris – Sorbonne Nouvelle, France
(2) Universite du Quebec a Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
(3) LIP6 (Laboratoire d’Informatique de Paris 6), UPMC & CNRS, France
(4) INIST (Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique-CNRS, France)

To be published by IGI Global:

Scientific and economic organizations are confronted with handling an abundance of strategic information in their domain activities. One main challenge is to be able to find the right information quickly. In order to do so, organizations must master information access: getting relevant query results that are organized, sorted, and actionable.
Recent technological progress in computer science, Web technologies, and the constantly evolving information available on the Internet has drastically changed the landscape of search and access to information. Current search engines employ advanced techniques involving machine learning, social networks and semantic analysis.

Objectives of the Book
The main goal of this book is to transfer the new research results from the fields of advanced computer sciences and information science in order to master the access to information. The readers will be able to have a better idea of the results in applied research. The achievement of relevant, organized, sorted and workable answers – to name but a few – from a search is become a daily need for the enterprises and organizations, and, to a greater extent, for anyone. It does not consist of accessing to structural information like in standard databases only; neither it does consist of searching information strictly by the mean of a combination of key words. It goes far beyond that. The information sought must be able to be identified by the topics covered by it, that is to say its textual, audio, video or graphical content. This is not a new issue. However, recent technological advances have totally changed the used techniques. The new Web technologies, the emergence of Intranet systems and the abundance of information on the Internet have created the need for efficient search and information access tools.

Target Audience
This book is intended for scientists and decision-makers who wish to gain working knowledge about search in order to evaluate available solutions and to dialogue with software and data providers. It also targets intranet or Web server designers, developers and administrators who wish to understand how to integrate search technology in their applications according to their needs. This book is further designed for database, groupware applications and document management systems (EDM) designers, developers and administrators, as well as libraries or documentation centres directors who seek a deeper understanding of the tools they use, and how to set up new information systems. Lastly, this book aims all professionals in technology or competitive intelligence and, more generally, the specialists of the information market.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Semantic Web
More and more content producers, as a result of the W3C recommendations on the semantic Web, index their databases with metadata or taxonomies (ontologies), in order to allow the search engines to adapt to the semantic analyzers. Currently many algorithms are being developed for semantic information research systems that do not impose hit-or-miss keyword searcher on the user.
• Generation of large-scale search engine index
• Video, audio and graphics indexing
• Query user interface: Controlled natural languages, natural language query, multilingual search, etc.
• Index Data Structures: Suffix tree, tree, Inverted index, Ngram index, Term document matrix, etc.
• Multi-sources and multi-formats indexation: Most recent search engines can index many different information sources, such as:
- FTP servers,
- files systems,
- Web pages,
- DBMS such as Oracles, Sybase, DB2, SQL Server and others.
- Document-oriented databases such as Lotus Notes.
- Desktop applications files such as Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint),
RTF format, ...
- Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF)
- PostScript (PS)
- LaTex
- The UseNet archive (NNTP) and other deprecated bulletin board formats
- XML and derivatives like RSS
- SGML (this is more of a general protocol)
• Emergence of new axis in the Next Generation of Search Engines
- Real-time search,
- Local search,
- GPS sensitive search,
- Mobile search,
- Search in the Cloud,
- Search using Hadoop,
- Map reduce, etc.
• Life Sciences Applications: A special section will be dedicated to recent developments for life sciences. As the volume of research digital data increases exponentially, searching information and documents, as well as links to data sources is becoming a main issue. Exemplary realizations that made it possible to unlock technological and scientific bolts will be presented.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 2, 2010, a 2-3 pages chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 2, 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2010. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” and “IGI Publishing” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.

Important Dates:
May 2, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline (summary 200/300 words)
July 2, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
September 1, 2010: Full Chapter Submission
October 31, 2010: Review Result Returned
February 15, 2011: Final Chapter Submission
March 31, 2011: Final deadline

Editorial Advisory Board Members:
1. Berry, Michael W., Professor and Associate Department Head, of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee, USA
2. Biskri, Ismaïl, Professor, Département d’informatique, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivière, Québec, Canada
3. Boughanem, Mohand, Professor, Recherche et Filtrage d'Information, IRIT (Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse), Université Paul Sabatier, France
4. Bourdaillet, Julien, Researcher, RALI, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada
5. Bourdoncle, François, CEO, EXALEAD, France
6. Chailloux, Jérôme, Manager, ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics), France
7. Chaudiron, Stéphane, Professor, IDIST (Information, Documentation, Information Scientifique et Technique), Universite Lille 3, France
8. Constant, Patrick, CEO, PERTIMM, France
9. Das, Abhishek, Seniors engineer, CUIL Inc., CA, USA
10. Desclés, Jean-Pierre, Professor, Langages, Logiques, Informatique, Cognition (LaLIC), Université Paris-Sorbonne, France
11. Dulong, Tanneguy, Director of Operations, ARISEM (THALES), France
12. Emam, Ossama, Manager, Cairo HLT Group IBM, USA
13. Ferret, Olivier, Research scientist, LI2CM/CEA (Laboratoire d’Ingénierie de la Connaissance Multimédia Multilingue/Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique), France
14. Fluhr, Christian, Scientific Director, Cedege/Hossur'Tech, France
15. Fouladi, Karan, Search engineer, LIP6/ UMPC-CNRS (Laboratoire d’Informatique de Paris 6/ Université Pierre et Marie Curie and CNRS), France
16. Gallinari, Patrick, Professor, LIP6 (UMPC/CNRS), France
17. Ganascia, Jean-Gabriel, Professor, LIP6 (UMPC/CNRS), France
18. Gargouri, Faiez, professor, ISIM (Institut Supérieur d'Informatique et de Multimédia de Sfax), Tunisia
19. Ghitalla, Frank, Assistant Professor, INIST (Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique), France
20. Grau, Brigitte, Professor, LIMSI/CNRS (Laboratoire d'Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l'Ingénieur), France
21. Grefenstelle, Gregory, Scientific Director, EXALEAD, France
22. Habib, Bassel, Search engineer, LIP6 (UMPC-CNRS), France
23. Jaziri, Wassim, Senior Lecturer, ISIM, Sfax, Tunisia
24. Huot, Charles, Director of Operations and co-founder, TEMIS Group, France
25. Jain, Ankit, Seniors engineer, CUIL Inc., CA, USA
26. Jouis, Christophe, Senior Lecturer, Université Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle and LIP6 (UMPC-CNRS), France
27. Lassale, Edmond, Search engineer, Orange Labs (France Telecom), France
28. Le Borgne, Hervé, Search engineer, LI2CM (CEA), France
29. Lucas, Philippe, Search engineer, TECHNOLOGIES group (Spirit software), France
30. Meng, Fan, Director, Department of Psychiatry/Mental Health Research Institute, University of Michigan, USA
31. Meunier, Jean-Guy, Professor, LANCI (Laboratoire d’Analyse Cognitive de l’Information), UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal), Québec, Canada
32. Moulinier, Isabelle, Search Engineer, Thomson Reuters, USA
33. Mustafa El-Hadi, Widad, Professor, IDIST, Universite Lille3, France
34. Nie, Jian-Yun, Professor, DIRO, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
35. Piwowarski, Benjamin, Research associate, Information Retrieval Group, University of Glasgow, UK
36. Poupon, Anne, Research director-CNRS, Equipe Biologie et Bioinformatique des Systèmes de Signalisation Physiologie du Comportement et de la Reproduction, UMR CNRS 6175, INRA – Tours, France
37. Riad, Mokadem, Senior Lecturer, IRIT (Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse), France
38. Rijke de, Maarten, Professor, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
39. Robertson, Stephen, Professor, Microsoft Research Laboratory in Cambridge, UK
40. Rocca-Serra, Philippe, Coordinator, The European Bioinformatics Institute, EMBL Outstation - Hinxton , Cambridge, UK
41. Roux, Magali, CNRS Research director, LIP6 (UMPC-CNRS) and INIST, France
42. Shafei, Bilal, Professor, ITS – BBE department, Columbia University, USA and An-Najah National University, Palestine
43. Sansone, Susanna-Assunta, Coordinator, The European Bioinformatics Institute, EMBL Outstation - Hinxton , Cambridge, UK
44. Savoy, Jacques, Professor, Institut d’Informatique, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
45. Smyth, Barry, Professor, UCD School of Computer Science & Informatics, University College Dublin, Ireland
46. Stroppa, Nicolas, Research Scientist, Yahoo! Labs, Paris
47. Timimi, Ismaïl, Senior Lecturer, IDIST, Universite Lille 3, France
48. Vinot, Romain, Senior Research Scientist, Yahoo! Labs in Paris, France
49. Wassermann, Renata, Senior Lecturer, Computer Science Department, University of São Paulo, Brasil
50. Zitouni, Imed, Researcher, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, NY, USA

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Dr. Christophe Jouis
104 avenue du Président Kennedy
75016 Paris, France
Tel.: +33 1 44 27 88 60 • Fax: +33 1 44 27 70 00 • GSM: +33 6 21 22 96 74
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