PaIR 2011 - Patent Information Retrieval

6 Jul 2011 18:30

CIKM 2011, Glasgow UK, October 24th

NEW: Submission site opened at

The focus of this year's workshop is on more interaction and more discussion between participants, focused around the ideas of the accepted papers. Participants are invited to submit technical as well as position papers between 4 and 6 pages long.


Mihai Lupu, Information Retrieval Facility, Vienna

Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology

Allan Hanbury, Vienna University of Technology


Individual Workshop Papers: July 6, 2011

Notification of Acceptance: July 29, 2011

Camera Ready: August 12, 2011 (hard deadline for publication)


The objective of the workshop (and of the PaIR workshop series since 2008 in general) is to provide a forum for Information Retrieval and Knowledge Management scientists as well as Patent Retrieval experts from industry to study the next generation of patent search tools. We encourage IP professionals to present their special information needs and IR&KM researchers to present relevant technical ideas, for example for high recall search in prior art searching. We will also promote exchange of ideas on measuring the progress of system performance for retrieval tasks in the intellectual property domain.


The workshop will begin with two invited speakers, at least one of which will be from the industry. Then, accepted papers will be invited to do short presentations. Discussions will take place in the second part of the workshop around posters of the accepted papers. The workshop will end with a separation into working groups, based on the discussions which have taken place during the morning and early afternoon. Potential workgroup discussion topics are:

  • Industry
  • Academia: collaboration or competition?
  • Patentese : experiences and ideas on understanding and processing it
  • Image recognition for patents
  • Data annotation, text mining and their use for a more semantic patent retrieval


This workshop will solicit two types of papers: research papers and industry papers. All papers should apply to patent IR or a related area in the Intellectual Property domain. Suggested topics for research papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Machine Translation and Cross-lingual information retrieval
  • Patent Classification
  • Ontology-based Retrieval
  • Latent Semantic Analysis
  • Information retrieval evaluation
  • Evaluation frameworks
  • Test collections
  • Large-scale information retrieval experiments
  • Parallel and distributed information retrieval
  • Ranking strategies
  • Query validation and query quality analysis
  • Query expansion
  • Interactive retrieval
  • Session-based information retrieval
  • User modelling
  • Handling of noisy data (OCR/spelling/typing errors)
  • XML retrieval

Industry papers shall present research challenges. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Patent search workflow
  • Patent search strategies
  • Information needs of the patent researcher
  • Shortcomings of current patent search tools
  • Case studies
  • Challenges in patent search
  • Patent life cycle
  • Quality of patent data