Monday, December 18, 2006

Adversarial Information Retrieval 2007


1. AIRWeb'07 Topics
2. Web Spam Challenge
3. Timeline
4. Organizers and Program Committee


Adversarial Information Retrieval addresses tasks such as gathering,
indexing, filtering, retrieving and ranking information from collections
wherein a subset has been manipulated maliciously. On the Web, the
predominant form of such manipulation is "search engine spamming" or
spamdexing, i.e., malicious attempts to influence the outcome of ranking
algorithms, aimed at getting an undeserved high ranking for some items
in the collection.

We solicit both full and short papers on any aspect of adversarial
information retrieval on the Web. Particular areas of interest include,
but are not limited to:

* Link spam
* Content spam
* Cloaking
* Comment spam
* Spam-oriented blogging
* Click fraud detection
* Reverse engineering of ranking algorithms
* Web content filtering
* Advertisement blocking
* Stealth crawling
* Malicious tagging

Proceedings of the workshop will be included in the ACM Digital Library.
Full papers are limited to 8 pages; work-in progress will be permitted 4

For more information, see


This year, we are introducing a novel element: a Web Spam Challenge for
testing web spam detection systems. We will be using the WEBSPAM-UK2006
collection for Web Spam Detection .

The collection includes large set of web pages, a web graph, and
human-provided labels for a set of hosts. We will also provide a set of
features extracted from the contents and links in the collection, which
may be used by the participant teams in addition to any automatic
technique they choose to use.

We ask that participants of the Web Spam Challenge submit predictions
(normal/spam) for all unlabeled hosts in the collection. Predictions
will be evaluated and results will be announced at the AIRWeb 2007

For more information, see


- 7 February 2007: E-mail intention to submit a workshop paper
(optional, but helpful)
- 15 February 2007: Deadline for workshop paper submissions
- 15 March 2007: Notification of acceptance of workshop papers
- 30 March 2007: Camera-ready copy due
- 30 March 2007: Challenge submissions due
- 8 May 2007: Date of workshop


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