ICSE 2009 and WSDM 2009

31 01 2009

Great news! Recently, two papers in which I was involved got accepted:

M. Wermelinger, Y. Yu and M. Strohmaier, Using Formal Concept Analysis to Construct and Visualise Social Hierarchies of Software Developers, International Conference on Software Engineering, Vancouver (ICSE’09), New Ideas and Emerging Results Track (4 page Poster Paper), Vancouver, Canada, 2009.

Update: Michel has posted an announcement on his blog as well (including a link to the submitted version).

Summary: Interest in the human aspects of software engineering has grown in the past years. For example, based on activity logs in software artefact repositories, researchers are recommending who should fix a bug for a certain component. However, existing work largely follows ad-hoc approaches to relate software artefacts to developers and rarely makes those socio-technical relations explicit in a single structure. In this paper we propose a novel application of formal concept analysis, in order to overcome those deficiencies. As a case study, we construct and visualise different views of the developers who fix and discuss bugs in the Eclipse project.

M. Strohmaier, M. Kroell, C. Koerner, Intentional Query Suggestion: Making User Goals More Explicit During Search, Workshop on Web Search Click Data WSCD’09, in conjunction with WSDM 2009, Barcelona, Spain, 2009. (pdf)

Abstract: The degree to which users’ make their search intent explicit can be assumed to represent an upper bound on the level of service that search engines can provide. In a departure from traditional query expansion mechanisms, we introduce Intentional Query Suggestion as a novel idea that is attempting to make users’ intent more explicit during search. In this paper, we present a prototypical algorithm for Intentional Query Suggestion and we discuss corresponding data from comparative experiments with traditional query suggestion mechanisms. Our preliminary results indicate that intentional query suggestions 1) diversify search result sets (i.e. it reduces result set overlap) and 2) have the potential to yield higher click-through rates than traditional query suggestions.

New Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence

28 01 2009

(I’m copying and pasting Daniel Lemiere’s announcement here)

The Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence is now accepting submissions of research papers and special-issue proposals.

Here is a brief description of the journal:

Following the introduction of the phrase “Web 2.0″ as a description of the recent evolution of the Web, the term “Emergent Web Intelligence or Web 3.0″ has been introduced to hypothesize about a future wave of Internet innovation. Views on the next stage of the World Wide Web’s evolution vary greatly, from the concept of emerging technologies such as the Semantic Web transforming the way the Web is used (and leading to new possibilities in artificial intelligence) to the observation that increases in Internet connection speeds, modular web applications, and advances in computer graphics will play the key role in the evolution of the World Wide Web.

The Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence (JETWI) aims at gathering the latest advances of various topics in web intelligence and reporting how organizations can gain competitive advantages by applying the different emergent techniques in real-world scenarios.

I am quite excited about the scope of the journal. Disclaimer: I am an Editorial Reviewer.