WEB BAR 2004
Bertinoro International PhD School
on Advanced Retrieval and Web Mining

22 August - 4 September, 2004
University of Bologna Residential Center
Bertinoro (Forlì), Italy

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What the School is About

This is the same Information Retrieval and Web Mining PhD course of Stanford University offered here in a slightly condensed form. It is taught by the same instructors, Prabhakar Raghavan and Hinrich Schütze.

Course Description: Basic and advanced techniques for text-based information systems: efficient text indexing; Boolean, vector space, and probabilistic retrieval models; evaluation and interface issues; Web search including crawling, link-based algorithms, and Web metadata; text/Web clustering, classification, wrapper, information extraction, and collaborative filtering systems; text mining.

Two additional talks on crawling and compression techniques will be delivered by Massimo Santini and Paolo Boldi. The course entails a project, chosen from diverse topics in information retrieval.

How to participate: You can register here. For any questions, contact the School Director.

Fellowships: A certain number of BICI-Unesco(ROSTE) grants are available.




The meeting will be held in the small medieval hilltop town of Bertinoro. This town is in Emilia Romagna about 50km east of Bologna at an elevation of about 230m.  Here is a map putting it in context. It is easily reached by train and taxi from Bologna and is close to many splendid Italian locations such as Ravenna, a treasure trove of byzantine art and history, and the Republic of San Marino (all within 35km) as well as some less well-known locations like the thermal springs of Fratta Terme and the castle and monastic gardens of Monte Maggio.  Bertinoro can also be a base for visiting some of the better-known Italian locations such as Padua, Ferrara, Vicenza, Venice, Florence and Siena.

Bertinoro itself is picturesque, with many narrow streets and walkways winding around the central peak.  The meeting will be held in a redoubtable ex-Episcopal fortress that has been converted by the University of Bologna into a modern conference center with computing facilities and Internet access.  From the fortress you can enjoy a beautiful the vista that stretches from the Tuscan Apennines to the Adriatic coast.

How to Reach Bertinoro

List of participants

Organization and Sponsorship

School Director
Alessandro Panconesi, University La Sapienza of Rome
Local Organization
Andrea Bandini, Elena Della Godenza, Centro Congressi di Bertinoro
Sponsored by     BICI   Bertinoro International Center for Informatics