What the School is About
This is a course on Information Retrieval and Web Mining consisting of two modules.
The first module is taught by Prabhakar Raghavan and
follows closely the material that he teaches at
The 2nd module is taught by Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi
on machine learning techniques for web mining.
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.
Additional talks on related topics such as crawling and compression techniques will be delivered by guests.
The course entails a project, chosen from diverse topics in information retrieval. Several projects assigned
during the last-year edition of WebBar developed into scholarly papers presented at international conference and workshops.
How to participate:
You can register here. For any inquiries contact the
Fellowships: A certain number of
BICI-Unesco(ROSTE) grants are available.
- Lectures are Monday through Friday, 2 and a half hrs each morning, with a 30 minute break.
- Week 1 is covered by Prabhakar Raghavan.
- Week 2 is covered by Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi.
- Twice a week the instructor meets the students for a 1-2 hrs afternoon question/answer session.
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
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
that stretches from the Tuscan Apennines to the Adriatic coast.
||Sunday 28 August, 2005
||Friday 9 - Saturday 10 September, 2005
List of participants
- Amoroso Maria, Università "la Sapienza" Roma
- Biro Istvan, Univ. Eotvos Lorand
- Boldi Paolo, Università di Milano
- Bordino Ilaria, Universit "la Sapienza" Roma
- Chierichetti Flavio, Università "la Sapienza" Roma
- Gorke Robert, Universität Karlsruhe
- Lattanzi Silvio, Università "la Sapienza" Roma
- Mari Federico, Università "la Sapienza" Roma
- Medri Filippo, Univ. di Bologna
- Panconesi Alessandro, Università "la Sapienza" Roma
- Pascucci Alessio, Università "la Sapienza" Roma
- Renda Maria Elena, CNR Pisa
- Santini Massimo, Università di Milano
- Santoro Giuseppe, Università "la Sapienza" Roma
- Sperduto Ezio, Universit "la Sapienza" Roma
- Tansini Libertad, Chalmers University
- Tiberi Alessandro, Università "la Sapienza" Roma
- Windhager Eszter, Eotvos University
Organization and Sponsorship