August 27-31
Villa Monastero
Varenna (Como), Italy

After two successful editions, the 3rd edition of WebBar will take place in Varenna, on the magic shores of Lake Como. Prabhakar Raghavan, Head of Yahoo! Research, Editor-in-chief of JACM and world-renowned scientist, will offer his Stanford PhD course in slightly condensed form. This course is the basis of his new book "Introduction to Information Retrieval" co-authored with Chris Manning and Heinrich Schuetze.

The course will be complemented by seminars of well-known researchers presenting their own recent work. Fabrizio Sebastiani, of CNR Pisa, will offer a tutorial on text categorization.

During the school, several projects for independent research will be discussed. In past editions, many of these projects became full-fledged research papers accepted by prestigious venues such as WWW, ACM PODS and others.