2011 EII PhD School in Data Management and Information Retrieval

26 September 2011 7:00pm1 October 2011 2:00pm

Location: ANU's Kioloa Coastal Campus, Kioloa NSW

Co-sponsored by Microsoft Research and EII




Best Research Poster Awards - Winners Announced!

EII is pleased to announce Best Research Poster Awards for the 2011 School.

  • First Prize $150
  • Highly Commended $50 x 3 prizes

The winners were announced at the Research Poster session after dinner at 8.00pm Thursday 29 September:

First Prize: Huy Quan Vu, Deakin University

Highly Commended: Ju Fan, Tsinghua University; Vinita Nahar, The University of Queensland; Amir H Rouhi, RMIT University

As well as the research and foundation lectures, the program will also include evening research poster sessions where delegates can discuss their research with the guest speakers and with each other. Delegates are requested to display their current research in A3 size poster form during the event. Please bring your research poster [A3 size] with you to the School.

Topics & Speakers

Information Theory for Data Management - Dr Divesh Srivastava, AT&T Labs-Research, USA

Keyword Search on Databases - Dr Wei Wang, The University of New South Wales

"What am I thinking of?" Retrieving relevant information when the user tells you almost nothing

- Prof Mark Sanderson, RMIT University

Research Methods and Scientific Communication - Prof Justin Zobel, The University of Melbourne


The program commences with a welcome dinner at 7.00pm Monday 26 September, and closes with lunch on Saturday 1 October at the Kioloa Coastal Campus of the ANU, located 2.5 hours from Canberra and 3.5 hours from Sydney. As well as the formal lecture program, senior professors and leading researchers from around Australia will also attend the PhD school throughout the week, to interact and mentor students.

Link to Program

Important Information about what to bring etc.

Bus Charter Information


The Kioloa Coastal Campus (KCC) of the ANU is a unique location, extending from beautiful beach through a diverse ecology to thick bushland. This 348 hectare field station is situated on the NSW south coast between Kioloa and Bawley Point villages, easily accessible from Canberra, Sydney and Wollongong. Bring your camera, hiking shoes, and swimmers to enjoy the range of outdoor experiences which Kioloa has to offer. From dolphins riding the waves at dawn through to kangaroos silhouetted in the campfire light, the time at the School will be more than lecture based learning.

Information about your visit to Kioloa

Link to Facebook group for 2008 PhD School

Registration - NOW CLOSED

The registration charge of $550 covers for the duration of the School:

  • Accommodation
  • Catering
  • Chartered bus from either Sydney, Wollongong, or Canberra

Registration Deadline:  Friday 12 August 2011

EII Fellowships - NOW CLOSED

EII and Microsoft Research are pleased to offer financial support to help students and Early Career Researchers [ECR] participate in the 2011 School.

Value of Awards: An EII Fellowship will cover the registration fee of $550, plus a travel allowance of up to $500 for Australian based delegates, and $1000 for participants coming from overseas. 

Number of Awards: There are 30-40 domestic and 2-4 international awards available in 2011.

Eligibility: Both Australian based and students/ECRs overseas are welcome to apply for the EII Fellowships.

Selection and Acceptance Process: A selection panel will examine all applications received. Delegates will be selected based on the relevance of their research backgrounds and interests to the School topics. All things being equal, preference will be given to students/ECRs from EII member universities.

Awardees will be notified by email by Friday 5 August and will be given one week only to accept. Offers not accepted by Friday 12 August will be withdrawn and may be offered to other applicants.

Payment of Travel Allowance: Travel costs will be reimbursed into personal bank accounts on presentation of receipts after the School.

Application Deadline:  31 July 2011

Call for Participation

The School is targeted at research students interested in exploring current research topics in the areas of computer science and information systems. It also provides a foundational overview of writing and research skills in CS & IS. The series of EII Schools brings PhD students together with experienced national and international researchers from institutions across the EII network to enhance and invigorate research education, and to improve a depth of understanding of emerging and fundamental topics in ICT. The Schools offer an opportunity for PhD students to share and discuss their research with peers and mentors, and to start developing ideas and concepts into research papers for submission to major international journals and conferences. The experience also advances the development and raises the standard of the students' dissertations and research publications in general.

Important Dates

  • 31 July 2011: Travel Fellowship Applications Due
  • 5 August 2011: Successful Applicants Notified
  • 12 August 2011: Registrations Close
  • 26 September - 1 October 2011: PhD School

How the School is Funded

This event is co-sponsored by Microsoft Research and the ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure [EII]. EII is funded from the Australian Research Council (ARC) in conjunction with funding provided by 21 institutions.