Ninth International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems
October 26th-28th, 2011
Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

FQAS is the premier conference focusing on the key issue in the information society of providing easy, flexible, and intuitive access to information to everybody. In targeting this issue, the conference draws on several research areas, such as information retrieval, database management, information filtering, knowledge representation, soft computing, management of multimedia information, and human-computer interaction. The conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers, developers and practitioners to explore new ideas and approaches in a multidisciplinary forum. The previous FQAS events were held in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009.

General and Program Co-chairs

  • Henning Christiansen, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Guy De Tré, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Adnan Yazici, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • Sławomir Zadrożny, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Topics of Interest

We invite submission of original research contributions, and proposals for invited sessions, panels, and tutorials. Contributions are encouraged from all areas, as long as they address central issues in flexible query answering systems. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Question answering systems
  • Database management systems
  • Information Retrieval systems
  • Information extraction
  • Information fusion
  • Text and data mining
  • Modeling user context
  • User interfaces
  • Semantic Web
  • Ontology based query answering
  • Flexible query answering
  • Spoken query interpretation
  • Database querying in wireless sensor networks
  • Search engines
  • Mobile search engines
  • Knowledge representation
  • Reasoning under uncertainty
  • Multimodal information access
  • Privacy protection
  • Quality driven query answering

Special Sessions

Two special sessions will be organized at the conference. The topics of these sessions are:

  • Context-based, personalized approches to information access
  • Fuzzy databases and applications

For more information on submitting a paper to these special sessions, see Special Sessions.

Important Dates

Paper Submission: March 1st, 2011 April 1st, 2011
Notification: May 15th, 2011
Final Paper Due: June 15th, 2011
Conference Date: October 26th-28th, 2011

Further Information

All accepted papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI). Authors are invited to submit original previously unpublished research papers written in English, of up to 12 pages, strictly following the LNCS/LNAI format guidelines. Authors can download the Latex (recommended) or Word templates available at Springer's web site. Submissions not following the format guidelines will be rejected without review.