SPIRE 2021 is the 28th edition of the annual Symposium on String Processing and Information Retrieval.
SPIRE has its origins in the South American Workshop on String Processing, which was first held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1993.
Since 1998 the focus of the workshop has also included information retrieval, due to its increasing relevance to and inter-relationship with string processing.
Covid-19: We are carefully watching the situation with the Covid-19
pandemic. We aim to conduct a hybrid event, offering the possibility to attend the conference either in person or virtually.
In the worst case, SPIRE 2021 will be held 100% online.
SPIRE 2021 covers research in all aspects of string processing, information retrieval, computational biology, and related applications. Typical topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
String Processing: string pattern matching, text indexing, data structures for string processing, text compression, compressed data structures, compressed string processing, text mining, 2D pattern matching, automata based string processing.
(IR): retrieval models, indexing, evaluation, algorithms and data structures for IR, efficient implementation of IR systems, interface design, text classification and clustering, text analysis and mining, collaborative and content-based filtering, topic modeling for IR, search tasks (Web search, enterprise search, desktop search, legal search, cross-lingual retrieval, federated search, (micro) blog search, XML retrieval, multimedia retrieval), digital libraries.
Computational Biology: high-throughput DNA sequencing (assembly, read alignment, read error correction, metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics), evolution and phylogenetics, gene and regulatory element recognition, motif finding, protein structure prediction.
SPIRE’ 21 invites submissions in two categories:
long papers (up to 12 pages, excluding references and optional appendices)
short papers (up to 6 pages, excluding references and optional appendices)
This year, SPIRE'21 has a two-steps submission process:
First submit the title, the names of the authors, the abstract
and the keywords by May 19th,
Then upload the full-paper in PDF by May 26th, 2021
(either long or short paper).
The submission server is EasyChair.
The reviewing process will be single-blind, namely each submission
should be non-anonymous.
The proceedings will be published in the LNCS series of Springer-Verlag.
The use of either LaTeX or Word LNCS templates is mandatory.
Suitable templates are available at the Springer Website.
Do not change the margin size or the font, do not make a separate title page, etc... Use the LNCS style file as given.
Simultaneous submission to other conferences with published proceedings is not permitted.
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Lorraine Ayad, Brunel University London, UK
Golnaz Badkobeh, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Northeastern University, USA, Universitat
Pompeu Fabra, Spain and University of Chile
Djamal Belazzougui, CERIST, Algeria
Philip Bille, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Iovka Boneva, University of Lille, France
Broňa Brejová, Comenius University in Bratislava,
Nieves R. Brisaboa, Universidade da Coruña, Spain
Ayelet Butman, Holon Institute of Technology, Israel
Nadia El-Mabrouk, University of Montreal, Canada
Simone Faro, University of Catania, Italy
Gabriele Fici, University of Palermo, Italy, Italy
Travis Gagie, Dalhousie University, Canada
Arnab Ganguly, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA
Cecilia Hernandez, University of Concepcion, Chile
Tomohiro I, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
Shunsuke Inenaga, Kyushu University, Japan
Giuseppe F. Italiano, LUISS University, Italy
Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dominik Kempa, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Tomasz Kociumaka, University of California, Berkeley, Israel
Tsvi Kopelowitz, University of Michigan, USA
M. Oguzhan Kulekci, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Susana Ladra, Universidade da Coruña, Spain, Spain
Thierry Lecroq, University of Rouen Normandy, France (co-chair)
Moshe Lewenstein, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Zsuzsanna Liptak, University of Verona, Italy
Giovanni Manzini, University of Pisa, Italy
Juan Mendivelso, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Laurent Mouchard, University of Rouen Normandy, France
Veli Mäkinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Gonzalo Navarro, University of Chile, Chile
Yakov Nekrich, Michigan Technological University, USA
Kunsoo Park, Seoul National University, Korea
Nadia Pisanti, University of Pisa, Italy
Solon Pissis, CWI, The Netherlands
Cinzia Pizzi, University of Padova, Italy
Jakub Radoszewski, University of Warsaw, Poland
Giovanna Rosone, University of Pisa, Italy
Leena Salmela, University of Helsinki, Finland
Srinivasa Rao Satti, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Marinella Sciortino, University of Palermo, Italy
Blerina Sinaimeri, INRIA, France
Jouni Sirén, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Jens Stoye, Bielefeld University, Germany
Yasuo Tabei, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, Japan
Lynda Tamine, IRIT, France
Hélène Touzet, CNRS, Lille, France (co-chair)
Bojian Xu, Eastern Washington University, USA
Binhai Zhu, Montana State University, USA
Local organizing committee
Rayan Chikhi, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Areski Flissi, CNRS, Lille, France
Stéphane Janot, Université de Lille, France (co-chair)
Antoine Limasset, CNRS, Lille, France (co-chair)
Camille Marchet, CNRS, Lille, France
Mikaël Salson, Université de Lille, France
Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Northeastern
University, USA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain and University of
Christina Boucher, University of Florida, USA
Nieves R. Brisaboa, University of A Coruña, Spain
Travis Gagie, Dalhousie University, Canada
Alistair Moffat, University of Melbourne, Australia
Gonzalo Navarro, University of Chile, Chile
Berthier Ribeiro-Neto, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Simon J. Puglisi, University of Helsinki, Finland
Sharma Thankachan, University of Central Florida, USA
Nivio Ziviani, Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, Brazil
The list of past venues is the following:
27th SPIRE: Orlando, USA (online), October 2020
26th SPIRE: Segovia, Spain, October 2019
25th SPIRE: Lima, Peru, October 2018
24th SPIRE: Palermo, Italy, September 2017
23rd SPIRE: Beppu, Japan, October 2016
22nd SPIRE: London, UK, September 2015
21st SPIRE: Ouro Preto, Brazil, October 2014
20th SPIRE: Jerusalem, Israel, October 2013
19th SPIRE: Cartagena, Columbia, October 2012
18th SPIRE: Pisa, Italy, October 2011
17th SPIRE: Los Cabos, Mexico, October 2010
16th SPIRE: Saariselkä, Finland, August 2009
15th SPIRE: Melbourne
Australia, November 2008
14th SPIRE: Santiago, Chile, October 2007
13th SPIRE: Glasgow, Scotland, October 2006
12th SPIRE: Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 2005
11th SPIRE: Padova, Italy, October 2004
10th SPIRE: Manaus, Brazil, October 2003
9th SPIRE: Lisbon, Portugal, September 2002
8th SPIRE: Laguna de San Rafael, Chile, November 2001
7th SPIRE: A Coruna, Spain, September 2000
6th SPIRE: Cancun, Mexico, September 1999
5th SPIRE: Santa Cruz, Bolivia, September 1998
WSP 1997: Valparaiso, Chile
WSP 1996: Recife, Brazil
WSP 1995: Valparaiso, Chile
WSP 1993: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Registration is not yet open. Registration fees will be adjusted to
the actual format of the conference
(online or in Lille), with a significant
lower rate for remote participation.