Saturday, January 26, 2013

Workshop on Predictive Coding

DESI V Workshop at ICAIL 2013 
Standards for Using Predictive Coding
and Other Machine Learning Algorithms in E-discovery
June 14, 2013
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome, Italy

DESI V site:

DESI V call for submissions:

ICAIL 2013 site:



The DESI (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) workshop series addresses the problem of searching effectively and efficiently for relevant documents, in the context of litigation or investigation, across increasingly complex, enterprise-wide collections within corporate and institutional settings.   The workshops discuss the use of AI and other advanced forms of search techniques in legal settings, as cost-efficient alternatives to traditional Boolean and manual searching.  At DESI V, we intend to focus on best practices and standards for using predictive coding and other forms of machine learning in e-discovery.


We invite participation from e-discovery stakeholders and practitioners from the law, government, and industry, along with researchers on process quality, information retrieval, human language technology, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and other fields connected with e-discovery. The dialogue at the workshop will be expected to center around how lawyers are currently using such techniques, how better protocols can be developed that will satisfy the interests of the legal community, and what open questions exist that would benefit from further research into optimizing the use of these techniques in a variety of legal and investigatory settings.

We encourage the submission of research papers and position papers on both supporting technologies for e-discovery (search, text classification, etc.) and on efforts to develop best practices and standards for use of these technologies. Accepted position papers and accepted research papers will be made available on the Workshop's Web page and distributed to participants on the day of the event, and some speakers may be selected from among those submitting position papers. See the Call for Submissions,, for further details.  Any questions may be addressed to Doug Oard (

Important Dates

  • Research papers due: May 1, 2013
  • Position papers due: May 8, 2013
  • Accept/Reject notification for research papers: May 15, 2013
  • Preliminary Agenda posted: May 22, 2013
  • Camera-ready research papers due: May 22, 2013
  • ICAIL Conference: June 10-13, 2013
  • DESI V Workshop: June 14, 2013

Organizing Committee

Jason R. Baron, National Archives and Records Administration, USA
Jack G. Conrad, Thomson Reuters, Switzerland
Dave Lewis, David D. Lewis Consulting, USA
Debra Logan, Gartner Research, UK
Douglas W. Oard, University of Maryland, USA
Fabrizio Sebastiani, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell'Informazione, Italy

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