Here’s an interesting departure from the traditional activities at conferences. On the last day of the 2011 ACM-SIGIR conference in Beijing, July 28, a workshop on a single query will be held. And it won’t be just any query either–it will be entertainment-focused. The task will be a challenge for attendees in Beijing, a city most of them probably are unfamiliar with, to plan their evening. So typical queries might be to find a restaurant, theater, or other entertainment venue, and then get information on where it is, opening hours, transportation, etc. This sounds like a most enjoyable, but also educational, activity. If you’re going to Beijing, check it out!
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