15th String Processing and Information Retrieval Symposium
Melbourne Australia, November 10-12


To register for SPIRE 2008, print the Registration Form, complete all sections (neatly!) including credit card payment details (no other payment options are supported), and then fax to +61-3-93481184, Attn: Pinoo Bharucha. No cover sheet is necessary. All registrations will be acknowledged by email.

Student Sponsorships

Generous sponsorship from Yahoo! Research is allowing us to offer a number of student support packages. To be eligible to apply, you must be:

Each support package will include

To apply, send email to Alistair Moffat, alistair AT csse.unimelb.edu.au, briefly describing your situation in terms of your study, and summarizing any financial or travel support that you will receive from other sources. Applications for support must be received by 5 September 2008. Decisions in regard to funding will be communicated by 9 September 2008.

Pre-Conference Activities

On the day before the conference (Sunday) we will lead a leisurely walk through some of Melbourne's innercity bushland. Starting with a tram ride from near the conference venue, the walk takes in bush along the Yarra river, the Abbotsford Convent precinct, afternoon coffee at the Victorian-era Studley Park boathouse, Dight's Falls, and a brief ramble through one of Melbourne's 1860s suburbs. We will then return by tram.

We will meet at 1pm and return by 6pm. We will provide tram tickets so the only cost is for coffee and cake! The whole walk is on paved or well-groomed gravel paths, but please wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water, and we advise that you wear a hat.

Departure Point: Spencer Street Railway station (Collins Street Entrance) near the V/Line ticketing office. We will be holding a SPIRE banner. Departure Time: 1:30pm Sunday 9 November Bring: Walking shoes, a bottle of water, and a sunhat. Please check a weather forecast for the afternoon and dress appropriately.

Post-Conference Activities

The 3rd Workshop on Compression, Text, and Algorithms will take place on Thursday 13 November 2008 at RMIT University and will follow a format similar to previous workshops organized by Professor Gonzalo Navarro. For an example of the content and format, see last year's final program. The workshop is free, but if you are interested in attending the workshop, please send an email to Shane Culpepper so that we can make proper catering and venue arrangements.

The Third Workshop of the HCSNet Priority Area of Next-Generation Search Technology (NGS-08) will also take place on Thursday 13 November at RMIT University. This workshop is free to all members of HCSNet, and presenters are eligible for a travel package that covers a local flight and accommodation for one night. For further details see the HCSNet Next Generation Search Technology Site. For more information about NGS-08, please contact Diego Molla.