Workshop on Enhanced Messaging

Workshop Description
Call for Participation
Important Dates
Program Committee

Workshop Schedule
     The workshop schedule: Workshop Schedule (Google Doc)
     Presentations from the workshop: Presentations
     New site for email research:
     The proceedings are available from AAAI
     You can also find most papers by searching for the authors

Clarification on Submissions

To clarify any confusion, we welcome papers that describe new ideas for potential work (position papers) and relevant papers that have previously appeared in other conferences or venues. Our goal is for a paper program that encourages new ideas and discussion about research on messaging. Please contact with any questions about submissions.

Workshop Description

With the rise of the digital workplace, email has become a ubiquitous tool in the office and a primary means of communication. Email’s growth has created new opportunities and challenges for a large variety of artificial intelligence research, focusing an increasing amount of academic and industrial research on email issues. Research seeks to enhance the email user experience by addressing email overload or to learn from email social patterns. Recent papers have dealt with email triage, activity management, email prioritization, summarization, topic tracking, sorting, leak detection, social network analysis, and enhanced intelligent interfaces. The wide spectrum of email research has appeared in a variety of conferences. The growing interest in email has left a fractured community spread through many sub-areas, a particularly important problem for this type of work since all research is aimed at improving a single application.

The Workshop on Enhanced Messaging at AAAI 2008 brings together researchers working on solutions for email and other forms of web messaging from many subfields of AI as well as soliciting participation from the broader community. We will discuss recent progress in the field and share research experiences. The community will outline existing problems in email and construct major research objectives for the next few years. We expect this workshop to be an important step towards building a community structure that will open channels of communication and collaboration as we move forward.

Workshop Goals

The immediate and longer-term goals of the workshop are:

  • Bring together a wide spectrum of researchers working on email and other messaging technologies.
  • Present new and novel areas of research on important problems in the field.
  • Encourage research that brings together multi-disciplinary techniques.
  • Facilitate discussion between participants on significant challenges in messaging research.
  • Highlight new research and production messaging systems that employ novel research technologies.
  • Set a multi-year agenda of important research goals for the field.


AAAI workshops are tentatively scheduled to be held at the beginning of the conference, July 13-14, 2008. To foster interaction and exchange of ideas, the workshop will be kept small, with 25-50 participants. The day long workshop will consist of presentations (selected from full paper submission), an invited talk from a senior researcher in the field, and a poster session that will include all accepted papers and demonstrations. Additionally, opportunities during the workshop session will be made for community wide discussion. An open session will give participants a chance to bring up challenges in messaging research for discussion.

All questions regarding the workshop should be directed to

Call For Participation

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • User Studies: email in the workplace, usage patterns, behaviors, email triage, overload
  • User Interfaces: visualizations, messaging in support of user activities, mashups, personal information
    management (PIM)
  • Information Retrieval: message and thread summarization, search, expert finding
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining: applications of ML/DM to email, including information extraction,
    clustering, entity disambiguation, feature selection and dimensionality reduction for message classification
  • Message Organization: automatic foldering, categorization, advanced calendaring and scheduling, activity
    management and discovery
  • Social Networks: relationship modeling, network analysis, group and role discovery, online communities,
    people tagging
  • Natural Language Processing: applications of NLP technologies to email, message understanding, topic
    detection and tracking, sentiment/discourse/opinion analysis, dialog analysis, topic modeling
  • Messaging Interactions on the Web: instant messaging (SMS), RSS feeds, blogging, tagging

Authors are invited to submit papers on these topics and we especially encourage cross-disciplinary work. We welcome three different submission types.

Full Papers (6 pages) - A full paper describes mature work, which may already have been published in previous conferences. A selected number of these papers will be selected for oral presentation during the main workshop session. All accepted papers will be included in the workshop poster session.

Extended Abstracts (2 pages) - These papers describe new and preliminary work. Accepted papers will be included in the workshop poster session.

Demonstration Papers (2 pages) - Since the goal of this research is to develop novel and interesting applications, we encourage submissions describing demonstration systems. Authors of accepted demonstration papers should expect to demonstrate their system during the workshop poster session.

A plain text version of the CFP is available here.


Authors are invited to submit papers on the topics outlined above. Submissions should be formatted according to AAAI formatting guidelines (AAAI Guidelines). Submissions are NOT BLIND so author information must be included in the PDF. Authors may submit full length papers (6 pages), extended abstracts (2 pages), and demonstration papers (2 pages) as described above. References must be included in the alloted page limit. Submissions should be in PDF or PostScript format. It is expected that at least one author will register for and attend the workshop.

Email research is published across a wide variety of conferences, and participants may not have seen this work. To encourage the presentation of mature research projects we invite full length papers (6 pages) previously published in other conferences or journals. The authors must clearly state in what conference or journal the paper has appeared or if it is currently under review at another venue. This statement can be placed in the abstract field of the submission form. Preference will be given to papers describing new and unpublished work.

The submission site is now open! All papers must be submitted by Sunday, April 13, 2008 (11:59 PM Samoa Time, 6:59 AM EDT on Tuesday).
Submission site (

Important Dates

  • Submissions Due: April 13, 2008 ( Extended )
  • Notifications: April 21, 2008
  • Final Papers Due: May 5, 2008
  • Workshop: Sunday, July 13, 2008 in Chicago at AAAI 2008

Organizing Committee

Vitor R. Carvalho, Carnegie Mellon University
Mark Dredze, University of Pennsylvania
Tessa Lau, IBM Almaden Research Center

Program Committee

Paul N. Bennett, Microsoft Research
William Cohen, Carnegie Mellon University
Gabor Cselle, Xobni Corp
Aron Culotta, University of Massachusetts
Laura Dabbish, Carnegie Mellon University
Jacek Gwizdka, Rutgers University
Jon Herlocker, Pi Corporation and Oregon State University
Nicholas Kushmerick, Pi Corporation
Andrew Lampert, CSIRO ICT Centre and Macquarie University
David R. Millen, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Simone Stumpf, White Horse
Fernanda B. Viegas, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Martin Wattenberg, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Steve Whittaker, Sheffield University

We graciously thank our sponsor for their support.