The list of papers for the 2009 Data Compression Conference is available.
I haven't been to the DCC for some years. I've had some papers there, and served on the PC a few times. I remember it as a fun conference, with people from a mix of areas fairly loosely connected by the general theme of compression. It was also well organized, and pleasantly located at Snowbird, Utah, every year, so you could walk from the conference room in the hotel right out to the slopes.
I know they're very interested in papers from the "algorithmic" side of the world. With any luck, some of the projects from my graduate class this year will be on compression, and I may soon find myself with a good excuse to go again.