The International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research related to the foundational aspects of Information Retrieval (IR). ICTIR grew from a series of SIGIR workshops on mathematical and formal methods for IR held during the years 2000 to 2005. In 2007, ICTIR became a full conference and was held held biennially (2007 Budapest, Hungary; 2009 Cambridge, U.K.; 2011 Bertinoro, Italy; 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark), supported by the BCS-IRSG.
In 2014 ICTIR became a fully-sponsored ACM conference with BCS-IRSG maintaining its support. Starting in 2015, ICTIR will be held annually. In 2015, ICTIR will be hosted by the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. See http://ictir2015.org/ for details.
We are now soliciting bids for organizing ICTIR 2016. ICTIR should be held on a different continent than that on which SIGIR takes place. Since SIGIR 2016 is going to be held in Europe, we are looking for bids from non-European locations. Informal bids (“expression of interest”) may be sent by July 22, 2014. The deadline for formal bids is Sept 8, 2014. See the full call for details.
You might have already noticed that the sigir.org site has been renewed. Apart from the new look, the major difference is that we now have a content management system that simplifies the publishing and editorial processes.
But this was only the first step in improving our online presence. The next step is developing content, and this is where we need your help: We are looking for ideas as to what you would like to see on the site. If you have suggestions, please let us know.
One thing that we would really like to have is a stronger social media presence. If someone wants to volunteer (or nominate someone) to serve as our Social Media Officer (or a title of your choosing) we would be very interested. Please contact the SIGIR Executive Committee.
The December 2013 issue of the SIGIR Forum is available.
The SIGIR 2013 best paper award was presented to Ryen W. White for his paper “Beliefs and Biases in Web Search”. The best student paper award was awarded to Karthik Raman, Paul N. Bennett, and Kevyn Collins-Thompson for their paper “Toward Whole-Session Relevance: Exploring Intrinsic Diversity in Web Search”.
The new ACM SIGIR Executive Committee, consisting of
Chair: Charlie Clarke, University of Waterloo
Vice Chair: Yoelle Maarek, Yahoo! Labs Israel
Secretary: Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam
Treasurer: Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Past chair: James Allan, University of Massachusetts Amherst
took office on Monday, July 1st.
The new exec hit the ground running with lot’s of ongoing discussion and the annual SIG-IR business meeting during SIGIR’13 in Dublin. Although some of your wishes and complains surfaced during the business meeting, the exec likes to hear from you on any matter of relevance to the field and the conferences we sponsor or support. Please talk or mail to any member of the exec!
Thanks to outgoing Executive Committee, consisting of Ian Ruthven (Strathclyde), Andrew Trotman (Otago), Ian Soboroff (NIST), Elizabeth Liddy (Syracuse), and outgoing chair James Allan (UMass) for their great work over the last three years.