CHIIR 2016 and 2017 venues selected

The steering committee of the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR) is pleased to announce the selection of the following venues for the 2016 and 2017 conferences:

  • 2016: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. General Chairs: Diane Kelly and Rob Capra.
  • 2017: Oslo, Norway. General Chairs: Ragnar Nordlie and Nils Pharo.

More information on each of the conferences will be available soon.

Call for bids to host CHIIR 2016 and 2017

The ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR) (pronounced “cheer”) provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval. The conference focuses on elements such as human involvement in search activities, and information seeking and use in context. CHIIR is a merger of two successful events: the Information Interaction in Context conference (IIiX) and the Human Computer Information Retrieval symposium (HCIR). CHIIR builds upon the combined strengths of these events, emphasizing human interaction with information, information seeking contexts, and user-centered approaches to information retrieval, access, and use. CHIIR also publishes related research on human-human information interaction, novel interaction paradigms, and new evaluation methodologies. Research on information interaction and retrieval that draws upon work in areas such as sociology, ethnography, psychology, and human-computer interaction is also welcome at CHIIR.

We are soliciting bids to host CHIIR in 2016 or 2017. CHIIR is an annual event held in March. It will alternate, at least initially, between North America and Europe. For this round, we welcome bids from any location in North America or Europe for CHIIR 2016 as well as CHIIR 2017. Optional “expressions of interest” should be submitted by September 15, 2014. The deadline for submitting formal bids is October 31, 2014. Please see the full call for more details.

SIGIR 2014 Best Paper Awards

The SIGIR 2014 Best Paper Award was presented to Giuseppe Ottaviano and Rossano Venturini for their paper Partitioned Elias-Fano indexes.

Leif Azzopardi received a Honourable Mention for his paper Modelling interaction with economic models of search.

The Best Student Paper Award was awarded to Dmitry Lagun, Chih-Hung Hsieh, Dale Webster, and Vidhya Navalpakkam for their paper Towards better measurement of attention and satisfaction in mobile search.

At SIGIR 2014, we introduced a new Test of Time Award, recognizing the best of SIGIR from the years 2002 to 2004. Details on the award process, as well as a reprint of this year’s winner, should appear in the November issue of SIGIR Forum. Many thanks to Fernando Diaz, our Awards Chair, for making this new award happen.

This year the Test of Time Award went to Cheng Xiang Zhai, William W. Cohen, and John Lafferty for their paper Beyond independent relevance: Methods and evaluation metrics for subtopic retrieval from SIGIR 2003.
Three papers received Honourable Mention, all from SIGIR 2002: Predicting query performance by Steve Cronen-Townsend, Yun Zhou, and W. Bruce Croft; The importance of prior probabilities for entry page search by Wessel Kraaij, Thijs Westerveld, and Djoerd Hiemstra; Methods and metrics for cold-start recommendations by Andrew I. Schein, Alexandrin Popescul, Lyle H. Ungar, and David M. Pennock.

Congratulations to the winners!