20th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

DoubleTree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, USA
July 27 -- July 31, 1997

In co-operation with: BCS-IRSG (UK), GI (Germany), IPSJ (Japan). (Others pending.)

This is the 7-Feb-1997 update of the SIGIR '97 Call for Papers

About the Conference

SIGIR '97 is the twentieth conference in the premier series of research conferences on information retrieval. The SIGIR conferences are the major forum for the presentation of new research results, and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques, in information retrieval. The conference attracts a broad range of professionals including theoreticians, developers, publishers, researchers, educators, and designers of systems, interfaces, information bases, and related applications. In 1997, SIGIR is collocated with the Second ACM International Conference on Digital Libraries (DL '97). , which will be held July 23-26, 1997 in Philadelphia. We anticipate substantial synergy between these two meetings.

Call for Papers

SIGIR '97 seeks original contributions (i.e. never before published) in the broad field of information storage and retrieval, covering the handling of all types of information, people's behavior in information systems, and theories, models and implementations of information retrieval systems.

We encourage discussions of experimental studies, tests of usability, explorations of information retrieval behavior, reports on the performance of large scale systems, and demonstrations of advanced approaches. We prefer theoretical contributions to have sufficient proof of utility to demonstrate their applicability to information retrieval problems. Similarly, reports on small scale experiments should include convincing arguments or simulations to show their likelihood of generalization.


Topics include, but are not limited to:

Instructions for Contributors

Submissions to SIGIR '97 may be completed papers, or can be proposals for posters, panels, demonstrations, tutorials, or workshops. With the exception of papers and posters, submissions may be made via e-mail (plain ASCII text). All submissions should include complete contact information including mail address, telephone, fax, and e-mail.


Papers (4 copies) should be submitted in English to the Program Co-Chair responsible for the geographic region of the first author, as indicated below. Papers should contain at most 5000 words. The first page must contain the title of the paper and an abstract of not more than 150 words, but no indication as to the author(s) or their affiliation(s). In addition, authors must provide a separate cover page with the title, the author name(s), and the author affiliation(s), plus complete contact information (mailing address, telephone, fax, and e-mail) for the author to whom correspondence should be sent. Please indicate if the paper is to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award. This Award requires that the first and primary author be a fulltime student at time of submission. There will also be a Best Non-Student Paper Award presented.


SIGIR '97 will begin with a full day of tutorials, each of which should cover a single topic in detail. Proposals are solicited for tutorials of either a half day (3 hours plus breaks) or full day (6 hours plus breaks). Submissions should be made to the Tutorials Chair and should include a cover sheet and an extended abstract. The cover sheet should specify (1) the length of the tutorial; (2) the intended audience (introductory, intermediate, advanced); (3) complete contact information for the contact person and other presenters; and (4) brief biographies (max. 2 paragraphs) of the presenters. The extended abstract should be 3 to 5 pages, and should include an outline of the tutorial, along with descriptions of the course objectives and course materials.


Proposals for panel sessions should be sent to the Panels Chair by prospective moderators. Panels should address issues of interest to the general information retrieval community, and should be designed to stimulate lively debate between panelists and audience. Panel proposals (2-3 pages) must include: (1) complete contact information for the moderator; (2) the rationale for addressing this topic as a panel; (3) the names and affiliations of the panel members; and (4) a description of how the panel will be structured, with emphasis on how general participation will be encouraged. Abstracts of panel presentations will appear in the proceedings.


Demonstrations provide an opportunity for first-hand experience with information retrieval systems, whether advanced operational systems or research prototypes. Proposals (up to 3 pages) should be submitted to the Demonstrations Chair. The proposal should indicate how the demonstration will illustrate new ideas, and should describe the technical specifications of the system. The hardware, software, and network requirements for the demonstration, including the electrical requirements of the equipment, should be indicated. A list of demonstrations will be published in the proceedings.


SIGIR '97 poster presentations offer researchers an opportunity to present late-breaking results, significant work in progress, or research that is best communicated in an interactive or graphical format. Abstracts of posters will appear in the conference proceedings, and there will be a Best Poster Award. Three copies of an extended abstract (roughly 3-4 pages) should be submitted to the Posters Chair. The abstract should emphasize the research problem and the methods being used, and be headed only by the title of the poster. In addition, a separate cover page is required containing the title of the poster, along with the name and affiliation of the author(s), and complete contact information for the author to whom correspondence should be sent.


Proposals are solicited from individuals and groups for one-day workshops to be held July 31, 1997. Submissions of up to 3 pages should be made to the Conference Chair. They should include the theme and goal of the workshop, the planned activities, the maximum number of participants and the selection process, and a list of potential participants. Also include a CV for each organizer detailing relevant qualifications and experience. After the workshop, organizers are to provide an article summarizing the workshop for SIGIR Forum.

Important Dates


Conference Chair
Ellen Voorhees
Building 225
Room A-216
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Phone: +1 301 975-3761
Fax: +1 301 840-1357

Tutorials & Panels Chair
Susan Dumais
445 South St.
Room 1A-348B
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: +1 201 829-4253
Fax: +1 201 829-2645

Workshops Chair
James Allan
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Massachusetts
Box 34610
Amherst, MA 01003-4610
Phone: +1 413 545-3240
Fax: +1 413 545-1789

Posters Chair
K. L. Kwok
Computer Science Dept.
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367
Phone: +1 718 997-3482
Fax: +1 718 997-3513

Demonstrations Chair
Chris Buckley
Sabir Research, Inc.
26 Triple Crown Ct.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: +1 301 947-3740
Fax: +1 301 947-3684

Paul B. Kantor
Rutgers University
4 Huntington Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
Phone: +1 908 932-1359
Fax: +1 908 932-1504

Promotion Chair
David D. Lewis
AT&T Labs
600 Mountain Ave., 2A-410
Murray Hill, NJ 07974-0636
Phone: +1 908-582-3976
Fax: +1 908-582-7550

Program Chairs

For North and South America:
Nicholas J. Belkin
Rutgers University
4 Huntington Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
Phone: +1 908 932-8585
Fax: +1 908 932-6916

For Europe and Africa:
Peter Willett
Department of Information Studies
University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 114-2825083
Fax: +44 (0) 114-2780300

For Asia and the Pacific:
Arcot Desai Narasimhalu
Institute of Systems Science
National University of Singapore
Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 0511
Republic of Singapore
Phone: +65 7722002
Fax: + 65 7744990

Program Committee

IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Phillips, The Netherlands
Maristella Agosti, Univ. of Padua, Italy
Micheline Beaulieu, City Univ., UK
Peter Bruza, QUT, Australia
Chris Buckley, Cornell Univ., USA
Forbes Burkowski, Univ. of Waterloo, Canada
James Callan, Univ. of Massachusetts, USA
Raman Chandrasekar, NCST, India
Yves Chiaramella, CLIPS-IMAG, France
Hsinchun Chen, Univ. of Arizona, USA
Mark Chignell, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
Ken Church, AT&T, USA
W. Bruce Croft, Univ. of Massachusetts, USA
Susan Dumais, Bellcore, USA
Leo Egghe, Limburgs Univ. Centrum, Belgium
David Ellis, Univ. of Sheffield, UK
Ed Fox, Virginia Tech, USA
Jim French, Univ. of Virginia, USA
Hans-Peter Frei, UBILAB, Switzerland
Norbert Fuhr, Univ. Dortmund, Germany
Gregory Grefenstette, Rank Xerox, France
Donna Harman, NIST, USA
David Harper, Robert Gordon Univ., UK
Marti Hearst, Xerox, USA
Bill Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences Univ., USA
Haym Hirsh, Rutgers Univ., USA
David Hull, Rank Xerox, France
Peter Ingwersen, Royal School of Librarianship, Denmark
Tetsuya Ishikawa, Univ. of Library and Info. Sci., Japan
Kalervo Jarvelin, University of Tampere, Finland
Paul Kantor, Rutgers University, USA
Haruo Kimoto, NTT, Japan
Judith Klavans, Columbia University, USA
Shmuel Klein, Bar-Ilan Univ., Israel
Robert Korfhage, Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA
Robert Krovetz, NEC, USA
K. L. Kwok, Queens College, CUNY, USA
Dik Lee, HKUST, Hong Kong
Joon Ho Lee, KRDIC, Korea
David Lewis, AT&T, USA
Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse Univ., USA
Dario Lucarella, CRA-ENEL, Italy
Kathy McKeowan, Columbia Univ., USA
Elke Mittendorf, ETH Zentrum, Switzerland
Alistair Moffat, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia
Sung Hyun Myaeng, Chungnam National Univ., Korea
Jan Pedersen, Verity, USA
Annelise Pejtersen, National Laboratory, Denmark
Keith van Rijsbergen, Glasgow University, UK
Ellen Riloff, Univ. of Utah, USA
Stephen Robertson, City Univ., UK
Airi Salminen, Univ. of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Tefko Saracevic, Rutgers Univ., USA
Peter Schauble, ETH Zentrum, Switzerland
Fabrizio Sebastiani, IEI-CHR, Italy
Alan Smeaton, Dublin City Univ., Ireland
Phil Smith, Ohio State Univ., USA
Craig Stanfill, Ab Initio, USA
Ulrich Thiel, GMD IPSI, Germany
Richard Tong, Sageware, USA
Howard Turtle, West Group, USA
Ross Wilkinson, RMIT, Australia
Mei-Mei Wu, National Taiwan Normal Univ., Taiwan
Emannuel Yannakoudakis, Athens Univ. of Economics, Greece

David Lewis
Wed Jun 25 19:51:08 EDT 1997