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  Sheffield, July 25-29

Submitting Tutorial, Demo & Workshop Proposals

Please note, the deadline for all submissions has now passed.

Tutorial Proposals

SIGIR 2003 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) a brief biography (max. 2 paragraphs) for each presenter. 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.

Tutorial proposals must be sent via email by February 27, 2004, to Fabio Crestani (

Demonstration Proposals

Demonstrations can offer first-hand experience with Information Retrieval systems, whether advanced operational systems or research prototypes. A demonstration proposal should indicate how the demonstration illustrates new ideas, should provide the technical specifications of the system and should include references to other literature. Demonstrations which will involve the use of non-standard hardware, e.g. context-aware mobile systems or virtual reality systems, should include a short statement of how the system will be demonstrated at the conference. A one-page abstract describing each accepted demonstration will be published in the proceedings. A demonstration proposal is an one-page extended abstract that must be submitted electronically via the submission web page, by February 27, 2004.

We can accept demonstration proposals in either PDF or Postscript. It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that their proposals use no unusual format features and are printable on a standard Postscript printer. LaTeX and Word templates for SIGIR submissions are available from the ACM Website.

The hardware, software, and network requirements should be indicated in a separate email to the demonstrations chair: Ian Ruthven ( Any queries regarding demonstration proposals should be mailed to the demonstrations chair.

Workshop Proposals

Proposals are solicited for one-day workshops to be held on July 29, 2004, the last day of the conference. The purpose of these workshops is to provide a platform for presenting novel ideas in a less formal and possibly more focused way than the conference itself. As such, they also offer a good opportunity for young researchers to present their work and to obtain feedback from an interested community. The format of each workshop is to be determined by the organisers, but it is expected that they contain ample time for general discussion.

Researchers and practitioners from all segments of the information retrieval community are invited to submit proposals for review. The organisers of approved workshops are expected to define the workshop's focus, gather and review submissions, and decide upon final program content. They may elect to form organising or program committees for assistance in these tasks. After the workshop, organizers are required to provide an article for the SIGIR Forum summarizing the workshop.

Submissions describing proposed workshops (up to 1,000 words) should include the theme and goal of the workshop, planned activities, the maximum number of participants, the selection process for participants, and a list of potential participants. The submission should include a one-paragraph CV for each organizer, describing relevant qualifications and experience.

Workshop proposals must be sent by email to the Workshops Chair, Mounia Lalmas ( by February 27, 2004.

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