Call for Tutorials

SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the broad field of information access. SIGIR 2017 will take place in Tokyo, Japan and includes a full day of tutorials on August 7, 2017.

SIGIR 2017 solicits proposals for both half and full-day tutorials covering topics relevant to the field of information retrieval and its applications. Each tutorial should cover a single topic in depth. For example, tutorials may cover an established information retrieval sub-topic (e.g. retrieval quality evaluation), introduce an emerging application of information retrieval technologies (e.g., mobile user engagement), or update the information retrieval community on recent advances in related fields (e.g., deep learning and its potential applications to IR). We are especially interested in the third category of submission.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should include a cover sheet and an extended abstract.

The cover sheet should include the following elements:

  1. Title and length (either half-day, e.g. 3 hours plus breaks, or full day, e.g., 6 hours plus breaks) of the tutorial.
  2. Intended audience (introductory, intermediate, advanced) and prerequisite knowledge or skills required.
  3. Detailed contact information of all presenters (and indication of the main contact person).
  4. Brief biography (max. 2 paragraphs) for each presenter, highlighting relevant experience in presenting tutorials, teaching grad classes, organizing summer schools, etc.

The extended abstract (no longer than 4 pages) should include the following sections:

  1. Motivation.
  2. Objectives.
  3. Relevance to the information retrieval community and reference to tutorials in the same area at SIGIR or related conferences (including WSDM, WWW, KDD, ACL, etc.).
  4. Format and detailed schedule.
  5. Type of support materials to be supplied to attendees.

Tutorial proposals should be prepared in standard ACM format available from the ACM Conference site (see here, for LaTeX, use Option 2) the 2017 ACM Master Article Template (see here; for LaTeX use the “sigconf” option). Proposals should be submitted in PDF via the Easychair SIGIR 2017 tutorial submission site.

The submissions will be reviewed by members of the Information Retrieval research community and tutorials to be presented at SIGIR 2017 will be selected by the SIGIR Program Committee.

Important Dates (Timezone: Anywhere on Earth)

March 7, 2017 Tutorial proposals due
March 28, 2017 Tutorials notifications
August 7, 2017 ACM SIGIR 2017, Tutorials

Tutorial Chairs

Fernando Diaz (Spotify)
Adam Jatowt (Kyoto University)

Childcare & Nursing Room

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