Call for Workshops

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 retrieval (IR). Proposals are solicited for workshops to be held at ACM SIGIR 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. Workshops will last for one day and will be held on August 11, 2017. Workshop topics will typically match those identified in the SIGIR 2017 general call for contributions, but proposals concerned with other areas of IR are welcome. SIGIR 2017 workshops will provide a platform for presenting novel ideas and emerging areas in IR, in a less formal and possibly more focused way than the conference itself. The format of each workshop is to be determined by the organizers, but it is expected that workshops will contain ample time for general discussion and engagement by all participants – not just those presenting papers. Workshops that foster collaboration, discussion, group problem-solving and community building initiatives are particularly encouraged. Workshops that only involve the presentation of papers in a “mini conference” format are discouraged. Researchers and practitioners from all areas of the IR are invited to submit proposals for review. The organizers of approved workshops will be expected to define the workshop’s focus, gather and review submissions, and decide upon final program content. Organizers (including co-organizers) are expected to attend their entire workshop and to provide an article for ACM SIGIR Forum summarizing the event.

Workshop proposals should include the following information:

  1. Title.
  2. Motivation for the workshop and appropriateness to SIGIR.
  3. Theme and purpose of the workshop.
  4. Format and planned activities and a tentative schedule of events.
  5. Selection process for participants and/or presenters and maximum number of participants (if limited).
  6. List of organizers with a short biographical sketch of each organizer, describing relevant qualifications and experience.
  7. Names of potential program committee members (who would act to organize the proposed workshop) (if a program committee will be formed).
  8. Related workshops (if applicable).

If the workshop has been held previously at SIGIR or another conference, then the organizers should indicate this and describe briefly past attendance and outcomes, and why another workshop is needed. Proposals should be submitted via the Easychair SIGIR 2017 workshop submission site in PDF format and should not exceed 4 pages in ACM style.

Important Dates (Timezone: Anywhere on Earth)

February 7, 2017 Workshop proposals due
March 3, 2017 Workshops notification
August 11, 2017 Workshop Day

Workshop Chairs

Jaap Kamps (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Grace Hui Yang (Georgetown University, USA)

Childcare & Nursing Room

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