Call for Workshop Proposals for SIGIR 2020, Xi’an, China

Important dates for Workshops:

Time zone: Anywhere On Earth (AOE)
Workshop proposal due: Feb 16, 2020
Proposal acceptance notification: Mar 15, 2020
Workshop paper submissions due: May 12, 2020
Workshop paper acceptance notifications: Jun 07, 2020
Workshop day: Jul 30, 2020

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 2020 in Xi’an, China. Workshops are either set up as half-day or full-day workshops and will be held on Thursday 30th July 2020.

Topics of Interests

SIGIR 2020 workshops will provide a platform for presenting novel ideas and emerging areas in IR, in a less formal and more focused way than the conference itself. Workshop topics typically match those identified in the SIGIR 2020 general call for contributions, but proposals concerned with other areas of IR are welcome as well. We encourage prospective workshop organizers to submit proposals for highly interactive workshops (either full-day or half-day) focusing on either in-depth analysis or broad-ranging approaches to information retrieval. The format of each workshop is to be determined by the organizers. We expect workshops to contain ample time for discussion and engagement of 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 revolve around the presentation of papers in a “mini conference” format are discouraged.

Researchers and practitioners from all areas of 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 the final program content. Organizers (including co-organizers) are encouraged to write an article for the ACM SIGIR Forum summarizing the event. At least two organizers are expected to attend the entire workshop.

Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposals, in no more than 4 pages (ACM formatting, “sigconf” style, submitted as PDF), should include the following information:

  • Title
  • Motivation for the workshop and appropriateness for SIGIR
  • Theme and purpose of the workshop
  • Format (half/full-day) and planned activities and a tentative schedule of events
  • Selection process for participants and/or presenters
  • List of organizers with a short biographical sketch of each organizer, describing relevant qualifications and experience
  • Names of potential program committee (PC) members - if the workshop requires a PC
  • Related workshops (if applicable): if the workshop has been held previously at SIGIR or another conference, the organizers should indicate this and describe briefly past attendance and outcomes, and why another workshop is needed

Proposal should be submitted through the Easy Chair system ( Workshop proposals are reviewed based on the quality of the proposal, its relationship to the main SIGIR 2020 topics, and the likelihood to attract enough participants as well as the hosting capacity of the venue.

Workshop Chairs

  • Joemon M Jose, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Jiliang Tang, University of Michigan, USA

Contact information:

For further information, please contact SIGIR 2020 Workshop Co-Chairs -