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14–18 March, 2020 • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



  • March 31, 2020: Please note that all CHIIR registration fees have been refunded directly through the registration system to the credit cards used for payment. Refunds were processed on or before March 10, 2020. If you have not received your refund, please contact Luanne Freund directly at chiir2020conf@gmail.com.

  • March 12, 2020: The Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval are now available.

  • March 6, 2020: The General Chairs have composed a letter that explains the cancellation of the CHIIR 2020 conference in Vancouver. Attendees can use this letter, along with their proof of registration, to try to recover travel costs. We are beginning to process registration reimbursements. Thank you for your patience and support.

  • March 5, 2020: We have cancelled the CHIIR 2020 conference due to the international COVID-19 health crisis. Registered participants have been notified and full refunds will be issued for conference fees. We apologize for the inconvenience to conference participants and the whole CHIIR community – this has been a difficult decision. More information will be forthcoming shortly.

  • March 2, 2020: Update on the Novel Coronavirus situation. The CHIIR organizers are following the developments of the COVID-19 virus closely, and we want to express our sympathy for those whose health or mobility is affected by this situation. In Vancouver and Canada the level of risk continues to be low, with only a small number of cases identified. Therefore, the conference is going ahead as planned at this point in time, and we will do our best to provide a positive and safe environment for attendees.

    We acknowledge that travel restrictions are affecting the ability of some people to attend CHIIR, and we are handling any cancellations on a case by case basis. If you are concerned that you may not be able to attend, please be in touch with the Co-Chairs (chiir2020conf@gmail.com). We will post a more detailed update here shortly.

  • January 30, 2020: Update on the Novel Coronavirus situation — “At the current time, the risk to British Columbians and Canadians is considered low. BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely.” The full report is available here: http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus
  • January, 2020: The program is now available.
  • January, 2020: The list of accepted papers is now available.
  • November, 2019: Registration is now open.

Welcome to the fifth ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR) (pronounced “cheer”), which will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 14–18 March, 2020.

CHIIR provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval. CHIIR focuses on elements such as human involvement in search activities, and information seeking and use in context. The conference represents a merger of two successful past events: the Information Interaction in Context conference (IIiX) and the Human Computer Information Retrieval symposium (HCIR).


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