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14–18 March, 2020 August 13–14, 2020 • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



  • August 12, 2020: Virtual CHIIR 2020 will start tomorrow. If you have registered, check your email for the links to the Zoom sessions. The schedule can be accessed here, or by clicking Virtual CHIIR 2020 in the navigation menu.
  • July 14, 2020: In order to give the CHIIR 2020 paper authors an opportunity to interact with the community, we have organized a Virtual CHIIR 2020 event, which will be held on August 13 and 14, 2020. Click on Virtual CHIIR 2020 in the navigation menu to find more information about who will be presenting and how to attend.
  • April 6, 2020: CHIIR Best Papers Announcement

    We are delighted to announce the following awards for CHIIR 2020:

    Best Paper

    Winner: Reflecting Upon Perceptual Speed Tests in Information Retrieval: Limitations, Challenges, and Recommendations, by Olivia Foulds, Leif Azzopardi and Martin Halvey

    Reviewers noted that this Perspectives Paper is inspiring, very well written and important, containing actionable advice that can be applied in one’s own research. It was the highest ranked paper in the initial review cycle and came out on top again in the best paper review process, when compared with the 8 highest ranked full papers.

    Best Short paper

    Winner: The Role of Cognitive Abilities and Time Spent on Texts and Videos in a Multimodal Searching as Learning Task, by Georg Pardi, Johannes von Hoyer, Peter Holtz and Yvonne Kammerer

    This paper reports on a classic user study with a large number of participants, and reviewers noted that it was carried out professionally and is clearly presented, with direct implications for future studies of searching as learning. As with the best full paper, this was the highest ranked short paper in the initial review process as well.

    Congratulations to the authors of these excellent papers, and thanks to the Best Papers Committee Members:

    • Luanne Freund (Chair), University of British Columbia
    • Anita Crescenzi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Hugo Huurdeman, University of Amsterdam
    • Jim Jansen, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
    • Jaana Kekäläinen, University of Tampere
    • Dirk Lewandowski, HAW Hamburg
    • Edie Rasmussen, University of British Columbia
    • Mark Smucker, University of Waterloo
    • Elaine Toms, University of Sheffield
    • Christa Womser-Hacker, University of Hildesheim
  • 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 schedule 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 virtually on 14–18 March, 2020 August 13–14, 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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