Call for Papers

29th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference in Research and Development in Information Retrieval

August 6-11, 2006 Seattle, Washington, USA
Organized by the University of Washington and ACM.

Seattle Public LibrarySIGIR 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). The Conference and Program Chairs invite all those working in areas related to IR to submit original research contributions, posters, and proposals for tutorials, workshops, and demonstrations of systems.

Areas of Interest

SIGIR 2006 welcomes contributions related to any aspect of IR, but the major areas of interest are listed below. For each general area, two or more area coordinators will guide the reviewing process.

  • Information Retrieval Theory and Models: User/Task-based IR theory; Formal models (Logical, Probabilistic, Vector space, Structural, Network-based, Language models etc.), Fusion/Combination. Area coordinators: Bruce Croft, University of Massachusetts, USA; Peter Bruza, DSTC, Australia.
  • IR Performance and Platforms: Performance, Compression, Scalability, Architectures, Mobile applications. Area coordinators: Ricardo Baeza-Yates, University of Chile; Charlie Clarke, University of Waterloo, Canada.
  • Document and Query Representation: Text content representation (Indexing), Structure-based representation, XML, Metadata, Request representation, Queries, Summarization, Natural language processing for representation. Area coordinators: Yoelle Maarek, IBM, Israel; Arjen de Vries, CWI, Netherlands.
  • IR Evaluation: Test collections, Evaluation methods and metrics, Experimental design, Data collection and analysis methods. Area coordinators: Noriko Kando, National Institute of Informatics, Japan; Ellen Voorhees, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA.
  • User-oriented IR: Interactive IR, User interfaces and visualization, User studies, User models, Task-based IR. Area coordinators: Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde, UK; Pia Borlund, Royal School of Library & Information Science, DK.
  • Web IR and Digital Libraries: Web IR, Intranet/enterprise search, Citation and link analysis, Adversarial IR, Digital libraries, Distributed IR. Area coordinators: Andrei Broder, IBM, USA; Krishna Bharat, Google, USA; Ed Fox, Virginia Tech, USA.
  • Cross-language Retrieval: Cross-language retrieval, Multilingual retrieval, Retrieval in languages other than English, Machine translation for IR. Area coordinators: Jacques Savoy, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland; Hsin-hsi Chen, National Taiwan University.
  • Multi-media Retrieval: Video and image retrieval, Audio and speech retrieval, Music retrieval. Area coordinators: Stefan Rüger, Imperial College, UK; Wei-Ying Ma, Microsoft Research, China.
  • Document Tracking and Filtering: Topic detection and tracking, Content-based filtering, Collaborative filtering, Agents, Routing, Email spam. Area coordinators: James Allan, University of Massachusetts, USA; John Reidl, University of Minnesota, USA.
  • Question Answering and Extraction: Question answering, Information extraction, Lexical acquisition. Area coordinators: Sanda Harabagiu, University of Texas, USA; Jussi Karlgren, SICS, Sweden.
  • Text Data Mining and Machine Learning for IR. Area coordinators: Thorsten Joachims, Cornell University; ChengXiang Zhai, University of Illinois, USA.
  • Text Categorization and Clustering. Area coordinators: Isabelle Moulinier, Thomson Legal and Regulatory, USA; Jan Pedersen, Yahoo!, USA.
  • Domain Specific IR Applications: Genomic IR, IR in software engineering, IR for chemical structures. Area coordinators: Bill Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences University, USA; Gordon Cormack, University of Waterloo, CA.

Area Coordinators at Large

Norbert Fuhr (University of Duisburg, Germany), Jamie Callan (Carnegie-Mellon University, USA) and Mark Sanderson (University of Sheffield, UK) have also agreed to serve in the role of Area Coordinators at Large. Depending upon numbers of submissions, other eminent members of the field may be invited to assist.

Important Dates

Note: On the due dates, submissions will remain open
until 17:00 PST.

November 14, 2005. Mentoring Program deadline
January 30, 2006, 5pm PST Full Research Papers due
February 27, 2006. Poster, Demonstrations, Tutorial, and Workshop submissions due
March 10, 2006 Doctoral Consortium submissions due
April 10, 2006. Notification of acceptance for all submissions


Please see the submissions page.

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