Call for Demonstrations for SIGIR 2020, Xi’an, China
Important dates for demonstrations:
Time zone: Anywhere On Earth (AOE)
Demo papers due: Feb 23, 2020
Demo papers notification: Apr 22, 2020
Camera Ready for accepted demo papers: TBD (Mid- to Late-May
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). SIGIR 2020 will be held in Xi’an, China from 25 to 30 July 2020.
Demonstrations present first-hand experience with research prototypes or operational
systems. They provide opportunities to exchange ideas gained from implementing IR systems,
and to obtain feedback from expert users. We cordially invite all those working in areas
related to IR to submit original proposals for demonstrations. Proposals from startups and
industry players are also welcomed. Accepted demonstration submissions will appear in the
A good demonstration submission should be interesting to a SIGIR audience and should show a
novel solution to a problem. The demonstration submission should address the following
questions: Who is your target user? Why does your system exist and why is it important? What
does your demonstration do and how does it work? What does it look like? How does it compare
with existing systems? Finally, how and when might your technology have an impact, either
technically or commercially?
Demonstration submissions are welcome in any of the areas related to any aspects of IR, as
identified in the Call for Full Papers
for SIGIR 2020.
Submissions of demonstration papers must be in English and can be up to 4 pages in SIGIR
format (including references and figures). The first 2 pages are expected to describe your
system. The third and fourth pages are expected to be used for diagrams, images, references,
screen shots, hyperlinks, and demo requirements. You should expect wireless network access,
along with a table and poster mount backdrop, will be provided for all accepted
demonstrations. We cannot guarantee additional technical or practical requests. Upon
acceptance, all pages will be published in the SIGIR proceedings.
To help reviewers and readers of your demonstration paper intuitively and fully understand
your system, your demonstration submission should include either a link to a video
or a link to the online web interface of your system (login details shall
be specified in
your submission if applicable).
Please note that, unlike short and full paper submissions, demonstration submissions are
single blind. You are not expected to take measures to conceal your
identity from reviewers.
Suitable LaTeX and Word templates for SIGIR are available from the ACM Website (use
'sigconf' proceedings template). It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the
PDF submission has been uploaded successfully. We suggest downloading the PDF after
submission to check it is ok. Submissions that are over the 4-page limit and incomplete
submissions will be rejected without review. Authors should also go through ACM’s authorship policy
before making a submission. Authors should note that changes to the author list after
the submission deadline are not allowed without permission from the PC
At least one author of each accepted demo paper is required to register
for, attend, and
present the work at the conference or the paper will not appear in the conference
proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.
All papers are to be submitted via EasyChair (demos track):
- Aixin Sun, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Jiashu (Jessie) Zhao, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada