Call for SIRIP 2021 (Industry Track) Speaker Proposals

The SIGIR Symposium on IR in Practice (SIRIP), formally known as the SIGIR Industry Track, provides an opportunity for researchers, engineers, practitioners, analysts and consumers to meet and discuss the latest related IR technologies as deployed in companies, big and small, and to achieve knowledge transfer across the boundary between academia and industry. SIRIP 2021 will be held as part of ACM SIGIR 2021 which will take place on July 11-15, 2021.

Important Dates

Time zone: Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Talk proposal due: Fri, Apr 9, 2021
Notifications: Thu, Apr 29, 2021
Camera ready due date: Wed, May 5, 2021

Submission Guidelines

We solicit position papers & speaker proposals for SIRIP talks around the following categories:

  • Innovative approaches used in deployed systems and products. We also encourage presentations from small companies, especially startups or spin-offs from either a university project or a large company. Papers discussing domain specific challenges are also welcome.
  • Position papers on the current and future state of IR in practice, and the role IR could play in shaping the next generation of information access systems. For example:
    • Building information retrieval systems with an emphasis on trust and safety:
      • Combating misinformation spread
      • Building privacy preserving retrieval systems
      • Algorithmic responsibility & fairness
    • Role of information retrieval in remote & virtual setting
    • Role of search & IR in creator economy (e.g. short video platforms, audio platforms) & marketplaces (e.g. delivery services, hospitality industry, crowdfunding platforms,  retail platforms, rentals)
  • System design case-studies from industry practitioners, identifying best practices and design principles for learning systems, scalability aspects
  • Metrics and measurement techniques used at scale to understand performance of industrial systems
  • Presentations creating a connection with academia to solve interesting problems, including presentations from academics spending time in industry, or vice-versa, covering insights for other practitioners

The presentation format of the Symposium will be decided based on submissions and interest to the wider community, and is likely to be a mix of short and long presentations as well as panels.

Proposals should be at most 2 pages and follow the ACM format. Formatting guidelines are available at the ACM Website (use the ˮsigconf” proceedings template). Please include:

  • title, abstract, main contributions, and relevancy to SIRIP 2021 themes
  • a brief company portrait (for startup presentations)
  • a short CV of the presenters

A condition of acceptance is that at least one author commits to attend SIRIP 2021 to present the work. The authors of accepted proposals will be invited to submit a 2-pages camera ready paper.

Submissions are not anonymous and should contain speaker details. Proposals should be submitted electronically via EasyChair:

Program Chairs

  • Hema Raghavan, LinkedIn
  • Rishabh Mehrotra, Spotify
  • Karthik Subbian, Amazon


More details will be available soon. For inquiries, contact sigir2021-sirip AT easychair DOT org. 

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