Call for Tutorials

The annual SIGIR conference is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results, and the demonstration of new systems and techniques, in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The 44th ACM SIGIR conference will be held online on July 11 to 15, 2021.

SIGIR 2021 solicits proposals for both half and full-day tutorials covering topics relevant to the field of information retrieval and its applications. Each tutorial should cover a single topic in depth. For example, tutorials may cover an established information retrieval sub-topic, introduce an emerging application of information retrieval technologies, or update the information retrieval community on recent advances in related fields. We are especially interested in the third category of submission.

Important dates

Time zone: Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Tutorial proposal due: Tue, Mar 23, 2021
Tutorials notification: Mon, Apr 26, 2021
Tutorial day: Sun, Jul 11, 2021

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should include a cover sheet and an extended abstract. The cover sheet should include the following elements:

  1. Title and length (either half-day, e.g. 3 hours plus breaks, or full day, e.g., 6 hours plus breaks) of the tutorial.
  2. Intended audience (introductory, intermediate, advanced) and prerequisite knowledge or skills required.
  3. Detailed contact information of all presenters (and indication of the main contact person).
  4. Brief biography (max. 2 paragraphs) for each presenter, highlighting relevant experience in presenting tutorials, teaching grad classes, organizing summer schools, etc.

The extended abstract (no longer than 4 pages) should include the following sections: 

  1. Motivation. 
  2. Objectives. 
  3. Relevance to the information retrieval community and reference to tutorials in the same area at SIGIR or related conferences (including WSDM, WWW, KDD, ACL, RecSys, ICML, etc.). 
  4. Format and detailed schedule. 
  5. Type of support materials to be supplied to attendees.

Tutorial proposals should be prepared in the current ACM two-column conference format. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from the ACM Website (use the “sigconf” proceedings template). 

The submissions will be reviewed by a program committee selected for this purpose, and final decisions will be made at the SIGIR Program Committee meeting.

Proposals should be submitted in PDF through the EasyChair system (tutorial track):

The organizers of accepted tutorials will be invited to submit a camera-ready summary of the tutorial, to be included in the SIGIR 2021 conference proceedings.

Tutorials Chairs

  • Sengor Altingovde, Middle East Technical University
  • Rodrygo Santos, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais


For further information, please contact the SIGIR 2021 Tutorial Co-chairs by email to sigir2021-tutorials AT easychair DOT org.

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