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CFP: HCIR 2010

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The 4th Annual Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR 2010) will be held in conjunction with the IIiX 2010 conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey on August 22, 2010. We’re pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dan Russell from Google. New for this year, we will also be running an HCIR Challenge based on The New York Times Annotated Corpus!

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Workshop Chairs

Program Chair

  • Rob Capra, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Local Arrangements Chair



HCIR combines research from the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI) and information retrieval (IR), placing an emphasis on human involvement in search activities. The HCIR workshop has run annually since 2007. The workshop unites academic researchers and industrial practitioners working at the intersection of HCI and IR to develop more sophisticated models, tools, and evaluation metrics to support activities such as interactive information retrieval and exploratory search. It provides an opportunity for attendees to informally share ideas via posters, small group discussions and selected short talks.

New for 2010: the HCIR Challenge!

New this year, we will be running the HCIR Challenge! The aim of the challenge is to encourage HCIR researchers and practitioners to build and demonstrate effective information access systems. Challenge participants will have no-cost access to a large collection of almost two million newspaper articles with rich metadata generously provided for use in this challenge by The New York Times. The focus of participation is building systems (or using existing ones) to help people search the collection interactively. Entries will be judged by an expert panel based on HCIR criteria (specifically: effectiveness, efficiency, control, transparency, guidance, fun) and also judged by workshop attendees at the event. More information on the challenge will be made available on the workshop website.


We invite 4-page papers that will be reviewed by an international program committee. Papers fall into two categories: position papers describing an idea, an opinion, or early-stage research, and research papers describing a conducted research study, an implemented system, or a review of prior research. Papers will be judged based on relevance to HCIR. Idea diversity across all submissions may also be considered. The revised versions will be published on the workshop website. The workshop time will be used for what participants have told us that they found most valuable in previous events: posters and directed group discussions.

We will select 4-6 papers for presentation in a workshop panel. All other attendees are strongly encouraged to present posters during the morning “poster boaster” session. Selected HCIR challenge papers will also have an opportunity to present their work orally at the event.

Our target is to have 50-75 participants.

Possible topics for discussion and presentation at the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel interaction techniques for information retrieval.
  • Modeling and evaluation of interactive information retrieval.
  • Exploratory search and information discovery.
  • Information visualization and visual analytics.
  • Applications of HCI techniques to information retrieval needs in specific domains.
  • Ethnography and user studies relevant to information retrieval and access.
  • Scale and efficiency considerations for interactive information retrieval systems.
  • Relevance feedback and active learning approaches for information retrieval.

Demonstrations of systems and prototypes are particularly welcome.

Important Dates

  • Mon June 14, 2010: Submission deadline for position papers (midnight Pacific Time)
  • Fri July 16, 2010: Decisions sent to authors
  • Fri July 23, 2010: Deadline for accepted participants to register
  • Fri July 30, 2010: Submission deadline for camera-ready copies

Workshop Fees and Travel Support

After careful consideration, we have decided to implement a $75 workshop fee. This will help offset the workshop costs and allow us to defray expenses for 1-2 graduate students.

We also appreciate the support of our corporate sponsors. It is our hope that the continuing success of this workshop will attract additional funding in future years. If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring travel scholarships, please let us know as soon as possible.


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