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Announcing HCIR 2011!

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As regular readers know, I’ve been co-organizing annual workshops on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval since creating the first HCIR workshop in 2007. These have been a huge success, not only bridging the gap between IR and HCI, but also bringing together researchers and practitioners to address concerns shared by both communities. Past keynote speakers have included such information science luminaries as Susan Dumais, Ben Shneiderman, and Dan Russell.

Every workshop has improved on the previous year’s, and HCIR 2011, which will take place on Thursday, October 20, will be no exception.

Our venue will be Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. We could hardly imagine a more appropriate venue: Google has done more than any another company to contribute to everyday information access. Google has been extremely generous as a host and sponsor (other sponsors include Endeca and Microsoft Research), and its location in the heart of Silicon Valley is ideal for attracting researchers and practitioners building the future of HCIR.

Our keynote speaker will be Gary Marchionini, Dean of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gary coined the phrase “human–computer information retrieval” in a lecture entitled “Toward Human-Computer Information retrieval“, in which he asserted that “HCIR aims to empower people to explore large-scale information bases but demands that people also take responsibility for this control by expending cognitive and physical energy.” We are honored to have Gary deliver this year’s keynote.

But of course the main attraction is the contribution of participants. This year we invite three types of papers: position papers, research papers and challenge reports. 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.

Building on the success of the last year’s HCIR Challenge to address historical exploration of a news archive, this year’s HCIR Challenge will focus on the problem of information availability. The corpus for the Challenge will be the CiteSeer digital library of scientific literature.

For more information about the workshop, including how to submit papers or participate in the challenge, please visit the HCIR 2011 website.

Here are the key dates for submitting position and research papers:

  • Submission deadline (position and research papers): July 31
  • Notification of acceptance decision: September 8
  • Presentations and poster session at workshop: October 20

Key dates for Challenge participants:

  • Request access to corpus (contact me) deadline: June 19
  • Freeze system and submit brief description: September 25
  • Submit videos or screenshots demonstrating systems on example tasks: October 9
  • Live demonstrations at workshop: October 20

I’m looking forward to this year’s submissions, and to a great workshop in October. I hope to see many of you there!


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