ICTIR 2019

The 5th ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval
The 9th International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval

October 2-5, 2019
Santa Clara, California

About ICTIR

The ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research related to the foundational aspects of Information Retrieval (IR), including, for example, human search processes; search and recommendation; learning and optimization for IR; language and representations for IR; sensory information related to IR; artificial intelligence, ethics and responsibility in information retrieval.

The conference explicitly welcomes papers on core IR and any paper on connections between IR and its neighboring disciplines. We welcome experimental and industrial papers that validate approaches from the lens of practical applicability. Such papers should, apart from validating the practical applicability of an existing approach, provide a clear message to the community as to which aspects need further (theoretical) investigation, based on the experimental findings.

Contributions could be

  • theoretical papers that model various phenomena related to IR, and/or between concepts, models and theories;
  • conceptual papers that explore key concepts, new paradigms and new ways of thinking about problems in IR;
  • behavioral papers that explore the behavior of IR algorithms (why and how an algorithm works);
  • papers presenting preliminary work on exciting new ideas or approaches;
  • papers describing failed (but plausible!) approaches along with through analysis of what happened;
  • experimental papers that study theory in experimental or industrial settings; or,
  • other papers that address foundational aspects of IR.

Keynotes and Panel

Important Dates

Submission Deadlines

Time Zone: Anywhere On Earth(AOE)

Full Papers

Paper:  May 15, 2019

Short Papers

 May 22, 2019

Workshops

 May 8, 2019

Tutorials

 May 8, 2019

Notification Dates

Full Papers

 June 30, 2019

Short Papers

 June 30, 2019

Workshops

 May 22, 2019

Tutorials

June 16, 2019

Organizers

REGISTRATION CHAIR

Xilian Li, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA Yueming Sun, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA

LOCAL CHAIR

Yuan Wang, Santa Clara University, USA Michael Bendersky, Google

Topics

The topic areas covered by ICTIR include any topic of relevance to core IR and connections between IR and its neighboring disciplines such as the following. Evaluation expectations for ICTIR submissions are less demanding than in other IR conferences, but some degree of evaluation still important. 

IR THEORY AND PRACTICE
  • new retrieval problems
  • quantum IR or other non-conventional retrieval models and ranking
  • retrieval algorithm behavior analysis
  • understanding IR models
  • new evaluation measures, mathematical analysis of measures
USER ASPECTS OF IR
  • interactive and dynamic search and recommendation
  • information seeking
  • modelling and simulation of information interaction
  • multimodal search
  • contextual and personalized search
  • queries and query analysis
  • search interfaces
  • session support
  • understanding retrieval results
  • evaluation of user aspects of IR
IR SYSTEM ARCHITECTURES AND SCALABILITY
  • data structures and algorithms for efficient content representation, search, compression, string processing.
CONTENT REPRESENTATION AND PROCESSING
  • cross-media search
  • word embedding
  • natural language processing for IR
  • multilingual IR
  • linguistic analysis
  • text representation
  • text streams
  • topic models
MACHINE LEARNING FOR IR
  • deep learning
  • kernel methods
  • markov decision processes
  • neural networks
  • online learning
  • optimization
  • hyper-parameter and model selection
  • recurrent-networks
  • reinforcement learning
  • statistical and learning algorithms
APPLICATIONS OF IR
  • information extraction
  • information fusion
  • legal IR
  • patent search
  • search applied to the internet of things
  • semantic search, sentiment analysis
  • social good and collaborative search
  • speech recognition
  • structured data
  • semi-structured data and databases
  • task-based and exploratory search
  • web, digital libraries and social media search

Paper Submissions

All submissions must describe work that is not previously published, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not currently under review elsewhere. The same work cannot be submitted as both a long paper and a short paper. All submissions must be in English, in PDF format, and in ACM two-column format. Long paper submissions should not exceed 8 pages. Short papers should not exceed 4 pages. Suitable LaTeX and Word templates for ICTIR are available from the ACM website. The algorithms, resources, and methods used within a paper should be described as completely as possible. Authors may upload supplementary material, including detailed descriptions, test datasets, or code; however, this information is not part of the submission paper, and will be read only at the discretion of the reviewers. The review process for all submissions is double-blind, and authors must take all reasonable steps to conceal their identity. Submissions will be rejected without review if they are over the specified page limit, if they violate the formatting guidelines, if they are not anonymous, or if they are incomplete. Papers must be submitted electronically via the conference submission system. Authors should carefully go through ACM’s authorship policy before submitting a paper.

The review process for all submissions is double-blind, and authors must take all reasonable steps to conceal their identity. For this reason, ICTIR follows the ACM SIGIR policy of strongly discouraging uploading papers onto arXiv.org until after final notification.

Call for Workshops

The ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research related to the foundational aspects of Information Retrieval (IR).

The ICTIR 2019 organizing committee invites proposals for full-day and half-day workshops to be held at the ICTIR conference. ICTIR workshops provide a venue for exploring and discussing emerging research directions related to the foundational aspects of Information Retrieval (IR), including, for example, human search processes, search and recommendation, learning and optimization, language and representations, sensory information, artificial intelligence, ethics and responsibility. Proposals for highly interactive workshops are encouraged.

The format and content of each workshop will be determined by its organizers. Examples include Q&As, debates, panels, or even a competition or a challenge around an interesting and realistically sized dataset (possibly released by the workshop organizers for that purpose) that can be used to validate a theory or provide a clear message to the community as to which aspects need further (theoretical) investigation, based on the experimental findings.

Requirements
The submission should be in PDF format and should not exceed 4 pages in ACM style. The proposal should include the following information:
  • Title and Abstract of the workshop
  • Description of the workshop: objectives, goals, relevance to ICTIR, and expected outcomes
  • Proposed workshop duration (1/2 or full day), format, activities, and schedule
  • Description of intended audience, the selection process for participants, and the estimated number of participants
  • Proposed workshop organizers (names, affiliations and email addresses; identify one person as the primary contact person)
  • Short biographical sketch of each organizer, describing relevant qualifications and experience (e.g., previous workshop organizing)
  • Related workshops (if applicable); if the workshop has been held previously at ICTIR or another conference, then the organizers should describe briefly past outcomes and why another workshop is needed.
  • Any other relevant information to support your proposal (i.e. program committee, list of invited speakers, overall vision/approach etc.)
Submission

The proposal should be submitted via this link.

Important Dates

May 8, 2019 Workshop proposals due

May 15, 2019 Workshops notifications

Workshop Chair

Jaime Arguello (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA) 
Pavel Serdyukov (Yandex, Russia)

Call for Tutorials

The ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research related but not limited to IR Theory and Practice, User Aspects, IR System Architectures and Scalability, Content Representation and Processing, Evaluation, Machine Learning for IR, IR Applications, etc. The conference explicitly welcomes tutorials on core IR and on connections between IR and its neighboring disciplines, especially on the topic listed in the call for papers.

Tutorial Proposal Submissions

Submissions should include tutorial details as well as an extended abstract specifying:

  • The title and length of the tutorial
  • Prerequisite knowledge or skills required
  • Complete contact information for the organizers along with their brief biography
  • Motivation
  • Objectives
  • The format and the detailed schedule of the tutorial
  • Relevance to the ICTIR community
  • Details of materials to be supplied to attendees
Submission

The tutorial proposal should be submitted via this link.

Important Dates

May 8, 2019 Tutorial proposals due

June 9, 2019 Tutorials notifications

Tutorials Chair

Claudia Hauff (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands) 

Venue

The conference will be held at Locatelli Student Activity Center in Santa Clara University.
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