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Call for Papers / Participation

SIGIR 2009 Workshop:

Understanding the user
- Logging and interpreting user interactions in information search and

Workshop held in conjunction with SIGIR'09 ( in Boston,
July 23, 2009


May 18, 2009:  Submission deadline for
               - papers
               - position statements (not mandatory, but encouraged)
June 8, 2009:  Notification of acceptance
June 15, 2009: Submission deadline for
               - camera-ready paper
               - one introductory slide for each participant
July 23, 2009: Workshop date

*** OVERVIEW ***

Modern information search systems can benefit greatly from using additional
information about the user and the user's behavior. Feedback data based on
direct interaction (e.g., clicks, scrolling, etc.) as well as on general
user profiles/preferences has been proven valuable for personalizing the
retrieval process. New technology has made it inexpensive and easy to
collect more feedback data and more different types of data (e.g., gaze,
emotional, or biometric data). The workshop focuses on discussing and
identifying most promising research directions with respect to logging,
interpreting, integrating, and using feedback data. Ultimately, it will be
aimed at arranging a commonly shared collection of user interaction logging
tools for various purposes and based on a variety of feedback data sources.
The workshop brings together researchers from IR as well as from
human-computer interaction.


Participants are encouraged to contribute in one of the following ways
(submission deadline: May 18, 2009; camera-ready deadline: June 15):
-> Experience papers, describing acquisition, logging, interpretation and/or
use of user interaction data (maximum 4 pages). Could be accepted as
presentation or poster.
-> Demo of application or new technology descriptions (not exceeding 2
pages). Presented as demo.
-> Position statement (1 to 2 pages) about focused types of user interaction
data / their interpretation / their use.

PDF files should be prepared in ACM format
Papers should be submitted online via EasyChair

Additionally, all participants are encouraged to submit one slide about
their main interest (submission deadline: June 15, 2009). The slide will be
presented during a participant introduction session in the beginning of the


include but are not limited to:

   * Types of implicit data
         o Gaze
         o Affect
         o Use
         o Physiological data
         o Click-through
   * Tools for acquiring/logging implicit data
         o Observation technologies
               + Search tool instrumentation (clicks, mouse movements,
printing, ...)
               + Eye tracking
               + Bio sensors
               + EEG
               + Facial expression detection
         o Frameworks for logging user interaction data
   * Interpretation of implicit data
         o Integration of different types of implicit data
         o Models (long-term/short-term) of
               + User interest
               + User types
               + User tasks
               + User states
               + Other contextual features
   * Use/application of implicit data
         o Personalization of
               + Retrieval results
               + Interaction mode
               + Visualization and presentation
         o Deciding when to use implicit data


Nicholas J. Belkin, Rutgers University, USA
Ralf Bierig, Rutgers University, USA
Georg Buscher, DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Ludger van Elst, DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Jacek Gwizdka, Rutgers University, USA
Joemon Jose, Glasgow University, Scotland
Jaime Teevan, Microsoft Research, USA

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