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2nd CALL FOR PAPERS

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The Second International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to
Information Retrieval (CAIR'18)

https://sites.google.com/view/cair-ws/cair-2018

at SIGIR 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, July 12, 2018

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IMPORTANT DATES

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   Regular Submission Due: May 4, 2018
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   Regular Notification: May 25, 2018
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   Workshop: July 12, 2018


INTRODUCTION

Recent advances in commercial conversational services that allow naturally
spoken and typed interaction, particularly for well-formulated questions
and commands, have increased the need for more human-centric interactions
in information retrieval.  The Second International Workshop on
Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval (CAIR'18) will again
bring together academic and industrial researchers to create a forum for
research on conversational approaches to search. A specific focus will be
on techniques that support complex and multi-turn user-machine dialogues
for information access and retrieval, and multi-model interfaces for
interacting with such systems. We invite submissions addressing all
modalities of conversation, including speech-based, text-based, and
multimodal interaction. We also welcome studies of human-human interaction
(e.g., collaborative search) that can inform the design of conversational
search applications, and work on evaluation of conversational approaches.

SCOPE

The workshop welcomes a broad range of studies that can contribute to the
development of conversational approaches to IR. Topics of interest include
(but are not limited to):

Query understanding and search process management

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   Processing verbose natural language queries
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   Processing noisy ASR queries
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   Query intent disambiguation, clarification, confirmation
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   Query suggestion
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   Relevance feedback in conversational search
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   Voice-based search engine operations
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   Dialogue schema for conversational search


Search result description (presentation)

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   Audio-based search result presentation and summarization
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   Conversational navigation of search results
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   Knowledge graph presentation in conversational search
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   Advertisements in audio-based search result presentation


Ranking algorithms

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   Ad-hoc spoken search
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   Spoken search in session


Evaluation

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   Building test collections for conversational search
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   Development of new metrics to measure effectiveness, engagement,
   satisfaction of conversational search


Applications

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   Intelligent personal assistance
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   Intelligent home assistance using voice / speech oriented devices
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   Proactive search/Recommendation
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   Collaborative search
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   Hands free search (e.g., in car, kitchen)
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   Search for visually impaired users
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   Search for low literacy users
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   Integration with existing technologies


HOW TO SUBMIT

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   Long paper:  6 pages max.
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   Short paper: 4 pages max.
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   Format: http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template
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   Easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cair18


Accepted full papers will be granted an optional +2 pages to address
comments from the reviewers and will have an oral presentation at the
workshop. Short papers can include position papers and panel discussion
proposals, in addition to the latest findings of your work. Accepted short
papers will have a poster presentation at the workshop.

All submissions will be reviewed by the PC committee chaired by the workshop

organizers. Submission must include the name and affiliations of authors.

We are having two rounds of submissions.  The Early Bird Submission
deadline (April 12, 2018) is for authors who wish to take advantage of the
SIGIR 2018 Early Bird registration rate.  Acceptance notifications will one
day prior to the Early Bird registration expiration date (May 4, 2018).

Please note that papers that are not accepted during the Early Bird
submission round cannot be resubmitted to the Regular submission round.


IMPORTANT DATES

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   Regular Submission Due: May 4, 2018
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   Regular Notification: May 25, 2018
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   Workshop: July 12, 2018



PC MEMBERS

   - Claudia Hauff (TU Delft)
   - Gareth Jones (Dublin City University)
   - Ido Guy (eBay Research)
   - Imed Zitouni (Microsoft Research)
   - Jeffrey Dalton (University of Glasgow)
   - Jiepu Jiang (UMass Amherst)
   - Johanne R. Trippas (RMIT University)
   - Karthik Raghunathan (MINDMELD)
   - Paul Thomas (Microsoft Research)
   - and more to be confirmed


ORGANIZERS

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   Jaime Arguello (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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   Hideo Joho (University of Tsukuba)
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   Julia Kiseleva (University of Amsterdam)
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   Filip Radlinski (Google)
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   Damiano Spina (RMIT University)


STEERING COMMITTEE

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   Lawrence Cavedon (RMIT University)
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   Fernando Diaz (Spotify)
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   Dilek Hakkani-Tur (Google)
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   Mark Sanderson (RMIT University)
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   Milad Shokouhi (Microsoft)
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   and organisers


CONTACT

Please contact the workshop organisers via cair-organisers at googlegroups
dot com for any enquiries.

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