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*    Submission deadline: Sunday, July 29, 2012


*    HCIR 2012

*    Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction & Information Retrieval



*   IBM Research, Cambridge, MA

*   October 4-5, 2012


*   Full papers, Position papers, HCIR Challenge




Building on the success of prior HCIR workshops, the HCIR 2012 Symposium 
on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval will be held on 
Thursday, October 4th and Friday October 5th, 2012, at IBM Research, 
Cambridge, MA. There will be a reception on Thursday evening.

We are very pleased that our keynote speaker this year will be Marti 
Hearst, Professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information.

We are also excited to continue the HCIR Challenge, this year focusing 
on the problem of people and expertise finding. We are grateful to 
Mendeley for providing this year's corpus: a database of over a million 
researcher profiles with associated metadata including published papers, 
academic status, disciplines, awards, and more taken from Mendeley's 
network of 1.6M+ researchers and 180M+ academic documents. Participants 
will build systems to enable efficient discovery of experts or expertise 
for applications such as collaborative research, team building, and 
competitive analysis.

In addition to the Challenge and a small number of research 
presentations, we will leave plenty of time for what participants have 
consistently told us that they find extremely valuable: informal 
discussions, posters and directed group discussions. Finally, we are 
extending our previous format to include a few full-length, 
fully-refereed archival quality papers that will be indexed in the ACM 
Digital Library. We have extended the event to a second day to 
accommodate more presentations (including the full papers), and to leave 
plenty of time for discussion and for interaction around the poster session.


This year we invite three types of papers: full papers, position 
papers/posters, and challenge reports.

       * Full papers will be peer-reviewed for novelty, rigor, and 
quality of presentation according to standards of first-tier 
conferences. They will be published through and indexed in the 
ACM digital library. Full papers should be 10 pages long in the CHI 
two-column format. Please see for 
templates on this format.

       * Position papers will be judged by members of the organizing 
committee, based on relevance to HCIR. Idea diversity across all 
submissions may also be considered. Position papers should be up to four 
pages long in the CHI two-columnformat. Position papers will be 
published on the symposium web site.

       * Challenge reports will be reviewed by the organizing committee, 
based on how well they address the challenge criteria. Reviewers will 
select challenge systems for demonstration at the symposium, where a 
panel of judges will evaluate the systems and a winner will be 
determined live. Challenge reports should be four pages long in the CHI 
two-column format, and may also include a video demonstration of the system.

Challenge reports will be published on the symposium web site.

Acceptance of a full paper, position paper, or challenge report earns 
the author(s) admission to the symposium and the opportunity to present 
a poster.

Please submit papers using our EasyChair site:


Possible topics for discussion and presentation at the symposium 
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. If 
you are interested in participating in the HCIR Challenge, please refer 
to the instructions at this link:


       Submission deadline (position and research papers): Sunday, July 29
       HCIR Challenge:

             Request access to corpus: Friday, June 1
             Freeze system and submit brief description: Friday, August 31
             Submit videos or screenshots demonstrating systems on 
example tasks: Friday, September 14
             Live demonstrations at symposium: October 4-5

       Notification date for position and research papers: Thursday, 
September 6

       Final versions of accepted papers due: Sunday, September 16

       Presentations and poster session at symposium: Thursday, October 4-5


We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of student travel 
awards based on the generous contributions of Microsoft Research.

Information about these awards and how to apply for them will be made 
available at the following link:


       Robert Capra, UNC Chapel Hill
       Gene Golovchinsky, FX Palo Alto Laboratory
       Bill Kules, The Catholic University of America
       Catherine Smith, Kent State University
       Daniel Tunkelang, LinkedIn
       Ryen White, Microsoft Research


       IBM Research
       Microsoft Research

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