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Tue, 5 May 2009 15:03:45 -0400
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The 3rd Annual Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information
Retrieval (HCIR '09) will be held at the Catholic University of America
in Washington, DC on October 23, 2009. Our keynote speaker will be Ben
Shneiderman, professor at the University of Maryland and founding
director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory.



Bill Kules, The Catholic University of America
Daniel Tunkelang, Endeca
Ryen White, Microsoft Research


When we held the first HCIR workshop in 2007, the idea of uniting the
fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Retrieval
(IR) was a battle cry to move this research area from the fringes of
computer science into the mainstream. Two years later, as we organize
this third HCIR workshop on the heels of a highly successful HCIR 2008,
we see some of the fruits of our labor. Topics like interactive
information retrieval and exploratory search are receiving increasing
attention, among both academic researchers and industry practitioners.

But we have only begun this journey. Most of the work in these two
fields still stays within their silos, and the efforts to realize more
sophisticated models, tools, and evaluation metrics for information
seeking are still in their early stages.

In this year's one-day workshop, we will continue to explore the
advances each domain can bring to the other.


We invite 4-page position papers that will be reviewed by the workshop
chairs and additional reviewers. Position papers will be judged based on
relevance to HCIR. Idea diversity across all submissions may also be
considered. The revised versions will be produced in hardcopy for
attendees and published on the website. The workshop time will be used
for what participants have told us that they found most valuable:
posters and directed group discussions.

We will select 4-6 position papers for presentation in a workshop panel.
All other attendees are strongly encouraged to present posters during
the morning "poster boaster" session.

Our target is to have 40-50 participants.

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
* Scale and efficiency considerations for interactive information
retrieval systems.
* Relevance feedback and active learning approaches for information

Demonstrations of systems and prototypes are particularly welcome.


August 24: submission deadline for position papers
September 11: decisions sent to authors
September 25: submission deadline for camera-ready copies


In the past, people have asked whether there are funds available to
defray travel or accommodation expenses. Unfortunately, our funds only
allow us to cover the costs of the workshop itself. It is our hope that
the growing success of this workshop will attract additional funding in
future years. If your company or organization is interested in
sponsoring travel scholarships, please let us know as soon as possible.

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