There is still time to submit to SIGIR Workshop on Neuro-Physiological
Methods in IR Research

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                        CALL FOR PAPERS
                    First International Workshop on
   Neuro-Physiological Methods in IR Research - NeuroIR'2015
in conjunction with the 38th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference (SIGIR 2015)
                to be held in Santiago, Chile

Workshop date: August 13th, 2015

Important Dates:
** EXTENDED Submission Deadline: *** May 12, 2015  *** (23:59 Chile Time)
** Notification of Acceptance: May 25, 2015
** Final Papers Due: June 15, 2015
** Workshop date: Aug 13, 2015

Workshop Organizers:
Jacek Gwizdka, [log in to unmask]
  (School of Information, University of Texas at Austin)
Joemon Jose,  [log in to unmask]
  (School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow)
Javed Mostafa, [log in to unmask]
  (Biomedical Research & Imaging Center, School of Medicine & the iSchool,
   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Max Wilson,  [log in to unmask]
  (Computer Science, University of Nottingham)

Application of neuro-physiological methods for studying human-information
interaction (including searching, browsing, information selection, and
relevance judgment) have emerged as a critical area of active research. Two
broad intersecting themes are emerging among IR researchers and those with
strong applied neuroscience background. One is applied and aims at using
neuro-physiological signals as additional inputs in search algorithms. The
other is theoretical and aims at development of more robust models for
information search – models that go beyond behavioral data and account for
physiological and neurological responses to information as stimuli. The
early work by information retrieval researchers resulted in a number of
recent publications that appeared at SIGIR, ECIR, and related conferences.
However, the IR community is still broadly unaware of these new methods.
The workshop will be a forum for information exchange, collaboration and
education. It will provide a lively opportunity for sharing experiences
among researchers; build a community and forge collaborations; map out
future work; make IR researchers aware of potential usefulness of
neuro-physiological methods and their applicability to their research;
enable them to read and assess papers that employ such methods. To broaden
participation, the forum will include a session dedicated to demonstration
and tutorials introducing some critical tools and modalities for collecting
neuro-physiological data and associated techniques for data analysis.


We invite submissions that may include the following topics:
* findings from completed IR research that utilized neuro-physiological
* cases and problems in IR that are likely to benefit from
neuro-physiological methods;
* comparative analysis of neuro-physiological tools and techniques with
their applications in IR;
* analysis methods for incorporating neuro-physiological data in IR
* lessons learned in IR research that utilized neuro-physiological tools;
* paper presenting demonstrations of portable tools such as eye-trackers,
EEGs, fNIRS in service of IR research (we'll encourage participants
submitting such papers to bring their some of these tools with them to the
*** NOTE: submissions may include previously published work, provided the
authors elaborate on extensions to past work, on future work and on
practical lessons learned in their research.

We invite submissions in three categories:
1. regular research papers describing completed work or theoretical
contributions (up to 6 pages)
2. short papers (work-in-progress) (up to 2 pages),
3. position papers - expressions of an interest in the workshop area (up to
2 pages).

The neuro-cognitive and physiological tools of interest include, but are
not limited to, fMRI, fNIRS, eye-tracking, EEG, GSR, and analysis of facial

Submission guidelines:
All submitted papers must be written in English;
* contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
* be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template ( with a font
size no smaller than 9pt;
* be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and
formatted for US Letter size.
* papers should be submitted in EasyChair to
* submission deadline May 4, 2015.

Workshop Location:
NeuroIR 2015 will take place at a gorgeous venue ( Campus “Casa Central” of Pontifical
Catholic University of Chile (PUC Chile) and will be held in conjunction
with the 38th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference. This campus is located in Av.
Alameda 340, in Santiago Downtown, Chile.

Program Committee:
Ioannis Arapakis, Yahoo Research, Spain
Vincent N. Carrasco, Laboratory of Applied Informatics Research, School of
Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, USA
Ashlee Edwards, School of Information and Library Science, University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Manuel Eugster, HIIT, Aalto University, Finland
Roberto González-Ibáñez, Informatics Engineering, Universidad de Santiago,
Hideo Joho, Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, University
of Tsukuba, Japan
Yvonne Kammerer, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien - Knowledge Media
Research Center, Germany
Irene Lopatovska, Pratt Institute, USA
Randall Minas, Information Technology Management Dept, Shidler College of
Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Yashar Moshfeghi,  Computer Science, University of Glasgow, UK
Heather O'Brien, iSchool, University of British Columbia, Canada
Luisa Pinto, Computer Science, University of Glasgow, UK
Frank Pollick, Psychology, University of Glasgow, UK
Erin Solovey, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel, USA

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Jacek Gwizdka, PhD
Assistant Professor at School of Information, University of Texas at Austin
Information eXperience (IX) lab Co-Director
Distinguished Fellow of the Kosciuszko Foundation Collegium of Eminent
ACM Senior Member

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