We are happy to announce that the 2012 Human-Computer Information Retrieval Symposium (HCIR 2012) will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 4 – 5, 2012. The HCIR series of workshops has provided a venue for discussion of ongoing research on a range of topics related to interactive information retrieval, including interaction techniques, evaluation, models and algorithms for information retrieval, visual design, user modeling, etc. The focus of these meetings has been to bring together people from industry and academia for short presentations and in-depth discussion. Attendance has grown steadily since the first meeting, and as a result this year we have decided to modify the structure of the meeting to accommodate the increasing demand for participation.
To this end, this year’s event has been expanded to two days to allow more time for presentations and for discussion. In addition to the position papers and challenge reports from previous years, we are introducing a new submission category, the archival paper. Archival papers will be peer-reviewed to a rigorous standard comparable to first-tier conference submissions, and the accepted papers will be published on arXiv.org and indexed in the ACM Digital Library.
The goal of this experiment is to grow a venue for publishing original, high-quality research results that otherwise fall into the cracks between the CHI and SIGIR communities. We are sensitive to the issues that cause good papers to be rejected from these venues, and will structure the review process accordingly. And as a bonus, you don’t have to go through ACM’s byzantine copyright and publication process!
Please contact any of the organizers with questions, start working on those papers, and we’ll see you in Cambridge in the fall!