HCIR 2008
 Bridging Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval
 Workshop hosted by Microsoft Research 23 Oct 2008, Redmond, WA 

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    HCIR 2007
Second Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval

Note: Workshop proceedings are now available.
Note: Details on the workshop location are now available.

As our lives become ever more digital, we face the difficult task of navigating the complex information spaces we create. The fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Retrieval (IR) have both developed innovative techniques to address this challenge, but their insights have to date often failed to cross disciplinary borders. In this one-day workshop we hope to explore the advances each domain can bring to the other. Following the success of the HCIR 2007 workshop, co-hosted by MIT and Endeca, we are once again bringing together academics, industrial researchers, and practitioners for a discussion of this important topic.

This year the workshop is focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of search interfaces. We are particularly interested in interfaces that support complex and exploratory search tasks.

Keynote speaker:
Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research

Researchers and practitioners are invited to present interfaces (including mockups, prototypes, and other early-stage designs), research results from user studies of interfaces, and system demonstrations related to the intersection of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Retrieval (IR). The intent of the workshop is not archival publication, but rather to provide a forum to build community and to stimulate discussion, new insight, and experimentation on search interface design.

Note on travel/accomodation support: Several people have asked whether there are funds available to defray travel or accomodation 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.

Possible topics for 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 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.

Workshop chairs:
Daniel Tunkelang, Endeca
Ryen White, Microsoft Research

Program chair:
Bill Kules, The Catholic University of America