Call for Tutorials

The European Conference on Information Retrieval is the prime European forum for the presentation of original research in the field of Information Retrieval.

ECIR 2023 solicits proposals for both half-day (3 hours plus breaks) and full-day (6 hours plus breaks) tutorials covering topics relevant to the field of information retrieval (IR) and its applications. Each tutorial should cover a single topic in depth. For example, tutorials may cover an established IR sub-topic, introduce an emerging topic in IR or its application, or update the IR community on recent advances in other broader yet relevant fields, such as artificial intelligence or machine learning. Tutorials are encouraged to be as interactive and hands-on as possible (e.g. having exercises that the participants can complete either during or after the tutorial).

There are no restrictions on who can present during a tutorial (e.g. PhD students may present), however it is recommended that an experienced academic or industry practitioner is involved.

Despite the conference being a hybrid event, all tutorials are required to be delivered “in-person”. We will only consider exceptions to this rule under special/emergency circumstances.

ECIR 2023 is deeply committed to improving the field by making the research community more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We strongly encourage tutorial organizers to ensure that their organization committee is diverse and includes women and members from other underrepresented groups. Diversity of the organization committee will be considered during the review process as a factor for acceptance.

Important dates

  • Tutorial proposal due: November 10, 2022 (Thursday)
  • Tutorials notification: December 15, 2022 (Thursday)
  • Tutorial day: April 2, 2023 (Sunday)

Topics of Interest

ECIR 2023 encourages the submission of tutorials on the theory, experimentation, and practice of retrieval, representation, management, and usage of textual, visual, audio, and multi-modal information. Additionally, proposals aligned with other topics of IR (namely those identified in the general call for papers) are also highly welcome.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • User aspects, including information interaction, contextualisation, personalisation, simulation, characterisation, and behaviours;
  • System and foundational aspects, including retrieval models and architectures, content analysis and classification, recommendation algorithms, query processing and ranking, efficiency and scalability;
  • Machine learning, deep learning and neural models, natural language processing, and graph models applied to information retrieval and interaction;
  • Applications, such as web search, recommender systems, web and social media apps, professional and domain-specific search, novel interfaces to search tools, intelligent search, and conversational agents;
  • Evaluation research, including new metrics and novel methods for the measurement and evaluation of retrieval systems, users, and/or applications.
  • New social and technical challenges, such as bias, ethics, fake news and hate speech, wearable devices and neuroinformatics.

Submission Guidelines

Tutorial proposals should contain the following information:

  • Title of the tutorial.
  • Motivations, learning objectives, and scope of the tutorial, and its relevance to the information retrieval community.
  • Tutorial format, length (either half-day, i.e., 3 hours plus breaks, or full-day, i.e., 6 hours plus breaks), and a detailed outline.
  • Target audience (introductory, intermediate, advanced) and prerequisite knowledge or skills required.
  • Tutorial history (previous offerings of tutorial, if any) and reference to tutorials in the same area at ECIR or related conferences (including SIGIR, WSDM, WWW, KDD, ACL, RecSys, ICML, etc.).
  • Detailed contact information of all presenters (and indication of the main contact person) including brief biography (max. 2 paragraphs) for each presenter, highlighting relevant experience in presenting tutorials, teaching grad classes, organizing summer schools, etc.
  • Citations to publications covered by the tutorial and support materials to be supplied to attendees.

Tutorial proposals should be prepared using Springer proceedings templates to be found on Springer webpage, with a maximum length of 8 pages including references. All proposals should be submitted electronically through the conference submission system (link coming soon) and must be in English. Tutorial proposals will be reviewed by a program committee selected for this purpose. Final decisions will be made by the ECIR Tutorials co-chairs. The review process is single-blind so that personal or institutional repositories can be used for the submission. The organizers of accepted tutorials will be invited to submit a camera-ready summary of the tutorial, to be included in the ECIR 2023 conference proceedings.

Submission page: Coming soon!

Tutorial chairs

  • Bhaskar Mitra, Microsoft Research, Canada
  • Debasis Ganguly,University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Contact

For further information, please contact the ECIR 2023 Tutorial Co-chairs by email: ecir2023-tutorials@easychair.org.

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