Hosting a CHIIR



Call for bids to host the 2022 ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR)

About CHIIR

The ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR), pronounced "cheer", provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval. CHIIR focuses on elements such as human involvement in search activities, and information seeking and use in context. The conference represents a merger of two successful events: the Information Interaction in Context conference (IIiX) and the Human Computer Information Retrieval symposium (HCIR), which have run since 2006 and 2007 respectively. IIiX has traditionally attracted more attendees interested in information searching behavior and interactive IR, and HCIR has traditionally been more focused on search user interfaces. CHIIR builds upon the combined strengths of these events, placing an emphasis on human interaction with information, information seeking contexts, and user-centered approaches to information retrieval, access, and use.

In addition to studies of interactive systems to support information interaction and retrieval, CHIIR also encourages submissions on related topics. These include human-human information interaction, novel interaction paradigms, new evaluation methods, and research that draws upon related work in a range of communities such as sociology, ethnography, psychology, and human-computer interaction. We expect that accepted papers will contain rigorous evaluations of any new methods or measures that they propose, using techniques such as laboratory studies, field experiments, qualitative research designs, simulations of search behavior, or log analysis.

We are now soliciting bids for organizing CHIIR 2022. The preferred rotation for 2022 is Europe. The main conference is expected to be three days, with two additional days for optional workshops and tutorials. We are looking for exciting bids that propose ways for researchers to interact and present their research, engage in discussions, build community and increase the audience. We are open to collocations with other events. Our preferred timing for the conference is in March or early April.

2022 Bid guidelines

Below please find the instructions for the formal bid for CHIIR 2022. The deadline for submitting the formal bids is April 15, 2020. We anticipate sending notifications by May 31, 2020. We also encourage groups who are planning to submit bids to prepare a brief presentation about their bid to present during the CHIIR It Forward business session at CHIIR 2020.

Contact any CHIIR Steering Committee member for additional information.

Formal bids should be emailed to Rob Capra (rcapra@unc.edu).

2023 Call for Interest

We are also soliciting expressions of interest from groups who are interested in organizing and hosting CHIIR 2023. The preferred rotation for 2023 is North America.

These expressions of interest do not need to be formal. Groups who express interest prior to the CHIIR 2020 conference may be allocated time to briefly present during the CHIIR It Forward business session at CHIIR 2020.

Contact any CHIIR Steering Committee member for additional information.

Indications of interest should be emailed to Rob Capra (rcapra@unc.edu).

Who May Bid

CHIIR will entertain bids from any group or organization, provided that the geographical constraints are met. The preferred location for CHIIR 2022 is Europe.

ACM requires that the conference chair, or chairs, and the treasurer be members of the ACM. CHIIR further expects that those individuals will also be members of SIGIR and active in research communities related to interactive information retrieval.

The Proposal

The proposal is a description of how you will address the technical and logistical issues involved in running a high quality conference in the location you propose. A few pages should suffice, but you may use more space if necessary. The CHIIR steering committee may wish to discuss aspects of the bid with the proposers prior to making a decision on the success of the bid, and so a principal contact should be designated.

The proposal should include the following information:

  • Your connection to the Interactive Information Retrieval research community. CHIIR expects that the conference chair or chairs will have extensive experience (e.g., having served in senior roles in related conferences) and a positive reputation in the field.
  • Your experience in organizing and running technical conferences.
  • If you have started to think about a team, provide that information as well. Please do not actually recruit Program Chairs, etc., as the PC chairs must be approved by the CHIIR steering committee and this does not happen until after a formal bid is accepted.
  • Proposed dates. CHIIR is usually held in March but there is some flexibility to change or collocate. Potential conflicts with other conferences that take place at around the same time of the year should be considered (e.g., CHI and iConf). The conference is expected to be five days long: e.g. a day for tutorials, three days for the main conference, and a day for workshops. The desired paper submission deadline is usually around the middle to end of October.
  • The suggested conference venue. The venue should be easily accessible for people attending from across the world. The main conference is typically single track, but we are open to new formats. We expect conference registration to be approximately 100-175 delegates. You will need access to an auditorium that can hold this number of people for the opening/closing sessions and the main conference. Rooms for holding tutorials and workshops should be available. In addition, there should be appropriate provisions made for holding a poster session. Nearby places for lunch and breaks should be specified. Details with regard to the proposed social program (banquet, welcome reception) are also expected. Suggesting a few alternatives for a venue is an option.
  • Information about hotel, transportation and living costs, including information about how you might accommodate students at a reasonable cost should be included. If the location has hosted other technical conferences of roughly the same size it would be helpful to know about that as well. To help compare alternative proposals, please provide a summary of the estimated costs for the following individuals to attend the conference: (1) an ACM member who will attend the conference and a workshop, and who prefers to stay in the conference hotel or comparable accommodations, traveling from Boston, London, or Beijing; and (2) a student who will attend a tutorial, the conference, and a workshop, preferring quite cheap accommodations, traveling from the same three locations.
  • A draft budget should be provided. If your bid is successful, you will need to complete the ACM Preliminary Approval Form and the ACM TMRF (Technical Meeting Request Form) form. The latter asks for a detailed budget. We suggest that you browse through http://www.acm.org/sigs/volunteer_resources/conference_manual/3-1cfm before preparing the budget draft.
  • Committed sponsors (host universities may sponsor bids) should be specified, if applicable.
  • The ability of the local community to provide organizational support for your involvement in the conference (e.g., support from department chairs, deans, or company management). Running a conference takes a significant amount of time, and it is important that you have a good local group of technical and administrative people with whom to work.
  • Any additional information that you think is relevant.

Important dates for formal bids for CHIIR 2022

  • Bid submissions: April 15, 2020
  • Notifications: anticipated by May 31, 2020

CHIIR Steering Committee

  • Rob Capra, Univ. North Carolina, Chair
  • Nils Pharo, Oslo Metro. Univ.
  • Dan Russell, Google
  • Vivien Petras, Humboldt Univ.
  • Soo Young Rieh, Univ. of Texas at Austin
  • Chirag Shah, Univ. of Washington, Vice Chair
  • Max L. Wilson, Univ. of Nottingham
  • Martin Halvey, Univ. Strathclyde
  • Jaap Kamps, Univ. Amsterdam