The ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research related to the foundational aspects of Information Retrieval (IR), including, for example, human search processes; search and recommendation; learning and optimization; language and representations; sensory information; artificial intelligence, ethics and responsibility in information retrieval.
The conference explicitly welcomes papers on core IR and any paper on connections between IR and its neighboring disciplines. We welcome experimental and industrial papers that validate approaches from the lens of practical applicability. Such papers should, apart from validating the practical applicability of an existing approach, provide a clear message to the community as to which aspects need further (theoretical) investigation, based on the experimental findings.
Contributions could be
Abstracts April 28, 2018
Paper May 2, 2018
Abstracts May 1, 2018
Paper May 6, 2018
April 26, 2018
May 26, 2018
June 26, 2018
June 17, 2018
May 16, 2018
June 5, 2018
The topic areas covered by ICTIR include any topic of relevance to core IR and connections between IR and its neighboring disciplines such as:
All submissions must describe work that is not previously published, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not currently under review elsewhere. The same work cannot be submitted as both a long paper and a short paper.
All submissions must be in English, in PDF format, and in ACM two-column format. Long paper submissions should not exceed 8 pages. Short papers should not exceed 4 pages. Suitable LaTeX and Word templates for ICTIR are available from the ACM website.
The algorithms, resources and methods used within a paper should be described as completely as possible. Authors may upload supplementary material, including detailed descriptions, test datasets, or code; however, this information is not part of the submission paper, and will be read only at the discretion of the reviewers.
The review process for all submissions is double-blind, and authors must take all reasonable steps to conceal their identity.
Submissions will be rejected without review if they are over the specified page limit, or if they violate the formatting guidelines, or if they are not anonymous, or if they are incomplete.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the conference submission system. Authors should carefully go through ACM’s authorship policy before submitting a paper.
The ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research related to the foundational aspects of Information Retrieval (IR).
The ICTIR 2018 organizing committee invites proposals for full-day and half-day workshops to be held at the ICTIR conference. ICTIR workshops provide a venue for exploring and discussing emerging research directions related to the foundational aspects of Information Retrieval (IR), including, for example, human search processes, search and recommendation, learning and optimization, language and representations, sensory information, artificial intelligence, ethics and responsibility. Proposals for highly interactive workshops are encouraged.
The format and content of each workshop will be determined by its organizers. Examples include Q&As, debates, panels, or even a competition or a challenge around an interesting and realistically sized dataset (possibly released by the workshop organizers for that purpose) that can be used to validate a theory or provide a clear message to the community as to which aspects need further (theoretical) investigation, based on the experimental findings.
The submission should be in PDF format and should not exceed 4 pages in ACM style.
The proposal should include the following information:
The proposal should be submitted via email to
"[ictir2018] workshop proposal" in the subject line.
May 16, 2018 Workshop proposals due
May 26, 2018 Workshops notifications
Emanuele Di Buccio (University of Padova, Italy)
The ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research related but not limited to IR Theory and Practice, User Aspects, IR System Architectures and Scalability, Content Representation and Processing, Evaluation, Machine Learning for IR, IR Applications, etc. The conference explicitly welcomes tutorials on core IR and on connections between IR and its neighbouring disciplines, especially on the topic listed in the call for papers.
Submissions should include tutorial details as well as an extended abstract specifying:
The tutorial proposal should be submitted via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline with
"[ictir2018] tutorial proposal" in the subject line.
May 26, 2018: Tutorial proposals due
June 5, 2018: Tutorials notifications
Haiming Liu (University of Bedfordshire, UK)
The conference will be held at the Tianjin Westin Hotel. From 24-hour Concierge Service to the ease of secure luggage storage, The Westin Tianjin guest experiences exceptional service and enjoys distinctive amenities that meet the individual needs of each traveller. We are dedicated to providing every convenience you may need for business, pleasure, and everything in-between, including a multilingual staff, currency exchange, and laundry/valet service.
Dawei Song, Tianjin University (China) and The Open University (UK)
Tie-Yan Liu, Microsoft Research Asia (China)
Le Sun, Chinese Information Processing Society of China
Peter Bruza, Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Massimo Melucci, University of Padua (Italy)
Fabrizio Sebastiani, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
Grace Hui Yang, Georgetown University (USA)
Emanuele Di Buccio, University of Padua (Italy)
Haiming Liu, University of Bedfordshire (UK)
Zhicheng Dou, Renmin University of China
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex (UK)
Jiafeng Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire (UK)
Peng Zhang, Tianjin University (China)
Bo Wang, Tianjin University (China)
Yuexian Hou, Tianjin University (China)
Sagar Uprety, The Open University (UK)
Qiuchi Li, University of Padua (Italy)
Cheng Zhang, Tianjin University (China)