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UIIRS 2015 : 1st Workshop on Usefulness in Interactive Information Retrieval Systems


When Sep 14, 2015 - Sep 18, 2015
Where Posnan, Poland
Submission Deadline Jun 5, 2015
Notification Due Jul 1, 2015
Final Version Due Aug 31, 2015
Categories    information retrieval   logging   user

Call For Papers

1st Workshop on
Usefulness of Interactive IR Systems


In conjunction with the TPDL 2015 in Posnan, Poland
14-18.09.2015, Poznan, Poland

Workshop 2015:

TPDL 2015:


Important dates
Submission deadline July 5, 2015
Notification of acceptance July 31, 2015
Early registration deadline August 14, 2015
Camera-ready copy due August 31, 2015

Claus-Peter Klas, Peter Mutschke
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany

Motivation, Goals and Objectives
Information Retrieval (IR) systems aim at helping a user to solve an information seeking problem. There is a long-standing tradition in IR research to measure the quality of an IR system in terms of the relevance of the documents returned (so-called Cranfield paradigm). However, due to the high interactivity of current IR systems it turned out that pure relevance-based measures fail to capture many factors that should be taken into account for IR evaluations, such as learning, task completion and effort. Current IR research therefore started to "take a broader perspective of the information seeking process to explicitly include users, tasks, and contexts in a dynamic setting" (Cole et al. 2009). This novel paradigm in IR evaluation expands the perspective to the entire search process instead of just evaluating single search results (cp. Dumais 2012). In addition, modern digital libraries offer more functionality besides search e.g. – browsing relations, recommender, storing and structuring information, sharing information -- broadening the user-system interaction possibilities. These interactions lead to more valuable data for a better understanding of user needs and contexts and what is useful or not.
The notion of usefulness was first introduced by Cole et al. (2009) as a general criterion evaluating "how well the user is able to achieve their goal". However, there is still a lack of computational usefulness metrics that can be taken to evaluate interactive IR systems.
The main goal of the workshop is to provide an international forum for discussing novel approaches that might contribute to an approximation of usefulness in interactive information retrieval. The workshop aims at bringing together experts from both 'user' and 'system' oriented information retrieval for a fruitful exchange of ideas and discussion how to tackle the evaluation of interactive IR from the perspective of usefulness.
The long-term research goal is to develop and evaluate new approaches for measuring usefulness of interactive IR systems. More specifically, we address questions such as:
* What is usefulness and how can it be measured?
* How can logging tools and frameworks look like to better capture usefulness?
* How can usefulness be evaluated?
* What can usefulness contribute to the improvement of interactive IR systems?

Workshop Topics
Contributions are solicited on, but not limited to, following topics:
* Evaluation of interactive information retrieval
* Information seeking behavior
* Task based user modelling, interaction and personalization
* Logging frameworks for sessions and tasks
* Analyzing user behavior

Format, Structure and Audience
The format of the workshop should reflect a form of grass root movement, meaning to go bottom up in order to identify real measurements, to analyze existing logs and the gap in logs to measure usefulness along several dimensions. The workshop will be a half-day workshop with a keynote speech and paper sessions laying the ground of understanding in the morning. The paper sessions will focus on the following four areas:
* Theoretical measures for usefulness
* Logging tools and frameworks: Capture user behavior beyond sessions
* Case studies on usefulness
* Evaluations on usefulness

For the second session we plan a world cafe format to enable brainstorming of ideas and deeper discussions of the approaches presented in the morning. We intend to have four discussion rounds of 15-20 minutes at four tables which are moderated by the organizers and/or participants. The participants should move from table to table after each round. In the final session the discussion result will be presented by the moderators.
It workshop is intended for researchers in the field of interactive information retrieval and digital libraries and librarians interested in a better understanding of users and user needs and provide better system support to enhance the digital libraries systems.

Full Papers (6 to 8 pages): Full papers, describing advanced or completed work
Short Papers (4 pages): Position papers or work in progress
Poster and Demonstrations (2 pages): Poster and presentation of systems or prototypes

Submissions have to follow the Springer LNCS Author Guidelines1 and should be submitted as
PDF files to EasyChair: . All submissions
will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. At least one author per paper needs
to register for the workshop and attend the workshop to present the work. In case of no-show the paper (even if accepted) will be deleted from the proceedings AND from the program.

Workshop proceedings will be deposited online in the CEUR workshop proceedings publication service (ISSN 1613-0073). This way the proceedings will be permanently available and citable (digital persistent identifiers and long term preservation). All accepted workshop papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Program Committee
* Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow, UK
* Nickolas Belkin, Rudgers University, USA
* Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
* Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina, USA
* Claus-Peter Klas, GESIS-Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany
* Peter Mutschke, GESIS-Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany
* Vivien Petras, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
* Chirag Shah, Rudgers University, USA

* Cole, M., Liu, J., Belkin, N. J., Bierig, R., Gwizdka, J., Liu, C., Zhjang, J., Zhang, X. (2009): Usefulness as the Criterion for Evaluation of Interactive Information Retrieval. Proc. HCIR, 1-4.
* Dumais, S. (2012): Whole-session evaluation of interactive information retrieval systems. Compilation of Homework, NII Shonan Workshop, Oct 8-12, 2012,

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