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ProfS 2018 : First International Workshop on Professional Search


When Jul 12, 2018 - Jul 12, 2018
Where Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Submission Deadline May 4, 2018
Notification Due May 25, 2018
Categories    information retrieval

Call For Papers


ProfS2018: First International Workshop on Professional Search
Co-located with SIGIR 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA -- 12 July 2018

Professional search in specific domains has been addressed in IR research over the last decades. Although each domain (e.g. legal, medical, academic, governmental) has its own idiosyncrasies, professional search tasks have specific requirements in common that are different from requirements of generic web search engines. These requirements follow directly from the context and needs of professional searchers: Searchers in different domains often exhibit particular search behavior different from general Web search. These unique behavioral patterns can be both a nature of the profession as well as a result of using a particular professional search tool.

This workshop will address the specific requirements for professional search from multiple angles; covering many different facets of professional search in an interactive setting where researchers work with input from information professionals to their mutual benefit. The workshop will deliver a roadmap of research directions for the years to come.


We invite submissions of research papers and position papers with a maximum length of four pages ACM style. The selection of papers is based on relevance, quality and diversity. The workshop is also open for papers presenting work in progress and challenges of new projects.

List of topics:

* distributed and federated search in professional search environments;
* multi-modal and multi-lingual search in professional environments;
* supporting exploratory search and complex,high-value search tasks;
* the collection and analysis of information needs in professional search domains;
* comparison of search needs, approaches and behavior patterns across different professions;
* the evaluation of longitudinal, recall-oriented tasks;
* multi-faceted evaluation of professional search tasks;
* analysis of session log data for complex search tasks;
* beyond the search engine result page: browsing, reading, analyzing and using retrieval results;
* personalization and information recommendation for professional search;
* search applications in a professional context (such as enterprise search, e-discovery and email search);
* the evaluation and improvement of specialized search tools in working environments.

Important Dates
May 4, 2018: Workshop papers due
May 25, 2018: Workshop papers notification
July 12, 2018: Workshop day

Organising committee:
Jiyin He, CWI, the Netherlands
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex, UK
Birger Larsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Tony Russell-Rose, UXlabs, Guildford, UK
Suzan Verberne, Leiden University, the Netherlands
Arjen P. de Vries, Radboud University, the Netherlands

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