International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval (CAIR)

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Recent advances in commercial conversational services that allow naturally spoken and typed interaction, particularly for well-formulated questions and commands, have increased the need for more human-centric interactions in information retrieval. The International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval (CAIR) will bring together academic and industrial researchers to create a forum for research on conversational approaches to search. A specific focus will be on techniques that support complex and multi-turn user-machine dialogues for information access and retrieval, and multi-model interfaces for interacting with such systems. We invite submissions addressing all modalities of conversation, including speech-based, text-based, and multimodal interaction. We also welcome studies of human-human interaction (e.g., collaborative search) that can inform the design of conversational search applications, and work on evaluation of conversational approaches.

Steering Committee

  • Jaime Arguello (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

  • Lawrence Cavedon (RMIT University)

  • Dilek Hakkani-Tür (Amazon)

  • Hideo Joho (University of Tsukuba)

  • Julia Kiseleva (University of Amsterdam)

  • Filip Radlinski (Google)

  • Mark Sanderson (RMIT University)

  • Damiano Spina (RMIT University)

  • Paul Thomas (Microsoft)

  • Johanne R. Trippas (The University of Melbourne)

Past Steering Committee Member

  • Fernando Diaz (Google)

  • Milad Shokouhi (Microsoft)


Please contact the workshop organisers via cair-organisers at googlegroups dot com for any enquiries.