1st International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval (CAIR'17)


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CAIR'17 is over!

1st CAIR workshop was a great success with over 70 people registered! Thank you everyone who was involved in the workshop. You can see the archive of CAIR'17 from Twitter timeline.

Stay tuned for CAIR'18!

Workshop Program

Workshop program is now available!

Accepted Papers

A list of accepted papers is here!

Student Travel Grant

Thanks to SIGdial, a travel grant is available for a student of oral presentation. See here for the details.

Invited Speakers

We are very pleased to announce that we have two invited speakers from leading organizations as follows.

  • Ron Kaplan (Amazon)
  • Jason Williams (Microsoft Research)

Important Dates

We have extended our submissions to a two-round system!

  • 1st Round Submission for Early Bird Registration
    • Submission Due: May 10, 2017 (Extended)
    • Notification: May 30, 2017
    • SIGIR 2017 Early-Bird Registration Due: May 31 June 5, 2017 (JST)
  • 2nd Round Submission for Regular Registration
    • Submission Due: June 10, 2017 (New)
    • Notification: June 29, 2017
    • SIGIR 2017 Regular Registration Due: June 30, July 9, 2017 (JST) (Extended)
  • Camera-ready copy Due: July 14, 2017
  • Workshop: August 11, 2017


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 First International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval (CAIR'17) 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.


The workshop welcomes a broad range of studies that can contribute to the development of conversational approaches to IR. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Query understanding and search process management

  • Processing verbose natural language queries
  • Processing noisy ASR queries
  • Query intent disambiguation, clarification, confirmation
  • Query suggestion
  • Relevance feedback in conversational search
  • Voice-based search engine operations
  • Dialogue schema for conversational search

Search result description (presentation)

  • Audio-based search result presentation and summarization
  • Conversational navigation of search results
  • Knowledge graph presentation in conversational search
  • Advertisements in audio-based search result presentation

Ranking algorithms

  • Ad-hoc spoken search
  • Spoken search in session
  • Search result diversification


  • Building test collections for conversational search
  • Development of new metrics to measure effectiveness, engagement, satisfaction of conversational search


  • Intelligent personal assistance
  • Intelligent home assistance using voice / speech oriented devices
  • Proactive search/Recommendation
  • Collaborative search
  • Hands free search (e.g., in car, kitchen)
  • Search for visually impaired users
  • Search for low literacy users
  • Integration with existing technologies


  • Long paper: 4-6 pages

Accepted long papers will have an oral presentation at the workshop.

  • Short paper: 2-3 pages

Short papers can include position papers and panel discussion proposals, in addition to the latest findings of your work. Accepted short papers will have a poster presentation at the workshop.

All submissions will be reviewed by the PC committee chaired by the workshop organisers. Submissions must include the name and affiliations of authors.


  • Jaime Arguello (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Lawrence Cavedon (RMIT University)
  • Hideo Joho (University of Tsukuba)
  • Filip Radlinski (Google)
  • Milad Shokouhi (Microsoft)

Steering Committee

  • Fernando Diaz (Spotify)
  • Dilek Hakkani-Tür (Google)
  • Mark Sanderson (RMIT University)
  • Damiano Spina (RMIT University)
  • and organisers

PC Members

  • Fabio Crestani (University of Lugano)
  • Roi Blanco (University of A Coruña)
  • Jeffrey Dalton (Google)
  • Ido Guy (Yahoo Research)
  • Jiepu Jiang (UMass Amherst)
  • Gareth Jones (Dublin City University)
  • Ben Lambert (Spotify)
  • Karthik Raghunathan (MINDMELD)
  • Ruihua Song (Microsoft)
  • Amanda Stent (Yahoo)
  • Paul Thomas (Microsoft)
  • Johanne Trippas (RMIT University)


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