2nd International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval (CAIR'18)


SIGIR 2018

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CAIR'18 Workshop Report

Damiano Spina, Jaime Arguello, Hideo Joho, Julia Kiseleva, and Filip Radlinski. 2018. CAIR'18: Second International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval at SIGIR 2018. SIGIR Forum 52, 2 (December 2018), 111-116. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3308774.3308793



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 Second International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval (CAIR'18) will again 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-modal 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.

Important Dates

        • Early-Bird Submission Due: April 12, 2018
        • Regular Submission Due: May 4, 2018
        • Early-Bird Notification: May 4, 2018
        • SIGIR 2018 Early-Bird Registration Due: May 5, 2018
        • Regular Notification: May 25, 2018
        • Camera Ready Submission Due: June 22, 2018
        • Workshop: July 12, 2018

Accepted Papers

  • Interactive Search through Iterative Refinement. Muuo Wambua (University of Toronto), Stefania Raimondo (University of Toronto), Jennifer Boger (University of Waterloo), Jan Polgar (Western University), Hamidreza Chinaei (University of Toronto) and Frank Rudzicz (Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN; University of Toronto; Vector Institute)

Accepted papers will have 15 minutes for an oral presentation (+ 5 additional minutes for questions & answers). Authors are also invited to bring a poster.

Invited Speakers

Emory University


Date: Friday, July 12, 2018

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Venue: The Michigan League, 2nd Floor, Hussey Room

Program at a Glance

  • Welcome
  • Keynote Talk I: Brian Storpe (Google)
  • Coffee Break
  • Oral Session 1
  • Lunch Break
  • Oral Session 2
  • Keynote Talk II: Eugene Agichtein (Emory University)
  • Coffee Break
  • Joint Panel with KG4IR + Closing




Keynote Talk I: Brian Strope (Google)


Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:00

Oral Session I

12:00 - 1:30pm

Lunch Break


Oral Session II


Keynote Talk II: Eugene Agichtein (Emory University)

Conversational Search with Voice-based Assistants: The case of News Search Enrico uh Suggestion


Poster Discussions


Coffee Break


Poster Discussions


Panel Discussion - Together with KG4IR workshop

Program Committee

    • Claudia Hauff (TU Delft)
    • Gareth Jones (Dublin City University)
    • Ido Guy (eBay Research)
    • Jeffrey Dalton (University of Glasgow)
    • Jiepu Jiang (UMass Amherst)
    • Ben Lambert (Spotify)
    • Johanne R. Trippas (RMIT University)
    • Karthik Raghunathan (MINDMELD)
    • Paul Thomas (Microsoft Research)
    • Imed Zitouni (Microsoft Research)


  • Jaime Arguello (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Hideo Joho (University of Tsukuba)
  • Julia Kiseleva (University of Amsterdam)
  • Filip Radlinski (Google)
  • Damiano Spina (RMIT University)

Steering Committee

    • Lawrence Cavedon (RMIT University)
    • Fernando Diaz (Spotify)
    • Dilek Hakkani-Tur (Google)
    • Mark Sanderson (RMIT University)
    • Milad Shokouhi (Microsoft)
    • and organisers