The ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) provides a forum to present and discuss research related to the theory and practice of Information Retrieval (IR). Previous iterations of the conference have been held in the USA, China, and several European countries. IR technology harnesses Big Data and represents one of the most prominent and successful application areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It powers a wide spectrum of search and recommender systems, ranging from Web search (Google) to e-commerce (Amazon) to recommendations (Netflix) to personal digital assistants (SIRI, Alexa or the Google Assistant). The conference will call for papers on topics of current interest in the field: system and user aspects of search, content representation, machine learning, and applications such as recommender systems and conversational assistants. By sharing findings on foundational and methodological topics of IR, the research dissemination enabled by ICTIR supports the ongoing research in the IR field as a whole. Bringing the international IR research community to Norway will support the potential initiation of research collaborations between Norwegian IR researchers on the one hand, and international researchers from USA, China, India, and other leading countries in the field on the other. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are taking appropriate measures to ensure that the conference goes ahead, either in a physical or in a virtual form.
Project leader: Krisztian Balog
Institution: Institutt for data- og elektroteknologi