Understanding the User

Modern information search systems can benefit greatly from using additional information about the user and the user's behavior. Feedback data based on direct interaction (e.g., clicks, scrolling, etc.) as well as on general user profiles/preferences has been proven valuable for personalizing the retrieval process. New technology has made it inexpensive and easy to collect more feedback data and more different types of data (e.g., gaze, emotional, or biometric data). The workshop focuses on discussing and identifying most promising research directions with respect to logging, interpreting, integrating, and using feedback data. Ultimately, it will be aimed at arranging a commonly shared collection of user interaction logging tools for various purposes and based on a variety of feedback data sources. The workshop brings together researchers from IR as well as from human-computer interaction.


Logging and interpreting user interactions in information search and retrieval


Workshop proceedings can be found at CEUR-WS. pdf

Papers online.

Program slightly changed.

How to get there? Go to the workshop registration at Egan Hall (building 60 on NEU campus; see http://sigir2009.org/venue). Student volunteers will direct you to the workshop location from there.

Review notifications sent out. List of accepted papers online.

Extended submission deadline for papers and position statements: June 15, 2009

March 26, 2009: Call for papers call for papers (pdf)

March 11, 2009: Workshop website online



  • Nicholas J. Belkin, Rutgers University, USA
  • Ralf Bierig, Rutgers University, USA
  • Georg Buscher, DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Ludger van Elst, DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Jacek Gwizdka, Rutgers University, USA
  • Joemon Jose, Glasgow University, Scotland
  • Jaime Teevan, Microsoft Research, USA