SILS to host first ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval in March

January 25, 2016

The first annual ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2016) will be held on March 13-17 in Chapel Hill. The conference represents a merger of two successful past events, the Information Interaction in Context conference (IIiX) and the Human Computer Information Retrieval symposium (HCIR), which have run since 2006 and 2007, respectively.

CHIIR (pronounced “cheer”) is a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval. The conference focuses on elements such as human involvement in search activities and information seeking and use in context.

Conference sponsors include SIGIR, SIGCHI, Microsoft Research, Google, and Lucidworks. UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Professor Diane Kelly and Assistant Professor Rob Capra are serving as conference co-chairs, and several SILS faculty and Ph.D. students are working on the local organizing committee to make the conference a success. 

“We are excited to host the inaugural CHIIR since human information interaction and retrieval represents one of the research and teaching strengths of our school,” Kelly said. “While the topics covered by this conference have engaged information and library science researchers and practitioners for quite some time, the widespread use of information search systems in the last 15 years have really created a need for a dedicated venue to discuss issues surrounding information search and information search systems.” 

Keynotes will be delivered by Mark Ackerman, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Michigan, and Pia Borlund, Professor in Interactive Information Retrieval at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Registration for the conference is still open, with discounted rates available to ACM and SIGIR professional members. Visit for more information. You can also stay up-to-date by following the conference on Twitter @ACM_CHIIR.