by Jochen L. Leidner and Ingo Frommholz
SIGIR 2019 in Paris in July. This is a report of some of the highlights of ECIR this year with no claims of representativeness.
Part I – Impressions and general Trends
Search is alive and happy as a field of research. Both theoretical and applied papers were presented, and the conference is growing. This year, for the first time in 40 years, the printed proceedings came in two volumes. This year, both main search events, ECIR and the forthcoming SIGIR are held in Europe, which is trying to catch up given the traditional US/China co-dominance. ECIR was attended by people from the USA to China, from India to Israel, from Austria to Australia: it was good to see this European conference has its geographic scope steadily growing. Out of all 165 full papers submitted from 50 countries, 39 “long paper” contributions were accepted (23% acceptance rate). The themes that were used to structure these were: