[Elsnet-list] 2nd CfP: Gamification for Information Retrieval @ ECIR'14, Keynote by Richard Bartle

Kruschwitz, Udo udo at essex.ac.uk
Mon Jan 13 17:21:55 CET 2014


Gamification for Information Retrieval (GamifIR'14) Workshop
in conjunction with ECIR 2014
Amsterdam, Netherlands
13 April 2014

+++ UPDATE: Keynote +++
We are pleased to announce that Prof. Richard Bartle (University of Essex, UK) agreed to provide a keynote presentation at GamifIR’14. Prof. Bartle is best known for having co-written in 1978 the first virtual world, MUD, and for his 1996 Player Types model which has seen widespread adoption by the MMO industry. His 2003 book, "Designing Virtual Worlds", is the standard text on the subject, and he is an influential writer on all aspects of MMO design and development. In 2010, he was the first recipient of the prestigious GDC "Online Game Legend" award.


Gamification is the application of game mechanics, such as leader boards, badges or achievement points, in non-gaming environments with the aim to increase user engagement, data quality or cost effectiveness.  A core aspect of gamification solutions is to infuse intrinsic motivations to participate by leveraging people's natural desires for achievement and competition. While gamification, on the one hand, is emerging as the next big thing in industry, e.g., an effective way to generate business, on the other hand, it is also becoming a major research area. However, its adoption in Information Retrieval (IR) is still in its infancy,  despite the wide ranging IR tasks that may benefit from gamification techniques. These include the manual annotation of documents for IR evaluation, the participation in user studies to study interactive IR challenges, or the shift from single-user search to social search, just to mention a few.
This workshop focuses on the challenges and opportunities that gamification can present for the IR community. The workshop aim to bring together researchers and practitioners from a wide range of areas including game design, information retrieval, human-computer interaction, computer games, and natural language processing.

Topics of Interest

We invite the submission of position papers as well as novel research papers and demos addressing problems related to gamification in IR. Topics include but are not limited to:
        - Gamification approaches in a variety of information-seeking contexts
        - User engagement and motivational factors of gamification
        - Player types, contests, cooperative games
        - Challenges and opportunities of applying gamification in IR
        - Gamification design and game mechanics
        - Game based work and crowdsourcing  
        - Applications and prototypes
        - Evaluation of gamification techniques
Submissions from outside the core IR community and from industry are actively encouraged.

Submission Details

All papers should be 2-5 pages long (in PDF format) following the ACM proceedings format and must be submitted electronically by 5 February 2014 through the EasyChair submission page:
The submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the program committee. We are planning for a highly interactive workshop where all accepted papers will be presented in boaster+poster format.

Program Committee

Omar Alonso, Microsoft Research (USA)
Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Yoram Bachrach, Microsoft Research (United Kingdom)
Regina Bernhaupt, Université Paul Sabatier (France)
Jon Chamberlain, University of Essex (United Kingdom)
Edwin Chen, YouTube/Google (USA)
Sebastian Deterding, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)
Carsten Eickhoff, TU Delft (The Netherlands)
Rosta Farzan, University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Christopher G Harris, The University Of Iowa (USA)
Shaili Jain, Microsoft (USA)
Hideo Joho, University of Tsukuba (Japan)
Mounia Lalmas, Yahoo! Labs (Spain)
Edith Law, Harvard University (USA)
David Parkes, Harvard University (USA)
Massimo Poesio, University of Essex (United Kingdom)
Falk Scholer, RMIT (Australia)
Craig Stewart, Coventry University (United Kingdom)
Elaine Toms, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Arjen de Vries, CWI (The Netherlands)
Albert Weichselbraun, University of Applied Sciences Chur (Switzerland)
Lincoln C. Wood, Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)

Organizing Committee

Frank Hopfgartner, TU Berlin (Germany)
Gabriella Kazai, Microsoft Research (United Kingdom)
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex (United Kingdom)
Michael Meder, TU Berlin (Germany)

Important Dates

Submission: 5 February 2014
Notification: 5 March 2014
Camera-ready: 15 March 2014
Workshop: 13 April 2014

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