The 36th European Conference on Information Retrieval

13-16 April, 2014 Amsterdam

Welcome to the ECIR 2014 Website

The annual European Conference on Information Retrieval is the main European forum for the presentation of new research results in the field of Information Retrieval. ECIR encourages the submission of high quality research papers on a variety of topics reporting original, previously unpublished results.

We are happy to welcome you to the beautiful city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the 36th ECIR conference which takes place from the 13th to the 16th of April in 2014. The conference is organised by the Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam (ISLA) at the University of Amsterdam.


Stay tuned for updates. More information regarding location, invited speakers, program and everything else will be released as it comes. For real-time news, please follow @ECIR2014 on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

April 13, 2014 | Get the ECIR 2014 Program Booklet

We have published a PDF of the ECIR 2014 program booklet. Download it by clicking the cover, below. The program booklet is designed by Rutger de Vries/

ECIR 2014 Program Booklet

April 5, 2014 | ECIR Program in Google Calendar/iCal/XML

With the conference around the corner, we have published our program in several formats. Get the different flavors here:

March 6, 2014 | Student travel grants and gold sponsorship from ELIAS

We are happy to announce the gold sponsorship commitment of ELIAS.

ELIAS is an ESF Research Networking Programme, which offers funding opportunities for research meetings (conferences, workshops) with a focus on evaluation-related research, and individual researchers in the area of evaluation and simulation.

ELIAS has agreed to support ECIR 2014 with a gold sponsorship, securing a total of 6 student travel grants!

February 27, 2014 | Early registration rate ends March 5th

*** The special early registration rate ends on Wednesday, March 5th! ***

If you plan to visit ECIR 2014, make sure to register before next Wednesday. To see how much this will save you, please take a look at the overview of registration fees.

For further information and details concerning registration, head on over to the Registration page.

February 21, 2014 | NWO sponsorship

We are happy to announce sponsorship of the NWO. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research commits to a silver sponsorship. Thanks for the support, NWO!

January 16, 2014 | Opening Keynote by Eugene Agichtein

The Karen Spärck Jones Award for 2013 has been awarded to Eugene Agichtein, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Emory University, Atlanta, USA.
Congratulations to Eugene! We’re very excited that Eugene will give the opening keynote at ECIR 2014. For the title and abstract of his keynote, check back soon.

December 10, 2013 | Accepted papers

The full ECIR ’14 Proceedings are available now at Springer

Full papers

Reducing Reliance on Relevance Judgments for System Comparison by Using Expectation-Maximization

Ning Gao (University of Maryland, College Park), William Webber (William Webber Consulting), Douglas Oard (University of Maryland, College Park)

Leveraging Dynamic Query Subtopics for Time-aware Search Result Diversification

Tu Ngoc Nguyen (L3S Research Center, Germany), Nattiya Kanhabua (L3S Research Center, Germany)

Exploring the Space of IR Functions

Parantapa Goswami (Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France), Simon Moura (Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France), Eric Gaussier (Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France), Massih-Reza Amini (Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France), Francis Maes (University of Leuven — KU Leuven, Belgium) (more…)

December 6, 2013 | Keynote: Gilad Mishne – Real-time search at Twitter

Gilad Mishne (@gilad), head of search at Twitter, will give a plenary keynote on Wednesday, 16th April, jointly opening the industry day and final day of the main conference. His keynote will be on Real-time search at Twitter, see the abstract below.

Date: April 16th, 09:15 – 10:15

Speaker: Gilad Mishne

Title: Real-time search at Twitter

Abstract: Twitter’s search engine faces some of the most unique challenges in information retrieval and distributed systems today. On the scaling front, it’s a relatively young system with a massive user base, billions of queries daily, and many billions of indexed documents – with thousands being added every second. On the ranking side, the combination of realtime and social requires new solutions to relevance estimation for newly-created documents, blending different types of live content, evaluation in the absence of direct user feedback, and more. On top of this, the dynamic nature of a nascent company and product leads to a multitude of operational challenges and opportunities.
In this talk, I’ll cover some of these challenges and how we approach them at Twitter.

December 4, 2013 | Registration now open

With the notifications being sent out yesterday (congrats to all authors!), we have opened registration for ECIR 2014. You can register via the Registration page, where you’ll also find some additional information concerning cancellation policy and requesting visa support letters.

Remember, you’ll benefit of the early bird discount if you register before March 5th, 2014!

November 29, 2013 | Call for Volunteers Posted

We have published the call for volunteers, if it’s not in your inbox yet, you can read it below!

In summary:

  • Volunteers receive student fee waivers that comprise admission to the main conference, the tutorials, the workshops, and the conference banquet;
  • Preference will be given to full-time students that are presenting their work at the conference (however, those not presenting at the conference are eligible to apply as well);
  • All applicants must be full-time students at the time of the conference

For all details, check read the full call for volunteers.

Call for volunteers