Ann Arbor chosen as site of 2018 ACM SIGIR conference

The 41st annual conference of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in July 2018, officials of the organization announced Thursday at the 2015 conference in Santiago de Chile.

SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques for information retrieval (IR). The conference annually attracts 500-600 of the world’s leading information retrieval experts from academia and industry. Presentations include papers, posters, tutorials, workshops and demonstrations focused on research and development related to IR.

Members of the 2018 conference organizing committee from the University of Michigan are general co-chairs Kevyn Collins-Thompson and Qiaozhu Mei, associate professors in the School of Information; Vinod Vydiswaran, conference treasurer and assistant professor in the Medical School; and Dragomir Radev, senior advisor and professor in the School of Information, the College of Engineering and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. 

“We're delighted and honored to be hosting ACM SIGIR 2018 in Ann Arbor,” said Collins-Thompson. “The city of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan bring together all the elements that make a highly desirable conference venue: a beautiful setting, easy travel access, a vibrant intellectual venue and a culturally rich, diverse community.”

Ann Arbor, Michigan is home to the University of Michigan, one of the world’s premier research institutions. The city has a population of 115,000 and is located in southeast Michigan, just 20 miles from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, a major international hub.

The sites for the SIGIR conference rotate between three regions: North and South America; Europe and Africa; and Asia and Australia. The 2016 SIGIR conference will be held in Pisa, Italy, and in 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. 

Posted on August 13, 2015