Design of Experimental Search & Information REtrieval Systems

15-18 September 2020, Venice, Italy


DESIRES is a biennial retreat-like systems-oriented conference emphasizing the innovative technological aspects of search and retrieval systems.

DESIRES gathers researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to discuss the latest innovative and visionary ideas in the field.

DESIRES mainly encourages papers about innovative and risky information access and retrieval system ideas, systems-building experience and insight, resourceful experimental studies, provocative position statements, and new application domains.

Key facts

DESIRES is a single-track conference.

DESIRES invites two kinds of contributions: full papers (up to 6 pages) and abstracts (1 page).

To encourage authors to submit only their best work, each person can be an author or co-author of only a single full paper. That is, authors can submit only 1 (one) paper. Any author of a paper or prototype demo may additionally submit one abstract. Abstracts are expected to have a single author.

Call for Papers


DESIRES is a single-track conference. To encourage authors to submit only their best work, each person can be an author or co-author of only a single paper or demo. That is, authors can submit only 1 (one) paper.

DESIRES welcomes contributions focusing on implementation details, successful or failed reproducibility attempts, technological breakthroughs and new uses of old ideas.

Running prototypes and war stories are more than welcome.

Industrial and "real-world" experiences play a central role in DESIRES. For instance, papers discussing how well-established research ideas are implemented and used in commercial products are encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

More information about the contributions accepted are coming soon.

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

Submissions of papers must be in English, in PDF format, and in the current ACM two-column conference format. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from the ACM Website (use the \“sigconf\” proceedings template). Papers should be submitted electronically via the conference submission system.


The accepted (and presented) papers will be published as CEUR-WS proceedings freely available on-line: (Indexed by DBLP and Scopus). Modified or incremental versions of the papers included in the DESIRES proceedings can be submitted to other venues.
The scope of DESIRES is discussing ideas, not tying them.

Important Dates

Submission deadline:
24 April 2020, AoE
29 May 2020, AoE
30 June 2020, AoE
15-18 September 2020


Don Orione Artigianelli, Venice, Italy

The conference is residential (retreat-like) meaning that participants can be accommodated within the conference venue. We can also provide discounted prices and suggestions for hotels nearby.

Don Orione Artigianelli offers the following accommodation (breakfast included), prices per night:

  • single room: € 109,00
  • double room/single use: € 157,00
  • double room: € 188,00
  • triple room: € 238,00
  • quadruple room: € 287,00

There is a limited number of rooms within the conference venue. A FIFO assignment policy is adopted; priority is given to paper authors.


The venue is located in Sestiere Dorsoduro (hard ridge), on the wide Calle connecting Canal Grande by Gallerie dell’Accademia – which contains masterpieces of Venetian painters up to the 18th century, among them Giorgione, Carpaccio and Bellini – to the quayside Zattere and its wonderful walk along Giudecca Canal.

Through a small calle, in few minutes you can reach the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, or by crossing the Accademia Bridge in about 20 minutes, going through the most beautiful and exclusive shopping streets, you can reach the heart of Venice: St Mark’s Square.

Or by boat (vaporetto) you can reach in about 10 minutes, from Accademia stop, St Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge with its typical fish market.

For more information about how to get to Venice by plane, train, car or boat, please go here: Get to Venice.

Don Orione Artigianelli, Venice, Italy

In an atmosphere of ancient times, DESIRES takes place in an old monastery, restored and equipped with the latest technology. The centre "Don Orione Artigianelli" offers the opportunity to stay in a private and quiet place in the city centre of Venice, behind Gallerie dell’Accademia with direct overview on the Zattere quayside and on Giudecca Canal.

The entire building develops around three cloisters of 18th century and one cloister of 15th century near our Church of Santa Maria della Visitazione. Thanks to its vastness, its architecture, its gardens, its silence, our Center is an oasis inside the town: here even the rooms tell and create an atmosphere, by raising emotions.


General Chairs

Omar Alonso (Microsoft, USA)
Marc Najork (Google, USA)
Gianmaria Silvello (University of Padua, Italy)

Advisory Board

Maristella Agosti (University of Padua, Italy)
Ricardo Baeza-Yates (NTENT, USA; UPF, Spain; Univ. de Chile)
Bruce Croft (University of Massachusetts, USA)
J. Shane Culpepper (RMIT University, Australia)
Susan Dumais (Microsoft, USA)
Norbert Fuhr (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Donna Harman (NIST, USA)
Kalervo Jarvelin (University of Tampere, Finland)
Jan Pedersen (eBay, USA)
Gerhard Weikum (MPI, Germany)

Program Committee


The complete program will be defined in June 2020

All the events will take place at the conference venue.


Welcome reception

Welcome reception




Full conference day

There will be about four sessions, two coffee breaks and lunch.



Dinner will be served for all the participants in the cloister of the conference venue.




Full conference day

There will be about four sessions, two coffee breaks and lunch.


Social activity

We'll stroll around Venice, do some sightseeing or something else to be planned.


Social dinner

Dinner will take place in the city centre.




Half conference day

There will be about two sessions and one coffee break.


More information soon.

Contact us if you want to sponsor the conference:


Subscribe to the DESIRES Google group.


Registration shall open in May 2020.