Design of Experimental Search & Information REtrieval Systems

30 August - 1 September 2022, San Jose, California, USA


DESIRES needs to be done in presence to favor participation and discussion!

DESIRES speakers need to present in person and not online.

Anyhow, if there are particular health conditions or VISA issues, the speakers can present online.

Key facts

DESIRES is a biennial 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.

DESIRES is a single-track conference.

DESIRES invites four kinds of contributions: full papers (10 pages), prototypes (6 pages), open-problems in IR (3 pages), and abstracts (2 pages).

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 may additionally submit one abstract and one open-problems in IR paper. Abstracts and open-problem papers are expected to have a single author.

Call for Papers

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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 prototype. That is, authors can submit only 1 (one) paper. Plus, a paper author may also submit 1 (one) abstract or an open problem in IR.

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.

DESIRES invites four kinds of contributions (note that the layout is single column):

  • Full papers (up to 10 pages + references). Papers usually lack rigorous frameworks, simulations of performance, or prototype implementations but present a radical departure from conventional approaches that enables new applications. Accepted full papers will typically be presented in 20 minutes with (at least) 10 minutes for questions and discussion. There will be a discussant for each paper that will read the paper in advance and prepare questions (plus questions from the audience). DESIRES values discussion, so we'll avoid to say "you may want to discuss this off-line".
  • Prototypes (up to 6 pages + references). The prototype descriptions generally are a detailed report on successes and mistakes. Accepted prototype papers will typically be presented in 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and discussion.
  • Abstracts (2 pages + references). Ideas that are too half-baked for a paper or demo proposal are good candidates for an abstract. Any author of a paper or prototype demo may additionally submit one abstract. Abstracts are expected to have a single author. Accepted abstracts are presented in a gong-show style.
  • Open Problems in IR (up to 3 pages + references). We are looking for abstract-like papers framing an important but unsolved problem in IR. "Open-Problems" papers are expected to have a single author. Any author of a paper, prototype demo, or abstract may additionally submit one "Open-Problems" paper.

Submission Guidelines

Papers must be submitted electronically via the conference submission system.

When you submit a paper, please specify the type of the submission by adding the type between square brackets after the title.
For example, if the title of you paper is "The perfect ranking function", you may submit it as:

  • The perfect ranking function [Full paper]
  • The perfect ranking function [Prototype]
  • The perfect ranking function [Abstract]
  • The perfect ranking function [Open-problem]

The review process is single-blinded. No anonymization is required both for full or short contributions.

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

The accepted papers might be extended in length before publication to add reproducibility details, minor experiments or other additional material useful to improve the paper and its comprehension.

Submissions of papers must be in English, in PDF format, and in the CEUR-ART single column style.



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 is on 15 June 2022 AOE 4 July 2022 AOE .
Notifications will be on 30 July 2022. Conference dates: 30 August 2022 to 1 September 2022.


San Jose, California, USA

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General Chairs

Omar Alonso (Amazon, USA)
Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Institute for Experiential AI, Northeastern University, USA)
Tracy Holloway King (Adobe, 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

Krisztian Balog (University of Stavanger, Norway)
B. Barla Cambazoglu (RMIT University, Australia)
Arjen de Vries (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
Laura Dietz (University of New Hampshire, USA)
Fernando Diaz (Google, USA)
Nicola Ferro (University of Padua, Italy)
Evgeniy Gabrilovich (Google, USA)
Claudia Hauff (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Panos Ipeirotis (New York University, USA)
Hideo Joho (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Vasileios Kandylas (Microsoft, USA)
Emre Kiciman (Microsoft, USA)
Jaap Kamps (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Vasileios Kandylas (Microsoft, USA)
Matthew Lease (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Jimmy Lin (university of Waterloo, Canada)
Donald Metzler (Google, USA)
Stefano Mizzaro (University of Udine, Italy)
Yashar Moshfeghi (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Josiane Mothe (Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse, France)
Isabelle Moulinier (Thomson-Reuters, USA)
Ahmed Mourad (The University of Queensland, Australia)
Smruthi Mukund (Twitter, USA)
Jeremy Pickens (Opentext, USA)
Martin Potthast (Leipzig University, Germany)
Tony Russell-Rose (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
Tetsuya Sakai (Waseda University, Japan)
Ian Soboroff (NIST, USA)
Damiano Spina (RMIT University, Australia)
Paul Thomas (Microsoft, USA)
Andrew Trotman (University of Otago, Australia)
Olivier Van Laere (Apple Inc., USA)
Wouter Weerkamp (TomTom, USA)
Cong Yu (Google, USA)
Hamed Zamani (University of Massachusetts, USA)

Inclusion Chair

Maria Maistro (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Organization Chair

Valerie Cruz (Northeastern University, USA)

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