Workshop on Group Membership and Search

Moscow, Russia, 24 March 2013

In the early years of information retrieval (IR), the focus of research was on systems aspects such as crawling, indexing, and relevancy ranking. Over the years, more and more user-related information such as click information or search history has entered the equation, creating more and more personalized search experiences, though still within the scope of the same overall system.

Though fully personalized search is probably desirable, this individualistic perspective does not exploit the fact that a lot of a user's behavior can be explained through their group membership. Children, despite individual differences, share many challenges and needs; as do men, Republicans, Chinese or any user group.

This workshop takes a group-centric approach to IR and invites contributions that either (i) propose and evaluate IR systems for a particular user group or that (ii) describe how the search behavior of specific groups differ, potentially requiring a different way of addressing their needs.

Topics of Interest

GRUMPS welcomes contributions on any issue concerning adapting search for specific user groups and, in particular, on:

  • Understanding of search behavior and relevance criteria of specific user groups
  • Identifying labeled user groups from search behavior
  • Using specific user features (e.g. demographic) for personalized advertising/sponsored search
  • Understanding the effects of domain expertise, age, user experience and cognitive abilities on search goals and results evaluation
  • Development of test collections for evaluation of personalized search systems focused on users with specific features
  • Search interfaces and result representation for people with specific needs and specific interests

Important Dates

Papers deadline: January 18, 2013
Acceptance notification: January 28, 2013
Camera-ready version: February 8, 2013
Workshop: March 24, 2013

All due dates are defined in terms of times before 11:59pm, Hawaii time (i.e., UTC/GMT - 10 hours) of the due date.

Submission Details

We welcome 2-4 page position papers to be presented as short talks and 6-8 page full papers to be presented as regular talks. Please submit your papers through Easychair Grumps 2013.

Submissions should follow the CEUR style: two-column, without page numbers included. Accepted papers will be published as CEUR Workshop Proceedings and will be available for free download.

All submissions must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Please ensure that any special fonts used are included in the submitted documents. All papers must be original and must not have been published or under review elsewhere.

Program Comittee Members

  • Udi Weinsberg (Technicolor)
  • Carlos Castillo (QCRI)
  • Marty Hearst (UC Berkeley)
  • Ed Chi (Google)
  • Kevyn Collins-Thompson (Microsoft)
  • Andrew MacFarlane (City University London)
  • Bernard James Jansen (Penn State University)
  • Alejandro Jaimes (Yahoo!)
  • Haibin Cheng (Facebook)

Workshop Organizers



ECIR 2013