Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval

SIGIR is the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval. The scope of the group's specialty is the theory and application of computers to the acquisition, organization, storage, retrieval and distribution of information; emphasis is placed on working with non-numeric information, ranging from natural language to highly structured data bases.

ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval
Parent organization
Association for Computing Machinery


The annual international SIGIR conference, which began in 1978, is considered the most important in the field of information retrieval. SIGIR also sponsors the annual Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) in association with SIGWEB, the Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), and the International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) in association with SIGKDD, SIGMOD, and SIGWEB.

SIGIR conference locationsEdit

Number Year Location
22 1999 Berkeley, California
23 2000 Athens
24 2001 New Orleans
25 2002 Tampere
26 2003 Toronto
27 2004 Sheffield
28 2005 Salvador, Bahia
29 2006 Seattle
30 2007 Amsterdam
31 2008 Singapore
32 2009 Boston
33 2010 Geneva
34 2011 Beijing
35 2012 Portland, Oregon
36 2013 Dublin
37 2014 Gold Coast, Queensland
38 2015 Santiago
39 2016 Pisa
40 2017 Tokyo
41 2018 Ann Arbor
42 2019 Paris
43 2020 Xi'an, China
44 2021 Montreal


The group gives out several awards to contributions to the field of information retrieval. The most important award is the Gerard Salton Award (named after the computer scientist Gerard Salton), which is awarded every three years to an individual who has made "significant, sustained and continuing contributions to research in information retrieval". Additionally, SIGIR presents a Best Paper Award [1] to recognize the highest quality paper at each conference. "Test of time" Award [2] is a recent award that is given to a paper that has had "long-lasting influence, including impact on a subarea of information retrieval research, across subareas of information retrieval research, and outside of the information retrieval research community". This award is selected from a set of full papers presented at the main SIGIR conference 10-12 years before.

SIGIR AcademyEdit

The ACM SIGIR Academy [3] is a group of researchers honored by SIGIR. Each year, 3-5 new members are elected for having made significant, cumulative contributions to the development of the field of information retrieval and influencing the research of others. These are the principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the discipline and/or industry through significant research, innovation, and/or service.

Inductees by yearEdit

Here are the inductees into the SIGIR Academy by year:

Year New members
2021 James Allan, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Nicholas Belkin, Andrei Broder, Jamie Callan, William Cooper, W. Bruce Croft, Susan Dumais, Edward Fox, Ophir Frieder, Norbert Fuhr, Marti Hearst, Kalervo Järvelin, Thorsten Joachims, Noriko Kando, Diane Kelly, Michael Lesk, Yoelle Maarek, Alistair Moffat, Marc Najork, C.J. van Rijsbergen, Stephen Robertson, Tefko Saracevic, Ellen Voorhees, Chengxiang Zhai

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "SIGIR Conference Best Paper Awards". Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  2. ^ "SIGIR Conference Test of Time Awards". Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  3. ^ "SIGIR Academy: Announcement and Call for Nominations" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-11-05.

External linksEdit

Category:Computer science awards