Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Information Foraging 2018

What is ASIRF?

The Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Information Foraging 2018 (ASIRF) provides an introduction to advanced topics of Information Retrieval and Information Foraging. The aim is to shed light on the latest developments in the areas of information retrieval models, information retrieval systems, evaluation as well as information interaction and human information foraging behaviour.

The School is not only aimed at the Information Retrieval Community, but also addresses related areas of computer science. In addition to introductory and fundamental topics of contextual and interactive information retrieval, current research questions are addressed in particular.

When/Where will the conference take place?

Location: Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Center for Informatics (

Date: 16. - 21. September 2018


  • Information Behaviour and User Interfaces (Christa Womser-Hacker, University of Hildesheim, Germany)
  • Foundations of Information Retrieval (Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom)
  • Interactive Information Retrieval (Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Collaborative Information Retrieval (Stefanie Elbeshausen, University of Hildesheim)
  • Methodology of Interactive Information Retrieval Studies (Pia Borlund, University of Copenhagen)
  • Information Retrieval for the Digital Humanities (Andreas Henrich, University of Bamberg, Germany)
  • Fake News Detection (Ahmet Aker, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Argumentation Retrieval and Analysis (Henning Wachsmuth, University of Paderborn, Germany)
  • Information Retrieval Systems (Ralf Schenkel, University of Trier, Germany)

How to register?

The following early bird prices apply for participants until 15. July:

B.Sc./M.Sc. Students (Member of Gesellschaft für Informatik)

200,00 €

B.Sc./M.Sc. Students

220,00 €

Researchers (Member of Gesellschaft für Informatik)

300,00 €


350,00 €

Industrial Sector (Member of Gesellschaft für Informatik)

550,00 €

Industrial Sector

600,00 €

An invoice will be sent to the participants, which must be paid before the event. It is possible to cancel participation in the conference free of charge until July 15. After July 15th, a new participant must be found so that the cancellation is free of charge.

In addition to the participation fees, there is a fee of 350 € for an accomodation of five days with full board in a single room at Dagstuhl. Double rooms are subject to availability, ideally with a second person. A double room with full pesion costs 55 € per night and 275 € for the full five days. The bill for the overnight stay will be paid on-site.

Student Grants

Thanks to the generous support of ACM SIGIR, a number of student grants are now available for participation in the 2018 Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Information Foraging. A student grant will cover the cost for room and board (probably in a double room) in Schloss Dagstuhl and most of the registration fee; grant holders will pay a reduced registration fee of 50€. Depending on the number of grants awarded, there may also be a small amount for travel support.

To apply for a student grant, send an email to schenkeluni-trierde with the following attached as a PDF:

  • a valid certificate of enrollment as a student in an institution of higher education
  • a short CV covering higher education and work experiences (max 2 pages)
  • a short letter of motivation in English of max. 1 page, including current knowledge about IR

Priority will be given to students who would not be able to attend the school without the grant. The deadline for applying is Sunday, July 22, 2018; applicants will be notified about the decision shortly after that.

Previous Schools

The school stands in the tradition of the German "Herbstschule Information Retrieval" and the "Summer School Information Foraging" organized by Radboud University Nijmegen. More information can be found in last years program or in the conference review.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Schenkel, University of Trier
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg-Essen
Dr. Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire