Call for Presentations (Industry Days)

Important Dates

  • Submission of Abstracts: 10 May 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: 07 June 2019
  • Conference: 09-12 September 2019

The CLEF Conference addresses all aspects of Information Access in any modality and language. In 2019, the CLEF conference will be held for the first time in Switzerland and in collaboration with the Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services. This year, CLEF is open to a wider, industrial community.
The CLEF Industry Days are foreseen to bring together practitioners from industry and transfer-minded members of the academic community. They will allow the interaction between the scientific community and this wider audience through presentations, demo sessions, panels and special keynotes.
Both members from industry and from the academic community are invited to contribute to the Industry Days. Presentations should focus on lessons learned and technology transfer to address such a wider, mixed audience. Ideally, they are use-case oriented and have both technical depth as well as practical applicability.


Topics of interest includes (but are not limited to):
  • Information Access in any Language or Modality: information retrieval, image retrieval, question answering, search interfaces and design, infrastructures, etc.
  • Analytics for Information Retrieval: theoretical and practical results in information access data analysis, data enrichment, etc.
  • User studies either based on lab studies or crowdsourcing.
  • Past results/run deep analysis both statistically and fine grain based.
  • Evaluation Initiatives: conclusions, lessons learned, impact and projection of any evaluation initiative after completing their cycle.
  • Evaluation: methodologies, metrics, statistical and analytical tools, user groups and use cases, impact of multilingual/multicultural/multimodal differences, etc.
  • Technology Transfer: economic impact/sustainability of information access approaches, deployment and exploitation of systems, use cases, etc.
  • Interactive Information Retrieval Evaluation: the interactive evaluation of information retrieval systems using user-centered methods, evaluation of novel search interfaces, novel interactive evaluation methods, simulation of interaction, etc.
  • Specific Application Domains: Information access and its evaluation in various domains (e.g. digital libraries, social media, health, legal, books, plants, etc.)
  • New data collection with potential high impact on future research, specific collections from companies or labs, multilingual collections.
  • Work on data from rare languages, collaborative, social data.
Accepted submissions will be presented in English by the authors on Thursday 12 September 2019 at the Industry Days of the conference. The duration of each talk is 20 minutes + 5 mins Q&A.


Submissions should be in PDF format and have a maximum length of 2 pages and contain all of the following elements:
  • a title
  • an abstract of no more than 200 words and explaining the business impact / innovation
  • an outline of the intended talk
  • a short author biography
The program committee will carefully review the submissions. Excellent content demonstrating business impact and innovation in the submission are mandatory for acceptance. All submissions and updates on submissions are done through:
An extended abstract of the presentations will be included in the CLEF proceedings.


Conference Chairs

Fabio Crestani, Universitá della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland
Martin Braschler, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland

Program Chairs

Jacques Savoy, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria

Evaluation Lab Chairs

Henning Müller, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland
David Losada, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Industry Chair

Gundula Heinatz, Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services, Switzerland