Important Dates

  • Submissions: 3rd Feb 2012
  • Notifications: 24th Feb 2012
  • Camera Ready: 2nd March 2012
  • Workshop: 1st April 2012



9 exciting papers accepted.

Keynote annouced: Elaine Toms.



We'll be using the #search4fun hashtag where possible



9 Papers Accepted

We've accepted 9 great papers from industry and academia across 6 different countries in Europe. 8 if you separate England, Scotland, and Wales in the UK. It's set to be an exciting workshop, with Elaine Toms as the keynote too!

About the Workshop

People spend more and more time online, not just to find information, but with the goal of enjoying themselves and passing time. Research has begun to show that during casual-leisure search, peoples’ intentions, their motivations, their criteria for success, and their querying behaviour all differ from typical web search, whilst potentially representing a significant portion of search queries. This workshop will investigate searching for fun, or casual-leisure search, and aims to understand this increasingly important type of searching, bring together relevant IR sub-communities (e.g. recommender systems, result diversity, multimedia retrieval) and related disciplines, discuss new and early research, and create a vision for future work in this area.

Searching for fun can be different in several ways:

  • Many search sessions are not initiated in response to a specific information need, but in response to a mood or physical state, a desire to be distracted from some aspect of life, or just in a response to having some free time.
  • These needs can be met without eventually finding specific information, despite finding lots of results.
  • Any Information needs in these sessions are optional and often transient.
  • If an Information need is present, actually resolving them is also optional.

Read more in our proposal document.

There are lots of other open questions relating to searching for fun: What are people’s querying patterns like in these situations? How can systems, models, and algorithms better support users in this behaviour? What are the best approaches or measures to evaluate solutions? These are important questions for the domain of information retrieval, and so ECIR is a key venue for gathering searchers from around the world to talk about searching for fun.