Accepted Papers

Author Title
Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio, Maria Maistro and Daniel Zilio Gamification for Machine Learning: The Classification Game
Matthew Barr, Kay Munro and Frank Hopfgartner Increasing Engagement with the Library via Gamification
Ioannis Karatassis and Norbert Fuhr Gamification for WebSAIL
Yuan Jin, Mark Carman and Lexing Xie A Little Competition Never Hurt Anyone's Relevance Assessments
Michael Meder, Till Plumbaum and Sahin Albayrak Learning Gamification Design – An Usability First Approach for the Enterprise Infoboard Experiment
Laura Guillot, Quentin Bragard, Ross Smith, Dan Bean and Anthony Ventresque Towards a Gamified System to Improve Translation for Online Meetings
Andreas Leibetseder and Mathias Lux Gamifying Fitness or Fitnessifying Games: a Comparative Study

Workshop registration

All workshop participants must register. Workshop registration is through the SIGIR conference registration website. Because the early registration deadline (May 19, 2016) falls before the paper acceptance date for some workshops, the organizers have generously set the same fee for early and regular registration (of course, this applies to workshops only, not the conference fee). The organizers have tentatively fixed July 12, 2016 as the last day for regular registration; after that registration will be on-site, and at a higher fee.

Keynote Speaker: Sebastian Deterding

We are very pleased to announce our outstanding keynote speaker:

Sebastian Deterding Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York

Keynote Title: Desperately Seeking Theory: Gamification, Design, Data, Machine Learning, and the Promise of Double Loop Learning Systems

sebastian_deterdingSebastian Deterding is a designer and researcher working on playful and motivational design for human flourishing. He is a senior research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York. Founder and principal designer of the design agency coding conduct, he has created engaging experiences touching millions of users for clients including the BBC, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and KLM. He has keynoted and presented at venues including Lift, GDC, Games Learning Society, Google, IDEO, Playful, and Web Directions. He is founder of the Gamification Research Network, and co-editor of “The Gameful World” (MIT Press, 2015). He lives online at

Call for papers – GamifIR 2016

Third International Workshop on Gamification for Information Retrieval (GamifIR 2016)

Held in conjunction with SIGIR 2016
Pisa, Italy
21 July 2016

Call for Papers – Deadline: May 29, 2016


Many research challenges in the field of IR rely on tedious manual labour. Canonical examples include the manual feedback required to assess the relevance of documents to a given search task or the evaluation of interactive IR approaches. Performing these tasks through Crowdsourcing techniques can be useful, but often fail when motivated users are required to perform a task for reasons other than just being paid per click. A promising approach to increase user motivation is by employing Gamification methods which has been applied in various environments and for different purposes, such as marketing, education, pervasive health care, enterprise workplaces, e-commerce, human resource management and many more.

The Third International Workshop on Gamification for Information Retrieval (GamifIR 2016) focuses on the challenges and opportunities that Gamification can present for the IR community. The workshop, organized in conjunction with SIGIR 2016, aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from a wide range of areas including game design, information retrieval, human-computer interaction, computer games, and natural language processing.

Topics of Interest

In this workshop we want to discuss and learn from planned and already executed studies and utilization of Gamification. Therefore we invite the submission of position papers as well as novel research papers and demos addressing problems related to Gamification in IR. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Gamification approaches in a variety of contexts, including document annotation and ground-truth generation; interface design; information seeking; user modelling; knowledge sharing
  • Gamification in Crowdsourcing
  • Gamification to IR teaching
  • Gamification in recommender systems and apps
  • User engagement and motivational factors of Gamification
  • Player types, contests, cooperative Gamification
  • Long-term engagement
  • Search challenges
  • Gamification design
  • Applied game principles, elements and mechanics

Submissions from outside the core IR community and from industry are actively encouraged.


We plan to use Zoho ShowTime for highly interactive workshop presentations. With ShowTime we want to keep your audience engaged by giving them the possibility to send you questions and live feedback. You can find more details at

Submission Details

All papers should be 2-6 pages long (in PDF format) following the ACM proceedings format. LaTeX and Word templates are available at: Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. We plan to publish the papers as CEUR Workshop Proceedings.

Please submit your papers in PDF format through:

We aim for an interactive and dynamic full-day workshop that will be a mix of keynotes, paper and demo presentations as well as discussion sessions.

Previous GamifIR

Program Committee

  • Omar Alonso, Microsoft Research (USA)
  • Raian Ali, Bournemouth University (UK)
  • Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow (UK)
  • Jon Chamberlain, University of Essex (UK)
  • Sebastian Deterding, University of York (UK)
  • Carsten Eickhoff, ETH Zurich (CH)
  • Christopher G Harris, State University of New York (USA)
  • Hideo Joho, University of Tsukuba (JP)
  • Till Plumbaum, TU Berlin (GER)
  • Ashok Ranchod, University of Southampton (UK)
  • Thomas Springer, TU Dresden (GER)
  • Susanne Strahringer, TU Dresden (GER)
  • Albert Weichselbraun, University of Applied Sciences Chur (CH)
  • Lincoln Wood, The University of Auckland (NZ)

Organizing Committee

  • Frank Hopfgartner, University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
  • Gabriella Kazai, Semion Ltd. (United Kingdom)
  • Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex (United Kingdom)
  • Michael Meder, TU Berlin (Germany)

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: May 29, 2016
  • Notification date: June 19, 2016
  • Camera-ready due: July 3, 2016
  • Workshop date: July 21, 2016