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just before the welcome party. A week
before the conference, I received an e-mail from the secretary of the session,
Maram Hasanain, a graduate student
in computer science (CS) at Qatar University, asking if I would like to prepare
a one-minute introduction of myself
for the session. I was so overwhelmed
by her beautifully written e-mail,
and the excitement of a first-time contact with someone from Qatar, that I
immediately accepted her invitation.
The session started with one-minute presentations by:
˲Vanessa Murdock, Principal Applied Researcher at Cortana Research,
˲ Grace Hui Yang, associate professor at Georgetown University.
˲ Sahar Asadi of Spotify (digital music service), USA.
˲ Mei Kobayashi, an applied mathematician turned big data algorithms
specialist. She is the first female manager in Customer Service of NTT Communications, Tokyo.
˲ Zehong Tan, Senior Software Engineer on the Search Team for eBay, USA.
˲ Maria Maistro, a Ph.D. student at the
University of Padua, Italy, who works on
IR evaluation with a focus on query log
analysis to integrate user search behavior
into the evaluation process. Maria is a co-author of On Including the User Dynamic in
Learning to Rank ( http://dl.acm.org/cita-
tion.cfm?id=3080714) at SIGIR 2017.
˲ Nazli Goharian, professor of computer science at Georgetown University, who works on health search and
mining, including clinical and radiological reports, social media posts for
mental health and adverse drug reactions, summarization, and decision
support systems. She is a co-author of
Contextualizing Citations for Scientific
Summarization using Word Embeddings
and Domain Knowledge (https://arxiv.
org/abs/1705.08063) at SIGIR 2017.
˲ Tingting Dong, researcher at System Platform Research Laboratories,
NEC, Japan, who works on diversification and summarization of video search
results to provide well-organized and
intuitive views for users.
˲Harumi Murakami, professor of
the Graduate School for Creative Cit-
SIGIR 2017: Diversity
August 13, 2017
Hello and welcome!
Diversity was a central theme in
the ACM SIGIR 2017 held in Shinjuku
Ward in Tokyo, Japan. Upon arrival,
all registrants were given a beautiful
keychain and card as commemora-
tive gifts from the local organizers to
celebrate the 40th anniversary of the
“… the 40th Anniversary Logo…fea-
tures Mt. Fuji, a view of Shinjuku sky-
scrapers, including the Tokyo Metropoli-
tan Government (Office), as seen from
Keio Plaza the conference hotel, and fire-
works celebrating the 40th anniversary.
The colorfulness of the fireworks and the
circles within and enclosing the logo rep-
resent diversity and inclusion.”
SIGIR 2017 featured a session on
Women in IR (Information Retrieval)
organized by Laura Dietz of the Univer-
sity of New Hampshire on the first day,
Women, Minorities in
Mei Kobayashi describes activities to support diversity and
inclusion at the annual meeting of the ACM Special Interest Group
on Information Retrieval in Tokyo this summer.