Report on the Future Conversations Workshop at CHIIR 2021

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Damiano Spina
Johanne R Trippas
Paul Thomas
Hideo Joho
and others


The Future Conversations workshop at CHIIR’21 looked to the future of search, recommendation, and information interaction to ask: where are the opportunities for conversational interactions? What do we need to do to get there? Furthermore, who stands to benefit?

The workshop was hands-on and interactive. Rather than a series of technical talks, we solicited position statements on opportunities, problems, and solutions in conversational search in all modalities (written, spoken, or multimodal). This paper {co-authored by the organisers and participants of the workshop{ summarises the submitted statements and the discussions we had during the two sessions of the workshop.