Spring 2016

Editorial

Conferences in Italy - a no-brainer

Welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of Informer! We know we are a bit late this time but we wanted to find out how eagerly people are awaiting our next issue (not quite an A/B test but close enough) and yes, the readers’ response was overwhelming and we promise not to delay the delivery of a future issue again – ever!

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Conference Review: ECIR 2016

The 38th European Conference in Information Retrieval (ECIR), after 9 years of absence from Italy, comes back to Padua with an exceptional organisation made by the department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Padua, which did not disappoint any expectation. Padua, the learned Padua, gem of beauty and wisdom, is a city that stands on the Bacchiglione river in Veneto at just 30 km west from its chef-lieu, Venice. The fifth oldest university in the world, the loggia of the Palazzo Della Ragione, the world famous Scrovegni Chapel decorated by Giotto, the conviviality of the Pedrocchi Café, the elliptical shape Prato Della Valle square, the colours of the world’s first Botanical Garden, are just some of the things Padua offers to its visitors.

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First International Workshop on Recent Trends in News Information Retrieval (NewsIR’16)

News + IR = NewsIR'16 (demonstrated by our distinguished keynote speaker Jochen Leidner)

The First International Workshop on Recent Trends in News Information Retrieval (NewsIR’16) was held as part of the ECIR 2016 conference in Padua (Italy) on 20 March 2016. The workshop provided an opportunity for a diverse group of stakeholders—researchers, professionals and practitioners—involved in news-related information to come together and discuss the latest and most powerful uses of IR technology applied to news sources. Interest in the subject, combined with appropriate management and good advertisement, resulted in a fairly successful turn-out: more than 40 attendees were present in the room at all times and for all sessions. To take full advantage of the wide range of perspectives brought by the participants, the presentations were brief and allowed time for questions. Additionally, there were plenty of opportunities for networking during the coffee and lunch breaks, poster and break-out sessions, and the welcome reception at the end of the day.

 

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Events Spring 2016

One Day Events

FINREC 2016: 2nd International Workshop on Personalization & Recommender Systems in Financial Services. Of interest to members working in the area of either personalisation or recommender systems for search. 16th June 2016. Bari, Italy. https://finrec2016.wordpress.com/

Conferences/Workshops

SDM’16: THE 16th SIAM International conference on Data Mining. Of interest to members working in the area of Data Mining and Search. 5-7 May 2016, Hilton Miami Downtown, Miami, Florida, USA. http://www.siam.org/meetings/sdm16/

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