Conference Review

PhD Students and Mentors at the 2018 SIGIR Doctoral Consortium

SIGIR 2018 Review

The 41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval took place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor July 8th – 12th 2018. As usual, the conference was highly competitive, with a 21% acceptance rate for long papers! For the first time, China surpassed the USA with most accepted papers. […]

Playing our way to understanding language: Workshop report for Games4NLP at LREC’18

Playing our way to understanding language: Workshop report for Games4NLP at LREC’18

Fresh back from Miyazaki, Japan and my mind is buzzing with new ideas about how language researchers can leverage the power of games to create and annotate language resources. The Games4NLP workshop aimed to promote and explore the possibilities for research and practical applications of using games and gamification for the creation of language resources […]

ECIR 2018 Conference Review

ECIR 2018 Conference Review

The 40th edition of European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2018, was held in the picturesque city of Grenoble, France. The conference was hosted in Minatec, which boasts of a nice view of the Alps right from the conference venue. A perfect weather and central location meant the attendees could indulge in some sightseeing in […]

Conference Review: Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Information Foraging 2017

The Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Information Foraging (ASIRF) took place at Schloss Dagstuhl in Saarland (a Southwest German state) between October 1st and 6th, 2017. The School covered user- and system-oriented information retrieval (IR), with lectures given by leading researchers in the field—including Norbert Fuhr, a Salton Award winner. ASIRF was attended by 24 […]

A captive audience - an essential ingredient of Search Solutions

Search Solutions 2017: The Misinformation Age

Fake news, misinformation and toxic content were certainly the central theme to this years annual one day Search Solutions conference at the BCS headquarters in London. There were many other great presentations of the day to discuss as, but did not have the essence of relevance of the central theme of the day. MISINFORMATION The […]

SIGIR 2017: Typhoon, Earthquake, and Godzillas

The International ACM Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR) was held in the land of rising sun for its 40th meeting. The conference was hosted at Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo and ran from Monday the 7th until Friday the11th of August. Keio Plaza is a 47-story building located in the […]

University of Ca' Foscari, Venice.

7th Italian Information Retrieval (IIR) Workshop

The aim of the Italian Information Retrieval (IIR) workshop is to provide an annual meeting where Italian researchers, and especially early stage researchers like PhD students, of the area of IR and related disciplines can present ongoing works and projects as well as results and innovative developments, and exchange information and ideas in an informal […]

Jaime Teevan

ECIR 2017 conference review

For its 39th edition, the European Conference in Information Retrieval (ECIR) returned, after 20 years, to Aberdeen, Scotland. The conference was organized by the School of Computing Science and Digital Media at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and took place in two separate venues: tutorials and workshops were held at RGU’s Garthdee campus, while the main […]

What a programme!

ECIR 2017 Industry Day Review

The tradition of closing out ECIR with industry day continued for its 11th year in Aberdeen, Scotland.  This year’s event was co-organized and moderated by Udo Kruschwitz and Tony Russell-Rose.  For those who made the trip up north, a potpourri of exciting applications of academic research in IR and NLP was presented, including event detection […]