Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran is a Senior Research Associate on Computational and Systems Medicine at University College London, UK. She holds a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast, UK, and a Licentiateship (equivalent to MSc) in Computer Science from Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina. Her research interests are on data and metadata management for large-scale distributed systems, including knowledge representation and federated ontology-based queries for biomedical applications.
Andy is a Reader in Information Retrieval in the School of Informatics at City University, and currently co-directs the Centre of Interactive Systems Research with Prof Stephen Robertson of Microsoft Research Cambridge. He is the past Chair of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group and is a long standing member of that SG.
Benno Stein is chair of the Web Technology and Information Systems Group at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (www.webis.de). His research focuses on the theory, on algorithms, and on innovative tools for information retrieval and data mining. He is chair of the international workshop series TIR on Text-based Information Retrieval, initiator and co-organizer of PAN, a research network that is dedicated to authorship modeling and text misuse detection, and spokesman of the forthcoming Digital Bauhaus Lab (www.digital-bauhaus-lab.de). Professional background: Study at the Technical University of Karlsruhe. Dissertation and habilitation in computer science at the University of Paderborn. Appointed as full professor at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in 2005. Research stays at IBM, Germany, and the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley.
Cathal Gurrin is the SFI Stokes lecturer at the School of Computing at Dublin City University, Ireland. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the department of computer science at the University of Tromso, in Norway. His research centers on human digital memories and the challenges of developing a new generation of search-engine and content-understanding tools to support users in gathering and searching huge personal life-blog archives. He is also a faculty member of the Centre for Sensor Web Technologies at Dublin City University and University College Dublin. He has published more than 75 book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers.
Carsten Eickhoff is a Ph.D. student at Delft University of Technology. His main research interests are information retrieval, natural language processing and crowdsourcing. In particular, he investigates multi-dimensional notions of document relevance. In 2013, he organized the 13th edition of the Dutch-Belgian workshop on information Retrieval.
Claudia Hauff is a postdoctoral researcher at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. She received her PhD in information retrieval from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her research interests include retrieval evaluation, retrieval on the social Web and query performance prediction.
Charlie Hull runs Flax, open source search specialists based in Cambridge, U.K. Flax build search applications based on open source software for clients worldwide.
David Elsweiler is a lecturer and post-doctoral researcher at the Chair for Information Science at the University of Regensburg. Previously, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Erlangen. He completed his PhD at the University of Strathclyde. While primarily active in the field of Information Retrieval, his research interests lie in the broader aspects of Information Behaviour. His work tries to understand how people find, manage and re-find information, the problems they experience while performing these activities and design systems to provide support in overcoming these difficulties.
Deirdre Lungley recently completed her PhD at the University of Essex, exploring adaptive Information Retrieval, and is currently involved in a research collaboration with the University of Trento. Her research interests include query log mining and query classification.
Frank Hopfgartner is lecturer at Technische Universität Berlin and director of the Competence Center Information Retrieval & Machine Learning at DAI Lab. He holds a PhD in Information Retrieval from the University of Glasgow. After his PhD, he worked as researcher in Dublin, Berkeley and London, respectively. So far, he has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed books, international journals, conferences (e.g., VLDB, ACM MM, ECIR) and workshops with a main research focus on the evaluation of adaptive information retrieval systems, concept based retrieval and the automated evaluation of interactive information retrieval systems. Frank served as program committee member of international conferences and workshops (e.g., WWW, ACM SIGIR), as well as frequent reviewer for established journals (e.g., Multimedia Tools and Applications, Behaviour and Information Technology Journal, Human-Computer Studies) and conferences (e.g., CHI, CIKM, JCDL). He was involved in the organisation of conferences, workshops (e.g., at UMAP, IIiX) and a summer school on multimedia semantics (SSMS'07).
Franco Maria Nardini is currently a research fellow at ISTI-CNR in Pisa. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa in 2011 discussing his thesis "Query Log Mining to Enhance User Experience in Search Engines". His research interests are mainly focused on Information retrieval and Web mining. His work is focused on developing techniques for extracting and exploiting valuable knowledge from the behavior of Web search engine users, and on the use of those techniques within efficient and effective solutions to increase the user experience in Web search engines.
Ingo is a senior lecturer in computer science at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton, UK. His research focuses on different aspects of information retrieval, in particular formal models for user-oriented search and digital libraries, with emphasis on polyrepresentation, annotation-based retrieval, interactive quantum-based IR and probabilistic and logic-based models. Consulting projects provide him with an opportunity to apply the knowledge he gained over several years to real life tasks. His research related activities include his engagement as managing editor of the International Journal on Digital Libraries and as editorial board member of the German Datenbank-Spektrum (the joint journal of the German IR and Database Special Interest Groups). As a member of the steering committees of both the German Information Retrieval Special Interest Group and the BCS Information Retrieval Study Group (BCS-IRSG) he is trying to bridge the gap between these groups. He has also been involved in organising workshops and conferences as local, programme and proceedings chair, as member of the programme committee and as a reviewer.
Jolanta Mizera-Pietraszko is a Ph.D. Fellow at Institute of Informatics, Faculty of Computer Science and Management, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. Her research interests are mainly focused on multilingual search engines, parallel languages, bi-text processing, bilingual question answering systems and multilingual digital libraries. She invented an innovative language and system independent asymmetric translation technology entitled An Approach to Analysis of Machine Translation Precision by Using Language Pair Phenomena, Invention number P387576 registered on 23.03.2009 by the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland. She in an FP7 Expert for the European Commission in Brussels, an Expert in R&D projects for the Ministry of Science, an Evaluator of English Course books for the Ministry of Education. She gave a tutorial on Translation Component as an Impact Factor on the Retrieval Results at Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, an Association of Computing Machinery Board Member for Computing Reviews, US. She reviews up-to-date software release and books for the British Computer Society, London, UK. She is an IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries Fellow. She has been invited to serve on International Program Committees of the conferences in the UK, Czech Republic, India and Poland. Her projects have achieved recognition from the university, the European Union, foreign scientific institutions and the Polish Ministry of Science.
John Tait obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1983 for a thesis entitled “Automatic Summarising of English Text”. He subsequently followed a career in industry, mainly working on problems of large scale information retrieval and management, before taking up a post at the University of Sunderland in 1991, where he eventually became Professor of Intelligent Information Systems and Associate Dean of Computing And Technology, as well as leading the University of Sunderland Information Retrieval Group. He now runs his own boutique consultancy, specialising in patent search and other areas of specialised information management. John is Chair of the BCS IRSG, a past Programme Committee chair of the ACM SIGIR conference (2005), an Associate Editor of ACM Transaction on Information Systems, joint Editor of Natural Language Engineering and has published over 100 refereed conference and journal papers. His current research focuses on problems of multi-lingual search and on patent retrieval.
Katherine Allen is Business Development Director for Information Today Europe, and Conference Director for the Enterprise Search Europe series of events as well as Streaming Media Europe and Internet Librarian International.
Dr Michael Oakes is a Senior Lecturer in Computing and has a PhD in information retrieval associated with search engine technology. His research interest is in corpus linguistics, discovering differences between the types of English used throughout the world. Currently, he is writing an article on disputed authorship, plagiarism software and spam filters for the Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics.
Marianne Sweeny started out as an information architect in 1997. She transitioned to optimizing search systems after studying information retrieval at the University of Washington. Through her company Daedalus Information Systems, she offers strategic search consulting for organic, paid and enterprise search systems. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norbert Fuhr received a master degree and a PhD (Dr.) in computer science from the TU Darmstadt He was assistant professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt and associate professor at the Technical University of Dortmund. Since 2002, he s a full professor in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Fuhr has published more than 200 papers in the fields or IR, databases and digital libraries. He is a past chair of the IR specialist group of the German Informatics Society from 1991-2008, acted as program chair of the major international IR conferences and sits on the editorial boards of three international journals. In 2012, he received the Gerard Salton Award of ACM-SIGIR
Nandita Tripathi has a PhD from the University of Sunderland, UK. Her main research interests are Information Retrieval, Data Mining, Text Analytics, Unstructured Data and Machine Learning.
Paul Matthews is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies at the University of the West of England at Bristol, involved in research and teaching in Information Science, Web Development and Interaction Design. He is also pursuing a part-time DPhil in knowledge exchange and the social web, currently focusing on social Q&A.
Sascha Kriewel attained a diploma in computer science at the University of Dortmund in Germany before joining the research group of Norbert Fuhr in Duisburg. He holds a Doctorate of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) from the University of Duisburg-Essen, where he is currently working as a teamleader within the European Khresmoi project.
Christa Womser-Hacker is full professor of Information Science at the University of Hildesheim, Germany and director of the Department of Information Science and Natural Language Processing. Prior to her current position, she was an assistant professor at the University of Regensburg, were she got her Ph.D. and Venia Legendi from. Her Ph.D. thesis addressed evaluation aspects of patent information retrieval. The post-doctoral thesis (German “Habilitation”) was concerned with a model for meta information retrieval. Christa Womser-Hacker has published many articles, two books and conference proceedings related to the field of Information Science. She has been a reviewer for several scientific journals and a member of program boards of workshops and conferences. Currently, she is a member of several scientific advisory boards: of GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, and of the German Institute of Sports Sciences. Furthermore she participates in the management board of the German Association for Information Science, the Information Retrieval Specialist Group in the German Computer Society, and the German HCI group. Her main research focus is in cross-lingual information retrieval, user-friendly, intercultural human-computer interaction for information and learning systems and information seeking behaviour. Since the beginning she has been involved in the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF), the European IR evaluation initiative. Thomas Mandl is professor for Information Science at the University of Hildesheim in Germany where he is teaching within the programme International Information Management. He studied information and computer science at the University of Regensburg in Germany, the University of Koblenz and at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, USA. Thomas Mandl first worked as a research assistant at the Social Science Information Centre in Bonn, Germany. He received both a doctorate degree in 2000 and a post doctorate degree (Habilitation) in 2006 from the University of Hildesheim. His research interests include information retrieval, human-computer interaction and internationalization of information technology and he has published some 200 papers on these topics. He has been the speaker of the special interest group in information retrieval (FGIR) and is currently member of the management board of the special interest group on human-computer interaction of the German Computer Science Society (GI).
Tony Russell-Rose is founder and director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications. Previously Tony has led R&D teams at Canon, Reuters, HP Labs and BT Labs, and seems happy to work with pretty much any organisation that has 'Labs' in the title. He is Honorary Visitng Fellow at City University London and is co-author of 'Designing the Search Experience: the Information Architecture of Discovery' (Morgan Kaufmann, 2012).
Tyler Tate is co-founder and user experience lead at TwigKit where he has helped government and blue-chip organisations build superb search experiences. Tyler organises the Enterprise Search London meetup and has written for a number of publications including A List Apart, Boxes & Arrows, and Smashing Magazine. Before focusing on search, Tyler designed web applications from CMS to CRM.
Udo Kruschwitz is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex. His main interests are in information retrieval and natural language engineering. He has been a member of the IRSG committee for a few years now and enjoys in particular being involved in organising events such as Search Solutions and ECIR Industry Day which aim at bringing together academia and industry. He co-chaired SIGIR 2012 Industry Track.