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BCS IRSG Search Solutions 2008

Tuesday, 23rd of September, BCS Central Office London

Presentations can now be downloaded!

Latest Developments in Search and Retrieval

Search Solutions is a special one-day event dedicated to the latest innovations in information search and retrieval. In contrast to other major industry events, Search Solutions aims to be highly interactive and collegial (with attendance limited to 60-80 delegates) and features a high quality technical programme.

The format of the event will include presentations, panels and case studies in which invited speakers present and share opinions and expertise.

The event should appeal to designers, developers, end users or indeed anyone interested in hearing the latest developments in web and enterprise search.

See Last year's Search Solutions (SSE2007) is online and includes pictures and audio from the day.

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We are happy to announce that, this year's event will be sponsored by Trexy.


09:30 - 10:00 Registration and coffee
Session 1: (Chair: Tony Rose)
  • 10:00 Introduction Tony Rose, UXLabs
  • 10:10 "Open Search including Search Monkey and other recent developments" Sian Clark, Yahoo (download)
  • 10:35 "Simple techniques for effective web search" Milad Shokouhi, Microsoft (download)
  • 11:00 "Innovating with Search: Views from the Customers' Perspective" Nick Townsend, FAST (download)
11:25 - 11:45 COFFEE BREAK
Session 2: (Chair: Andy MacFarlane)
  • 11:45 "Automatically analyzing word of mouth" Thijs Westerveld, Teezir (download)
  • 12:10 "Trexy - Still Searching for Trails" Nigel Hamilton, Trexy (download)
  • 12:35 "Making a simple question into a complicated query" Richard Boulton, Lemur Consulting (download)
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH
Session 3: (Chair: Leif Azzopardi)
  • 14:00 " Data and Personalized Music Recommendations" Elias Pampalk, (download)
  • 14:25 "The Seven Critical Elements of Search Engine Marketing" Gary Jennings, WebOptimiser (download)
  • 14:50 "AmbieSense and mobile search" Ayse Goker, AmbieSense
15:15 - 15:40 TEA BREAK
Session 4: (Chair: Alex Bailey)
  • 15:40 "Federated Semantic Searching using SPARQL", Andrew Maisey, Solcara (download)
  • 16:05 "Meaning Based Computing: Beyond Search", Fernando Lucini, Autonomy (download)
  • 16:30 Panel: "Here Comes Everybody"
    How can information get organised, classified and categorised without an organisation to do it? Mass participation is part of the answer, whether it is conscious "folksonomic" tagging and ranking of photos, movies, blog posts etc., or Amazon's exploitation of the buying habits of its readers, or Google's automated mass observation. This is a chance to consider the relative merits of the "wisdom of crowds" versus the wisdom of subject experts. Everybody's views are welcome -- naturally!

17:00 - 19:00 DRINKS RECEPTION


The Search Solutions Event will be held in the BCS Central London Office .
BCS, 1st Floor
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA


To register, please complete one of the following forms and fax to +44(0)1793 417444
Or post to Gemma Liddiard, BCS, 1st Floor, Block D, North Star House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1FA
For other enquires regarding registration contact Gemma via Email: or: Telephone: +44(0)1793 417656.
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Registration fees are as follows:

Early Bird Rate until the 7th of September
BCS or BCS-IRSG member rate: £119
Non-member rate: £129

Normal Rate
BCS or BCS-IRSG member rate: £139
Non-member rate: £149

Registration fees include lunch and a copy of the proceedings.
Tea and coffee will also be available throughout the day followed by a drinks reception.


If you have any enquires about the event please contact Tony Rose
E: tgr [at] tonyrose [dot] net


Tony Rose, BCS-IRSG
Andy MacFarlane, City University
Alex Bailey, Google
Leif Azzopardi, Glasgow University