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Search Solutions 2012

Search Solutions 2010

Wednesday 28th November, Covent Garden, London

Tutorial Programme

Search Solutions now includes a Tutorial Programme to offer conference attendees and local participants a stimulating and informative selection of practical training courses reflecting current topics and state-of-the-art methods in search and information retrieval.

These tutorials will be presented by subject matter experts and will reflect the high academic and professional standards of the Search Solutions conference series.


  • 09:30-13:00

Applications of Text Processing

(Dr. Michael Oakes, University of Sunderland)

The tutorial plans to cover two important applications of text processing other than core Information Retrieval.

  1. Clustering and Classification. Clustering comprises a family of algorithms which can automatically find a set of categories to which entities (such as web pages or newspaper articles) can usefully be assigned to. Classification is the process of assigning these entities to their correct categories, once the set of categories is known. We will look both at the theory of different clustering algorithms, and consider how texts can be clustered by topic, genre or writing style.
  2. Natural Language Processing. while conventional information retrieval is restricted to the "bag of words" model, natural language is much richer than that. We will introduce the concept of linguistic levels above lexis (individual words) such as parts of speech, syntax and parsers, semantics, and pragmatics. In the light of this, we will discuss why the bag of words model still works as well as it does, and the ways in which techniques from core information retrieval can be used in linguistic processing.
Further details

  • 14:00-17:30

Designing Search Usability

(Dr. Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs)

This tutorial explores the fundamental concepts and principles of User-Centred Design for information search and discovery and demonstrates how to apply them in a range of practical contexts. Participants will learn how to differentiate between various types of search behaviour, develop an understanding of the key dimensions within the search user experience, and discover how to apply UI design patterns to commercial search applications. The session concludes with a group exercise applying these skills to a range of practical design challenges. Further details


Search Solutions Tutorials are organised by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS and are held at the BCS Central London Office:

BCS, 1st Floor
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA Map


Registration fees (including VAT at 20%) are £90 per tutorial.

Booking Link:

Closing Date for bookings is 23:59 on Monday 26 November 2012 at 11:59 pm. No more bookings will be taken after this date.

Cancellations & Refunds

Full refund available if cancellation received before 12pm on Monday 19 November 2012. Name substitutions will be allowed if notified before the closing date.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.

Search Solutions Organizers

Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex
Andy MacFarlane, City University London
Nilesh Thatte, Fujitsu Services
John Tait, ltd.


For enquiries about these tutorials please contact Tony Russell-Rose, IRSG Vice-Chair: irsg [at]