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Search Solutions 2014 - Tutorials

Search Solutions 2010

Wednesday 26th November, 2014, Covent Garden, London

Search Solutions 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.

Provisional Programme

  • Morning Session 09:30 - 13:00

Designing search usability, Instructor: Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs Ltd (Wilkes Room 2)

Search is not just a box and ten blue links. Search is a journey: an exploration where what we encounter along the way changes what we seek. But in order to guide people along this journey, we must understand both the art and science of user experience design. The aim of this tutorial is to deliver a course grounded in good scholarship, integrating the latest research findings with insights derived from the practical experience of designing and optimizing dozens of commercial search applications. It focuses on the development of transferable, practical skills that can be learnt and practiced within a half-day session.

Pattern Search and Information Retrieval, Instructor: Epaminondas Kapetanios, University of Westminster (Wilkes Room 3)

Despite the fact that pattern recognition and matching has been set synonymous to machine learning and is dealing with the exciting discovery of interesting patterns and deeper understanding of processes in economy and business, human life, nature and mathematics, as well as the fact the information retrieval and search engines became an indispensable aspect of our all day's life, the two fields do not seem to get along with each other very well. For instance, current search engines, including those engaging with semantic search, are far from qualifying as pattern search engines, whereas patterns are far from being part of an information retrieval indexing structure. Therefore, finding interesting patterns via a search engine, for instance, for the sake of discovering interesting patterns in biometrics, signal data processing, molecular databases, text mining, image processing, economy, psychology, on the Web, is not a straight forward, user friendly process.
In this tutorial, we will discuss state-of-the-art approaches to bridge the gap between information retrieval and pattern recognition in that we take a deeper look into the theoretical and practical aspects of a pattern search engine. The tutorial will stretch over the basics in information retrieval and pattern recognition algorithms and gradually move towards metric spaces and similarity measurement as the meeting point and mutual implications of the two fields in order to enable pattern search. The concept of similarity is fundamentally important in almost every scientific field. Not surprisingly, similariy has also played a fundamentally important role in psychological experiments and theories.
The tutorial will be useful for all those practitioners in enabling search solutions and engines, as well as those seeking to understand how to retrieve and make use of patterns for undesrtanding processes in science, economy, business and society.

  • Afternoon Session 14:00 - 17:30

Text Analysis with GATE, Instructor: Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield (Wilkes Room 2)

This tutorial takes a detailed view of key text mining tasks (introduction to NLP, linguistic pre-processing, entity and relation recognition, semantic annotation, indexing and multi-paradigm search) of textual content. It will cover both the latest state-of-the-art research and selected established methods and tools. It will show how text analysis tools and techniques can be used to assist with semantic search by providing extra information that is not explicit within the text itself, and an example of multi-paradigm indexing and search using GATE tools.

Metadata Management in SharePoint, Instructor: Marc Stephenson, Metataxis (Wilkes Room 3)

A detailed description of, and the practical steps to achieving metadata management in SharePoint. The session will provide an unbiased view of SharePoint's capabilities, highlighting the potential pitfalls and detail of implementing a SharePoint information architecture. Real-world experiences and practical techniques will be used to illustrate key points. The session will be based on SharePoint 2013, but differences with SharePoint 2010 will be mentioned throughout the tutorial.


Registration fees (including VAT at 20%) are as follows (per tutorial):

Early Bird Rates (until 23:59 on 31-Oct-2014)

  • BCS member rate: £90
  • Non-member rate: £110
Normal Rates (from 01-Nov-2014 until 23:59 on 17-Nov-2014)
  • BCS member rate: £110
  • Non-member rate: £130

Booking Link:

Closing Date for bookings is 23:59 on Wednesday 12th November 2014 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 17th November 2014. 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.

Tutorials Panel

  • Dr A. MacFarlane, City University London (Chair)
  • Dr M. Oakes, University of Wolverhampton
  • Dr C. Inskip, University College London