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Search Solutions 2018 - Tutorials

Search Solutions 2018

Monday 26th November, 2018, Covent Garden, London

Search Solutions is the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group's annual event focused on practitioner issues in the arena of search and information retrieval. The tutorials take place on Monday 26th November 2018 one day before the Search Solutions.

The tutorials 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.

We offer scholarships or fee waivers for unemployed BCS members looking to advance their careers: please contact the tutorial chair ( if you are eligible and interested.


  • Morning Session 09:30 - 13:00

Designing Search, Instructor: Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs Ltd (Wilkes Room 4)

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 learning experience 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.

  • Afternoon Session 14:00 - 17:30

Text Analysis with GATE. , Instructor: Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield (Wilkes Room 1)

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. Finally, some real-world applications of the technology will be demonstrated, showcasing the entire pipeline of data collection, annotation, indexing, search and visualization.

There will be an optional practical element of this tutorial, for which you will need to bring a laptop with the latest version of GATE installed. Download GATE from http:/ and follow the instructions. GATE runs on any operating system.

Reproducible and Replicable Search for Research Methods in Systematic Reviews, Instructors: Farhad Shokraneh, University of Nottingham (Wilkes Room 2)

Although the systematic reviews are considered as the highest levels of research evidence in decision making process; however, the quality of such reviews depend on the reliability and strength of the search and research methods. Systematic search methods unlike the other research methods are not standard and the number of search results for the same research question is different from one searcher to another. To make the search methods reliable, here, we will present three solutions: 1. using evidence-based search methods; 2. recording and reporting the repeatable search methods; and 3: sharing the search results as part of the research results and test collection. To comply with open data initiative, we will present the methods to share the search reports and results without breaking the copyright law.


Registration fees (including VAT at 20%) are as follows (per tutorial):
Early Bird Rates (until 23:59 on 31-Oct-2018)

  • BCS/ISKO member rate: £90
  • Non-member rate: £110
Normal Rates (after 31-Oct-2018)
  • BCS/ISKO member rate: £110
  • Non-member rate: £130

Register is now open on Eventbrite!

Closing date for bookings is Friday 23rd November 2018 at 11:59pm. No more bookings will be taken after this date.

Cancellations & Refunds

A full refund will be issued if a cancellation is received within 14 days of the booking date or by 12:00 pm on Monday 19th November 2018, otherwise, name substitutions will be allowed if notified before the closing date.

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


Tutorials Panel

  • Dr A. MacFarlane, City University London (Chair)
  • Dr M. Oakes, University of Wolverhampton
  • Dr. H. Liu, University of Bedfordshire