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BCS IRSG Search Solutions 2007

Wednesday, 23rd of May, BCS Central Office London

Why not see the pictures from the day?

How about listening to the speakers?

The final deadline for registration is the 22nd May. Places are limited, so please register now! There is no on-site registration

Latest Developments in Search and Retrieval

Search Solutions is a special one-day event devoted to the interests and needs of information retrieval practitioners. This event explores the challenges involved in designing and developing practical solutions for information search and retrieval, and aims to build bridges between IR specialists in industry and academia. This forum presents an opportunity for commercial organisations to share their work with a wider audience, and for researchers to learn more about the issues faced by search professionals in developing innovative search and retrieval products and services.

Search Solutions is based on last year's Industry Day (ID2006), an event which was collocated with the European Conference in Information Retrieval. Due to the success of ID 2006, this new BCS-IRSG event follows a similar format, where a number of invited speakers involved in developing search solutions for leading companies present their latest developments and share opinions and expertise.


The final programme:

09:30 - 10:00 Registration and coffee

10:00 Introduction Tony Rose, BCS IRSG

Session 1: (Chair: Tony Rose)

  • 10:15 Search 2.0: The Future of Search download
    Gora Sudindranath, FAST Search and Transfer

  • 10:45 Delivering Relevant Search Results on a Global Scale
    Thomas Hoffman, Google

  • 11:15 Meaning Based Computing: Beyond the Hype of 2.0
    Fernando Lucini, Autonomy

  • 11:45 MyYahoo - personalising the web download
    Nick Cox, Yahoo

12:15 - 13:15 LUNCH

Session 2: (Chair: Andy MacFarlane)

  • 13:15 Semantic Knowledge Management: Finding Information Through Meaning Not Words download
    Alistair Duke, BT Labs

  • 13:40 An evaluation of Google Co-op and Social Bookmarking
    Paul Matthews, ODI

  • 14:05 Flexible Text Mining using Interactive Information Extraction download
    David Milward, Linguamatics

  • 14:30 Metadata: Solution or Distraction? download
    Conrad Taylor, BCS EPSG

14:55 - 15:20 COFFEE BREAK

Session 3: (Chair: Alex Bailey)

  • 15:20 The business benefits of federated searching download
    Andrew Maisey, Solcara
  • 15:45 Challenges in Web Information Retrieval download
    Nick Craswell, Microsoft
  • 16:10 Search Trails on the Web download
    Nigel Hamilton, Trexy
  • 16:35 Why relevancy based search alone struggles to deliver limited value to the business download
    Lee Atkinson, iDNA Solutions
17:00 Wrap up and close

The format of the day will be a series of talks, discussions and panels. The forum will encourage interaction and discussion with our invited guest speakers.

Also, on the evening of the 22nd of May, the BCS-IRSG will be holding a separate reception to host the BCS-IRSG Annual General Meeting and celebrate the BCS 50th Anniversary with a talk from Professor C.J. van Rijsbergen.


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


Registration fees are as follows:
BCS or BCS-IRSG member rate: £99
Non-member rate: £129

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

Save £30, and register to become an BCS-IRSG member for free.
Visit our membership enquiry page, if you are a BCS-IRSG member and would like to retrieve your membership number.

To register please complete the registration form and return it to:
Phil Dyson by fax (+44 (0)1793 417444) or post:
BCS, First Floor, Block D,
North Star House,
North Star Avenue, Swindon, UK,

All registration enquiries to Phil on +44 (0)1793-417656, or phil.dyson [at] hq [dot] bcs [dot] org [dot] uk


If you have any enquires about the event please contact our BCS-IRSG Events Coordinator.
E: irsgevents [at] bcs [dot] org