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The tutorials will be presented on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, half a day each.

Tutorial 1: From 'Ultra-Light' to Naturalistic IR Interaction:A Framework for Research on Interactive IR in Context

Time: 09:00am - 12:30pm
Presenter: Professor Peter Ingwersen
Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark

The tutorial demonstrates in a step-by-step mode to how to exploit and extend experimental laboratory IR research into an integrated research design framework for interactive IR studies. Potential test variables and experimental designs illustrate the cases of: a) ultra-light IR interaction and simulations of searcher activities; b) interactive-light IR experiments involving test persons in laboratory settings; and c) semi-controlled field studies of IR in naturalistic organizational contexts.


Research areas: Interactive IR; IR evaluation methods; IR Theory; Informetrics-Scientometrics. He has given tutorials on Introduction to IR and User-oriented IR at SIGIR and the ESSIR summer schools and organized with Kalervo Jarvelin the SIGIR Workshop IR in Context (2004 & 05). He has published a number of highly cited research monographs and journal articles on IR and received several international research awards.

Tutorial 2: Mobile Information Interaction

Time: 13:30pm - 17:30pm
Presenters: Ayşe Göker (main) and Jonathan Raper, Hans Myrhaug and David Mountain (supporting), City University London, UK

Mobile search and information retrieval is an exciting new research frontier in information retrieval, where technology shifts fast and it is a challenge to meet the users’ rapidly changing information needs. Successful mobile search systems are able to quickly satisfy the information needs of people moving around in the physical world, retrieving relevant information via mobile devices. This tutorial on mobile information retrieval will provide the audience with a good overview of the field and its particular challenges. The aim is to motivate and excite the participants, and to make them consider further work in the field. The main objectives of the tutorial are (1) to increase awareness of people’s information needs in mobile environments, (2) to present techniques for mobile information retrieval, and (3) to motivate the evaluation of mobile information systems. The tutorial consists of lectures, demonstrations and case studies to work with.


Ayşe Göker is a Senior Lecturer at City University. She has been working in context-aware information retrieval systems since the early '90s –as part of bibliographic systems, and later web search engines and personalization. She has had EU-IST, EPSRC, Nuffield, Vodafone, and Scottish Enterprise projects. She received her PhD in Information Retrieval in 1994 at City University in London. Prior to her appointment at City University she was a Reader at the School of Computing, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. She has extensive successful experience of designing projects and managing teams to implement them, in the context of international collaborations. Her skills are in identifying user needs and developing innovative systems that meet them. She has been the Chair of the British Computing Society's Specialist Group in Information Retrieval (BCS IRSG) (2000-2005). She was co-founder of the AmbieSense (EU-IST) project and project leader whilst at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK and went on to co-founding the company. She holds an Enterprise Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh funded by Scottish Enterprise, and was awarded Honorary Reader of The Robert Gordon University in 2007 for her active contributions to research and innovation. She was a finalist in the Blackberry Women in Technology Award 2005. She is the first editor of a forth coming book in information retrieval, by Wiley publisher.

Jonathan Raper is a Professor in the Department of Information Science, City University London. He founded the Geographic Information Science Group in 1999 and has led the Hypergeo (EU IST Programme), WebPark (EU IST Programme), LBS4all (ESRC-EPSRC) and Locus (EPSRC) projects over the last 6 years at City. Jonathan's research interests include: location-based services and mobile information needs; the analysis of geographic information policy, especially locational privacy; the philosophy of spatial and temporal representation; the handling and analysis of environmental information; technical and cognitive aspects of interfaces to serve a variety of social groups and navigation.

Hans Myrhaug is a business entrepreneur and co-founder of AmbieSense. He has 10 years experience in developing, participating, and leading international project consortiums, proposals, and contracts. Much of his competence was gained whilst at SINTEF, Norway – Scandinavia’s largest independent research institute that made the GSM standard. He has key skills in several areas; product and user interface design; software and hardware development; development of mobile information services for health care, transportation, travel and tourism, and education.

David Mountain is a lecturer in the Department of Information Science, City University London. His research interests include location-based services, mobile search, modelling individual accessibility, virtual and augmented reality environments, and many other topics within the fields of mobile computing and geographic information science.

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