From the BCS IRSG Chair

Welcome to this autumn issue of Informer from your Chair. Hopefully you had a spectacular summer (or winter if you happen to be in Australia) with plenty of sun (or snow) and perhaps some conference trips?

A warm welcome to the AGM

Well, if your answer to the last point is ‘unfortunately not’, then maybe you should consider joining us at Search Solutions 2022 in London later this month. We are looking forward to an in-person event and the speakers (what a line-up!) are equally excited to be back in the room with people like you asking questions and discussing the latest in search technology and deployment.

But wait, wasn’t there some other key date in the diary that month … you are right, our AGM will be co-located with Search Solutions and that is your chance to make your voice known. At the AGM we will also welcome new committee members and officers. As I write this we are still open for nominations including for the role of Chair to the committee (has it really been two years that I took on the role?).

Looking ahead, we also have ECIR 2023 in Dublin nicely shaping up with some record numbers of submissions. Right now the various review processes are well underway, but one thing we know already: workshops have been announced and it is … a record number of accepted submissions.

So who will host ECIR 2024? You will find out at the AGM …

Let’s get back to Informer. I am very pleased that Martin has worked his magic yet again to compile a comprehensive list of contributions (I am amazed myself every time I check out the new issue I come across some surprising stories not covered elsewhere, such as David Hawking’s new book reviewed in the summer edition). Just to pick out something from the current issue, we have two contributions for the newly established Graduate Corner. Wojciech Kusa and Georgios Peikos are both PhD students in the DoSSIER project. And if that was not all, you even get a report on the DoSSIER summer school that was held recently in Greece at the birthplace of Aristotle …

I hope you enjoy this issue of Informer, and hope even more that I see you at one of the forthcoming events we are involved in. Sunny greetings from Bavaria … (easy to say as it’s always sunny here) …

Udo Kruschwitz

About Udo Kruschwitz
Udo Kruschwitz

Udo Kruschwitz is a Professor of Information Science at the University of Regensburg and a long-standing member of the IRSG committee (currently serving as Chair). His main interests are in information retrieval and natural language engineering. He enjoys being involved in organising events such as Search Solutions in London and ECIR Industry Day (e.g. at ECIR 2019 in Cologne) which aim at bringing together academia and industry.

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