Search Solutions 2023 – Conference. London, 22 November 2023

Innovations in Search & Information Retrieval.

Search Solutions is the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group’s annual event focused on practitioner issues in the arena of search and information retrieval. It is a unique opportunity to bring together academic research and practitioner experience.

The Search Solutions event consists of a Tutorial day and a Conference day, each of which has a separate registration. Information on the Tutorial day can be found here.


Both the Tutorials and the Conference take place at the BCS London Headquarters, Ground Floor, 25 Copthall Avenue EC2R 7BP. This is a 10 minute walk from Liverpool Street Station (Elizabeth Line and London Underground) and a 20 minute walk from London Bridge Station.

Registration form on Eventbrite

Conference fee

BCS Members and members of ISKO UK  £92 including VAT

Non-members  £110 including VAT

Students £80 including VAT

Programme outline

The objective of the conference this year is to explore the implications and opportunities of AI-based technologies in enhancing the user experience in enterprise, e-commerce and systematic search. The conference marks the first anniversary of the launch of ChatGPT on 30 November 2022.

09.45 Introductions

09.55 Understanding the Dangers of using LLMs. Professor Julie Weeds,  Professor in Artificial Intelligence, University of Sussex

10.30 Using AI tools for discovery Hong Zhou Wiley Scientific

11.00 Break

11.20 IR, AI and ‘search’ – Creating synergy  Steve Zimmerman Samy Ateia and Martin White consider the opportunities and the issues, with the assistance of the audience!

12..20 BCS Search Industry Awards  – Introduction Tony Russell-Rose

12.30 Panel Session looking back at the morning presentations

13.00 Lunch

13.45 Pragmatic AI-powered Search – Keeping it Simple, not Stupid . Charlie Hull Open Source Connections

14.15 Retrieval-augmented text generation (RAG) for legal IR Grace Lee

14.45 Ontologies in the age of AI-based discovery Peter Winstanley

15.15 Break

15.50 Presentation of the BCS Search Industry Awards

16.00 New technologies for systematic reviews: are large language models really a gamechanger? James Thomas

16.30 Integrating ChatGPT into existing applications Paul Cleverley

17.00 Panel session – agreeing the take-aways from the conference

17.30 SS2023 Best Paper Award

17.45 Reception

19.00 Close

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About Martin White
Martin White

Martin is an information scientist and the author of Making Search Work and Enterprise Search. He has been involved with optimising search applications since the mid-1970s and has worked on search projects in both Europe and North America. Since 2002 he has been a Visiting Professor at the Information School, University of Sheffield and is currently working on developing new approaches to search evaluation.

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