Editorial

I make no apology for making this an ECIR 2020 Conference Special Issue. It was a miracle that the conference took place at all given the short notice the organisers had that an in-Lisbon event was not going to be allowed to take place. The quality of the papers was uniformly high and the technology […]

Tony Kent Strix Award Lecture 2020

This is an advance notice of the 6th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial 2020 Lecture.  This is currently scheduled for 22 November. The speaker will be Professor Ingemar Cox, UCL (winner of the 2019 Award) and the venue will be the Library of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

And finally…from the Editor

All these contributions about ECIR 2020 have taken me back to what I am reasonably sure was the first UK conference on text retrieval. It was entitled Computer Packages for Information Storage and Retrieval and took place at the Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace on 12-13 November 1979.  It was organised by the Institute […]

Contributors

Ingo Frommholz is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Bedfordshire.  He received his PhD from the University of Duisburg-Essen in October 2008. Prior to joining the University of Bedfordshire in 2011 he worked at Fraunhofer IPSI in Darmstadt, Germany, at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and at the University of […]

Editorial

In the Conference Year there are only two seasons. The first runs from March to early May and the second from October to early December. This particular bi-seasonal structure is primarily driven by the time it takes to promote the event and attract reservations. So in this issue I can offer you very good reports […]

Editorial

At the AGM (held during the TALMIRI conference in September) I set out an editorial policy for Informer. “My overall aim to balance academic and practitioner interests, and to present developments and achievements in as broad a range as possible of search applications. In doing so I hope that Informer will increase the membership and […]

Search Solutions conference and workshops London 25/26 November

At the time of writing the confirmed speakers are Ryan Mcdonald (Google), Matteo Venanzi (Microsoft), Allan Hanbury (contextflow and TU Wien), Nicolas Fiorini (Doctrine), Andreas Kaltenbrunner (NTENT) and Benjamin Braasch (Raytion). This year the event will be held in the new location of the BCS in Moorgate. There will also be a day of tutorials […]

Karen Spärk Jones Lecture and Award – a clarification

I have to admit that I was very confused about the relationship between the Lecture and the Award before realizing that there was no relationship other than the name of the honouree. This year the 2019 Karen Spärk Jones Lecture will be given by Professor Mirella Lapata, University of Edinburgh on Wednesday 23 October 2019 […]

TALMIRI Conference 18 September 2019 – conference report

The 2019 TALMIRI Conference took place at the Putterbury campus of the University of Bedfordshire. The acronym stands for Talent Meets the Information Retrieval Industry. The conference was conceived and organized by Ingo Frommholz and Haiming Liu with support from the University of Bedfordshire that enabled the conference to be free to attendees in a […]

Strix Memorial Lecture London 29 November 2019

The Strix Award is presented by the UK electronic information Group (UKeiG), in partnership with the International Society for Knowledge Organization UK (ISKO UK), the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group (RSC CICAG) and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG). The Award is given in recognition of […]

SIGIR Forum July 2019 issue

The July issue of SIGIR Forum is now available, and you do not have to be a member of ACM to read it. SIGIR Forum is published twice a year and usually has good summaries of recent ACM meetings. This issue contains, amongst other items, a report on the CHIIR 2019 Second Workshop on Evaluation […]

ECIR 2020 Lisbon 14-17 April 2020

The 42nd European Conference on Information Retrieval will be held in Lisbon on 14-17 April 2020. Lisbon is one of my favourite European capitals; if you have not visited the city ECIR 2020 would be a very good justification for doing so! There is still time to offer a contribution in many of the categories […]