Winter 2016

Deep Learning? Shallow Water?


Welcome to our winter 2016 edition of Informer! Another year has passed and we are now in the fifth year of our relaunched newsletter. Time for a review? No way, but perhaps you tell us what you think so far. What’s new this time? Many new contributors for a start…

The Future of Search – Search Solutions Conference 26th November 2015

The Future of Search – Search Solutions Conference 26th November 2015

Search Solutions 2015 took place at the British Computer Society (BCS) Headquarters at Southampton Street in Covent Garden, London, UK. The event was jointly convened with the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO). The event was a sell out with over 80 attendees from business and academia. The two sessions in the morning were focused […]

News Digest in Machine Learning

Machine Learning (ML) is continuing to be a hot topic in industry with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo headlining in recent news. Here is a quick digest of some of the recent exciting events in ML and a couple of pointers to potentially useful ML resources.   In A Huge Breakthrough, Google’s AI Beats A Top […]

Book Review: Fundamentals of Predictive Text Mining 2nd ed (2015)

Book Review: Weiss S. M., Indurkhya N. and Zhang T.  (2015). Fundamentals of Predictive Text Mining. Springer-Verlag, London. Second Edition The volume “Fundamentals of Predictive Text Mining”, 2nd ed. has nine chapters, a table of contents, a list of references, a Subject Index and an Author Index. The book also includes a Preface written by […]

SocialSensor: Sensing political content in social media streams

The successful use of online material in political campaigns over the past two decades has motived the inclusion of social network websites—such as Twitter—as an integral part of the political apparatus. Indeed, after the growth of candidate websites in 1996, Jesse Ventura’s e-mail campaign in 1998, the online fund-raising for John McCain’s campaign in 2000, […]

Applications of Social Media and Social Network Analysis

Applications of Social Media and Social Network Analysis Edited by Kazienko, P. & Chawla, N. Series: Lecture Notes in Social Networks 2015. Springer 240p This edited collection includes papers on sentiment analysis, information diffusion, trend spotting, reputation metrics and network structures. Perhaps on first viewing some of these topics could seem to have limited relevance […]

Book Review: Personalized Task Recommendations in Crowdsourcing Systems

Personalized Task Recommendation in Crowdsourcing Systems by David Geiger ISBN: 978-3-319   The Personalized Task Recommendations in Crowdsourcing Systems is a tightly organized book, dense with details of a thorough research addressing the subject matter of crowd sourcing systems and automated, personalized task recommendations targeted at users of such systems. Crowdsourcing systems are defined here […]

Events Winter 2016

One Day Events Conferences/Workshops IEEE ICSC2016: Tenth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing. Of interest to members working in the area of Semantic search. 3-5 February 2016, Laguna Hills, CA, USA. TEI’16: ACM TANGIBLE, EMBEDDED AND EMBODIED INTERACTION. A conference focusing on different forms of interaction, around the body – which can be considered […]