Spring 2015


Welcome back! It’s April and another ECIR has just passed, one full of workshops. tutorials, wine tastings, schnitzel, excellent keynote talks, more schnitzel, more great talks. We will bring you the latest ECIR news in this edition of Informer (among many other things).

Welcome to Vienna!

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Dynamic Information Retrieval Modeling

Evolution of IR from Static to Interactive to DynamicChange is at the heart of a modern Information Retrieval system.  Advances in IR interface, personalization and ad display demand models that can intelligently react to users and their context in real time. Many of the current problems in IR research can be attributed to dynamic systems, for instance, in session search or recommender systems. The aim of Dynamic Information Retrieval Modeling research is to find IR solutions that are responsive to a changing environment, learn from past interactions and predict future utility. Read more…

Understanding professional use of complex search strategies

Do you find yourself at work staring at a jumble of text like this:

((((curtiss) NOT (curtis))) OR (((curtiss-* OR ~Curtiss-Wright* OR
curtiss NEAR/1 wright*) AND ((model* OR monoplane*) NOT (prototype*)))))

If you are, we suspect you’re writing a complex query as part of a sophisticated search strategy and we would like to find out more about what you do.

UXLabs has been granted funding from InnovateUK to investigate the use of complex search strategies in the workplace, with the aim of producing requirements for the design of next generation search tools. By collaborating in this research we can help make creating and refining your complex search queries easier and more efficient.

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Conference Review: ECIR 2015

Vienna Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper)

This year’s ECIR conference took place in Austria’s majestic, imperial capital city of Vienna. Hosted by the Information and Software Engineering Group at the Technische Universität Wien (the Vienna University of Technology), the conference ran from Sunday the 29th of March until Thursday the 2nd of April. The University itself (and consequently the recommended hotels) is situated just outside of the city centre, allowing attendees to explore the opulent historical heart of the city and indulge in some of the city’s world-famous schnitzel. Read more…

ECIR 2015 Industry Day

Industry Day brought together industry and academia

The ECIR Industry Day in 2015 in Vienna followed a new format. Past ECIR Industry Days have generally followed the format of a number of talks, mainly from search majors, in parallel with the final day of the main conference. This year the Industry Day was run after the main conference with the focus being on start ups, smaller niche search companies, and technology.

It was clearly a great success: over 70 people attended at the peak, although numbers did vary in the course of the day. Many people stayed right to the end and there was a lively discussion in the final session. Read more…