Welcome to our Spring 2018 edition of Informer! Knowing the busy lifestyle of our readership, we made this a compact issue that should quickly get you updated on some of the things going on in the world of search. First things first, ECIR is ranked A in the CORE conference rankings! This is largely due to the effort put in by IRSG committee member Craig Macdonald. Thanks for that! Furthermore, we have forged a closer link with the Information Retrieval journal. Exciting times!
By Tony Russell-Rose on 3rd May 2018
At this point you may be thinking: ‘But what navigational context is there, apart from keywords?’ Of course, for many simple (aka web) search experiences that’s all there is: a handful of keywords in the opening game that are then echoed in the middle game. But many professional search applications (such as those used by lawyers, scientists, information professionals, etc.) make a virtue of offering a relatively complex opening game in which the user is invited to articulate the full extent of their information need in the form of a complex, pre-coordinated query. In these cases, the full detail of that navigational context needs to be propagated to the middle game in a manner that makes its presence transparent and its effects easily editable.
By Parth Mehta on 26th April 2018
The 40th edition of European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2018, was held in the picturesque city of Grenoble, France. The conference was hosted in Minatec, which boasts of a nice view of the Alps right from the conference venue. A perfect weather and central location meant the attendees could indulge in some sightseeing in the post-conference hours. Éric Gaussier (University Grenoble Alpes), Lorraine Goeuriot (University Grenoble Alpes) and Georges Quénot (CNRS) were the general chairs for ECIR 2018.
By Samuel Dodson on 26th April 2018
The Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Information Foraging (ASIRF) took place at Schloss Dagstuhl in Saarland (a Southwest German state) between October 1st and 6th, 2017. The School covered user- and system-oriented information retrieval (IR), with lectures given by leading researchers in the field—including Norbert Fuhr, a Salton Award winner. ASIRF was attended by 24 students and 8 lecturers, representing 4 continents and 13 countries.
By Trung Huynh on 25th April 2018
Word representations have been learned by matrix factorisation methods or methods that optimise for similar goals (Levy et al. 2015). However these methods are limited to exploiting only co-occurrence statistics or bag-of-word features. Nevertheless these methods are usually so computationally efficient that they can be trained with huge corpora that may contain billions of words. As in other bag-of-word models, structural nature of languages does not account for the models’ inferences. We hypothesise that by using structural architectures, specifically recurrent neural networks, derived word representations contain properties learned from the preserved sequential nature of the input text. Read more…
By Andy Macfarlane on 4th March 2018
One Day Events
Watch out for our annual Search Solutions event in November!
Algorithms, Automation and News conference. Of interest to members working in the area of search and news. 22–23 May 2018, Munich, Germany. http://algorithmic.news
EEWC 2018: Eighth Enterprise Engineering Working Conference. Of interest to members working in the area of enterprise search. 28 May- 1 June 2018, Luxembourg, Luxembourg. http://ciaonetwork.org/eewc2018