Summer 2015


Search - an everyday activity (amazing)

Welcome to our summer 2015 edition of Informer! What a great summer, what an action-filled year, what a good number of reasons to keep celebrating. Cheers! Now, first point: ECIR 2017 will be held in Read more…

Dynamic Group Formation for Search Personalisation

In recent years, Search Personalisation has been attracting more and more attention in both academia and industry. Different from classical search methods in which the personalisation is not taken into account, personalised search engines utilise personal data of each user to tailor search results to the specific user, which depend not only on the input query but also on the user interest. Such personal data can be used to construct a user profile which is crucial to effective personalisation. Read more…

Benchmarking News Recommendations: The CLEF NewsREEL Use Case

Many online news portals display at the bottom of their articles a small widget box labelled, “You might also be interested in”, “Recommended articles”, or similarly where users can find a list of recommended news articles. An example is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: News article recommendations are often displayed in a widget box below the original article. (Image: Courtesy of T. Brodt of plista GmbH)

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Call for bids to host the ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) 2017 and 2018

Call for bids to host the ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) in 2017 and 2018:

The International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research related to the foundational aspects of Information Retrieval (IR), including, for example, new or improved models of relevance, ranking, representation, information needs, and evaluation. The need for formal frameworks is universal across the many applications of information retrieval. In addition to the established approaches in IR, the conference encourages the submission of papers that are attempting to define new tasks, develop new search paradigms, or apply methods from related disciplines, such as natural language processing, machine learning, statistics, or quantum mechanics. Large-scale experimental studies are not required for ICTIR papers, although solid evidence (theoretical or empirical) in support of new theories is expected.

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Call for nominations: Karen Spärck Jones award 2015

Microsoft BCS/BCS IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award 2015 – An award to commemorate Karen Spärck Jones

Karen was a Professor Emerita of Computers and Information at the University of Cambridge and one of the most remarkable women in computer science. Her contributions to the fields of Information Retrieval (IR) and Natural Language Processing (NLP), especially with regard to experimentation, have been outstanding and highly influential. Karen’s achievements resulted in her receiving a number of prestigious accolades such as the BCS Lovelace medal for her advancement in Information Systems, and the ACM Salton Award for her significant, sustained and continuing contributions to research in information retrieval.

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Events Summer 2015

One Day Events

Search Solutions 2015: The groups annual practitioner based meeting, with an associated tutorial day. 25-26 November 2015, BCS Offices Covent Garden.


SIGIR 2015: The 38th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference. The big conference in IR. 9-13 August 2015, Santiago, Chile.

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