You’ve probably seen all the emails on the various search/IR mailing lists, but if not, here’s the final call for participation for ECIR 2010 Industry Day. It’s being held on April 1 at the Open University Campus in Milton Keynes. We have a great line-up of speakers this year – no, really – I know I always say that but this year I do believe we are blessed with a great programme of topical talks which combine to make a really well-balanced programme. And considering we only started in planning this in earnest a couple of months ago, that isn’t a bad outcome at all. As with many events, there was a time when we weren’t sure if we’d get critical mass of speakers, or even break even on attendees, but thankfully we’re well past both those milestones now. So many thanks go to my colleagues Mike Taylor and Udo Kruschwitz for helping get this show on the road. Full (and final) programme is shown below.
ECIR 2010 Industry Day
Thursday 1st April 2010
The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
We are pleased to announce the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) 2010 Industry Day. This event takes place the day after the main ECIR programme and represents a unique opportunity to meet and share ideas with a broad mix of experts from both industry and academia. We have a great list of speakers who will present the latest challenges faced by practitioners in both enterprise and web search. We are excited that this year we have some talks on applications of semantic analysis which is considered to be a rapidly maturing academic field, now ready for wider adoption in the marketplace. The event should appeal to students, academics, researchers, designers, and developers alike.
09:00 – 10:00 Registration (Berrill Building)
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome
Session 1: Advancing Web Search
- 10:10 Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Yahoo! Research) “Mining the Web 2.0 to Improve Search”
- 10:35 Dan Crow (Google) “Google Squared: web scale, open domain information extraction and presentation”
- 11:00 Milad Shokouhi (Microsoft Research) “Relevance Challenges at Bing”
11:25 – 11:55 Coffee break
Session 2: Enterprise Search
- 11:55 Vegard Sandvold (Comperio) “Search User Experience – The Essentials of Great Search Design”
- 12:20 David Hawking (Funnelback) “Getting value from the Search Master’s Toolbox”
- 12:45 Nick Patience (The 451 Group) “Enterprise Search: State of the Market 2010 & Beyond”
13:10 – 14:10 Lunch
Session 3: Domain-Specific Search
- 14:10 Rob Blackwell (Active Web Solutions) “Project Plaza – A new approach to information management in the Construction Sector”
- 14:35 Sally Chambers (The European Library) “Rethinking the library catalogue: making search work for the library user”
- 15:00 Francisco de Sousa Webber (Matrixware)
15:25 – 16:00 Coffee break
Session 4: Beyond Search: Question-Answering
- 16:00 Jon McLoone (Wolfram Alpha)“Wolfram|Alpha – the new computational knowledge engine”
- 16:25 Simon Overell (True Knowledge) “Using AI to get Answers from the Internet”
- 16:50 Panel Topic: “Leveraging semantics to enable better search experiences”
This discussion will centre on the exciting subject of semantic analysis. We will try to cover both technological and application orientated aspects of this field. For example, some of the questions we will attempt to address are as follows:
- How feasible is it to automatically infer useful semantic information from the Web?
- How should we quantify trust and ambiguity in knowledge extracted from the Web?
- Could semantic search ever replace keyword search?
- What is a good UI for semantic search?
17:30 – 19:30 Drinks reception
The registration fee includes lunch and a copy of the Industry Day proceedings. Tea and coffee will also be available throughout the day followed by a drinks reception. Please register via the ECIR 2010 Registration site. Fees: Students/BCS Member £95, Non-Member: £120.
Industry Day will be held at the same venue as the main conference (The Open University). See http://kmi.open.ac.uk/events/ecir2010/ for further details.
If you have any enquiries about the event, please see http://dces.essex.ac.uk/staff/udo/ecir2010/ or contact Udo Kruschwitz: udo [at] essex.ac.uk
Industry Day Organisers
ECIR Industry Day is organised by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS (British Computer Society).