Last month I announced the line-up for Search Solutions 2013, to be held at BCS London on Weds November 27. This year we’re also offering a Tutorial Programme, which will run the day before (November 26). The programme consists of six half day-tutorials:
- 09:30-13:00 Designing Search Usability, (Dr. Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs)
- 09:30-13:00 Patent searching: focus on Asian patent information frameworks, (Jane List, Extract Information Limited)
- 09:30-13:00 Multimedia Information Retrieval frameworks, (Prof. Stefan Rüger, Open University)
- 14:00-17:30 Evaluating Search: designing effective user-centred evaluation frameworks, (Dr Sharon McDonald, University of Sunderland)
- 14:00-17:30 Information resources for the search community, (Martin White, Intranet Focus Ltd)
- 14:00-17:30 City Search: An evolution of search to incorporate city data, (Veli Bicer, IBM Research Ireland)
I’ve appended further details of my tutorial below. Full details of pricing and registration will be available on the Search Solutions website shortly. Hope to see you there!
Search is not just a box and ten blue links. Search is a journey: an exploration where what we encounter along the way changes what we seek. But in order to guide people along this journey, we must understand both the art and science of user experience design. The aim of this tutorial is to deliver a course grounded in good scholarship, integrating the latest research findings with insights derived from the practical experience of designing and optimizing dozens of commercial search applications. It focuses on the development of transferable, practical skills that can be learnt and practiced within a half-day session.
Participants in this tutorial will:
- Explore the fundamental concepts and principles of Human-Centred Design for information search and discovery
- Study models of human information-seeking behavior and how to apply interaction design principles based on those models
- Learn how to differentiate between various types of search behaviour: known-item, exploratory, lookup, learning, investigation, etc. and understand how they may be combined to form composite search strategies and patterns
- Develop an understanding of the key dimensions of user type, goal, context and mode of interaction, and how to apply these dimensions when designing for different user contexts
- Understand the role of design patterns, and how to apply UI design principles and patterns from various libraries in designing search user interfaces
- Gain an awareness of the key resources available within the UX community and how to apply these to practical design challenges
- Information architects and user experience designers
- Developers and managers of search projects
- IR researchers and other search specialists interested in the designing more effective user experiences for information retrieval and discovery
Tony Russell-Rose is founder and director of UXLabs, a consultancy specialising in user experience research, design and analytics. Before founding UXLabs he was Manager of User Experience at Endeca and editor of the Endeca UI Design Pattern Library, a resource dedicated to best practice in the design of search and discovery experiences. Prior to this he was technical lead at Reuters, specialising in advanced user interfaces for information access and search. And before Reuters he was R&D manager at Canon Research Centre Europe, where he led a team developing next generation information access products and services. Earlier professional experience includes a Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship at HP Labs working on speech interfaces for mobile devices, and a Short-term Research Fellowship at BT Labs working on intelligent agents for information retrieval.
His academic qualifications include a PhD in human-computer interaction, an MSc in cognitive psychology and a first degree in engineering, majoring in human factors. He has published some 60+ scientific papers on search, user experience and text analytics, and is co-author of “Designing the Search Experience: the Information Architecture of Discovery“, published by Elsevier in 2012. He is currently vice-chair of the BCS Information Retrieval group and also holds the position of Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Interactive Systems Research, City University, London.