Just in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out yesterday. As usual, lots of good stuff, this time with a look forward to the programme for Search Solutions 2015 (which is shaping up nicely). For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!
Informer: Summer 2015 issue
Informer: Summer 2015 Issue Out Now!
By Udo Kruschwitz
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 at: at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2015/08/editorial-15/
Feature Article: Dynamic Group Formation for Search Personalisation
By Thanh Vu
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…
Feature Article: Benchmarking News Recommendations: The CLEF NewsREEL Use Case
By Frank Hopfgartner
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…
Conference Preview: Search Solutions Tutorials 2015
By Andy Macfarlane
Search Solutions is the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group’s annual event focused on practitioner issues in the arena of search and information retrieval. The tutorials take place on Wednesday 25th November 2015 one day before the Search Solutions.
The tutorials offer conference attendees and local participants a stimulating and informative selection of practical training courses reflecting current topics and state-of-the-art methods in search and information retrieval. These tutorials will be presented by subject matter experts and will reflect the high academic and professional standards of the Search Solutions conference series…
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2015/07/search-solutions-tutorials-2015/
Call for bids to host the ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) 2017 and 2018
By Andy Macfarlane
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…
Call for nominations: Karen Spärck Jones award 2015
By Andy Macfarlane
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…
Events Summer 2015
By Andy Macfarlane
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2015/07/events-summer-2015/
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