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We are just in the process of putting together the programme for Industry Day at ECIR 2017, and as part of that invite speaker proposals as outlined below. If you’re interested in presenting, or have any questions, just drop me a line. Hope to see you there!

This year’s ECIR conference will include an Industry Day, following very successful events at ECIR in recent years. The Industry Day will be held on Thursday 13th April 2017, immediately after the regular conference program.

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On Wednesday last week I had the honour of co-chairing the 11th Search Solutions conference at BCS London in Covent Garden. As always, the event included presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval. But this year’s event was memorable for a different reason: we were delighted to be able to reveal the outcome of the inaugural IRSG Search Industry Awards. In a ceremony held at the close of Search Solution 2016, it was my honour to announce the winners for the following three categories:

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Last month I announced the line-up for Search Solutions 2016, to be held at BCS London on November 30. This year we’re also offering a Tutorial Programme, which will run the day before. The programme consists of four half day-tutorials:

  • 09:30-13:00 Designing Search (Dr. Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs)
  • 09:30-13:00 Query Log Mining for Inferring User Tasks and Needs , (Emine Yilmaz and Rishabh Mehrotra, UCL)
  • 14:00-17:30 Text Analysis with GATE (Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield)
  • 14:00-17:30 Enterprise search evaluation – good practice in action, (Paul Clough, University of Sheffield and Martin White, Intranet Focus Ltd)

I’ve appended further details of my tutorial below. Full details of pricing and registration are available on the Search Solutions website. Note that the closing date for bookings is Friday 25th November 2016. Hope to see you there!

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Here’s a quick preview of the final programme for Search Solutions 2016. Don’t forget that the deadline for early bird registration is October 31st. Hope to see you there!

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irsgJust a heads up that nominations for the inaugural IRSG Search Industry Awards close on November 1st. So if you’re thinking of applying, or nominating someone, now is the time to act. Further details below. Hope to see you at the awards ceremony!

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I know the official publicity may not have reached your inbox just yet, but here’s a sneak peek at this year’s lineup for Search Solutions 2016. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is described as:

… the premier UK forum for presentation of the latest innovations in search and information retrieval. In contrast to other major industry events, Search Solutions aims to be highly interactive, with attendance strictly limited. The programme includes presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval.

As last year we’ll be preceding the event with a tutorials day on November 29, which will 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. More on that later! Meanwhile, here is the provisional programme thus far:

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irsgI know the official publicity may not have reached your inbox just yet, but here’s a sneak peek at something we’ve been working on in the IRSG that I’m really excited about: the IRSG Search Industry Awards. As you may know, for many years the IRSG has awarded prizes to its members in various forms, e.g. the Karen Sparck Jones award, best paper at ECIR, etc. These awards help create a sense of community and provide recognition to individual members for their work.

However, the current awards programme is aimed almost exclusively at researchers, with little recognition given to practitioner contributions. This is despite the fact that the BCS as a whole is primarily a professional organisation and the majority of IRSG members are practitioners. The IRSG Search Industry Awards aim to address this disparity.

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