Two more talks are coming up, mark your agenda’s. The usual recipe: one industry speaker, one academic speaker and drinks afterwards. Bouke Huurnink (Sound and Vision) will talk about “Integrating Automatic Annotations in Audiovisual Search”. Ivan Titov (ILLC) will talk about “Learning Shallow Semantics with Little or No Supervision” Continue reading
ILPS-er Daan Odijk received the CIKM’15 Best Student Paper Award for his paper “Struggling and Success in Web Search”. This full paper is the result of his internship at Microsoft Research in Redmond. In this joint work with Daan Odijk, Ryen White, Ahmed Hassan Awadallah and Susan Dumais, they investigate why some web searchers succeed where others struggle. Continue reading
On Friday October 16, 16:00-17:00, Emine Yilmaz (University College London, Microsoft Research Cambridge) will give a talk entitled “Task-based Information Retrieval”. Abstract: The need for search often arises from a person’s need to achieve a goal, or a task such as booking travels, organizing a wedding, buying a house, investing in the stock market, etc. Since current search engines focus on retrieving documents relevant to the query submitted as opposed to Continue reading
ILPS-er Evangelos Kanoulas has been awarded a Google Faculty Research Award for his proposal ‘Session-based Personalization: Analysis and Evaluation’, to conduct research on personalizing search engine results on the basis of user interactions with the search engine on the current session. The Google Research Awards Program received 805 strong proposals and funded 113 of them, with only 3 of them in the fields of Information retrieval, extraction and organization (including semantic graphs). More information
Adith Swaminathan and Tobias Schnabel are visiting for one year. They are both PhD students at Cornell University working in the intersection of machine learning and information access. Adith’s main focus is on batch learning from bandit feedback using counterfactual risk estimators, developing the learning algorithms and the underlying theory for principled learning from logged interaction data. Tobias works on principled methods for evaluation, including the evaluation of embedding methods for text and the use of propensity scoring for reducing bias in recommender-system evaluation due to self-selection effects.
On Friday 18 September 2015, 14:00-15:00, room C1.112, Hylke Buisman (Google, Zurich, Switzerland) will give a talk entitled “Natural Language Understanding with the Knowledge Graph”. Abstract: In this talk I will give an overview of the work at Google on Natural Language Understanding using Google’s Knowledge Graph. Continue reading
On Friday 18 September 2015, 16:00-17:00, room C1.112, Claudia Hauff, TU Delft, will give a talk entitled “Searching & Learning”. Abstract: Learning to search and searching as learning are two distinct but related activities users are busy with every day. In this talk I will first present our findings on how to aid users in learning how to formulate better queries Continue reading