Archive for 2006

Vojkan Mihajlovic defends Ph.D. thesis on structured information retrieval

Friday, December 8th, 2006, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Score Region Algebra: A flexible framework for structured information retrieval

by Vojkan Mihajlovic

The scope of the research presented in this thesis is the retrieval of relevant information from structured documents. The thesis describes a framework for information retrieval in documents that have some form of annotation used for describing logical and semantical document structure, such as XML and SGML. The development of the structured information retrieval framework follows the ideas from both database and information retrieval worlds. It uses a three-level database architecture and implements relevance scoring mechanisms inherited from information retrieval models.

To develop the structured retrieval framework, the problem of structured information retrieval is analyzed and elementary requirements for structured retrieval systems are specified. These requirements are: (1) entity selection - the selection of different entities in structured documents, such as elements, terms, attributes, image and video references, which are parts of the user query; (2) entity relevance score computation - the computation of relevance scores for different structured elements with respect to the content they contain; (3) relevance score combination - the combination of relevance scores from (different) elements in a document structure, resulting in a common element relevance score; (4) relevance score propagation - the propagation of scores from different elements to common ancestor or descendant elements following the query. These four requirements are supported when developing a database logical algebra in harmony with the retrieval models used for ranking. In the specification of the logical algebra we face a challenge of a transparent instantiation of retrieval models, i.e., the specification of different retrieval models without affecting the algebra operators.

Download Vojkan’s thesis from EPrints.

[Information Retrieval]: Slides for the 10-minute presentation

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006, posted by Paul van der Vet

Your slides for the 10-minute presentation on Wednesday, December 6, have to be handed in through TeleTOP one day before (yes, that’s TUESDAY!). Select the appropriate roster row and click on the assignment button.

[Information Retrieval]: Each group was assigned a supervisor

Friday, November 24th, 2006, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Every group has one teacher that is supervising the project. Please look at the Email/Group Section on TeleTOP to get your group id and the name of your supervisor.

[Information Retrieval]: Groups are being formed

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006, posted by Paul van der Vet

For the practical work, the count now is at ten groups but if students have not submitted their proposals to all teachers, we may have missed some. Groups are visible in the Email/Group section of this TeleTOP-site. Group J doesn’t exist to avoid confusion with group I, which does exist; Group O doesn’t exist because the difference between “Oh” and zero is small.

[Information Retrieval]: The practical work has started

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Today, the assignments were discussed. Groups of two students should choose an assignment and send an e-mail to the teachers with their plan before the next week (22nd of November). If you want to work on a custom project, make sure you get permission. The plan should contain:
  • Names of the group members
  • Chosen assignment
  • Approach and timeline
  • (Optionally, if you come up with your own assignment: a project description)
For a project guide, see the TeleTOP Roster section.

[Advanced Databases]: GIS Project presentations: Friday 27 October at 13.45 h.

Friday, October 27th, 2006, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

GIS Project presentations at 13.45 h. in WA-204 An overview of the Advanced Database Systems Project Results
with the following presentations: “The GIS project demo”
by Yoran Bosman, Pieter van den Brink, and Corneel Hindriks “Beyond Roermond”
by Marten Sijtema and Jan-Henk Gerritsen

[Information Retrieval]: Guest lecture by Arjen de Vries

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Arjen de Vries from CWI Amsterdam will give a guest lecture on Multimedia Retrieval. Where: Langezijds 1812.
When: 25 October 2006, 13.45 h. - 15.30 h.
What: Multimedia Retrieval

[Information Retrieval]: Guest lecture by Gilad Mishne

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Gilad Mishne from the University of Amsterdam will give a guest lecture on Blog Retrieval. Where: Langezijds 1812.
When: 18 October 2006, 13.45 h. - 15.30 h.
What: Blog Retrieval

[Advanced Databases]: Dead line for prepared presentation approaching

Monday, October 23rd, 2006, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Tomorrow, Tuesday 24 October, is the dead line for sending in the prepared presentations (including e.g. a Powerpoint slide show) of about half an hour. The next day, on Wednesday 25 October, I will announce the lucky winners that will be asked to give the presentation to all of us on Friday 27 October.

TSR: Emphasis on exceptional academic efforts

Friday, October 20th, 2006, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra
We are doing too little as a university for our excellent students. Students with difficulties may expect a lot of attention from lecturers and BOZ (the educational bureau). Excellent student get a high grade, that’s it. The academic climate on campus in more and more looking like that of a High School.

The idea for an academic student journal at the University of Twente was born in the autumn of 2005, when a small group of students was discussing original ways to improve the academic climate on campus. They felt that more emphasis should be put on exceptional academic efforts. Student should have the will to excel and be proud of their work. When realizing that many interesting scholar activities by students only lead to an inches thick report, they decided a peer-reviewed journal would be of tremendous added value to the student community and could foster existing and potential academic talents to flourish.

Check out the TSR Web Site