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Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop 2017

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Send in your DIR 2017 submissions (novel, dissemination, or demo) before 15 October.

16th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop
Friday 24th of November 2017
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision,
Hilversum, the Netherlands

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

DIR 2017 aims to serve as an international platform (with a special focus on the Netherlands and Belgium) for exchange and discussions on research & applications in the field of information retrieval as well as related fields. We invite quality research contributions addressing relevant challenges. Contributions may range from theoretical work to descriptions of applied research and real-world systems. We especially encourage doctoral students to present their research.

This year’s edition is co-organized by the CLARIAH project that is developing a Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities in the Netherlands. Use cases in this infrastructure cover a wide range of IR related topics. To foster discussions between the IR community and CLARIAH researchers and developers, DIR2017 organizes a special session on IR related to data-driven research and data critique.

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Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval workshop in Delft

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

The Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval workshop DIR 2016 will be held in Delft on 25 November. The preliminary workshop program contains 2 keynotes, 12 oral presentations and 7 poster presentations. Max Wilson from the University of Nottingham will provide an Human Computer Interaction perspective on Information Retrieval. Carlos Castillo from Eurecat will talk about the detection of algorithmic discrimination.

DIR 2016

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Monday, August 31st, 2015, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

SIKS/Twente Seminar on Searching and Ranking

Together with SIKS and the CTIT we have organized several one day seminars, usually in conjunction with a PhD defense here in Twente.

  • SSR-1: Searching and Ranking in Structured Text Repositories on 27 June 2008, with Debora Donato, and Ricardo Baeza-Yates, both from Yahoo! Research Barcelona
  • SSR-2: Searching and Ranking in Enterprises, on 24 June 2009 with David Hawking (Funnelback & Australian National University), Iadh Ounis (University of Glasgow), and Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam)
  • SSR-3: Effectiveness of Searching and Ranking on 29 January 2010, with Leif Azzopardi from University of Glasgow, UK, and Vanessa Murdock form Yahoo! Research, Barcelona
  • SSR-4: Searching and Ranking Multimedia on 2 July 2010 with Alexander Hauptmann from Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
  • SSR-5: Biomedical Text Mining on 1 September 2010 with Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK) and Martijn Schuemie (Erasmus MC/Leiden University Medical Center, Rotterdam)
  • SSR-6: Searching Speech: Evaluation of Speech Recognition in Context on 5 July 2012 with Gareth Jones (Dublin City University, Ireland), David van Leeuwen (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands Forensic Institute), and Lori Lamel (Limsi - CNRS, France)
  • SSR-7: Distributing Search on 26 September 2012 with Jamie Callan (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), Fabio Crestani (University of Lugano, Switzerland), Johan Pouwelse (Delft University of Technology)
  • SSR-8: Explorations in interactive retrieval and information experience on 29 August 2013 with Peter Ingwersen (Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark), Ian Ruthven (Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland), and Richard Glassey (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland)
  • SSR-9: Understanding the Web on 19 December 2013 with Weiyi Meng (State University of New York at Binghamton, USA) and Gertjan van Noord (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • SSR-10: Learning for Information Retrieval on 14 February 2014 with Alan Smeaton (Dublin City University, Ireland) and Arjen de Vries (CWI, Amsterdam)
  • SSR-11: Monitoring and preventing Cyberbullying on 12 September 2014 with Debra Pepler (York University, Canada) and Veronique Hoste (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • SSR-12: Probabilistic Approaches to Smart Discovery on 16 October 2015 with Ingo Frommholz (University of Bedfordshire, UK) and Tom Heskes (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
  • SSR-13: Deep Web Entity Monitoring on 2 June 2016 with Gianluca Demartini (University of Sheffield, UK), Andrea Calì (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) and Pierre Senellart (Télécom ParisTech, France)
  • SSR-14: Text as social and cultural data on 10 March 2017 with Anders Søgaard (University of Copenhagen), Jacob Eisenstein (Georgia Institute of Technology), Lysbeth Jongbloed-Faber (De Fryske Akademy), Leonie Cornips (Meertens Institute), Tom Kenter (University of Amsterdam), Folgert Karsdorp (Meertens Institute), John Nerbonne (University of Groningen/Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

SIGIR Call for Demos

Monday, October 20th, 2014, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

ACM SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques for Information Retrieval (IR). SIGIR 2015 will be held in Santiago, Chile on 9-13 August 2015. The Conference and Program Chairs invite all those working in areas related to IR to submit original proposals for demonstrations.

Demonstrations present first-hand experience with research prototypes or operational systems. They provide opportunities to exchange ideas gained from implementing IR systems, and to obtain feedback from expert users. Accepted demonstration submissions will appear in the conference proceedings.

What makes a good demo?

A good demonstration submission is interesting to a SIGIR audience and shows a novel solution to a problem. The demonstration submission should address the following questions: What problem does my system solve? Who is my target user? What does my demonstration do and how does it work? How does it compare with existing systems? Finally, how and when will my technology have an impact? Demonstration submissions are welcome in any of the areas related to aspects of Information Retrieval (IR), as identified in the call for papers on the SIGIR website.


  • Submissions deadline (tentative): 18 February 2015.
  • Acceptance notifications (tentative): 20 April 2015.

Read the full Call for Demonstrations

Keynote by Ravi Kumar

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Ravi Kumar We are very proud that Ravi Kumar from Google agreed to give a keynote speech at the CTIT Symposium on Big Data and the Emergence of Data Science. Kumar, who is well-known for hist work on web and data mining and algorithms for large data sets, has been a senior staff research scientist at Google since June 2012. Prior to this, he was a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center and a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1998.
Ravi Kumar’s talk will cover two non- conventional computational models for analyzing big data. The first is data streams: in this model, data arrives in a stream and the algorithm is tasked with computing a function of the data without explicitly storing it. The second is map-reduce: in this model, data is distributed across many machines and computation is done as sequence of map and reduce operations. Kumar will present a few algorithms in these models and discuss their scalability.

The workshop takes place on Tuesday 4 June at the University of Twente. Other invited spearkers at the CTIT symposium are Maarten de Rijke (U. Amsterdam) and Milan Petkovic (Philips).

SIGIR Doctoral Consortium

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

I will be participating in the SIGIR Doctoral Consortium this year in Dublin, Ireland, organized by Jaime Arguello, Mounia Lalmas, and Grace Hui Yang.

Update (August 5)

SIGIR 2013 Doctoral Consortium

Everyone concentrated at the DC meeting on 28 July in Dublin

DIR 2013 in Delft

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

On 26 April, the 13th edition of the Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop series, DIR 2013, will be hosted at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. DIR invites novel previously unpublished work, compressed presentations of previous major international contributions, as well as demonstrations of applied research and industry applications. The workshop serves as a forum for exchange and discussion on relevant challenges in the fields of information retrieval, data mining and natural language processing.

More information at:

ECIR Workshop on Group Membership and Search

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

From Republicans to Teenagers

We organize a workshop at ECIR’13 in Moscow that takes a group-centric approach to Information Retrieval and invites contributions that either (i) propose and evaluate IR systems for a particular user group or that (ii) describe how the search behavior of specific groups differ, potentially requiring a different way of addressing their needs.

Papers deadline: 18 January 2013
Workshop: 24 March 2013

More information at the Group Membership and Search site.

Dutch-Belgian Database Day in Brussels

Friday, September 28th, 2012, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

The Dutch-Belgian Database Day 2012 (DBDBD 2012) will be held in Brussels, Belgium on November 21st, 2012. The DBDBD is a yearly one-day workshop organized by a Belgian or Dutch university, whose general topic is database research. At the DBDBD, junior researchers from the Netherlands and Belgium can present their recent results, and meet senior researchers in the field of databases. DBDBD invites submissions (1 page abstract) on a broad range of database and database-related topics.

More information at:

CLEF 2012 Proceedings on-line

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

CLEF 2012 The proceedings of the Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum (CLEF 2012) are on-line at Springer, titled: “Information Access Evaluation meets Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Visual Analytics”. CLEF will take place from 17 to 20 September in Rome, Italy. The proceedings contain 14 full papers, 3 short papers, and 2 keynote papers to be presented at the conference in Rome. The papers are organized in three topical sections: benchmarking and evaluation initiatives; information access; and evaluation methodologies and infrastructure.

See: CLEF 2012 proceedings.