Archive for the 'Conference & Workshop' Category

TSConIT: Twente Student Conference on IT

Monday, May 19th, 2008, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

The Twente Student Conference on IT is a conference organised twice a year. Students of the bachelor programmes Computer Science and Business Information Technology present the research carried out in the last phase of their programme.

TSConIT takes place on June 23rd (see )

Dutch-Belgian IR workshop: please smile

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Dutch IR researchers

The participants of the Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop in Maastricht smile for a team photo: With organiser Ed Hoenkamp left in the middle, and Netherlands most famous IR researcher Keith van Rijsbergen right in the back.

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ECIR tutorial slides on-line

Monday, March 31st, 2008, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Djoerd performing at ECIR

I enjoyed giving the advanced language modeling tutorial at the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR). The slides are now availble for download below.

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Ranked XML Querying Seminar

Monday, March 17th, 2008, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Participants of the Dagstuhl seminar on Ranked XML Querying

The goal of the Dagstuhl seminar on Ranked XML Querying is to bring together researchers and practitioners from the database (DB), the information retrieval (IR) and the web/applications communities, and create an environment where the distinct communities collaboratively work on understanding the similarities and differences between their various approaches for querying XML data with heterogeneous structure and content, and benefit from each other’s experiences.

The workshop was attended by 27 people from three different research communities: database systems (DB), information retrieval (IR), and Web. The seminar title was interpreted in an IR-style „andish“ sense (it covered also subsets of {Ranking, XML, Querying}, with larger sets being favored) rather than the DB-style strictly conjunctive manner. So in essence, the seminar really addressed the integration of DB and IR technologies with Web 2.0 being an important target area.

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Dutch-Belgian IR workshop in Maastricht

Monday, December 10th, 2007, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra
The Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval workshop (DIR) will take place in Maastricht on April 14-15, 2008. The primary aim of the DIR workshop is to provide an international meeting place where researchers from the domain of information retrieval and related disciplines, can exchange information and present innovative research developments. Hinrich Schuetze of the University of Stuttgart will give an invited talk at DIR2008 about his new book “Introduction to Information Retrieval” which will appear in 2008.

Deadline call for papers: 2 February 2008

Composable Markov Building Blocks at DBDBD

Friday, November 30th, 2007, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Yesterday, Sander Evers presented his composable Markov building blocks at the Dutch Belgian Database Day (DBDBD) in Eindhoven.

The DBDBD is a yearly one-day workshop organized in a Belgian or Dutch university, whose general topic is database research. DBDBD had presentations on a broad range of database and database-related topics, including but not limited to data storage and management, theoretical database issues, database performance, data mining, information retrieval, data semantics, querying, ontologies etc.

Read more on the DBDBD site

Who is the center of the SIGIR universe?

Friday, July 27th, 2007, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Last year, in Seattle, Jon Kleinberg gave a keynote speech about social networks, incentives and search. In social networks, it is not about what you do, how much you do, or where you’re from, it is about who you know. To celebrate SIGIR’s 30th anniversary, we analysed all SIGIR proceedings and built a social network in which SIGIR authors are the nodes and edges are added between nodes if two authors co-authored a SIGIR paper together. The author that is most central in the network, is the one that has the shortest average distance to all other authors, where the distance is 1 if two authors wrote a SIGIR paper together, it is 2 if the first author wrote a paper with someone who wrote a paper with the second author, etc. It turns out that the center of the SIGIR universe is Wensi Xi from Google. Congrats Wensi! More info on: Search demo (See the Oracle of Xi)

European Summer School in Information Retrieval

Monday, August 15th, 2005, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

I will give a lecture on Formal Models at the European Summer School in Information Retrieval in Dublin, Ireland on 5-9 September. More info at the ESSIR 2005 site.