Glasgow Information Retrieval Festival 2017

6th-8th April 2017

A festival of information retrieval held in Glasgow before ECIR 2017, and a bus "Tour de Scotland" en route to Aberdeen

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Thursday 6th April
1830 - 2100Evening Reception @ BrewDog Pub, 1400 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AN [MAP]
Aperitifs and h'orderves during a casual reception. Try a variety of local ales, beers, IPAs & stouts from breweries from around Scotland and the UK. Dinner can be purchased in Brew Dog or at nearby restaurants.
Friday 7th April
0900 - 1730 Workshop @ Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ [MAP]
Registration from 0830. Lunch and afternoon poster reception with canapes is included.
1830 - 2100 Evening Reception @ Curler's Rest, Byres Road, Westend, Glasgow G12 8SH [MAP]
Dinner can be purchased in Curler's Rest or at nearby restaurants.
Saturday 8th April
0900 - 0910 Meet @ Wolfson Medical Building for bus to Aberdeen
Don't be late, the bus won't wait!

Detailed Programme [PDF]

Programme: 7th April


Jaana Kekalainen, University of Tampere: Realistic Interactive IR Experiments & Simulation
(Chaired by Prof. Iadh Ounis)

Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam: IR + AI
(Chaired by Prof. Keith van Rijsbergen)

Industry Speakers

Noreen Adams, BBC: Digital Archives at the BBC

Stuart Miller, Verint: Information Retrieval for Knowledge Management in a changing world

Ludovico Boratto, Eurecat: Balancing Individual and Group Satisfaction in the Evaluation of Group Recommender Systems

Gordon Mullins, SAS: Intelligence Analytics

Short Talks

Frank Hopfgartner, University of Glasgow: Catching up with Industry - Online Evaluation of Information Access

Diane Pennington, University of Glasgow: Making Emotional Information Retrieval a Reality

Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire: Mind the Gap! Bibliometric-Enhanced Information Retrieval for Scholars’ Complex Information Needs

Haiming Liu, University of Bedfordshire: Quick Idea Generation Using Positive Emotion Activity in Interactive Information Retrieval

Leif Azzopardi, University of Strathclyde: Technologically Assisted Reviews in Empirical Medicine

Walid Magdy, University of Edinburgh: Unsupervised Adaptive Microblog Filtering for Broad Dynamic Topics

Martin Halvey, University of Strathclyde: Voice Based Search: Is information Retrieval Enough?

Nicola Tonellotto, National Research Council of Italy: Energy Efficiency in Web Search Engines

Emine Yilmaz, UCL: Inferring Search Tasks from Query Logs

Ismail Sengor Altvingode, Middle East Technical University: Web Science & Information Retrieval (WebSIR) Group at METU - Current Research Directions

Yashar Mosfeghi, University of Glasgow: Identifying Relevance and Need in the Brain

Richard McCreadie, University of Glasgow: Social Media Mining for Emergency Disaster Response


See the programme for details!

Detailed Programme [PDF]

A celebration of Information Retrieval

Held in Glasgow just before the start of ECIR 2017 in Abderdeen, we'll be having a workshop with invited speakers focussing on new and emerging topics in IR.

Thursday 6th April: Evening Meal
Friday 7th April: Invited talks and Posters
Saturday 8th April: Bus "Tour de Scotland" to Aberdeen, via a whisky distillery.



Who can attend?

Attendence is welcome to: members of SICSA institutions, and invited members of the information retrieval community.

How much does it cost?

Attending the workshop on 7th is free (thanks to our sponsors!). There is also no cost associated to the bus trip to Aberdeen, except for tours of the attractions.

How to register?

To register, head over to our Eventbrite instance.

Registration closes soon!

Important Dates

Evening Social Event: 6th of April, 2017 in the West End of Glasgow
IR Festival: 7th of April, 2017, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow
Optional “Tour de Scotland”: 8th of April, 2017, from Glasgow to Aberdeen



Chairs: Leif Azzopardi (University of Strathclyde), Craig Macdonald (University of Glasgow), Iadh Ounis (University of Glasgow), Martin Halvey (University of Strathclyde)