Entries from August 2009

Reminder: HCIR 2009 Submission Deadline is August 24th!

August 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Reminder: HCIR 2009 Submission Deadline is August 24th! · Uncategorized

Just a quick reminder that the submission deadline for HCIR 2009, the Third Annual Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, is August 24th, which is just 3 weeks away! Please spread the word; I know people can be forgetful during the summer months. The workshop itself will be held on October 23rd, at Catholic […]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Vendor Panel

August 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

The last session of the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track was the enterprise search vendor panel. Originally, I’d hoped to have CTOs (or the equivalent) from Autonomy, Endeca, and FAST–specifically, Peter Menell (CTO of Autonomy), Adam Ferrari (CTO of Endeca), and Bjørn Olstad (formerly CTO of FAST, now a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer). Since it would have […]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Analyst Panel

August 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

The morning sessions of the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track consisted of five individual presentations; the afternoon consisted of two panels. The requirement to synchronize with the research talks led to the allocation of 90 minutes for each panel–which was a bit more than I’d originally planned on (and this change, like many, occurred in the […]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Nick Craswell

August 2nd, 2009 · 8 Comments · General

One of the things I didn’t consider when I signed on to organize the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track was that I’d have to replace speakers and panelists on less than two weeks’ notice. But what I couldn’t even have imagined was replacing a speaker on less than 24 hours’ notice! Tuesday morning, the second day […]

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An Apology to Vijay Gill

August 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I don’t know if Google’s Vijay Gill reads this blog. But a post of his just caught my attention, and I feel I owe him an apology. A little over a month ago, I wrote a post entitled “Even Google Should Beware Of Hubris“. I stand by much of that post. But I specifically said: […]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Evan Sandhaus

August 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Evan Sandhaus · General

Back to our regularly scheduled blogging about the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track. For those who haven’t been reading along, we covered the first three talks: Matt Cutts (Google): Web Spam and Adversarial IR: The Road Ahead danah boyd (Microsoft Research): The Searchable Nature of Acts in Networked Publics Vanja Josifovski (Yahoo! Research): Ad Retrieval – […]

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Are Academic Conferences Broken? Can We Fix Them?

August 2nd, 2009 · 35 Comments · General

I’d hoped to get through all of the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track before blogging about anything else (such as Yahoo! search going bada-Bing), but clearly I’m taking too long. So I’m following Daniel Lemire’s suggestion that I post a recent comment on Lance Fortnow’s blog (actually a response to his CACM column entitled “Time for […]

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