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HCIR 2012: A Personal Report

Human-computer information retrieval (HCIR) is the study of information retrieval techniques that integrate human intelligence and algorithmic search to help people explore, understand, and use information. Since 2007, the HCIR Symposium (previously known as the HCIR Workshop) has provided a venue for the theoretical and practical study of HCIR. We even inspired an EuroHCIR workshop across the […]

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HCIR 2012 Challenge: People Search

As we get ready for the Sixth Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval this October in Cambridge, MA, people around the world are working on their entries for the third HCIR Challenge. Our first HCIR Challenge in 2010 focused on exploratory search of a news archive. Thanks to the generosity of the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), we […]

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HCIR 2011: We Have Arrived!

If you followed the #hcir2011 tweet stream, then you already know what I have to say: the Fifth Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR 2011) was an extraordinary success. We had about 100 people attending, 14 paper presentations, 28 posters, and 4 challenge entries, all packed into one intense day at Google’s beautiful […]

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Marti Hearst’s Keynote at Enterprise Search Summit

The Enterprise Search Summit is taking place in New York this week, and I was lucky to be able to attend Marti Hearst’s opening keynote this morning about designing search for humans. If you’ve read her book or heard her present its material, then you’re probably familiar with the pitch she made. Still, it’s great […]

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Report on the Third Workshop on Search and Social Media (SSM 2010)

Note: this post is cross-posted at BLOG@CACM. It is my pleasure to report on the 3rd Annual Workshop on Search in Social Media (SSM 2010), a gathering of information retrieval and social media researchers and practitioners in an area that has captured the interest of computer scientists, social scientists, and even the broader public. The one-day […]

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LinkedIn Search: A Look Beneath the Hood

Last week, I had the good fortune to attend a presentation by John Wang, search architect at LinkedIn. You may have read my earlier posts about LinkedIn introducing faceted search and celebrating the interface from a user perspective. John’s presentation at the SDForum took a developer’s perspective, discussing the challenges of combining faceted search and […]

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HCIR 2009 Accepted Submissions

The agenda for HCIR 2009 is now online! As previously announced, Ben Shneiderman from the University of Maryland will be the keynote speaker. The accepted submissions are as follows: Panel Presentations Usefulness as the Criterion for Evaluation of Interactive Information Retrieval Michael Cole, Jingjing Liu, Nicholas Belkin, Ralf Bierig, Jacek Gwizdka, Chang Liu, Jun Zhang […]

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Great Series of Posts on Medical Literature Search

Gene Golovchinsky at FXPAL has written a great series of posts on medical literature search, specifically looking at how MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) has been used to augment conventional text search, and whether its use improves the overall effectiveness of information seeking. Here are the posts: What a tangled MeSH we weave Open-source queries Have […]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 2, Interactive Search Session

At the two previous SIGIR conferences that I attended, the interactive search sessions were the most interesting, and this one was no exception. Ironically, even though many of us (myself included) feel that interaction is marginalized within the SIGIR conference and even the information retrieval research community, the few interaction talks at SIGIR consistently draw […]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 1

SIGIR ’09 is in full swing! I arrived on Sunday evening, and the reception was like Cheers (“where everyone knows your name“)–only that, at least in my case, I was meeting many people face-to-face for the first time in years, and in some cases for the first time, period! I reconnected with some of the […]