Birger Larsen: "Adding user context to IR test collections"

Ponente: Birger Larsen (Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark)

Fecha: lunes 3 de octubre de 2011

Hora: 11h00

Lugar de celebración: Escuela Politécnica Superior, UAM (sala por confirmar)


Human information seeking can be a complex and dynamically evolving process with many facets related to the context of the user. Yet most standard Information Retrieval (IR) test collections have quite short accounts of the user's information need that capture little of this context. This talk discusses our work in creating a test  collection designed to facilitate experiments with integrated/aggregated search. This includes a conscious effort to capture pertinent aspects of the information need and the situation in which it arose. The talk presents the collection and discusses its potentials.


Birger Larsen is Associate Professor at the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark since 2006. From 2010 he is leader of the 'Information Systems and Interaction Design' research group. He has a passion for research that involves the activities, processes and experiences arising in the meeting between users, information and information systems in a given context - with the goal of optimising these to empower users in their task and  problem solving. His main research interests include Information Retrieval (IR), structured documents in IR, XML IR and user interaction, domain specific search, understanding user intents and exploiting context in IR, as well as Informetrics/Bibliometrics, citation analysis and quantitative research evaluation. He publishes widely in these areas both internationally and nationally and often co-authored with collaborators from a widespread network of researchers. He is broadly engaged in program committees and reviewing in the main journals and conferences within the areas covered by his research interests as well as professional organisations nationally and internationally. In addition he is an active consultant carrying out research-based scientometric evaluations for universities and governmental agencies.

Lugar de Celebración

(sala por confirmar)
Escuela Politécnica Superior, UAM
c/ Francisco Tomás y Valiente, 11
Campus de Cantoblanco
28049 Madrid

Presentación: Adding user context to IR test collections
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