[Elsnet-list] Final Call for Participation: ECIR 2010 Industry Day

Kruschwitz U udo at essex.ac.uk
Thu Mar 18 21:06:55 CET 2010

ECIR 2010 Industry Day

Thursday 1st April 2010

The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

We are pleased to announce the European Conference on Information 
Retrieval (ECIR) 2010 Industry Day. This event takes place the day after 
the main ECIR programme and represents a unique opportunity to meet and 
share ideas with a broad mix of experts from both industry and academia. 
We have a great list of speakers who will present the latest challenges 
faced by practitioners in both enterprise and web search. We are excited 
that this year we have some talks on applications of semantic analysis 
which is considered to be a rapidly maturing academic field, now ready 
for wider adoption in the marketplace. The event should appeal to 
students, academics, researchers, designers, and developers alike.


09:00 - 10:00 Registration (Berrill Building)
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome

Session 1: Advancing Web Search

* 10:10 Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Yahoo! Research) "Mining the Web 2.0 to 
Improve Search"
* 10:35 Dan Crow (Google) "Google Squared: web scale, open domain 
information extraction and presentation"
* 11:00 Milad Shokouhi (Microsoft Research) "Relevance Challenges at Bing"

11:25 - 11:55 Coffee break

Session 2: Enterprise Search

* 11:55 Vegard Sandvold (Comperio) "Search User Experience - The 
Essentials of Great Search Design"
* 12:20 David Hawking (Funnelback) "Getting value from the Search 
Master's Toolbox"
* 12:45 Nick Patience (The 451 Group) "Enterprise Search: State of the 
Market 2010 & Beyond"

13:10 - 14:10 Lunch

Session 3: Domain-Specific Search

* 14:10 Rob Blackwell (Active Web Solutions) "Project Plaza - A new 
approach to information management in the Construction Sector"
* 14:35 Sally Chambers (The European Library) "Rethinking the library 
catalogue: making search work for the library user"
* 15:00 Francisco de Sousa Webber (Matrixware)

15:25 - 16:00 Coffee break

Session 4: Beyond Search: Question-Answering

* 16:00 Jon McLoone (Wolfram Alpha)"WolframAlpha - the new computational 
knowledge engine"
* 16:25 Simon Overell (True Knowledge) "Using AI to get Answers from the 

Panel Discussion

* 16:50 Panel Topic: "Leveraging semantics to enable better search 

Dan Crow (Google), Gjergji Kasneci (Microsoft Research), Jon McLoone 
(WolframAlpha), Simon Overell (True Knowledge). Panel moderator: Mike Taylor

This discussion will centre on the exciting subject of semantic 
analysis. We will try to cover both technological and application 
orientated aspects of this field. For example, some of the questions we 
will attempt to address are as follows: How feasible is it to 
automatically infer useful semantic information from the Web? How should 
we quantify trust and ambiguity in knowledge extracted from the Web? 
Could semantic search ever replace keyword search? What is a good UI for 
semantic search?

17:30 - 19:30 Drinks reception


The registration fee includes lunch and a copy of the Industry Day 
proceedings. Tea and coffee will also be available throughout the day 
followed by a drinks reception. Please register via the ECIR 2010 
Registration site.  Fees: Students/BCS Member £95, Non-Member: £120.


Industry Day will be held at the same venue as the main conference (The 
Open University). See http://kmi.open.ac.uk/events/ecir2010/ for further 


If you have any enquiries about the event, please see 
http://dces.essex.ac.uk/staff/udo/ecir2010/ or contact Udo Kruschwitz: 
udo [at] essex.ac.uk

Industry Day Organisers

Tony Russell-Rose, Endeca
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex
Mike Taylor, Microsoft Research

ECIR Industry Day is organised by the Information Retrieval Specialist 
Group of the BCS (British Computer Society).

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