Usefulness of Interactive IR Systems (UIIRS)

** Note (27 January) **

The UIIRS has been cancelled due to lack of enrollment.

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The main goal of the workshop is to provide an international forum for discussing novel approaches that might contribute to an approximation of usefulness in interactive information retrieval. The workshop aims at bringing together experts from both 'user' and 'system' oriented information retrieval for a fruitful exchange of ideas and discussion how to tackle the evaluation of interactive IR from the perspective of usefulness.


Claus-Peter Klas is lead of the GESIS-Architecture team in the department Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences of GESIS. He received his PhD computer science at the University of Duisburg-Essen and was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Multimedia and Internet Applications, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Hagen, Germany. His research focuses on information retrieval, interactive information retrieval, information systems, databases, digital libraries, preservation and grid and cloud architectures. He developed the software Daffodil founded on a nation research project and worked in national and European research projects such as The European Film Gateway, SHAMAN (Sustaining Heritage Access through Multivalent ArchiviNg) and Smart Vortex (Scalable Semantic Product Data Stream Management for Collaboration and Decision Making in Engineering). He is currently responsible for several infrastructure projects within GESIS, such as da|ra, SowiDataNet or Missy, all concerned with providing information and data for social scientists.

Peter Mutschke is senior researcher at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Cologne) and acting head of the GESIS department “Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences”. His research focuses on information retrieval, network analysis and Social Web. He worked in a number of national and international research projects such as DAFFODIL (Distributed Agents for User-Friendly Access of Digital Libraries), INFOCONNEX (interdisciplinary information network for Social Sciences, Education Science and Psychology), IRM (value-added search services), the DELOS/NSF Working Group on reference models for digital libraries, and the EU-funded projects WeGov (Where eGovernment meets the eSociety) and SENSE4US (Data insights for policy makers & citizens). Currently, he is involved in major national and European research networks such as the COST Action KNOWeSCAPE (“Analyzing the dynamics of information and knowledge landscapes”) and the research alliance “Science 2.0” of the German Leibniz Association. For both research networks Peter is member of the management committee. Peter is author of a number of research articles, member of a number of international program committees, was co-organizer of the workshop “Combining Bibliometrics and Information Retrieval” at ISSI 2013 and “Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval (BIR)” at ECIR 2014 and main organizer of the “Knowledge Maps and Information Retrieval (KMIR)” workshop at DL 2014

Preben Hansen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Information School at Tampere University, Finland (2011), under the supervision of Professor Kalervo Järvelin. He also has a Master Science degree in Information Science from the College of Borås/Gothenburg. Special research interests are: Interaction Design and HCI, User- Centered design and studies, Collaborative Information Seeking; Session-based searching; Task-based information seeking; Technology Enhanced-Learning Design. Preben Hansen have published 70-80 papers in international journals and conferences. In 2014 he was a editor for a Special Issue Editor for IEEE Computer. Theme: Collaborative Information Seeking. Preben Hansen currently participate in the following EU-project: KEYSTONE (COST-network), KNOWeSCAPE(COST-network), and have been participating in the following EU-projects: MUMIA, PROMISE, ASSETS (2010-2012, WP leader), COMPANIONS (IST-034434); DELOS NoE 2 (WP-leader);CLARITY IST (2000-25310, WP-leader), DUMAS (IST - 2000 - 29452), SCHOLNET and DELOS-NoE.