Platinum Supporter

Baidu was founded in 2000 by Internet pioneer Robin Li, creator of visionary search technology Hyperlink Analysis, with the mission of providing the best way for people to find what they’re looking for. Our deep understanding of Chinese language and culture is central to our success and this kind of knowledge allows us to tailor our search technology for our users’ needs. (Click here to learn more about Baidu:

Gold Supporters

The mission of research at Google is to deliver cutting-edge innovation that improves Google products and enriches the lives of all who use them. We publish innovation through industry standards, and our researchers are often helping to define not just today’s products but also tomorrow’s. For more information, visit

Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More than 1,100 brilliant scientists and engineers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and openly collaborate with leading academic, governmental, and industrial researchers to advance the state of the art of computing, help fuel the long-term growth of Microsoft and its products, and solve some of the world's toughest problems through technological innovation.

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) is the Queensland Government's lead marketing, experience development and major events agency, representing the state's tourism and events industries. TEQ operates on a national and international level, looking at new and innovative ways to make the most out of emerging opportunities which benefit the Queensland’s tourism industry and economy.

Silver Supporters

In 2013, eBay Inc. enabled $212 billion of commerce worldwide. Over the next two years, we expect to grow that to $300 billion. eBay Search Science plays a pivotal role in enabling our business achievements through groundbreaking search technology and cutting edge research. With over 128 million active users and 400 million active listings, spanning across 25 countries, our treasure trove of data can unlock the secrets of commerce online and offline.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (pronounced as "hwa-way") is the largest telecommunications equipment company in the world, headquartered in Shenzhen, China. Noah's Ark Lab is a research lab of Huawei conducting research and development on data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval, and artificial intelligence. The lab was established in 2012 and has office in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Beijing., who prevents Google from monopolizing the local market, combines a media house and a technological company with its own full-text search, map service, news service or on-line television with its original shows. offers much more and many Czechs see as a gateway to the Internet.

All services offers are free for users. As funds itself from revenues derived from advertising, all its services include effective advertising tools (display, PPC, etc.)

Bronze Supporters

Founded in 2004, Facebook¹s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what¹s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

IBM Research is a global community of forward-thinkers working towards a common goal: progress. The World is Our Laboratory. No matter where discovery takes place, IBM researchers push the boundaries of science, technology and business to make the world work better.

Pivotal, committed to open source and open standards, recently introduced Pivotal One, the world's first comprehensive multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS. The company is also a leading provider of application and data infrastructure software, agile development services, and data science consulting. Follow Pivotal on Twitter @gopivotal, LinkedIn, and G+

Yahoo Labs serves as Yahoo's most forward-looking thinkers, providing deep technical expertise on critical scientific and technical topics. Yahoo Labs is the company's incubator for bold scientific experimentation. Our innovative science powers Yahoo's products, making your daily habits more personal and delightful with each experience.

Yandex is one of the largest internet companies in Europe, operating Russia's most popular search engine and most visited website, generating nearly 70% of all search traffic in Russia. Yandex also operates in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Turkey realizing its mission to help people solve their problems.

Academic Supporters

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science School at QUT is a leader in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. QUT is ranked in the top ten Australian Universities and the university’s research agenda is committed to undertake high impact research in selected areas related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. With the ongoing development of unique facilities including the new Science and Engineering Centre, QUT’s research infrastructure is first rate.

The School of Computer Science and Information Technology at RMIT is one of the leading centres for computer science research in Australia: in 2012 it was placed in the top six in the country for its research in information retrieval, string search, and data management.

The school has in the last three years appointed several internationally renowned academics to further bolster its research strengths, and is home to an ACM Fellow and two IEEE Fellows.

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching, and engagement. It is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 34 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014).

The University of Otago (Māori: 'Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo') in Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest university. The university has New Zealand's highest average research quality and is second only to the University of Auckland in the number of A rated academic researchers it employs. Founded in 1869, the university opened in 1871. Its motto is "Sapere aude" ("Dare to be wise"). The Otago University Students' Association answers this with its own motto, "Audeamus" ("let us dare").

Other Supporters

Morgan & Claypool publishes the Synthesis digital library for engineering and computer science researchers, including the Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services, edited by Gary Marchionini of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Now publishers publishes high quality reference, research and review journals in business and technology. Foundations and Trends journals publish state-of-the-art review articles written by leading researchers in their fields with the references linked to the original articles. Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval is now considered one of the most reliable sources for authoritative surveys and reviews of established and emerging research topics in IR