Understanding and Improving Search using Large-Scale Behavioural Data – London 06/11/2015


The 2015 Tony Kent Strix Annual Lecture takes places  on Friday 6 November at The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG from 14:00 – 17:30.

The 2014 Award Winner, Dr Susan T. Dumais of Microsoft Research, will speak on Understanding and Improving Search using Large-Scale Behavioural Data.

13:30 Registration
14:00 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
14:05 Brief Introduction to Tony Kent’s Life and Work (Doug Veal)
14:15 Remembering Futures Past, Tony Kent and the Lost Vision of a Boolean Universe – Talk & Demonstration of Strix Information Retrieval Package (Jan Wyllie)
15:15 Tea
15:45 The Tony Kent Strix Annual Lecture – Understanding and Improving Search using Large-Scale Behavioural Data by Dr Susan T. Dumais
Over the last decade, the rise of web services has made it possible to gather traces of human behaviour in situ at a scale and fidelity previously unimaginable. The talk will highlight how observational logs provide a rich new lens onto the diversity of searchers, tasks, and interactivity that characterize information systems today, and how experimental logs have revolutionized the way in which web-based systems are designed and evaluated. Although logs provide a great deal of information about what people are doing, they provide little insight about why they are doing so or whether they are satisfied. Complementary methods from observations, laboratory studies and panels are necessary to provide a more complete understanding of and support for search which is increasingly a core fabric of people’s everyday lives.
16:30 Questions and Discussion
17:00 Meeting closes

Booking is now open for this free annual lecture linked with the Tony Kent Strix Award for Information Retrieval. Although the event is free, booking is essential to secure a place. Bookings can be made at:  http://www.cilip.org.uk/uk-einformation-group/events/tony-kent-strix-annual-lecture.

The Tony Kent Strix Award is presented in memory of Dr Tony Kent, a past Fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists, who died in 1997. Tony Kent made a major contribution to the development of information science and information services both in the UK and internationally, particularly in the field of chemistry and, as honoured in this Award, an outstanding contribution to the design of retrieval software. The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval in its widest sense.