Lecturers

In alphabetical order.

Name Affiliation Country
Fernando Diaz Microsoft Research New York USA
Fernando Diaz is a researcher at Microsoft Research New York. His primary research interest is formal information retrieval models. Fernando's research experience includes distributed information retrieval approaches to web search, interactive and faceted retrieval, mining of temporal patterns from news and query logs, cross-lingual information retrieval, graph-based retrieval methods, and synthesizing information from multiple corpora. Fernando received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. His work on federation won the best paper awards at the SIGIR 2010 and WSDM 2010 conferences. He is a co-organizer of the Temporal Summarization track and Web track at TREC 2013.
Kalervo Järvelin School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere Finland
Kal Järvelin is Professor of Information Retrieval and Vice Chair at the School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland. He holds a PhD in Information Studies (1987) from the same university. He was Academy Professor, Academy of Finland, in 2004–2009. Järvelin’s research covers information seeking and retrieval, linguistic and conceptual methods in IR, IR evaluation, and database management. He has coauthored over 270 scholarly publications and supervised 17 dissertations. His H-index is 27 in Google Scholar and 13 in Web-Of-Science (February 2013).
Gareth Jones School of Computing, Dublin City University Ireland
Dr. Gareth Jones is a Faculty Member at the School of Computing and a Principal Investigator with the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL) at Dublin City University, Ireland. He holds B.Eng and PhD degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol, U.K. Previously he worked at the University of Cambridge and the University of Exeter. In 1997, he was a Toshiba Fellow at Toshiba Corporation Research and Development Centre Japan, and has held visiting positions at Carnegie Mellon University and at the National Institute of Informatics, Japan. His research interests are in diverse areas of information retrieval including spoken, image, video, multilingual. mobile, context-aware and personal search. His work has been supported by UK EPSRC, Science Foundation Ireland and the European Commission. He has published in excess of 300 papers describ.ing this work including receiving several Best Paper Awards. He regularly reviews submission to leading international journals and serves on the programme committees of international conferences and specialist workshops in information retrieval, applied natural language processing, multimedia and human-computer interaction. He was information retrieval track chair of ACM CIKM 2010, programme co-chair of ECIR 2011 and is general co-chair of ACM SIGIR 2013 in Dublin. He has previously served as a track co-chair at CLEF from 2002-2009, and in 2010 co-founded the MediaEval evaluation campaign to promote research and evaluation in emerging and innovative multimedia information access tasks.
Douglas W. Oard College of Information Studies / Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. USA
Douglas Oard is a Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, with joint appointments in the College of Information Studies and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). Dr. Oard earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. His research interests center around the use of emerging technologies to support information seeking by end users. His recent work has focused on interactive techniques for cross-language information retrieval, searching conversational media such as speech and email, evaluation design for e-discovery in the TREC Legal Track, and support for sense-making in large digital archival collections. Additional information is available from the website.
Iadh Ounis School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow UK
Iadh Ounis is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. His research centers around the development of novel probabilistic information retrieval (IR) models and data-driven learning approaches for web, enterprise and social media search. He leads a team of researchers investigating new models and applications in the general field of large-scale text retrieval. Dr Ounis is the principal investigator of the open source Terrier search engine, widely used both in academia and industry for large-scale text mining and search applications. He led many international IR projects and initiatives (e.g. the TREC Blog and Microblog track initiatives), chaired a number of major information retrieval-related events (e.g. CIKM 2011), and is on all program committees of major IR conferences and related events. Over the years, he has supervised numerous PhD students and postdoctoral research assistants on the general topic of large-scale information retrieval, and has authored over 150 refereed articles and publications.
Mark Sanderson School of Computer Science and Information Technology, RMIT University Australia
Professor Mark Sanderson is with the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at RMIT University. He is a researcher in information retrieval (IR) (e.g. web search engines). He is particularly interested in evaluation of search engines, but also works in geographic search, cross language IR (CLIR), summarisation, image retrieval by captions, word sense ambiguity. Professor Sanderson is currently Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on the Web and Information Processing and Management. He is also on the editorial board of Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval. He was the co-PC Chair of ACM SIGIR 2012.