Search Solutions 2009, London, October 1st (FINAL CALL)
- *** Early Bird Registration ends: 16th of September ***
SEARCH SOLUTIONS 2009
Thursday 1st October
BCS London HQ, Covent Garden
Search Solutions is a special one-day event dedicated to the latest innovations in web & enterprise search. In contrast to other major industry events, Search Solutions aims to be highly interactive and collegial, with attendance limited to 60-80 delegates.
The high quality technical programme includes presentations, panels and case studies in which delegates present and share opinions, insight and expertise.
The event should appeal to designers, developers, end users or indeed anyone interested in the latest developments in web and enterprise search.
09:30 - 10:00 Registration and coffee
Session 1: (Chair: Tony Russell-Rose)
. 10:00 Introduction - Alan Pollard, BCS President
. 10:10 "Thoughts on Learning to Rank" - Mike Taylor, Microsoft
. 10:35 "Accessing Digital Memory: Yahoo! Search Pad" - Vivian Lin Dufour, Yahoo
. 11:00 "How Google Ads Work" - Richard Russell, Google
11:25 - 11:45 COFFEE BREAK
Session 2: (Chair: Andy MacFarlane)
. 11:45 "Location-based services: Positioning, Geocontent and Location-aware Applications" - Dave Mountain, Placr
. 12:10 "Librarians, metadata, and search" - Alan Oliver, Ex Libris
. 12:35 "UI Design Patterns for Search & Information Discovery" - Tony Russell-Rose, Endeca
13:00 - 14:15 LUNCH
Session 3: (Chair: Leif Azzopardi)
. 14:15 "Search-Based Applications: the Maturation of Search" - Greg Grefenstette, Exalead
. 14:40 "How and why you need to calculate the true value of page 1 natural search engine positions" - Gary Jennings, WebOptimiser
. 15:05 "Search as a service with Xapian" - Richard Boulton, Lemur Consulting
15:30 - 16:00 TEA BREAK
Session 4: (Chair: Alex Bailey)
. 16:00 "The Benefits of Taxonomy in Content Management", Andrew Maisey, Unified Solutions
. 16:25 Panel: "Interactive Information Retrieval"
It has been widely reported that the "Google Generation" is changing our expectations of online information-seeking behaviour, and that impatience in search and navigation and zero tolerance for delay in satisfying information needs are becoming the norm. But should simple keyword search remain the dominant paradigm for information seeking behaviour in the future? Should we not be encouraging users to employ more sophisticated search techniques than simply entering keywords and relying on best-first ranked retrieval algorithms? What prospects are there for developing a more meaningful interaction with end users, providing a constructive dialogue that supports and facilitates search and information discovery in its widest sense?
17:00 - 19:00 DRINKS RECEPTION
The event will also be followed by the IRSG AGM (timing TBD).
Search Solutions is organised by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS (British Computer Society), and is held at the BCS Central London Office:
BCS, 1st Floor
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA
For further details, see
Tony Russell-Rose PhD MBCS CITP
Vice-chair, BCS IRSG
Chair, Ergonomics Society HCI Group