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UKeiG, the UK electronic information Group, would like to inform you that
the 4th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2018 is to be delivered by
Maarten de Rijke, Professor of Computer Science at the University of
Amsterdam, and will take place on the afternoon of Friday, 23rd November
2018 at The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. Book
here:

https://tinyurl.com/y8pag2rr

Last year UKeiG, in partnership with the International Society for
Knowledge Organisation UK (ISKO UK), the Royal Society of Chemistry
Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group (RSC CICAG) and the
British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG)
was delighted to announce that the winner of the prestigious Tony Kent
Strix Award for 2017 was Professor de Rijke. The Award was presented to him
by Doug Veal (Strix Chair) and David Ball (UKeiG Chair) in London on Friday
October 20th 2017 in recognition of his major and sustained contributions
to the field of information retrieval and web searching.

Professor de Rijke is a well-known and highly respected member of the
international information retrieval community having made considerable and
widely recognised contributions to the field. He has an impressive and
formidable high impact publications record in a range of areas including
semantic search, semi-structured retrieval and social media. He has
produced influential research outputs on the large-scale semantic analysis
of online content and on the analysis of subjective aspects of information
(sentiment, credibility, memory, reputation and experiences). His
contributions to information retrieval, in particular to the fast evolving
areas of computational methods for analysing, understanding and enabling
effective human interaction with information sources, have been profound.

He leads the Information and Language Processing Systems Group at the
Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam. It is one of the
world’s leading academic research groups in information retrieval and
intelligent information access, with projects on self-learning search
engines, semantic search and the interface between information retrieval
and artificial intelligence.

His 2018 Strix Lecture is entitled: 'Retrieval as Interaction.'

Abstract: Information retrieval systems, such as search engines,
recommender systems and conversational agents, may well be the prime
example of interactive systems to which people are exposed. Their
development is best thought of as a two-stage process: off-line development
followed by continued online adaptation based on interactions with users.
Off-line development, which involves evaluation and learning from annotated
datasets or from logged interactions, is risk free in the sense that the
system does not require the ability to make interactive interventions. In
contrast, in online development retrieval systems use interactions and
interventions for evaluation and for learning.

In the lecture Professor de Rijke will compare the off-line and online
development phases. How much can a retrieval system learn off-line from
historical interaction data? How much can it gain by being able to make
interventions and explore new actions? Can we give bounds on the risks a
retrieval system takes when performing online interventions? He will also
discuss another set of questions that come up in this space and that have
to do with how we should design systems that learn and adapt online and are
respectful of their users.

*** This is a FREE event, open to everyone, BUT advance bookings ARE
required ***

Please book a ticket online at:

https://tinyurl.com/y8pag2rr

Full programme details:

1.30 Registration
2.00 Douglas Veal - Chairman's welcome
2.10 - Stella Dextre Clarke, 2006 Winner of the Tony Kent Strix Award,
reflects on 'Then and Now: Contrasts in the retrieval environment.' Now
retired from consultancy in information management, she is still active as
Vice-Chair of the UK Chapter of ISKO (International society for knowledge
Organization).
2.45 - Questions & Discussion
3.00 - Tea & coffee
3.45 - The Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture
4.30 Questions & discussion
5.00 Meeting closes

The Tony Kent Strix Award was inaugurated in 1998 by the Institute of
Information Scientists. The 2018 Tony Kent Strix Award winner will also be
announced during the afternoon.

For more information about UKeiG and the Tony Kent Strix Award visit:

https://tinyurl.com/ybjfjotu

Please circulate this announcement to colleagues across your institution
who may benefit from attending this lecture.

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