Web-search experts flock to Dublin for conference
Innovation Profile Decision to hold global event here shows growing recognition of Ireland’s leadership in the field
“They must also contend with multiple modes of search and delivery, such as speech, audio and mobile. Modern search engines are more sophisticated, faster and more accurate than ever before. Information-retrieval is now a multi-billion euro industry, and thousands of researchers around the world dedicate their time to constantly enhancing search engines so that we can find the information that we want, when and how we want it.”
CNGL is at the leading edge of this research through its pioneering work on a new concept known as global intelligent content, which will enable digital content to be more discoverable and adaptable. It works by embedding new levels of knowledge and intelligence into content that will enable retrieval and search services to automatically process and transform that content in a more consistent way for particular users.
“CNGL’s research underpins a future vision for information search and discovery in an increasingly connected and mobile world,” says Dr Sheridan. “Our hosting of ACM SIGIR 2013 in Dublin is a great showcase for the research and innovation happening here in Ireland through the collaboration of academics and industry. It provides an opportunity for us to highlight our leadership in areas such as digital content, platforms and applications through centres such as CNGL, as well as with the many companies with a strong information-retrieval base in Ireland including Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, LinkedIn, IBM, AOL, Facebook and Twitter. ”
SIGIR 2013 is bringing together pioneers of search-engine technology including Jonathon Fletcher, creator of Jump Station, which is widely considered to be the world’s first web search engine. Fletcher joins today’s opening panel in the Mansion House to discuss 20 years of web search and look back over the history of information-retrieval research.
Tomorrow, John R Smith of the IBM Watson Research Centre will deliver the conference keynote address on “Riding the Multimedia Big Data Wave” in the Mansion House. Today, multimedia content makes up 60 per cent of internet traffic and 70 per cent of mobile-phone traffic and is increasingly becoming a valuable source for insights and information. The keynote talk will address why multimedia content requires highly sophisticated algorithms for content analysis and is spurring on tremendous amounts of research and development of techniques to enable effective multimedia information extraction and retrieval.
The main focus switches to the TCD Exam Hall on Wednesday where the emphasis is firmly on industry. This track promises an exciting and varied programme of talks delivered by leading practitioners in information-retrieval, including senior staff from Yahoo, LinkedIn, IBM, and Microsoft. The keynote speakers are Stefan Weitz, senior director with Bing Search and Yahoo! Research vice-president Ricardo Baeza-Yates. The conference concludes on Thursday with a series of tutorials in the TCD Arts Block.
For further information on the SIGIR 2013 conference go to sigir2013.ie.