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4th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2018
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4th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2018

When: 23 November 2018
From 1:30 PM until 5:00 PM
Where: The Geological Society
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD
United Kingdom
Presenter: Professor Maarten de Rijke
Contact: Gary Horrocks

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4th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2018 

Friday, 23 November 2018 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm 

The 4th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2018 will be delivered by Maarten de Rijke, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam, and will take place on the afternoon of Friday, 23 November 2018 at The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

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.

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.

Programme and topics

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

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Professor Maarten de Rijke


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.

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