There are still places available for the FREE Tony Kent Strix Annual Lecture

[08 Oct 2015] Remember to book for the first in the series of FREE annual lectures linked with the prestigious Tony Kent Strix Award for information retrieval - London, November 6th.

Dr Susan T Dumais of Microsoft Research - the winner of the 2014 Award - will be the speaker at the Geological Society in London on the afternoon of Friday November 6th.

Understanding and Improving Search using Large-Scale Behavioral Data. 
Over the last decade, the rise of web services has made it possible to gather traces of human behavior in situ at a scale and fidelity previously unimaginable.  The talk will highlight how observational logs provide a rich new lens onto the diversity of searchers, tasks, and interactivity that characterize information systems today, and how experimental logs have revolutionized the way in which web-based systems are designed and evaluated.  Although logs provide a great deal of information about what people are doing, they provide little insight about why they are doing so or whether they are satisfied.  Complementary methods from observations, laboratory studies and panels are necessary to provide a more complete understanding of and support for search which is increasingly a core fabric of people’s everyday lives.  

The talk will be followed by a discussion and some time for refreshments and networking. 

Bookings can be made at:

Dr Dumais is Distinguished Scientist and Deputy Managing Director as well as Manager of the Context, Learning, and User Experience for Search (CLUES) Group at Microsoft Research in the United States. For over 30 years, she has been a well-respected leading light in information retrieval - both in terms of research and practice - with sustained contributions that are both innovative and practical. Perhaps her most significant contribution is the co-invention of Latent Semantic Analysis and Indexing (LSI); a key feature of which is its ability to extract the latent conceptual structure from a large collection of texts by analyzing the associations between terms that occur in similar contexts, thus enabling a search engine to retrieve using concepts rather than keywords. This year there will also be a talk and a demonstration of one of Tony Kent’s information retrieval packages by Jan Wyllie: Remembering Futures Past, Tony Kent and the Lost Vision of  a Boolean Universe

The Tony Kent Strix Award is presented in memory of Dr Tony Kent, a past Fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists, who died in 1997. Tony Kent made a major contribution to the development of information science and information services both in the UK and internationally, particularly in the field of chemistry and, as honoured in this Award, an outstanding contribution to the design of retrieval software. The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval in its widest sense. Each year a call for nominations is published in the early summer and the presentation of the award is made at Internet Librarian International/Enterprise Search Europe.

The Tony Kent Strix Award is managed by UKeiG (a Special Interest Group of CILIP the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) in partnership with the Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC CICAG); the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK Chapter (ISKO UK) and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG).

The Annual Lecture series is sponsored by Google.