Heng Ding from Wuhan University, China will spend 14 months with us as a visiting PhD student. Heng will work on question answering over structured data.
Full paper “Entity Linking in Queries: Efficiency vs. Effectiveness” by Faegheh Hasibi, Krisztian Balog, and Svein Erik Bratsberg, and short paper “Design Patterns for Fusion-Based Object Retrieval” by Shuo Zhang and Krisztian Balog got accepted at the 39th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR ’17).
We had a project seminar in Trondheim, preceded by some team building activity near Røros.
Our team (Darío Garigliotti and Krisztian Balog) achieved top performance at the Task Understanding task of the TREC 2016 Tasks track.
Our paper “Anticipating Information Needs Based on Check-in Activity” authored by Jan Benetka, Krisztian Balog, and Kjetil Nørvåg got accepted at the 10th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM ’17). The acceptance rate this year was 16%.
Krisztian Balog got promoted to full professor of Computer Science. An interview took place on the occasion (available only in Norwegian).
Our paper “Exploiting Entity Linking in Queries for Entity Retrieval” by Faegheh Hasibi, Krisztian Balog, and Svein Erik Bratsberg won the Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at the 2nd ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR 2016).
Krisztian Balog was invited to give the plenary keynote at the 10th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2016) in Saratov, Russia. The slides of the talk can be found here.
Prof. Kalervo Järvelin and Mia-Maria Saastamoinen from the University of Tampere, Finland, visited IAI for a seminar on task-based and iteractive information retrieval.
We spent a two-day seminar at NTNU, Trondheim, which consisted of a series of research and tech talks, plus a coding session. Then, we headed off for a weekend of mountain air, skiing, and adventure.