Report on the Information Retrieval Festival (IRFest2017)

Leif Azzopardi, Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis, Martin Halvey
2017 SIGIR Forum  
The Information Retrieval Festival took place in April 2017 in Glasgow. The focus of the workshop was to bring together IR researchers from the various Scottish universities and beyond in order to facilitate more awareness, increased interaction and reflection on the status of the field and its future. The program included an industry session, research talks, demos and posters as well as two keynotes. The first keynote was delivered by Prof. Jaana Kekalenien, who provided a historical, critical
more » ... reflection of realism in Interactive Information Retrieval Experimentation, while the second keynote was delivered by Prof. Maarten de Rijke, who argued for more Artificial Intelligence usage in IR solutions and deployments. The workshop was followed by a "Tour de Scotland" where delegates were taken from Glasgow to Aberdeen for the European Conference in Information Retrieval (ECIR 2017). The aim of the workshop was to increase awareness and interaction between IR-related researchers working in, across, and with Scottish and UK universities. The workshop had a total of 75 attendees from across the Scottish universities and beyond. The scientific program included keynotes, industry talks, lightening academic talks and a poster/demo session as follows: 2 academic keynotes, 4 industrial talks and 12 invited academic talks from 7 different research institutions (
doi:10.1145/3130332.3130336 fatcat:3ejhaputzve5dileftpldba4uu