Keynote Speakers

"Query Evolution"

W. Bruce Croft

W. Bruce Croft is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which he joined in 1979. In 1992, he founded the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR), which combines basic research with technology transfer to a variety of government and industry partners. Dr. Croft is an ACM Fellow and received the SIGIR Gerard Salton Award in 2003.

Slides of Query Evolution

"Upcoming Industrial Needs for Search"

Gregory Grefenstette

Gregory Grefenstette is Research Director at Exalead, a provider of search software for simplifying information access. He holds a PhD in Computer from the University of Pittsburgh. An expert in information retrieval and natural language processing, he edited the first book on Cross language Information Retrieval in 1998. Before joining Exalead in 2008, Dr. Grefenstette served as principal scientist for the Xerox Research Centre, Europe, at Clairvoyance Corporation, and for the French CEA.

"Searching User Generated Content: What's Next?"

Maarten De Rijke

Maarten de Rijke is full professor of Information Processing and Internet in the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam. He holds MSc degrees in Philosophy and Mathematics (both cum laude), and a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science. He worked as a postdoc at CWI, before becoming a Warwick Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. He joined the University of Amsterdam in 1998, and was appointed full professor in 2004.