Keynote Talks


Nicholas Belkin
School of Communication & Information,
Rutgers University, NJ, USA
Evaluation of Personalization of Information Interaction in an Era of Information Ubiquity
Gabriella Pasi
Department of Informatics, Systems, and Communication (DISCo)
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italia
Title to be announced
Julio Gonzalo
Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval Group
UNED, Spain
Title to be announced

Evaluation of Personalization of Information Interaction in an Era of Information Ubiquity

Nicholas Belkin


School of Communication & Information,Rutgers University,New Brunswick, NJ, 08901 USA

Abstract:
This paper is derived from a presentation by me and Rob Capra entitled “IR System Users: New Research Directions”, at SWIRL 3, Lorne, Victoria, Australia, February 2018. A report on SWIRL 3 is in press in the SIGIR Forum, v. 52, no. 1 (June 2018).
In the emerging technological and social-technical environment, people will be constantly and ubiquitously emerged in sea of information. The field of information retrieval (IR), and especially that concerned with personalization of interactive IR (IIR), needs to construe them as such, and, especially, not merely, only, or even as “users” who will stop doing what they’re doing, to engage in an IR system. In this paper, I identify some characteristics of this rapidly developing environment that are especially salient for how we should conceive of support of people in their interactions with information, and the issues that arise from this context with respect to the concept of personalization of such support. The resulting understanding of personalization of interaction with information has strong implications for just how the effectiveness and usefulness of such support should and could be evaluated, some of which are proposed, with the aim of initiating discussion in the research community of the problems attendant to them.

Biographcal Sketch:
Nicholas Belkin is Distinguished Professor of Information Science in the Department of Library & Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University. Previous to that appointment, he was at the Department of Information Science, The City University, London. He has held visiting positions at, inter alia, the University of Western Ontario, the Free University, Berlin, GMD-IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany, the Institute for Systems Science, National University of Singapore, the Information School, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, and GESIS, Cologne, Germany, as well as Fulbright Fellowships in Finland and Croatia. Professor Belkin has served as the Chair of the ACM SIGIR, and President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). He is the recipient of the ASIST’s Outstanding Teacher award, its Research Award, and its Award of Merit. In 2015, he received the ACM SIGIR Gerard Salton Award, for significant, sustained and continuing contributions to research in information retrieval. Professor Belkin is known as one of the founders of the cognitive viewpoint in information science, and as a leader in integrating information behavior research with information retrieval research. His most recent research has focused on personalization of interaction with information, especially with respect to the nature of the task which leads people to engage in information seeking, and on methods for evaluation of whole-session search. His current research project, Characterizing and Evaluating Whole Session Interactive Information Retrieval, is supported by the US National Science Foundation.

Gabriella Pasi




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Julio Gonzalo




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