Human-Computer Information Retrieval

Speaker: Gary Marchionini , School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at

Date: Friday, November 12, 2004

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Refreshments: 1:15 PM

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Location: Patil Seminar Room (32-G449)

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Host: Jaime Teevan, CSAIL

Contact: Jaime Teevan, (617) 253-1611,

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The information retrieval (IR) research community has made remarkable progress over the past half century, leveraging the power of computers to move is from card catalogs to the World Wide Web. Even with today's powerful machine learning techniques, we may be reaching the limits of how much we can improve the precision-recall curve toward optimality. This talk will argue that the only hope of significantly improving the overall information retrieval experience is to more seriously address the roles and behaviors of human information seekers. Some of this challenge will fall to the culture (schools, the marketplace, the installed base of IR experience), but a more timely attack can be made by creating systems that actively engage the information seeker in the process through highly interactive user interfaces. In essence, this argues for tightly coupled, human-centered cooperation between people and systems.


Gary Marchionini, is the Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Information Science in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His Ph.D. is from Wayne State University in mathematics education with an emphasis on educational computing. His research interests are in human information interaction, digital libraries, information retrieval, digital government and information technology policy. He has had grants or contracts from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Council on Library Resources, the National Library of Medicine, the Library of Congress, the Kellogg Foundation, and NASA, among others. He was the Conference Chair for ACM Digital Library '96 Conference and program chair for ACM-IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in 2002 and co-program chair for the ACM SIGIR Conference in 2005. He is editor-in-chief for the ACM Transactions on Information Systems and serves on the editorial boards of a dozen scholarly journals. He has published more than one hundred articles, chapters, and conference papers in the information science, computer science, and education literatures. He founded the Interaction Design Laboratory at UNC-CH.

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