SWIRL'12: The Second Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval in Lorne

The purpose of the Second Strategic Workshop in Information Retrieval in Lorne was to explore the long-range issues of the Information Retrieval field, to recognize challenges that are on -- or even over -- the horizon, to build consensus on some of the key challenges, and to disseminate the resulting information to the research community. The intent is that this description of open problems will help to inspire researchers and graduate students to address the questions, and will provide funding agencies data to focus and coordinate support for information retrieval research.

SWIRL'12 was held from 15--17th February 2012. The first SWIRL workshop was held in 2004.

The SWIRL'12 workshop resulted in two reports:

  1. A report authored by the participants that summarizes the results of discussion. It includes a list of 27 "interesting" research directions, project ideas, and challenge areas, six of which were discussed more deeply so have lengthier discussions.

    James Allan, Bruce Croft, Alistair Moffat, and Mark Sanderson (eds.), "Frontiers, Challenges, and Opportunities for Information Retrieval: Report from SWIRL 2012." SIGIR Forum, 46(1):2-32, June 2012.

    This report is available in PDF, on the Forum's web site, and eventually via the ACM Digital Library.

  2. An annotated list of recent papers, selected by the participants in advance of the workshop, to reflect key challenges and developments in the IR area.

More photos from the workshop are available via Flickr.

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