Not so random thoughts of an IR researcher involved in the massive open online learning movement ...

Dagstuhl Seminar Search as Learning

Schloss Dagstuhl is a familiar name for many Computer Science researchers. A center founded in the early 1990s that has quickly become one of the world’s premier meeting centers for computer science research. It is also in the middle of nowhere in Germany, which is a pain in terms... [Read More]

ACL 2017

It is conference season. Again. Not just in the IR, but also the NLP and ML communities. Time to start reading. ACL 2017 with its nearly 200 full papers and more than 100 short papers was a treasure trove again for inspiring approaches, problems and datasets. There is really... [Read More]

VIDI grant

NWO VIDI Awarded The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research has just announced the proposals that will receive funding through the NWO VIDI scheme. I made it onto this list! The VIDI is a personal grant worth 800K € which translates into 2 PhD and 1 postdoc... [Read More]

The Query Halo Effect

I read papers. A lot of them. Most of them conference papers. SIGIR, ACL, EMNLP, CIKM, WWW, WSDM, CHI, … I try to at least browse through the published abstracts every year. Some of those papers stick with me for a long time, because the idea is quirky, the approach... [Read More]

ICLR 2017

Deep learning has been the dominant theme in a number of research communities (e.g. computer vision, natural language processing) for the past few years. In information retrieval (IR), things are moving more slowly, we are still experimenting with word embeddings and are only beginning to adapt the (by now) classic... [Read More]