Seminar "Hot Topics in Information Retrieval"
The seminar covers recent, interesting topics in Information Retrieval. All topics will be based on research papers published in top conferences.
- Regular meetings were on Mondays, 16:00-18:00 s.t. at the 4th floor Rotunda,
Building E 1.4.
- The kickoff meeting took place on October 11, 2010 at 16:00.
Requirements for the Certificate
- Attend all talks - not just your own. If you are sick, please let us know in advance by writing a short mail.
- Read your paper and other related literature.
- Contact your tutor at least two weeks before your talk and present an intended outline of your talk.
- Prepare a 45 minute talk about your topic that introduces
the matter to your fellow students. This is about twice the size of a
regular conference talk, so there should be enough time to present
some background information on the topic. Try to pick the most
interesting, challenging or futuristic contribution(s) from the paper.
You are very welcome to discuss any potential weaknesses or problems
of the paper in your talk. If you are unsure about what to present,
ask your tutor. Note that, even though the conference slides of some
papers are available on the Web, we expect you to prepare your own
slides (which may be, of course, inspired by the original slides).
- You must send your slides to and discuss them with your tutor
by the Wednesday before your talk (by 16:00) at the latest, otherwise your
talk will be cancelled (this is a hard deadline).
- Both the slides and the presentation itself must be given in
English. Otherwise, some students will not be able to follow
all talks, which is one of the main purposes of the seminar. After the
presentation, there will be a discussion in which all fellow students
are encouraged to ask questions. We will keep track of your
participation (i.e., if you ask questions) and, of course, the answers
of the presenter.
- For each talk, a second student will be preselected as an
opponent. Her or his role is to prepare tough questions to challenge
the paper presented in the talk (not the talk itself or the speaker!).
To make life a little easier, the preliminary version of the slides
will be sent to the opponent on the Friday before the talk. However,
as interaction is an important part of science, we expect that every
participant actively participates in the discussions.
- Two weeks after the talk, the presenter and the opponent
have to submit a jointly written summary of the topic of the talk. The
focus of this report should be on pointing out strengths and
weaknesses of the approach presented in the paper, not just
summarizing the paper. The paper can be of any length (typically about 5-8 pages)
- In other words: Your final grade will be influenced by the
following components: Your oral presentation, the knowledge about your
topic (your answers to questions after the presentation), the
questions you asked as opponent, your general participation in the
seminar, and your two written reports (one in the role of presenter,
one in the role of opponent).
- Monday, November 15, 2010, 16:00: Andreas Sander (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Razvan Belet)
- Monday, November 22, 2010, 16:00: Andreas Frische (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Amalia Radoiu)
- Monday, November 29, 2010, 16:00: Luciano Del Corro (tutor Maya Ramanath, opponent Monika Mitrevska)
- Monday, December 6, 2010, 16:00: Cosmina Croitoru (tutor Maya Ramanath, opponent Besnik Fetahu)
- Monday, December 13, 2010, 16:00: Teodor Stoev (tutor Maya Ramanath, opponent Yury Bakanovski)
- Monday, January 10, 2011, 16:00: He Niu (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Abdur Raafiu)
Mining and Clustering
- Monday, January 17, 2011, 16:00: Monika Mitrevska (tutor Maya Ramanath, opponent He Niu)
- Monday, January 17, 2011, 17:15: Amalia Radoiu (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Teodor Stoev)
- Monday, January 24, 2011, 16:00: Abdur Raafiu (tutor Maya Ramanath, opponent Cosmina Croitoru)
- Monday, January 31, 2011, 16:00: Razvan Belet (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Andreas Sander
- Monday, January 31, 2011, 17:00: Yury Bakanouski (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Luciano Del Corro)
- Monday, February 7, 2011, 16:00: Besnik Fetahu (tutor Maya Ramanath, opponent Andreas Frische)