Seminar "The Future of Web Search" WS 2007/2008
Seminar "The Future of Web Search"
Srikanta Bedathur, PhD
Dr. Ralf Schenkel
Currently all the topics of the seminar have already been assigned. Further registration requests will be put in a waiting list, and will be notified whenever there is a free slot.
- If you want to participate in the seminar, send as soon as
possible a mail to Srikanta Bedathur and Ralf Schenkel with a list of
your favourite topics.
- The first meeting takes place on
Thursday, October 25th, at 10 c.t. in room 433, building E 1.4.
- Regular meetings
are on Thursdays at 10 c.t. in
room 433 (rotunda 4th floor),
building E 1.4., starting November 22.
- Prerequisite for attending the
seminar is some knowledge of information retrieval in general. We
participants have successfully participated in the basic course
"Informationssysteme" or in an information retrieval course. It is also
sufficient if you are actively participating in the course "Information
Retrieval and Data Mining" offered by Gerhard Weikum in this semester.
- We checked that all papers are available from the MPI-INF
network (last check: September 3, 2007, 10am). If you encounter any
problems accessing a paper, please
contact us, we'll send you the file(s) by email.
Contents of the Seminar
The seminar discusses recent scientific
conference papers on hot topics in important fields within the area of
Web search. Topics covered include novel applications (music retrieval,
geographic search, expert search, and transactions), personalization
(Advertising, Spam, Social Web), and system issues (query
classification, distributed retrieval, efficiency).
Requirements for the Certificate
- Attend all talks - not just your own. We will keep track of
participation! If you are sick, please let us know in advance by
writing a short mail.
- Read your papers and other related literature.
- Prepare a 45 minutes talk about your topic that introduces the
matter to your fellow students. Even though there are often several
papers listed for each topic, you are not expected to talk in detail
about all of them. Instead, try to pick the most interesting,
challenging or futuristic contributions from them for the presentation.
If you are unsure about what to present, ask your tutor.
You must send
your slides to and discuss them with your tutor by the Friday before
your talk at the latest, otherwise your talk will be cancelled. 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 presentations, 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. His or her role is to prepare tough questions to challenge
the talk. To make life a little easier, the preliminary version of the
slides will be sent to the opponent on the Friday before the talk.
- Two weeks after the talk, the presenter and the opponent together have to you have to submit
a short (usually not longer than 5
pages) 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(s), not just
summarizing the paper(s).
- After your talk, there will be another meeting with your tutor
and Srikanta and/or Ralf to give feedback on the talk and the report.
- 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).
- Thursday, November 22, 2007, 10:15: Avishek Ananad on music retrieval (tutor Srikanta Bedathur) slides
- Thursday, November 29, 2007, 10:15: Daniel Lorig on local and geographic search (tutor Andreas Broschart) slides
- Thursday, December 6, 2007, 10:15: Reznichenko Alexey on transactional queries (tutor Ralf Schenkel)
Thursday, December 13, 2007, 10:15: O.o. on expert search (tutor Georgiana Ifrim)
- Thursday, January 10, 2008, 10:15: Ekaterina Biehl on advertisments (tutor Srikanta Bedathur) slides
- A. Lacerda, M. Cristo, M. A. Gonçalves, W. Fan, N.
Ziviani, B. A. Ribeiro-Neto: Learning to
advertise . SIGIR Conference, pp. 549-556, 2006
- A. Broder, M. Fontoura, V. Josifovski, L. Riedel: A Semantic Approach
to Contextual Advertising . SIGIR Conference, pp. 559-566, 2007
- Thursday, January 17, 2008, 10:15: Sadia Masood on Web spam (tutor Klaus Berberich) slides
- C. Castillo, D. Donato, A. Gionis, V. Murdock, F. Silvestri: Know
your Neighbors: Web Spam Detection using the Web Topology . SIGIR
- Z. Gyöngyi, P. Berkhin, H. Garcia-Molina, J. Pedersen: Link Spam Detection Based on Mass
Estimation . VLDB Conference, pp. 439-450, 2006
- Thursday, January 24, 2008, 10:15: Vitaly Friedman on social search (tutor Josiane Parreira)
- S. Bao, X. Wu, B. Fei, G.-R. Xue, Z. Su, Y. Yu: Optimizing Web
Search using Social Annotations . WWW Conference, pp. 501-510,
- A. Hotho, R. Jaeschke, C. Schmitz, and G. Stumme: Information
retrieval in folksonomies: Search and ranking . European Semantic
Web Conference, pp.411-426, 2006.
- Thursday, January 31, 2008, 10:15: Ulya Akk on query classification (tutor Julia Luxenburger)
- A. Broder, M. Fontoura, E. Gabrilovich, A. Joshi, V.
Josifovski, T. Zhang: Robust Classification of Rare Queries
Using Web Knowledge . SIGIR Conference, 2007
- Y. Zhou, B. Croft: Query Performance Prediction in Web Search
Environments . SIGIR Conference, 2007
- D. Carmel, E. Yom-Tov, A. Darlow, D. Pelleg: What makes a query
difficult? SIGIR Conference pp. 390-397, 2006.
Thursday, February 7, 2008, 10:15: Frederik Siekmann on distributed retrieval (tutor Christian Zimmer)
- Thursday, February 14, 2008, 10:15: Levan Kasradze on efficiency (tutor Christian Zimmer)
- Thursday, February 21, 2008, 10:15: Yulya Patenko on non-traditional uses of
search-engines (tutor Fabian
Last change: Jan 31, 2008