The 36th European Conference on Information Retrieval

13-16 April, 2014 Amsterdam


New insights and developments in search engine technology

European Conference on Information Retrieval

What can a search engine deduce about your identity and habits based on the topics you search and select? How can gamification be used to improve search engines? And what role will the collection and provision of access to diverse data flows play in the city of the future? These are just a few of the questions to be addressed during the 36th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 14).

Set to take place on 13-16 April, the conference will bring international frontrunners in the field of information retrieval (search engine technology) together in Amsterdam. Topics to be covered include: the personalisation of search results, recommender systems, product search and data mining in social media and eCommerce. Opening the ECIR 14 will be Eugene Agichtein (Emory University, USA) with a keynote address explaining how the intentions and habits of Internet users can be deduced from their search engine interactions.

Technological innovations

Access to big data and high-cost infrastructures is becoming an increasingly important factor in information retrieval. In a panel discussion, leading names in business and science will shed light on the current state of play and what research in this field has in store. The special industry day on Wednesday, 16 April will open with a keynote address by Gilad Mishne (head of the Twitter search team) on real-time search on Twitter. This will be followed by presentations by various Dutch and international companies, including Yahoo! and eBay, about their own latest technologies.

The Netherlands is one of the pioneers in worldwide scientific research into information retrieval. The ECIR 14 is being organised by the University of Amsterdam’s Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam (ISLA) with support from search engine giants such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Yandex and Google.

Time and location

Time: 09:00 Sunday, 13 April – 17:00 Wednesday, 16 April
Location: Hotel Casa 400, Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4, Amsterdam