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SIGIR This Week

By - July 20, 2009


I don’t write that much about core geeky search stuff here lately, but I still get a bit excited when I am reminded that once again, ACM’s SIGIR is happening. It’s always fun to take a look at the agenda and see who is speaking and presenting papers. And taking a look at the papers tells us something about what’s up in search, who’s adding value to the academic search community, and on what topics.

Microsoft has a stamp on this show, with, according to Microsoft, nearly 30% of all papers presented at the event.

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3 thoughts on “SIGIR This Week

  1. John, thought you (and your readers) might find the Industry Track interesting:

    Participants include:

    * Matt Cutts, Head of Webspam Team, Google
    * danah boyd, Social Media Researcher, Microsoft
    * Vanja Josifovski, Principal Research Scientist, Yahoo!
    * Evan Sandhaus, Semantic Technologist, New York Times
    * Tip House, Chief Architect, OCLC
    * Whit Andrews, VP and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner
    * Susan Feldman, VP of Search and Discovery Technologies, IDC
    * Theresa Regli, Principal, CMS Watch
    * Marti Hearst, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
    * Jeff Fried, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft (FAST)
    * Raul Valdes-Perez, Executive Chairman, Vivisimo
    * Adam Ferrari, Chief Technology Officer, Endeca
    * Bruce Croft, Distinguished Professor, University of Massachusetts
    * Elizabeth Liddy, Dean and Trustee Professor, Syracuse University

  2. Kamal Jain says:

    This year’s Gerard Salton Award given at SIGIR ( also went to one of our colleagues, Susan Dumais, at Microsoft Research.

  3. Alan says:

    It’s funny that the first result for the query “sigir” on is the home page of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.