We invite you to participate in the 2017 Asia Information Retrieval Societies (AIRS), Nov. 22-24, 2017, at the Lotte Hotel & Resort in Jeju island, Korea. This Conference is the 13th in the series of international conferences on information retrieval that provides a global forum for presentations and information exchange on the latest emerging information technology. We hope you will consider attending and engaging in the event in a variety of ways. Consider arriving early in Jeju island to take advantage of tourist attractions.
Speaker Prof. Justin Zobel • Title The Getting of Knowledge: What Is Information Retrieval, And What Might It Become? • Abstract Search systems are amongst the most successful technologies of our era. Based on algorithms and principles from the field of Information Retrieval (IR), they have developed from computerized variants of library indexes to rich environments that provide global access to information. At the same time, the contexts in which these systems are now used are drastically different to those for which they were originally conceived: the commonest use is via a personal device, highly available and location-aware, and search is over vast quantities of heterogeneous data. In response, the scope of IR has itself changed, to embrace a diverse range of allied fields. However, the standard explanations of IR do not capture the experience that search systems deliver, and omit a key component: the role of people. In this talk, I introduce alternative perspectives on IR, and argue that such perspectives not only provide a compelling, provocative vision of the field but also may provide the basis for new research agendas and potential future technologies.