2013 in a Nutshell

In the context of TU Berlin’s Leistungserfassung der Forschung, the assessment of the research-related activities of the university’s labs in 2013, we had to compile a list of our research output of that year. Having this list handy. we think its a good opportunity to wrap-up our activities of 2013.

Overall, it has been a very active and successful year for CC IRML. With Alan Said and Akram Al-Kouz, two researchers succesfully defended their PhD thesis in 2013. Both of them decided to stay in Academia and are now working in The Netherlands and Jordan, respectively. At the same time, we are happy that Weijia Shao and Cagdas Esiyok decided to join IRML this year.

We concentrated our research on various topics in the field of information retrieval, recommender systems, and data analytics. In 2013, we published a total of 35 papers of different types, including book chapters, papers at renowned journals, prestitious conferences (e.g., ACM Multimedia, UMAP, CSCW), and workshops. Here, Esra Acar’s humorous best paper award for her work on visual privacy in the Visual Privacy Task of MediaEval’13 deserves a special mention.

Apart from publishing our work, we also co-organized workshops on different topics at various conferences, including ACM RecSys, ACM SIGIR, UMAP, PervasiveHealth, and WSDM. We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved again for their help in making these events a success. Our biggest activity was the organization of the NRS challenge at RecSys, a competition where participants were asked to provide news recommendations in real-time. This challenge, which we organized together with our project partners from plista GmbH has been very popular and is currently repeated as an evaluation lab within CLEF 2014.

During 2013, we continued our cooperation with external project partners, but also started new collaborations. For example within CrowdRec, a new FP 7 project focusing on recommender systems and crowd-engagement, 3E – a project on real-time analysis of energy patterns with SAP, and a project on fashion recommendation with Outfittery. We were happy to present our work as invited speakers at other research labs and workshops, but also felt honored to welcome external Academics (e.g., Jimmy Lin, Udo Kruschwitz, Radek Nielek), who provided insights into their own research.

Looking forward to 2014, we are eager to further contribute with our research to the state-of-the-art in our field. We are involved in the organization of conferences and co-organize workshops on gamification, visualization of heterogeneous multimedia content, and other topics. Moreover, we aim to publish and present our work at research conferences, as well as at ICT fairs such as CeBIT Hanover.

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