CLEF NewsREEL 2014, 18 September 2014, Sheffield, UK

Author: Benjamin Kille

On Thursday, 18 September 2014, the first session of NewsREEL in the scope of the CLEF initiative took place in Sheffield, UK. Participants had the chance to present their findings. Likewise, they found a forum to discuss issues and suggest possible improvements. I enjoyed receiving plenty of feedback.

In NewsREEL, we defined […]

VisHMC’14 held in Chengdu, China

Last week, we co-organized the International Workshop on Visualization of Heterogeneous Multimedia Content (VisHMC’14), which was held together with the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo 2014 (ICME’14) in Chengdu, China. With around 1000 submissions and 500 participants each year, the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME) has been the flagship multimedia […]

Workshop Reviews in Spring Issue of BCS Informer

As mentioned earlier (see CfPs here and here), we were involved in running MindTheGap’14 and GamifIR’14, two workshops that cover central research challenges that we work on at IRML.

The MindTheGap 2014 workshop, held 4 March in conjunction with the iConference in Berlin, aimed to bring together researchers from different domains (including Information Systems, […]

Visualization of Heterogeneous Content

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the 1st International Workshop on the Visualization of Heterogeneous Multimedia Content, held in conjunction with ICME 2014.

Most of the time when we speak of multimedia corpora, we think of homogeneous datasets consisting of either audio files, videos or sensor data. In recent years, however, we could […]

Crowdsourcing and Gamification in the Cloud (Workshop)

Author: Michael Meder

On Monday, the 2013/12/09 I attended the first workshop on Crowdsourcing and Gamification in the Cloud at the 6th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing in Dresden. I gave a presentation about our paper Perceived and Actual Role of Gamification Principles:

The workshop was organized by Philipp Herzig […]

Gamification for Information Retrieval

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the International Workshop on Gamification for Information Retrieval (GamifIR’14), held in conjunction with ECIR’14 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Gamification is the application of game mechanics, such as leader boards, badges or achievement points, in non-gaming environments with the aim to increase user engagement, data quality or cost […]

News Recommender Systems (NRS) Challenge 2013

Author: Benjamin Kille

Together with plista GmbH, we organized a recommendation challenge in the context of the International News Recommender Systems Workshop. The workshop took place in conjunction with ACM RecSys 2013 in Hong Kong, China.


We challenged participants to recommend news articles to real users. Plista offers an interface to their recommender systems […]

Bridging the Gap(s) between Research Communities

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce MindTheGap: Bridging the Gap(s) Between Research Communities, a workshop held in conjunction with iConference’14 in Berlin.

Our research communities are remarkably scattered. For an outsider it must seem obvious that information science (IS), information retrieval (IR), human-computer interaction (HCI) and natural language processing (NLP/HLT) go hand in […]

NRS Challenge: Data set released

Author: Benjamin Kille

We are excited to announce that the NRS (News Recommender Systems) Challenge data set has been released. The challenge is co-located with ACM RecSys 2013 in Hong Kong, China. The data set contains about 84 million impressions and 2.5 million accepted recommendations. Additionally, news item attributes such as title, text snippets, and […]

UMAP 2013, Rome, Italy

Author: Benjamin Kille

The 21st Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalisation (UMAP’13) took place in Rome, Italy, June 10-14, 2013. It was hosted by the Roma TRE University. The conference featured not only 10 sessions with scientific talks but also a variety of workshops, tutorials and doctoral constortia.

On Monday, June 10, the event […]