Wednesday 30 November, Covent Garden, London

Innovations in Search and Information Retrieval

Search Solutions is a special one-day event dedicated to the latest innovations in search and information retrieval. In contrast to other major industry events, Search Solutions aims to be highly interactive, with attendance strictly limited.

The programme includes presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval.

Search Solutions also includes a Tutorial Programme on Tuesday 29th November. This year’s event will also include the awards ceremony for the winners of the 2016 IRSG Search Industry Awards.


  • Sebastian Blohm, Microsoft Research – Focused Inbox: Learning personalized e-mail filters for Millions of users
  • Qin Yin, Google – Mobile Search Stack
  • Marc Bron, Yahoo! – Incorporating Implicit and Explicit User Experience Signals in Ad Quality Ranking
  • Vassilis Plachouras Thomson-Reuters – Interacting with Financial Data using Natural Language Generation
  • Graham Digby, Lexis Nexis – Questions with defined answers
  • Matthew Karas, Speech Engineering Limited – Speech-Based Archive Search in the Real World
  • Paul Cleverley, Robert Gordon University – Enterprise Search: A study of explicit feedback from the user interface
  • Jon Brassey, Trip Database – Adding value to clinical search by exploiting great content and clickstream data
  • Frederic Fol Leymarie, DynAikon Ltd – Human Visual Perception + Computer Vision to provide greater User Control for Shape-based Search
  • Charlie Hull, Flax – Lucene/IR workshop
  • Tony Russell-Rose, IRSG vice-chair – Announcing the winners of the IRSG Search Industry Awards 2016


  • Tutorial 1 – Designing Search. | Instructor: Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs Ltd
  • Tutorial 2 – Query Log Mining for Inferring User Tasks and Needs. | Instructors: Emine Yilmaz and Rishabh Mehrotra, UCL
  • Tutorial 3 – Text Analysis with GATE, | Instructor: Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield
  • Tutorial 4 – Enterprise search evaluation – good practice in action. | Instructors: Paul Clough, University of Sheffield and Martin White, Intranet Focus Ltd.


Search Solutions is organised by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) and ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization), and is held at the BCS Central London Office:

BCS, 1st Floor
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA

REGISTRATION – Registration fees (including VAT at 20%) for Search Solutions are as follows:

Early Bird Rates (until 23:59 on 31-Oct)
* BCS member rate: £99
* Non-member rate: £129

Normal Rates (from 01-Nov)
* BCS member rate: £119
* Non-member rate: £149

Registration fees include lunch and a copy of the proceedings. Tea and coffee will also be available throughout the day followed by a drinks reception in the evening. Tutorials are payable separately. The registration fees for tutorials are as follows:

Early Bird Rates (until 23:59 on 31-Oct)
BCS member rate: £90
Non-member rate: £110

Normal Rates (from 01-Nov)
BCS member rate: £110
Non-member rate: £130

We are pleased to announce up to five fee waivers for students wishing to attend Search Solutions this year. See website for further details:

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