After completing the course, the student is able to:
- Perform a practical and/or theoretical research project on a specific part/problem in the field of Information Retrieval.
- Present, discuss and defend the ideas, progress and problems of the research project to an audience of peers.
- Present the result of the research in the form of a short research paper.
Information Retrieval is the discipline that studies computer-based search tools. Web search engines are well-known incarnations of information retrieval systems: Their importance for users and their value for IT companies are one of the most remarkable success stories of Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction.
This course is a natural follow-up of the course Foundations of Information Retrieval. In this course, students participate actively in research done at the University of Twente. Each student will choose a research problem, and will implement and/or research possible solutions. Problems can be practical or theoretical or both, and address all parts of Information Retrieval systems, including the user interface. Depending on the kind of problem chosen, there are requirements on other courses the student has to have followed. Solutions can be tested using data from international evaluation activities such as the Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) and the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) in which the university is one of the major players. The scheduled time for the lectures will be used to set up a discussion forum in which all participants actively exchange their ideas, progress, and problems. Students will discuss their progress in detail at least two times during the course. As the result of their research, students will write a short research paper, and they will publish their data and/or their implementation as open data and open source software.