Search engines are optimized for particular types of tasks (e.g., look-up tasks and commerce tasks such as travel and shopping), for particular types of search behaviors (i.e., enter a query, review snippets, make a transaction) and for particular types of searchers (i.e., those who want to quickly find a single piece of information). Search engines are not optimized for tasks that require sustained interaction and engagement with information, the use of multiple, diverse search approaches to finding information or for searchers who want to cultivate a deeper understanding of a problem or topic.
This workshop will gather leading researchers in interactive information retrieval to discuss research and challenges in incorporating models of tasks, task-types, and users' needs into systems/tools to support complex, multi-search and multi-session tasks. There are many challenges in creating such task-oriented search systems and the goal of this workshop is to enumerate, discuss, and document these issues into a research agenda that can help guide work in this field. Specifically, this workshop will focus on the following topics:
- Identification, elicitation, modeling and tracking of tasks, processes and states, including the identification of frameworks for conceptualizing task and relevance models;
- Creation of task-specific and task-aware search environments, including the development of interfaces, tools, features, indexing techniques and search algorithms;
- Development of methods and measures for studying user behavior and evaluating task-based search systems.
Workshop Dates: March 14-15, 2013
Workshop Location: Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Jaime Arguello, Rob Capra, and Diane Kelly
School of Information & Library Science
University of North Carolina
100 Manning Hall, CB#3360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-1301958.
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