16th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop
November 24, 2017


Workshop Program

The workshop program contains a keynote, 11 academic and 2 industry presentations and 3 demo presentations. Throughout the day, there will be plenty of time to network, discuss and exchange ideas.

Keynote Speakers

Arnold Smeulders (University of Amsterdam).

Dates & Location

Submission deadline: November 1, 2017
Submission notifications: November 10, 2017
Workshop date: November 24, 2017

The workshop will take place at the Beeld en Geluid.

Call for Papers

DIR 2017 aims to serve as an international platform (with a special focus on the Netherlands and Belgium) for exchange and discussions on research & applications in the field of information retrieval as well as related fields. We invite quality research contributions addressing relevant challenges. Contributions may range from theoretical work to descriptions of applied research and real-world systems. We especially encourage doctoral students to present their research.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Document Representation and Content Analysis
  • Queries and Query Analysis
  • Retrieval Models and Ranking
  • Search Engine Architectures and Scalability
  • Users and Interactive IR
  • Filtering and Recommending
  • Evaluation
  • Web IR and Social Media Search
  • IR and Structured Data
  • Multimedia IR
  • Search applied to the Internet of Things
  • IR for social good
  • Other Applications (digital libraries, enterprise search, genomics IR, legal IR, patent search, text reuse, new retrieval problems)

We accept two types of submissions:

  1. Novel contributions: research papers describing original research that has not yet been presented to a wider audience. Submission of this type must use the ACM proceedings template. The maximum page length is four pages including figures and references.
  2. Research dissemination: proposals to present research, which has already been published in high-impact venues. The proposal should contain a summary of the research conducted, a clear reference to the original publication and a short motivation of why this work is interesting to the DIR community. The proposal is limited to one page in ACM proceedings format.

We accept submissions for DIR through Easychair. Accepted submissions will be presented at the conference orally or as posters; the presentation mode will be determined based on the reviewers’ suggestions. The authors keep the copyright of their submissions. A submission implies willingness of at least one author to register for DIR 2017 and present the work.


A printable program in PDF format is available.

 9:03 -  10:00 Registration
 10:00 -  10:05 Welcome - Tom de Smet
 10:05 - 11:00 Keynote: Arnold Smeulders
11:00 - 10:30 Coffe break
10:30 - 12:15 Session I: Digital Humanities
(chaired by Marijn Koolen)
Archaeological Entity Recognition for Information Retrieval in Dutch Archaeological reports by Alex Brandsen, Suzan Verberne; [Abstract]
Riches of the Poor: Using Crummy Entity Linkers for Interactive Search in Digital Humanities by Alex Olieman, Kaspar Beelen, Milan van Lange, Jaap Kamps and Maarten Marx; [Abstract]
Words are Malleable: Computing Semantic Shifts in Political and Media Discourse by Hosein Azarbonyad, Mostafa Dehghani, Kaspar Beelen, Alexandra Arkut, Maarten Marx and Jaap Kamps; [Abstract]
12:15 - 12:45 Session II: Demos & Prototypes
MediaSuite: Scholarly Research Environment for Multimedia Archives by Roeland Ordelman, Jaap Blom, Willem Melder, Johannes Wassenaar, Eduardo Silva Navarette, Eva Baaren, Carlos Martinez Ortiz, Liliana Melgar, Julia Noordegraaf; [Abstract]
Federated Search with Searsia by Djoerd Hiemstra and Dolf Trieschnigg; [Abstract]
SPEX Environment for Real-time Cross-Media Recommendation by Roeland Ordelman and Michiel Hildebrand; [Abstract]
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch & Demos
13:45 - 14:30 Session III: Search
(chaired by Djoerd Hiemstra)
Research Challenges in Search as Learning by Claudia Hauff, Kevyn Collins-Thompson and Preben Hansen; [Abstract]
Searching the Enterprise by Udo Kruschwitz, Charlie Hull; [Abstract]
Dynamic Search in Specialized Domains by Felipe Moraes, Rodrygo L. T. Santos and Nivio Ziviani; [Abstract]
14:30 - 14:50 Session IV: Industry
Beyond Movie Recommendations: Solving the Continuous Cold Start Problem in E-commerce Recommendations by Julia Kiseleva;
Leading People to Longer Queries in Site Search by Djoerd Hiemstra, Claudia Hauff and Leif Azzopardi; [Abstract]
14:50 - 15:15 Coffee break
14:50 - 15:15 Session V: Algorithms and Analysis
(chaired by Dolf Trieschnigg)
Neural Ranking Models with Weak Supervision by Mostafa Dehghani, Hamed Zamani, Aliaksei Severyn, Jaap Kamps and W. Bruce Croft; [Abstract]
Modeling Label Ambiguity for Neural List-wise Learning to Rank by Rolf Jagerman, Julia Kiseleva and Maarten de Rijke; [Abstract]
Generating Descriptions of Entity Relationships by Nikos Voskarides, Edgar Meij, Maarten de Rijke; [Abstract]
Ontology-based Aspect Detection for Sentiment Analysis by Kim Schouten, Flavius Frasincar and Franciska de Jong; [Paper]
Sequences of Diverse Song Recommendations by Nava Tintarev, Christoph Lofi and Cynthia C. S. Liem; [Paper]
16:30 - 17:00 Panel
17:00 Drinks


We handle registrations for the workshop through EventBrite.

If you have problems registering this way, please contact Roeland Ordelman.