The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, under their Innovation Access Program (Frontiers of Science and Technology Missions and Workshops), funded a three-day event titled "Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval in Lorne" (SWIRL), held in Lorne, Victoria, in December 2004.
We brought together a group of approximately 35 international and Australian researchers, plus Australian graduate students, for a discussion-based residential workshop, at a beachside location in Victoria. The aim for the workshop was to try and define what we know (and also don't know) about Information Retrieval, examining past work to identify fundamental contributions, challenges, and turning points; and then to examine possible future research directions, including possible joint projects. That is, our goal was to pause for a few minutes, reflect on the lessons of past research, and reconsider what questions are important and which research might lead to genuine advances. Attendees included researchers responsible for many of the key innovations in web searching and the implementation of effective and efficient information retrieval systems.
We also thank the CSIRO ICT Centre, RMIT University, and the University of Melbourne for additional support.
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