SWIRL 2004

Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval in Lorne
December 8-10, 2004

The Workshop

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.


The following outputs have been generated:


We gratefully acknowledge the support of Frontiers of Science and Technology Mission and Workshop component of the Innovation Access Program, part of the Australian Government's Innovation Statement, Backing Australia's Ability.

We also thank the CSIRO ICT Centre, RMIT University, and the University of Melbourne for additional support.

Joint Organisers

Alistair Moffat
The University of Melbourne,
Melbourne 3010, Australia.
Justin Zobel
RMIT University,
Melbourne 3001, Australia.

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Alistair Moffat
alistair / csse.unimelb.edu.au
October 4, 2005

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