Nick Belkin

Foundations of User-Oriented Information Retrieval: History, Theories, Models, Future

Abstract: This lecture provides an overview of the development of research in user-oriented information retrieval, with special focus on the relationships between research in information science on models of information seeking and search, and research in computational information retrieval on system design. We’ll investigate theories about why people engage in information seeking; user-centered models of information retrieval; and the implications of these for the nature of research in information retrieval, and the design and evaluation of information retrieval systems. The lecture will conclude with some thoughts about the implications of the ubiquitous information environment for information retrieval research and practice.

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Short Bio: Nicholas Belkin is Distinguished Professor of Information Science in the Department of Library & Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University. Professor Belkin is known as one of the founders of the cognitive viewpoint in information science, and as a leader in integrating information behavior research with information retrieval research. His most recent research has focused on the personalization of interaction with information, especially with respect to the nature of the task which leads people to engage in information seeking, and on methods for evaluation of whole-session search. Professor Belkin has served as the Chair of the ACM SIGIR, and President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). He is the recipient of the ASIST’s Outstanding Teacher award, its Research Award, and its Award of Merit. In 2015, he received the ACM SIGIR Gerard Salton Award, for significant, sustained and continuing contributions to research in information retrieval.