This Tutorial-Workshop will discuss opportunities and challenges involved in using neuro-physiological tools/techniques and theories in information retrieval. The hybrid format will engage researchers and students at different levels of expertise, from those who are are active in this area to those who are interested and want to learn more. The workshop will combine presentations, discussions and tutorial elements and consist of four segments.
More info at https://sites.google.com/site/neuroir2015
University of Texas, Austin
Jacek Gwizdka is an Assistant Professor and Information eXperience Lab co-director at School of Information at University of Texas, Austin. He studies cognitive aspects of human-information interaction. Jacek's current projects include application of cognitive psychology to the study of how people evaluate information relevance and neuro-physiological methods to implicit assessment of cognitive load. He also investigates effects of search results presentation and cognitive abilities on information search task performance.
University of Glasgow
Joemon M. Jose is a Professor at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. Joemon has a well-established reputation in research on multimedia information retrieval, developing advanced retrieval models, studying the role of emotion in search, personalization and adaptive retrieval. His current research interests include: neurophysiological feedback based systems for IR.
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Javed Mostafa is a Professor of Information Science at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the Director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program and the Director of the Laboratory of Applied Informatics Research. His research concentrates on information retrieval problems, particularly related to search and user-system interactions in large-scale document and data repositories. Javed is interested in investigating the possible relationship between locations in the brain that specialize in certain activities and information seeking tasks. A related interest is information seeking evaluation methodologies that employ a broad spectrum of biological / physiological methods.
University of Nottingham
Max L. Wilson is an Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR) at the University of Nottingham. Max works on Search User Interfaces, and his recent papers, published at ACM CHI2014 and CHI2015, have been on the use of fNIRS brain sensing for measuring mental workload in the pre-frontal cortex.