KSJ Award

The 2016 Karen Spärck Jones award goes to:

Jaime Teevan


The Karen Spärck Jones award (http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward.php) has been given since 2009 to an outstanding IR/NLP researcher with no more than 10 years post doctoral experience who has endeavoured to advance our understanding of IR and/or NLP through experimentation.

The award recipient will give a keynote at ECIR 2017 entitled Search, Re-Search.


Keynote: People are creatures of habit. We take the same route into work every day, email the same people, and visit the same webpages over and over again. So although search engines are targeted towards helping people find new information, it is not surprising that people also regularly use them to re-find content that they have seen before. This creates a rich opportunity for us to take advantage of re-finding behavior as a means to improve the search experience. This talk will provide an overview of recent research on re-searching, characterizing people's search habits and suggesting ways that their habits can be used to help them find what they are looking for. It will also highlight potential pitfalls that can be avoided by acknowledging that people have prior experiences and expectations that they bring with them every time they search.


Biography: Jaime Teevan is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington. At Microsoft Research she leads the microproductivity team and shipped the first personalized search algorithm used by Bing.

Dr. Teevan has published hundreds of award-winning research papers, technical articles, books, and patents, and given keynotes and lectures around the world. Her groundbreaking research at the intersection of information retrieval and human computer interaction has earned her the Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator, Borg Early Career, and Karen Spärck Jones awards. She received a Ph.D. and S.M. from MIT and a B.S. with honors from Yale University. http://teevan.org