Keynote Speakers

Karen Spärck Jones Award Keynote

The Harsh Reality of Production Information Access Systems

The past twenty years have seen the widespread deployment of large scale information access systems.  While academic research provided the foundation for everyday technologies such as web search, music recommendation, and social media filtering, the scale and nuance of a production environment required revisiting core assumptions and developing new methods.  More recently, the widespread adoption of these systems has forced scientists and engineers to confront the harsh reality that designing a production information access system requires a deep understanding of individuals, groups, and society.  In this presentation, I will reflect on lessons learned and discuss open problems for the information retrieval community.

Fernando Diaz is a Director of Research at Spotify.  Prior to joining Spotify, Fernando was a senior researcher and founding member of Microsoft Research New York. Before that, Fernando was a senior scientist at Yahoo Research.  His primary research area is information retrieval, focusing on formal models for query understanding, core ranking, and evaluation.  Fernando received a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Political Science, both from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.   His work has been recognized at SIGIR, WSDM, ICML, ISCRAM, and ECIR.

Two other keynotes will be announced soon!