CIIR Talk Series

The CIIR Talk Series is an initiative for researchers and practitioners working on information retrieval and related disciplines to present their work. Presentations will be held biweekly on Fridays from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (with some exceptions) for the Fall 2021 semester. The presentations will be online (for now) and open to the public. The presentations will also be shown in CS 151 for those on the UMass Amherst campus.

Faculty Host: Hamed Zamani

To receive notifications for talks and links to the presentations, subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to ciir-talks-request@cs.umass.edu with "subscribe" as the email subject (without the quotation marks).

You can view prior CIIR Talk Series presentations on our YouTube Channel.


Fall 2021 Schedule of Speakers

Friday - October 8, 2021 - 1:30 - 2:30 PM EDT (North American Eastern Daylight Saving Time)
Talk Title: Recent advances in unbiased learning to rank from position-biased click feedback
Speaker: Harrie Oosterhuis, Radboud University
Zoom Link: Subscribe to mailing list (details above) for Zoom Link/Passcode notifications; or click here for Zoom link and reach out to Alex Taubman for the passcode.


Friday - October 22, 2021 - 1:30 - 2:30 PM EDT (North American Eastern Daylight Saving Time)
Talk Title: Listening to Our Listeners: Podcast Content Understanding for Search and Recommendation
Speaker: Rosie Jones, Spotify
Zoom Link: Subscribe to mailing list (details above) for Zoom Link/Passcode notifications; or click here for Zoom link and reach out to Alex Taubman for the passcode.


Friday - November 5, 2021 - 1:30 - 2:30 PM EDT (North American Eastern Daylight Saving Time)
Talk Title: Can Large Scale Search Ever Be Fair, Unbiased, and Transparent?
Speaker: Chirag Shah, University of Washington
Zoom Link: Subscribe to mailing list (details above) for Zoom Link/Passcode notifications; or click here for Zoom link and reach out to Alex Taubman for the passcode.


Friday - November 19, 2021 - 1:30 - 2:30 PM EST (North American Eastern Standard Time)
Talk Title: Research Challenges in Devising the Next Generation Information Retrieval and Access Systems
Speaker: Emine Yilmaz, University College London
Zoom Link: Subscribe to mailing list (details above) for Zoom Link/Passcode notifications; or click here for Zoom link and reach out to Alex Taubman for the passcode.


Friday - December 3, 2021 - 1:30 - 2:30 PM EST (North American Eastern Standard Time) - POSTPONED UNTIL 2022
Talk Title: TBD
Speaker: James Caverlee, Texas A&M University


Friday - December 17, 2021 - 1:30 - 2:30 PM EST (North American Eastern Standard Time)
Talk Title: TBD
Speaker: Filip Radlinski, Google


Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 CIIR Talk Series Speaker Archives

https://ciir.cs.umass.edu/ciir_talks_archive