Summer School at IISc, Bangalore

Yahoo! India Research & Development in partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore announces its second annual Summer School.

This summer school will focus exclusively
on Information Retrieval. This unique initiative is part of Yahoo! Labs' mission to share the latest thinking in the area of a chosen topic with the student, academic and tech community at large by bringing together world-class subject matter experts. The Information Retrieval Summer School 2011 will be hosted from June 20th to 25th, 2011 at IISc, Bangalore with support from the Computer Science and Automation (CSA) Department. More than 200 research students, IT professionals and members of academia are expected to attend the event.

There will be paper presentations, advanced seminars and tutorials by leading experts in the field of Information Retrieval from around the world. The Summer School is another key initiative by Yahoo! in its continued efforts to invest in and create an innovation ecosystem that will stimulate the exchange of ideas among the top minds from industry and academia; and to jointly develop revolutionary approaches to shape the future of the Internet. "Video, images, and audio are increasingly becoming the key components of one's Web experience. As a result, Information Retrieval has extended well beyond its early focus on indexing text and searching for documents, to now include the ever more complex technical challenges posed by multimedia content. As the premier digital media company, Yahoo! wants to create a true mindshare exchange for tackling these scientific and technical challenges, equipping attendees with a variety of tools needed to conduct research in this important area," said Rajeev Rastogi, VP and Head, Yahoo! Labs, Bangalore.

The Summer School will provide a unique opportunity for Indian students, academic researchers and IT professionals to gain exposure to the fascinating science of 'Information Retrieval' from some of the leading minds in the area. Information retrieval is an area of computer science that is concerned with the organization of, and access to information items such as text documents, web pages, online catalogs, multimedia objects, and structured and semi-structured items. Nowadays IR encompasses web, social and enterprise search, text classification and categorization, system architecture and platform, interface and visualization, user behavior and information seeking, ranking and learning models, evaluation and crowd-sourcing methodologies, personalization and context, to name a few.
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