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    Full Synopsis

    Fourth BCS-IRSG Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA 2011)

    31 August 2011, Koblenz, Germany

    These proceedings contain papers and posters presented at the 4th Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access, which was held in Koblenz, Germany on 31 August during the 2011 European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR).

    This year’s programme featured an inspiring keynote by David Elsweiler entitled ‘Working at (and pushing) the boundaries of IR’, while Liadh Kelly presented ‘Nine things I wish I knew about doing a PhD’, before four of the students presented their work. To create an interactive and dynamic session, this year we introduced a speed dating session where the participants paired up for two minutes each and brainstormed on future directions for the field. After each speed date, the couples came up with a new topic that combined their research areas. An overview of the emerging topics can be seen in the tag cloud.

    In the final session of the day all the participants of the summer school presented posters and further discussed their research in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

    The organisers would like to thank: the members of the programme committee for all their hard work and effort in providing excellent feedback and reviews; David Elsweiler for delivering a stimulating and thought-provoking keynote on how research in other fields influences IR research, how exploring the boundaries of IR research opens up new problems, and how we should not be afraid to push the boundaries and tackle these new challenges. We would also like to thank ESSIR 2011 and the University of Koblenz for hosting the event, and in particular Ruth Ehrenestein for her assistance in local organisation. We would like to extend our thanks to the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL), Ireland for their financial assistance and the BCS-IRSG for sponsoring the event.

    Liadh Kelly, Dublin City University
    Leif Azzopari, University of Glasgow

    Conference Introduction