In almost all application areas the number of digital documents and data is growing steadily. Organizing and managing the growing data in order to facilitate efficient, needs-based access is a major challenge. The foundations for such solutions are provided by information retrieval (IR) concepts and technologies. In addition to the more technical algorithms and data structures which form the basis of appropriate retrieval applications, the human is a very significant factor. The research field “Human-Computer Information Retrieval” (HCIR) takes up this aspect and combines classical IR research with findings and concepts in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI).

Our research project “Interactive Information Retrieval” deals with various aspects of human-computer interaction in information search. Some specific subprojects are briefly described in the following.

Subprojects

CollabTiles

As part of the subproject “CollabTiles” different aspects of collaborative search with mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) are investigated and scenarios of different roles and tasks within a group of searchers are considered. We especially concentrate on awareness support through status information and contextual feedback from search queries.

Semantic Search

Interaction and visualization techniques for large, semantic data collections are still a great challenge. In this subproject, approaches for appropriate data visualization and interaction are developed, with the aim of facilitating efficient search and working with large semantic data by a meaningful reduction of the complexity.
Partner: Ontos GmbH

Eye-Tracking Studies

Mobile and stationary eye-tracking technology can provide valuable information on user search behavior and give relevance feedback. Among other things, we investigated the reading behavior in information search on the Web in a user study to evaluate a just-in-time retrieval approach in cooperation with the Chair of Media Informatics at the University of Passau.

IR with novel interaction techniques

In combination with novel interaction techniques and input / output modalities, a completely new quality of dealing with data arises, as well as completely new possibilities of request formulation and reformulation and the presentation of results. We investigate possibilities of realizing efficient information retrieval in multi-device environments, as well as AR and VR environments.

Related Publications

  • Demonstrating Reality-Based Information Retrieval

    Demonstrating Reality-Based Information Retrieval.

    Büschel, W.; Mitschick, A.; Dachselt, R.;

    In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.CHI '18, Montreal, QC, Canada.ACM,D312:1-D312:4,2018.10.1145/3170427.3186493

    @inproceedings{Bueschel2018a,
       author = {Wolfgang B\"{u}schel and Annett Mitschick and Raimund Dachselt},
       title = {Demonstrating Reality-Based Information Retrieval},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
       series = {CHI EA '18},
       year = {2018},
       month = {4},
       isbn = {978-1-4503-5621-3},
       location = {Montreal, QC, Canada},
       pages = {D312:1--D312:4},
       numpages = {4},
       doi = {10.1145/3170427.3186493},
       url = {https://doi.org/10.1145/3170427.3186493},
       acmid = {3186493},
       publisher = {ACM},
       address = {New York, NY, USA},
       keywords = {augmented reality, immersive visualization, in situ visual analytics, reality-based information retrieval, spatial user interface}
    }

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  • Here and Now: Reality-based Information Retrieval

    Here and Now: Reality-based Information Retrieval.

    Büschel, W.; Mitschick, A.; Dachselt, R.;

    In Proceedings of the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval.CHIIR '18, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.ACM,171-180,2018.10.1145/3176349.3176384

    @inproceedings{Bueschel:2018,
       author = {Wolfgang B\"{u}schel and Annett Mitschick and Raimund Dachselt},
       title = {Here and Now: Reality-based Information Retrieval},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval},
       year = {2018},
       month = {3},
       location = {New Brunswick, NJ, USA},
       pages = {171--180},
       numpages = {10},
       doi = {10.1145/3176349.3176384},
       url = {https://doi.org/10.1145/3176349.3176384},
       publisher = {ACM}
    }

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  • IcicleQuery

    IcicleQuery.

    Mitschick, A.; Nieschalk, F.; Voigt, M.; Dachselt, R.;

    In Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data co-located with the 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017).VOILA '17, Vienna, Austria.99-110,2017.

    @inproceedings{Mitschick2017_IcicleQuery,
       author = {Annett Mitschick and Franz Nieschalk and Martin Voigt and Raimund Dachselt},
       title = {IcicleQuery},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data co-located with the 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017)},
       series = {CEUR Workshop Proceedings},
       volume = {1947},
       year = {2017},
       month = {10},
       location = {Vienna, Austria},
       pages = {99--110},
       numpages = {12}
    }

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  • Focus Paragraph Detection for Online Zero-Effort Queries: Lessons learned from Eye-Tracking Data

    Focus Paragraph Detection for Online Zero-Effort Queries: Lessons learned from Eye-Tracking Data.

    Seifert, C.; Mitschick, A.; Schlötterer, J.; Dachselt, R.;

    In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Conference Human Information Interaction and Retrieval.CHIIR '17, Oslo, Norway.ACM,301--304,2017.10.1145/3020165.3022138

    @inproceedings{fixme,
       author = {Christin Seifert and Annett Mitschick and J\"{o}rg Schl\"{o}tterer and Raimund Dachselt},
       title = {Focus Paragraph Detection for Online Zero-Effort Queries: Lessons learned from Eye-Tracking Data},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Conference Human Information Interaction and Retrieval},
       series = {CHIIR '17},
       year = {2017},
       month = {3},
       location = {Oslo, Norway},
       pages = {301----304},
       numpages = {4},
       doi = {10.1145/3020165.3022138},
       url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3020165.3022138},
       acmid = {3022138},
       publisher = {ACM},
       address = {New York, NY, USA},
       keywords = {eye tracking, focus paragraph detection, zero-effort queries}
    }

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  • CubeQuery: Tangible Interface for Creating and Manipulating Database Queries

    CubeQuery: Tangible Interface for Creating and Manipulating Database Queries.

    Langner, R.; Augsburg, A.; Dachselt, R.;

    In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces.ITS '14, Dresden, Germany.ACM,423-426,2014.10.1145/2669485.2669526

    @inproceedings{fixme,
       author = {Ricardo Langner and Anton Augsburg and Raimund Dachselt},
       title = {CubeQuery: Tangible Interface for Creating and Manipulating Database Queries},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces},
       year = {2014},
       month = {11},
       isbn = {978-1-4503-2587-5},
       location = {Dresden, Germany},
       pages = {423--426},
       numpages = {4},
       doi = {10.1145/2669485.2669526},
       url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2669485.2669526},
       acmid = {2669526},
       publisher = {ACM},
       address = {New York, NY, USA},
       keywords = {Tangible UIs, Faceted Browsing \& Search, Database Queries, Sifteo Cubes, Microsoft Surface}
    }

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  • Combining Timeline and Graph Visualization

    Combining Timeline and Graph Visualization.

    Morawa, R.; Horak, T.; Kister, U.; Mitschick, A.; Dachselt, R.;

    In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces.ITS'14, Dresden, Germany.ACM,345-350 ,2014.10.1145/2669485.2669544

    @inproceedings{morawa-14-ITS,
       author = {Robert Morawa and Tom Horak and Ulrike Kister and Annett Mitschick and Raimund Dachselt},
       title = {Combining Timeline and Graph Visualization},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces},
       year = {2014},
       month = {11},
       isbn = {978-1-4503-2587-5},
       location = {Dresden, Germany},
       pages = {345--350 },
       numpages = {4},
       doi = {10.1145/2669485.2669544},
       url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2669485.2669544},
       acmid = {2669544},
       publisher = {ACM},
       address = {New York, NY, USA},
       keywords = {time-visualization, information visualization, semantic data}
    }

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    Poster

  • 3rd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives (SDA 2013)

    3rd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives (SDA 2013).

    In Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives.SDA'13, Valetta, Malta.CEUR,2013.

    @proceedings{sda2013,
       editor = {Livia Predoiu and Annett Mitschick and Andreas N\"{u}rnberger and Seamus Ross},
       title = {3rd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives (SDA 2013)},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives},
       series = {CEUR Workshop Proceedings},
       volume = {1091},
       year = {2013},
       month = {11},
       isbn = {urn:nbn:de:0074-1091-8},
       location = {Valetta, Malta},
       numpages = {120},
       url = {http://CEUR-WS.org/Vol-1091},
       publisher = {CEUR}
    }

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    Website, Proceedings

  • 2nd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives (SDA 2012)

    2nd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives (SDA 2012).

    In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives.SDA '12, Paphos, Cyprus.CEUR,2012.

    @proceedings{sda2012,
       editor = {Annett Mitschick and Fernando Loizides and Livia Predoiu and Andreas N\"{u}rnberger and Seamus Ross},
       title = {2nd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives (SDA 2012)},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives},
       series = {CEUR Workshop Proceedings},
       volume = {912},
       year = {2012},
       month = {10},
       location = {Paphos, Cyprus},
       url = {http://CEUR-WS.org/Vol-912},
       publisher = {CEUR}
    }

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    Proceedings

  • Yet Another Triple Store Benchmark? Practical Experiences with Real-World Data

    Yet Another Triple Store Benchmark? Practical Experiences with Real-World Data.

    Voigt, M.; Mitschick, A.; Schulz, J.;

    In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives.CEUR,85-94,2012.

    @inproceedings{fixme,
       author = {Martin Voigt and Annett Mitschick and Jonas Schulz},
       title = {Yet Another Triple Store Benchmark? Practical Experiences with Real-World Data},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives},
       series = {CEUR Workshop Proceedings},
       year = {2012},
       month = {9},
       location = {Paphos, Cyprus},
       pages = {85--94},
       numpages = {10},
       url = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0074-912-6},
       publisher = {CEUR}
    }

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Related Student Theses

  • Jack Engelmann

    Intuitive and intelligent integration of users in the creation and training process of deep learning algorithms

    Jack Engelmann October 30th, 2017 until March 19th, 2018

    Supervision: Annett Mitschick, Raimund Dachselt

Related Lectures and Courses

Interactive Multimedia Information Retrieval
Seminar Interactive Multimedia Technologies