Time: Tuesday, 2. DS
Location: virtual
Quantity: 2V/2√ú/0P SWS
Language: English/German


  • Enrollment: Please enroll to the OPAL course (see above) to get access to the course material. Before enrolling, please check whether the course is offered in modules of your degree program (see “Applicability” below) or clarify creditability if necessary. Enrollment ends on Oct 8.
  • Course start: The lecture starts on Tuesday Oct 10. (enrolled participants will find the link to the virtual lecture room in the OPAL course).
  • Course schedule and material: The course material is accessible for enrolled participants in the OPAL course.


The number of digital documents and data to be managed is constantly growing in almost all application areas. It is a great challenge to organize this amount of data so that it can be accessed efficiently and on demand. Information retrieval (IR) concepts and technologies provide the basis for such solutions. A particular problem arises regarding the management of multimedia data and objects. These contain a multitude of complex structural and semantic information, which can be useful as descriptive features, but are sometimes difficult to grasp or ambiguously interpretable. Accordingly, the field of multimedia retrieval or multimedia information retrieval is more specifically dedicated to the challenges of multimedia data, especially images (content-based image retrieval) and videos (content-based video retrieval), as well as acoustic data, such as music (music information retrieval) and speech. In addition to the more technical algorithms and data structures that provide the basis for corresponding retrieval applications, the user is a very important factor. The research area “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.

The lecture addresses the following topics:

  • Basics of Information Retrieval
  • Multimedia Information Retrieval (media-specific IR approaches)
  • Human-Computer Information Retrieval


  • Master Medieninformatik / Media Computer Science: INF-VMI-2a, INF-VMI-4a
  • Master / Diploma Informatik / Computer Science: INF-PM-ANW
  • Master Computational Modeling and Simulation: CMS-VC-ELG, CMS-VC-ELV1/2, CMS-CLS-ELV

Course Schedule and Material

The course material as well as the schedule are available in the OPAL course (see link above). Registration with ZIH login is necessary to access all information.


Written or oral examination (depending on study regulations)

Recommended Readings

Lists of literature recommendations can be found in the lecture slides.