Academic Research on Information Retrieval Systems for Children

Our website offers an opportunity to gain insight into the research questions that we, four scientific researchers from diverse backgrounds, wish to investigate with researchers and practitioners from all continents and disciplines.

Among topics of research we include:

  • Understanding the effects of domain expertise, age, user experience and cognitive abilities on search goals and results evaluation.
  • Non-topical aspects of relevance: text style, readability, appropriateness of language (harassment and explicit content detection), alignment with the context of the search.
  • Considering biases and transparency in Web searching.
  • Development of test collections for evaluation of classroom-related IR systems.
  • Using assistive technologies for interaction with IR systems, e.g. speech recognition querying and browsing.
  • Multimedia search: audio, video, images and their impact on the search experience.
  • New frameworks to model the searching for learning vs. searching for pleasure paradigms.
  • Beyond Cranfield, moving on to online evaluation, task-based, session-based, multi-turn, interactive search.
  • One size does not fit all when it comes to children:
    • Collaborative search techniques for assisting users with specific needs (e.g. parents helping children).
    • Potential of search personalization techniques to satisfy users with specific needs.
  • Considerations pertaining to IR systems supporting learning:
    • Understanding of search behavior of users with specific classroom-related needs.
    • Understanding of relevance criteria of users with specific classroom-related needs.
    • Search interfaces and result representation for people with specific classroom-related needs.
    • The social side of searching in the classroom and the implications on the design of search tools to be shared by adults (teachers and parents) and children.
    • Ethics in the classroom: defining what is suitable, good and useful when searching in the classroom, who is in charge, and who decides.
    • Web search from a teacher’s standpoint.
  • Domain-specific use cases for IR systems for students:
    • IR systems for music, podcasts, books, and videos.
    • Faceted search to support different preferences and needs Conversational agents to provide scaffolding and guidance
    • Aesthetic relevance as the criterion when searching for leisure
    • IIR for avoiding distraction and increase motivation
    • Adaptive interfaces to take into account child development

You can find our publications and workshops on this site.

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