Current research in supporting complex search tasks

Marijn Koolen, Jaap Kamps, Toine Bogers, Nicholas J. Belkin, Diane Kelly, Emine Yilmaz

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There is broad consensus in the field of IR that search is complex in many use cases and applications, both on the Web and in domain specific collections, and both professionally and in our daily life. Yet our understanding of complex search tasks, in comparison to simple look up tasks, is fragmented at best. The workshop addresses many open research questions: What are the obvious use cases and applications of complex search? What are essential features of work tasks and search tasks to take into account? And how do these evolve over time? With a multitude of information, varying from introductory to specialized, and from authoritative to speculative or opinionated, when to show what sources of information? How does the information seeking process evolve and what are relevant differences between different stages? With complex task and search process management, blending searching, browsing, and recommendations, and supporting exploratory search to sensemaking and analytics, UI and UX design pose an overconstrained challenge. How do we evaluate and compare approaches? Which measures should be taken into account? Supporting complex search tasks requires new collaborations across the fields of CHI and IR, and the proposed workshop will bring together a diverse group of researchers to work together on one of the greatest challenges of our field.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second Workshop on Supporting Complex Search Tasks : co-located with the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval (CHIIR 2017)
Number of pages4
PublisherCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication date2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventSecond Workshop on Supporting Complex Search Tasks - Oslo, Norway, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 11 Mar 201711 Mar 2017
Conference number: 2


WorkshopSecond Workshop on Supporting Complex Search Tasks
LocationOslo, Norway
Internet address
SeriesCEUR Workshop Proceedings


  • Information access
  • Information interaction
  • Interactive information retrieval
  • Interfaces
  • Search processes
  • Search tasks


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