The 34th annual ECIR (European Conference on Information Retrieval) is coming up in April 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. This year a very cool workshop will take place on Searching 4 Fun. While most research tends to focus on task-driven searches, there seems to be little efforts in the area of leisurely search.
For me, at least, I’ve noticed that I tend to search for fun on my phone and Nook, and perform more task-driven queries on my laptops/desktop. And since more and more people are buying smart phones and other mobile devices, I think this would be a great area to explore.
I think the most interesting topics for this workshop will be :
- Use of Recommender Systems for Entertaining Content (books, movies, videos, music, websites).
- Modelling of users interests and generation of accurate and appropriate user profiles.
- Interfaces for exploratory search for casual-leisure situations.