This is the course website for CS 6501: Advanced Topics in Information Retrieval.

In this course, we will start with the basics of modern search engine architecture, and then focus on exploring the cutting-edge solutions in fundamental retrieval problems, including query understanding, mining and modeling search activities, interactive search, mobile search, learning to rank, user interaction based evaluation, question answering, privacy, recommendation, and personalization.

We will use Introduction to Information Retrieval as our text book, but most of our time should be spent on latest publications in the community of information retrieval, including conferences of SIGIR, CIKM, WWW and WSDM, and journals of TOIS and Information Retrieval Journal.

Formula for being successful in this course: read more papers, ask more questions, and challenge what you have been told!

Instructor: Hongning Wang
Lecture time and place: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30pm-1:45pm, Rice Hall 340
Contact Info: Piazza
Office Hour: Lecturer: Wednesday 10:00am-11:00am, Rice Hall 408 (additional office hours upon request).
Class Calendar: Google Calendar


May 1: Project report submission page on Collab has been created, and it is due on May 3rd, 11:59pm.

April 24: Slides for "Relevance Feedback" have been uploaded.

April 6: Slides for "Learning to Rank" have been uploaded.

March 27: Slides for "Language Models" have been uploaded.

March 27: Solution for Quiz 2 has been posted.

March 14: Rubric and sign-up sheet for paper presentation have been uploaded.

March 14: Slides for "Probabilistic Ranking Principle" have been uploaded.

March 1: Slides for "Boolean and VS model" have been uploaded.

February 21: We will have our first quiz on February 28.

February 21: Slides for "Modern Retrieval Evaluations" have been uploaded.

February 14: Slides for "Classic IR evaluations" have been uploaded.

February 14: Slides for "Inverted Index and Query processing" have been uploaded.

February 6: Slides for "Crawler and Text Analysis" have been uploaded.

January 29: Due to an unexpected meeting request for the instructor on January 31st, he has to cancel the class on that day and reschedule it for the later semester.

January 25: Slides for "Basic Search Engine Architecture" have been uploaded.

January 18: Slides for course introduction and policy have been uploaded.

January 18: Our syllabus can be found here.

January 15: Welcome to the graduate seminar course "Advanced Topics in Information Retrieval".

January 15: Please enroll our Piazza course page before the second week of this class. All our course announcements will be made through Piazza.