EVIA 2010 will take place probably on Day 1 of NTCIR-8 (June 15-18, 2010, NII, Tokyo, Japan). In addition to Mark Sanderson and myself, we have a new chair, William Webber of Melbourne, Australia. Enjoy his research blog. I'm sure he will do all the work and let Mark and I retire.
The SIGIR forum workshop reports on previous EVIAs are available online, by the way:
Everybody else is so diligently blogging and tweeting about SIGIR 2009. As for me, you can see how much attention I've been paying for the whole day: Nice banquet venue (JFK Presidential Library and Museum).
Attended the IRJ editorial board lunch meeting. Presented a poster at the reception in the evening.
Sue Dumais is the second MSR researcher to receive the Salton Award. (The first is Steve Robertson.) She's saying that, while documents have kept growing in size and diversity, the query input interface has not changed. Basically no progress here. Google's paper: good abandonment = user finds the answer in the first result page. The comparison across US/Japan/China is interesting. Posters and flyers Leif presenting three posters at the same time Justin Alistair Sakai & Nogami poster
Now I'm in Redmond. The immigration officer at San Francisco Airport was puzzled to see a Japanese guy emerge from a plane from Beijing, wearing an Ichiro T-shirt. When I told him I work for Microsoft Researh Asia, he (an XP user) instantly complained about Vista. Of course I told him to wait for Windows 7. But we really should listen to what he said: "You change things too often!"
A memorandum from my twelve-hour flight from Beijing to San Francisco: A fourteen-year-old Chinese girl, avid fan of Japanese comic books, especially Death Note, sat next to me. I hope she will become a manga artist some day and make her dreams come true.