21 April 2010
Finding things you can’t read
Professor Douglas Oard from the University of Maryland.
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Associate Professor Douglas Oard, University of Maryland, College Park, USA, visited RMIT University to conduct a seminar on the interactive cross-language search for monolingual users.
Dr Oard began his seminar by providing background on user-centred evaluation for cross-language information retrieval at the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF).
He went on to introduce Rosetta, an integrated system that supports the search and display of live and archived news feeds in four languages for users who know only English.
Associate Professor Oard explained how a formative evaluation process had been used to co-evolve both the design of the system and the ways in which it could be used.
The seminar concluded with some observations on the key issues influencing adoption of this technology.
Geoff Kaandorp, Research Coordinator, School of Business IT and Logistics, said: “Dr Oard presented a very engaging and entertaining seminar that was relevant to staff and students across several disciplines in the School.
“The seminar was also attended by a number of our colleagues from the School of Computer Science and IT and proved to be a great opportunity to build links between the two Schools.”
Associate Professor Oard holds joint appointments at the University of Maryland, in the College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.
He is on sabbatical at RMIT and the University of Melbourne for the first half of 2010.
Associate Professor Oard’s research focuses on the use of emerging technologies to support information seeking by end users.
His recent work has focused on interactive techniques for cross-language information retrieval, searching conversational media, and support for sense-making in large digital archival collections.
He gained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.