Search Solutions is the premier UK forum for presentation of the latest innovations in search and information retrieval. In contrast to other major industry events, Search Solutions aims to be highly interactive, with attendance strictly limited.

The programme includes presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval.

NOTE: Search Solutions offers a Tutorial Programme on Monday 26 November.


09:30 - Registration and coffee

Session 1: More than Search: Recommendation and explorations

10:00 - Introduction
10:15 - Mounia Lalmas, Spotify: Search@Spotify
10:45 - Saul Vargas, ASOS: Challenges in Fashion Recommendations
11:15 - Break

Session 2: Beyond keyword search: Semantic/Conversational/Image search

11:45 - Enrique Alfonseca, Google: Conversational Search in the Google Assistant
12:15 - Erik Graf, AI in the Wild
12:45 - Sylwia Frankowska-Takhari, City, University of London: Online journalism and images
13:15 - Lunch

Session 3: Making search transparent: Explainability and replicability

14:15 - Tony Russell-Rose, 2dSearch: Reimagining advanced search
14:45 - Gabriella Kazai, Microsoft Research: Explainable search
15:15 - Andy Hind, Oracle: Academic Research to Open Source
15:45 - Break

Session 4: A world beyond web search: Enterprise and professional search

16:00 - Martin White, Intranet Focus: Enterprise search behaviours - unravelling reality
16:30 - Farhad Shokraneh, University of Nottingham: Automation of Systematic Reviews
17:00 - Our traditional fishbowl session
17:30 - Drinks!


Search Solutions 2018 is organised by the Information Retrieval specialist group of the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) and is held at the BCS Central London Office:

BCS, 1st Floor
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA


Registration fees (including VAT at 20%) are as follows:

Early Bird Rates (until 23:59 on 31 Oct 2018)

BCS/ISKO member rate: £99
Non-member rate: £129

Full Rates (from 1 Nov 2018)

BCS/ISKO member rate: £119
Non-member rate: £149

Registration fees include lunch and a copy of the proceedings. Tea and coffee will also be available throughout the day followed by a drinks reception in the evening.

For details of the tutorial programme and pricing, please refer to the Search Solutions Tutorials page.

Registration is now open on Eventbrite

Cancellations & Refunds

A full refund will be issued if a cancellation is received within 14 days of the booking date or by 12:00pm on Tuesday 20 November, otherwise, name substitutions will be allowed if notified before the closing date.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that the BCS does not issue invitation letters.


Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex
Andy MacFarlane, City University London
John Tait, ltd.
Dyaa Albakour, Signal Media Ltd.
Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire


For enquiries about the event please contact Tony Russell-Rose.