Search Solutions is the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group’s annual event focused on practitioner issues in the arena of search and information retrieval.

Search Solutions consists of two parts: a tutorial day and a conference day.

We bring together practitioners, researchers, analysts and end users to discuss the latest developments in the information retrieval (IR) community and to share insights between research and practice. SS 2022 will be held at the BCS London office on Wednesday 23rd November with tutorials on Tuesday 22nd.


09:30 - 10:00 Registration and coffee

Session 1: The search experience: Focus on the users

10:00 - 10:15 Introduction
10:15 - 10:45 Natasha den Dekker (LexisNexis) “How to conduct empathetic user research to test the search experience of users?”
10:45 - 11:15 Amy Walduck (State Library of Queensland) “The Topography of Searching: Visualising search data“
11:15 - 11:45 Break

Session 2: Beyond keyword search: Semantic/conversational/audio search

11:45 - 12:15 Brammert Ottens (Spotify) “Finding the Right Audio Content for You”
12:15 - 12:45 Mohamed Yahya (Bloomberg) “Taking Question Answering from Research Prototype to Product”
12:45 - 13:15 Filip Radlinski (Google) "Challenges with Really Understanding Natural Language in Conversational Recommendation"
13:15 - 14:15 Lunch

Session 3: Search with an impact: Searching health-related information

14:15 - 14:45 Farhad Shokraneh (Institute of Health Informatics, University College London) “The Futures of Systematic Searching”
14:45 - 15:15 Gavin Moore & Andrew Doyle (University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust) “A Programmable Search – A Solution to Finding Guidelines and Patient Information?”
15:15 - 15:30 Break

Session 4: A world beyond web search: Enterprise search

15:30 - 16:00 Julien Massiera & Cedric Ulmer (France Labs) “Combining Spacy with Datafari Community Edition to enable semantic Enterprise Search”
16:00 - 16:30 Phil Lewis (Pureinsights) “Practical Applications of Knowledge Graphs and AI in Search”
16:30 - 17:00 Lightning Talks (feel free to step up and present YOUR five-minute talk)
17:00 - 17:30 Our traditional fishbowl session
17:30 - 17:45 BCS Search Industry Awards
17:45 - Drinks / BCS-IRSG AGM starts at 18:00


  • Ingo Frommholz
  • Frank Hopfgartner
  • Udo Kruschwitz
  • Tony Russell-Rose
  • Martin White
  • Haiming Liu (tutorials chair)

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Past events

Past Search Solutions events with links to slides and videos


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