Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Information Foraging 2015

Overview lectures on Advanced topics in Information Retrieval and Information Foraging.

19. – 25. September 2015
in Katlenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany

The Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Information Foraging 2015  (ASIRF) provides unique opportunies to learn about the the latest developments in the area of Information Retrieval Models, Systems, Evaluation, as well as about Information Iteraction and Human Information Foraging Behaviour. And meet other participants working in these areas!

The school stands in the tradition of the German "Herbstschule Information Retrieval" and the Summer School Information Foraging organized by Radboud University Nijmegen. More information can be found in last years program and in the ASIRF group on facebook.

One confirmed tutor will be Prof. Dr. Norbert Fuhr (University of Duisburg-Essen), a Salton-Award winner.

Other speakers will be Prof. Henrich (University of Bayreuth), Prof. Katriina Byström (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway), Prof. Ritter (Technical University of Chemnitz) and the organizers.

Preliminary Program


University System in Germany
Intercultural Workshop


IR Models
Brief presentations of participants

Activity logging for context and user modeling
Task Based Evaluation
Brief presentations of participants

Information Behavior


Modelling Interactive IR
Multimedia Retrieval


Multilingual IR

Daily schedule

Morning Lecture: 9:00 – 10:30 and 11:00 – 12:30
Afternoon Lecture: 14:00 – 15:30 and 16:00 – 17:30

Breakfast: 7.30-8.45 a.m.
Lunch: 12.15 a.m.
Coffee and cake around 3.30 p.m.
Dinner at 6 p.m.

How to register

A registration form will be made available soon.

The cost will be similar to the last years. In addition to the participation fee, accommodation and meals will be around 50 € per day. Attendants will be accomodated in shared rooms (2-4 beds) on the premises. A small number of single rooms will be available at extra cost.

Some 20 student grants including travel support are availble for students from outside of Germany. See information on the right.


The Castle of Katlenburg provides a beautiful and quiet environment for teaching, learning and discussions. Enjoy the historical surroundings and meet the lecturers and other participants in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Katlenburg-Lindau is located in the south of Lower Saxony. Its central location in Germany, between Göttingen and Hannover (Google Maps) makes it easy to reach, e.g. by train in 2h 30min from Frankfurt Airport.


Prof. Thomas Mandl & Dr. Ben Heuwing
Universität Hildesheim, Germany   
mandl att uni  -  hildesheim  dott  de

Dr. Ingo Frommholz
University of Bedfordshire, UK

German Special Interst Group IR