IEEE Big Data Conference 2017: take home messages from the keynote speakers

I collected here the list of my write-ups of the first three keynote speeches of the conference:

Web Information Retrieval – the book

We are finally ready to announce our new book:

Web Information Retrieval

Publisher: Springer Verlag
Series: Data-Centric Systems and Applications
Authors: Stefano Ceri, Alessandro Bozzon, Marco Brambilla, Emanuele Della Valle, Piero Fraternali, Silvia Quarteroni.
282 pages, 120 illustrations.


The book will be launched at VLDB in August 2013, but you are able to preorder it on the Springer Web site or on Amazon.

The book is intended as an introduction to information retrieval and its application to the Web context. It takes the readers from the foundations of modern information retrieval to the most advanced challenges of Web Information Retrieval (IR). To this end, their book is divided into 3 parts.

  • The first part addresses the principles of IR and provides a systematic and compact description of basic information retrieval techniques (including binary, vector space and probabilistic models as well as natural language search processing) before focusing on its application to the Web.
  • The second part addresses the foundational aspects of Web IR by discussing the general architecture of search engines (with a focus on the crawling and indexing processes), describing link analysis methods (specifically Page Rank and HITS), addressing recommendation and diversification, and finally presenting advertising in search (the main source of revenues for search engines).
  • The third and final part describes advanced aspects of Web search, each chapter providing a self-contained, up-to-date survey on current Web research directions. Topics in this part include meta-search and multi-domain search, semantic search, search in the context of multimedia data, and crowd search.

If you are interested in buying it, I have 20% discount coupons valid until July 20th. Please drop me an email at or tweet your request to @marcobrambi.

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